Hybrid Cloud Patterns

Deploying the Multicloud GitOps pattern

Prerequisite

  • An OpenShift cluster
  • Optional: A second OpenShift cluster for multicloud demonstration.
  • A GitHub account and, optionally, a token for it with repositories permissions, to read from and write to your forks.
  • The Helm binary. For details, see Installing Helm.

The use of this pattern depends on having at least one running Red Hat OpenShift cluster. It is desirable to have a cluster for deploying the GitOps management hub assets and a separate cluster(s) for the managed cluster(s).

If you do not have a running Red Hat OpenShift cluster, you can start one on a public or private cloud by using Red Hat’s cloud service.

Procedure

  1. Install the installation tooling dependencies. You will need:

    {% include prerequisite-tools.md %}

  2. Fork the multicloud-gitops repository on GitHub. It is necessary to fork because your fork will be updated as part of the GitOps and DevOps processes.

  3. Clone the forked copy of this repository.

    git clone git@github.com:your-username/multicloud-gitops.git
    
  4. Create a local copy of the Helm values file that can safely include credentials.

    Warning: Do not commit this file. You do not want to push personal credentials to GitHub.

    cp values-secret.yaml.template ~/values-secret.yaml
    vi ~/values-secret.yaml
    
  5. Customize the deployment for your cluster.

    git checkout -b my-branch
    vi values-global.yaml
    git add values-global.yaml
    git commit values-global.yaml
    git push origin my-branch
    
  6. You can deploy the pattern using the validated pattern operator. If you do use the Operator, then skip Verification.

Verification

  1. Preview the changes.

    make show
    
  2. Login to your cluster using oc login or exporting the KUBECONFIG.

    oc login
    

    or set KUBECONFIG to the path to your kubeconfig file. For example:

    export KUBECONFIG=~/my-ocp-env/hub/auth/kubconfig
    
  3. Apply the changes to your cluster.

    make install
    
  4. Verify that the Operators have been installed.

    1. To verify, in the *OpenShift Container Platform web console, navigate to Operators → Installed Operators page. 2.Check that the Operator is installed in the openshift-operators namespace and its status is Succeeded.
  1. Verify that all applications are synchronized. Under the project multicloud-gitops-hub click the URL for the hub gitops server. The Vault application is not synched.

Multicloud GitOps Hub

Multicloud GitOps application demos

As part of this pattern, HashiCorp Vault has been installed. Refer to the section on Vault.

Next steps

Deploying the managed cluster applications

After the management hub is set up and works correctly, attach one or more managed clusters to the architecture (see diagrams below).

For instructions on deploying the edge, refer to Managed Cluster Sites.

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