K3s overview (on Equinix Metal)

Optional Tidy environment (best if something was running before)

rm -rf /var/lib/rancher /etc/rancher ~/.kube/*; \ 
ip addr flush dev lo; \
ip addr add dev lo; 

Step 1: Create Manifests folder

This is required, this folder will contain all of the generated manifests that k3s will execute as it starts. We will create it before k3s and place our kube-vip manifests within it.

mkdir -p /var/lib/rancher/k3s/server/manifests/

Step 2: Get rbac for Kube-Vip

As kube-vip runs inside of the Kubernetes cluster, we will need to ensure that the required permissions exist.

curl https://kube-vip.io/manifests/rbac.yaml > /var/lib/rancher/k3s/server/manifests/rbac.yaml

Step 3: Generate kube-vip (A VIP address for the network will be required)

Configure your virtual IP (for the control plane) and interface that will expose this VIP first.

export VIP=x.x.x.x
export INTERFACE=ethx

Modify the VIP and INTERFACE to match the floating IP address you'd like to use and the interface it should bind to.

To generate the manifest we have two options! We can generate the manifest from kube-vip.io or use a kube-vip image to generate the manifest!

Step 3.1: Generate from kube-vip.io

curl -sL kube-vip.io/k3s | vipAddress=$VIP vipInterface=$INTERFACE sh | sudo tee /var/lib/rancher/k3s/server/manifests/vip.yaml

Step 3.2 Genereate from container image


alias kube-vip="ctr run --rm --net-host docker.io/plndr/kube-vip:0.3.1 vip /kube-vip"


alias kube-vip="docker run --network host --rm plndr/kube-vip:0.3.1"

kube-vip manifest daemonset \
  --interface $INTERFACE \
  --vip $VIP \
  --controlplane \
  --services \
  --inCluster \
  --taint \

Step 4: Up Cluster

From online -->

curl -sfL https://get.k3s.io | INSTALL_K3S_EXEC="--write-kubeconfig-mode 644 \
-t agent-secret --tls-san $VIP" sh -

From local -->

sudo ./k3s server --tls-san $VIP

Step 5: Service Load-Balancing

For this refer to the on-prem documentation