Meshery's goal is to make the operation of cloud native infrastructure and the service mesh layer of cloud simplified. Originally created by Layer5, Meshery is an open source project with hundreds of contributors world-wide and is actively maintained by engineers from Red Hat, VMware, Intel, Layer5 and others.

Setup and run Meshery on AKS

The following instructions expects you to have an active Azure subscription, and Azure CLI installed on your system.

Spin up the AKS Cluster

Create the resource group (a logical group where all our resources will be deployed). The following command creates a resource group named MesheryGroup in southindia location.

1az group create --name MesheryGroup --location southindia

Create AKS cluster using az aks create. The following command creates aks cluster with a single node.

1az aks create --resource-group MesheryGroup --name MesheryAKS --node-count 1 --generate-ssh-keys

After a few minutes, the command completes and returns a JSON formatted information about the cluster.

You can connect with your cluster by using az aks get-credentials , which basically downloads credentials and configure the Kubernetes CLI.

1az aks get-credentials --resource-group MesheryGroup --name MesheryAKS

Verify the connection to your cluster using the kubectl get command.

1$kubectl get nodes

Install Meshery into your AKS cluster

1helm repo add meshery
3helm install meshery meshery/meshery --namespace meshery --create-namespace

Meshery server supports customizing authentication flow callback URL, which can be configured in the following way.

1helm install meshery meshery/meshery --namespace meshery --set env.MESHERY_SERVER_CALLBACK_URL=https://custom-host --create-namespace

Port forward to Meshery UI

1export POD_NAME=$(kubectl get pods --namespace meshery -l "," -o jsonpath="{.items[0]}")
3$ kubectl --namespace meshery port-forward $POD_NAME 9081:8080

Meshery should now be running in your AKS cluster and the Meshery UI should be accessible at the specified endpoint you’ve exposed to. Navigate to the meshery service endpoint to log into Meshery.

Meshery UI Dashboard

From here, your Meshery deployment on AKS is ready to use. In order to login to Meshery, authenticate with your chosen provider from the list.

There are different ways to configure a Meshery on AKS. Join the community and share your deployment’s configuration on the discussion forum today!


Srinivas Karnati

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