Deploying the EFS Provisioner

Next, you will deploy the EFS Provisioner Pod and a PVC to the cluster. Download the YAML manifests for these resources by executing the following commands.

mkdir -p ~/environment/efs
cd ~/environment/efs

Open the file efs-provisioner-deployment.yaml in an editor, scroll down to the bottom of the file and replace the following three placeholder strings with the respective values from your EFS file system settings. Do not change any of the other environment variables in the file.


Deploy the provisioner pod and PVC with the following set of commands.

kubectl apply -f efs-provisioner-deployment.yaml
kubectl apply -f efs-pvc.yaml

Next, check if a PVC resource was created. The output from the command should look similar to what is shown below, with the STATUS field set to Bound.

kubectl get pvc -n storage


NAME                STATUS   VOLUME                                     CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   STORAGECLASS   AGE
efs-storage-claim   Bound    pvc-8e470e71-5a24-11ea-9a37-0a95e5bfd098   1Mi        RWX            elastic        9s

A PV corresponding to the above PVC is dynamically created. Check its status with the following command.

kubectl get pv


NAME                                       CAPACITY   ACCESS MODES   RECLAIM POLICY   STATUS   CLAIM                       STORAGECLASS   REASON   AGE
pvc-8e470e71-5a24-11ea-9a37-0a95e5bfd098   1Mi        RWX            Delete           Bound    storage/efs-storage-claim   elastic                 36s

You may launch a command shell within the EFS Provisioner pod and inspect the local directory /efs-mount. Note that this is the directory within the pod on to which /data directory of the EFS file system was mounted.

Run the following set of commands to first get the name of the EFS Provisioner pod and then open up a command shell within the pod. Note that the pod name will be different in your environment.

kubectl get pods -n storage
kubectl exec -it efs-provisioner-849b6f77cb-rn9jb -n storage -- /bin/sh

At the command shell within the pod, run the following command.

ls -al /efs-mount

A sub-directory would have been created under /efs-mount to back the PV resource listed above. The name of this directory, which in this example is efs-storage-claim-pvc-8e470e71-5a24-11ea-9a37-0a95e5bfd098, is constructed based on the name and ID attributes of the corresponding PVC. Whenever a new instance of PVC is created, the EFS Provisioner will dynamically create a PV instance as well as create a child directory under /data directory of the EFS file system to back that PV. There is always a one-to-one correspondance between a PV and a PVC.

Hit Ctrl^D to exit out of the pod back to your CLI.