Kube-vip (Layer 2 / ARP)

BEFORE we begin we should ensure that ipvs has strict ARP enabled:

$ kubectl describe configmap -n kube-system kube-proxy | grep ARP
  strictARP: false

If this is false we can enable it with the command:

$ kubectl get configmap kube-proxy -n kube-system -o yaml | \
 sed -e "s/strictARP: false/strictARP: true/" | \
 kubectl apply -f - -n kube-system

and confirm with:

$ kubectl describe configmap -n kube-system kube-proxy | grep ARP
  strictARP: true

Deploy kube-vip

To deploy the [latest] then kubectl apply -f https://kube-vip.io/manifests/kube-vip.yaml, specific versions should be found in the repository as detailed below:

From the GitHub repository https://github.com/plunder-app/kube-vip/tree/master/example/deploy find the version of the kube-vip to deploy (although typically the highest version number will provider more functionality/stability). The [raw] option in Github will provide the url that can be applied directly with a kubectl apply -f <url>.

The following output should appear when the manifest is applied:

serviceaccount/vip created
role.rbac.authorization.k8s.io/vip-role created
rolebinding.rbac.authorization.k8s.io/vip-role-bind created
deployment.apps/kube-vip-cluster created

NOTE The manifest for the kube-vip deployment has rules to ensure affinity (pods are always distributed to different nodes for HA). By default the replicas are set to 3 in the event you have less than 3 worker nodes then those replicas will sit as pending. This in itself isn't an issue, it means when new workers are added then they will be scheduled. However, tooling such as kapps will inspect the manifest before it's applied an error because of issues such as this.

Editing kube-vip configuration

Either download and edit the manifest locally or apply as above and edit the deployment with kubectl edit deploy/kube-vip-cluster (change namespace where appropriate -n)

        - name: vip_interface
          value: ens192
        - name: vip_configmap
          value: plndr
        - name: vip_arp
          value: "true"
        - name: vip_loglevel
          value: "5"

Using other namespaces

In this example we'll deploy and load-balance within the namespace plunder

Create the namespace

kubectl create namespace plunder

Add a network range/cidr for this namespace

kubectl edit -n kube-system configmap/plndr

We will add the range for the namespace plunder underneath the existing range for the namespace default:

apiVersion: v1

Deploy kube-vip in the namespace plunder

In the same way we deployed kube-vip into the default namespace we can deploy the same manifest into a different namespace using -n namespace e.g.

Note change the version of manifest when actually deploying!

kubectl apply -f https://kube-vip.io/manifests/kube-vip.yaml -n plunder


This example will deploy into the namespace plunder as mention in the Using other namespaces example. Remove the -n plunder to deploy within the default namespace.

Deploy nginx

kubectl create deployment --image nginx plunder-nginx --namespace plunder

Create a load balancer

kubectl expose deployment plunder-nginx --port=80 --type=LoadBalancer --namespace plunder

Using DHCP for Load Balancers (experimental)

With the latest release of kube-vip > 0.2.1, it is possible to use the local network DHCP server to provide kube-vip with a load-balancer address that can be used to access a Kubernetes service on the network.

In order to do this we need to signify to kube-vip and the cloud-provider that we don't need one of their managed addresses. We do this by explicitly exposing a service on the address When kube-vip sees a service on this address it will create a macvlan interface on the host and request a DHCP address, once this address is provided it will assign it as the VIP and update the Kubernetes service!

$ k expose deployment nginx-deployment --port=80 --type=LoadBalancer --name=nginx-dhcp --load-balancer-ip=; k get svc
service/nginx-dhcp exposed
NAME         TYPE           CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP     PORT(S)        AGE
kubernetes   ClusterIP       <none>          443/TCP        17m
nginx-dhcp   LoadBalancer         80:31184/TCP   0s

{ ... a second or so later ... }

$ k get svc
NAME         TYPE           CLUSTER-IP      EXTERNAL-IP     PORT(S)        AGE
kubernetes   ClusterIP       <none>          443/TCP        17m
nginx-dhcp   LoadBalancer   80:31184/TCP   3s

Using UPNP to expose a service to the outside world

With the latest release of kube-vip > 0.2.1, it is possible to expose a load-balancer on a specific port and using UPNP (on a supported gateway) expose this service to the internet.

Most simple networks look something like the following:

<----- <internal network> <Gateway / router> <external network address> ----> Internet

Using UPNP we can create a matching port on the <external network address> allowing your service to be exposed to the internet.

Enable UPNP

Add the following to the kube-vip env: section, and the rest should be completely automated.

Note some environments may require (Unifi) will require Secure mode being disabled (this allows a host with a different address to register a port)

- name: enableUPNP
  value: "true"

Exposing a service

To expose a port successfully we'll need to change the command slightly:

--target-port=80 the port of the application in the pods (HTT/NGINX) --port=32380 the port the service will be exposed on (and what you should connect to in order to receive traffic from the service)

kubectl expose deployment plunder-nginx --port=32380 --target-port=80 --type=LoadBalancer --namespace plunder

The above example should expose a port on your external (internet facing address), that can be tested externally with:

$ curl externalIP:32380
<!DOCTYPE html>


Typically the logs from the kube-vip controller will reveal the most clues as to where a problem may lie.

The ClusterRoleBinding is missing will result in the following:

E0229 17:36:38.014351       1 retrywatcher.go:129] Watch failed: unknown (get endpoints)
E0229 17:36:38.014352       1 retrywatcher.go:129] Watch failed: unknown (get endpoints)

Additionally ensure that the vip_interface matches the correct interface from ip addr