Launch EKS

DO NOT PROCEED with this step unless you have validated the IAM role in use by the Cloud9 IDE. You will not be able to run the necessary kubectl commands in the later modules unless the EKS cluster is built using the IAM role.

Challenge:

How do I check the IAM role on the workspace?

Expand here to see the solution

Create an EKS cluster

eksctl version must be 0.24.0 or above to deploy EKS 1.17, click here to get the latest version.

Create an eksctl deployment file (eksworkshop.yaml) use in creating your cluster using the following syntax:

cat << EOF > eksworkshop.yaml
---
apiVersion: eksctl.io/v1alpha5
kind: ClusterConfig

metadata:
  name: eksworkshop-eksctl
  region: ${AWS_REGION}
  version: "1.17"

availabilityZones: ["${AZS[0]}", "${AZS[1]}", "${AZS[2]}"]

managedNodeGroups:
- name: nodegroup
  desiredCapacity: 3
  instanceType: t3.small
  ssh:
    enableSsm: true

# To enable all of the control plane logs, uncomment below:
# cloudWatch:
#  clusterLogging:
#    enableTypes: ["*"]

secretsEncryption:
  keyARN: ${MASTER_ARN}
EOF

Next, use the file you created as the input for the eksctl cluster creation.

We are deliberatly launching one version behind the latest (1.17 vs. 1.18) to allow you to perform a cluster upgrade in one of the Chapters.

eksctl create cluster -f eksworkshop.yaml

Launching EKS and all the dependencies will take approximately 15 minutes