Launch Bottlerocket

Add Bottlerocket nodes to an EKS cluster

Create an environment variable for the kubernetes version. We will use this in the next step.

K8S_VERSION=`kubectl version | grep Server | grep -Eo '."v.{0,4}' | sed -n 's/.*:"v//p'`
echo K8S_VERSION: ${K8S_VERSION}

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

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

metadata:
  name: eksworkshop-eksctl
  region: ${AWS_REGION}
  version: "${K8S_VERSION}"

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

nodeGroups:
  - name: ng-bottlerocket
    labels: { role: bottlerocket }
    instanceType: t3.small
    desiredCapacity: 1
    amiFamily: Bottlerocket
    iam:
       attachPolicyARNs:
          - arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AmazonEKSWorkerNodePolicy
          - arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AmazonEKS_CNI_Policy
          - arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AmazonEC2ContainerRegistryReadOnly
          - arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AmazonSSMManagedInstanceCore
    bottlerocket:
      settings:
        motd: "Hello from eksctl!"

# 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 update.

eksctl create nodegroup -f eksworkshop_bottlerocket.yaml

Launching Bottlerocket nodes will take approximately 10 minutes

Output:


2021-05-26 16:23:34 [ℹ]  node "ip-192-168-36-124.us-east-2.compute.internal" is ready

Next, run the following command to list all the nodes in the EKS cluster and you should see 4 nodes as follows:

kubectl get nodes

Output:


NAME                                           STATUS   ROLES    AGE   VERSION
ip-192-168-21-9.us-east-2.compute.internal     Ready    <none>   8h   v1.17.12-eks-7684af
ip-192-168-36-124.us-east-2.compute.internal   Ready    <none>   72s   v1.17.17
ip-192-168-4-14.us-east-2.compute.internal     Ready    <none>   71s   v1.17.17
ip-192-168-87-9.us-east-2.compute.internal     Ready    <none>   71s   v1.17.17

Your cluster now has 4 worker nodes, 1 of them is using Bottlerocket in an unmanaged nodegroup.

Unmanaged nodegroups do not show up in the AWS EKS console(Configutaion/Compute tab), however the nodes show up in the AWS EKS console(Overview tab). You can also use the “eksctl get nodegroup” command to list both types of nodegroups.

eksctl get nodegroup --cluster=eksworkshop-eksctl

Congratulations!

You now have a fully working Amazon EKS Cluster with Bottlerocket nodes that is ready to use!