In a containerized environment, you need persistent volumes . With HyperFlex 4.5, iSCSI thisis possible. What are the difference between using iSCSI or CSI in a container. Information about Kubernetes Persistent Volumes can be found HERE.
iSCSI can only do: ReadWriteOnce and ReadOnlyMany.
HX-CSI can do both AND also ReadWriteMany. (Block)
There is a very nice installation guide of the HyperFlex CSI, which can be found HERE. I am always learning with hands-on and here is my way of installing the HyperFlex CSI Plugin.
How to configure a Kubernetes cluster can be found HERE.
HyperFlex iSCSI Configuration
Before you can install HX-CSI, HyperFlex iSCSI network must be configured. In the HyperFlex iSCSI Video Serie there is a video with the explanation how it’s working and how to configure it. Please watch those videos before proceeding any further.
Installation of HX-CSI
After the installation of Kubernetes Master, Workers and the HX iSCSI Network Configuration, it is time to install HX-CSI. Download the plugin at www.cisco.com/go/software
Make sure node.session.scan = manual in the /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf
sudo cat /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf | grep -i node.session.scan
If it’s not in the file, you will have to put this parameter in the file.
To append this parameter when it’s not in the file:
sudo bash -c 'echo "node.session.scan = manual" >> /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf'
iscsid.conf is a root owned file and to append the echo command, use bash in the command.
If the parameter is set to auto, you can change it, with verification via the command:
sudo vim -c '%s/node.session.scan = auto/node.session.scan = manual/gc' -c 'wq' /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf
Enable iscsid and view the status to verify it’s running
sudo systemctl enable iscsid sudo systemctl status iscsid
Verify if present at the Kubernetes Master Image: –disable-attach-detach-reconcile-sync=true
sudo cat /etc/kubernetes/manifests/kube-controller-manager.yaml | grep -i reconcile
Add it at the command section of the file.
sudo vim /etc/kubernetes/manifests/kube-controller-manager.yaml
Download the HXCSI software from CCO and upload it to the K8S master in the /tmp directory. This can be done via SCP, WinSCP etc.
Extract the image with tar-xf <image name>. New directories will be created.
Copy the HXCSI Image to all workers nodes:
scp ./images/hxcsi-1.2.rel.4.5.1a.569.git.cc5ea579.tar 10.2.12.226:/tmp
Copy all the CSI images to the ALL Kubernetes nodes. I prefer to have those images also been copied to the /tmp of the Master node.
scp ./images/csi* 10.2.12.226:/tmp
On the Kubernetes Worker Nodes, load the HXCSI Image:
sudo docker load – input /tmp/hxcsi-1.2.rel.4.5.1a.569.git.cc5ea579.tar
Now docker load all the other 4 CSI images on ALL kubernetes nodes :
ls -1 /tmp/csi*.tar | xargs – no-run-if-empty -L 1 sudo docker load -i
Here are the final steps for the HX-CSI and lets start with the HXCSI-Setup. This file do have a lot of parameters.
Usage of ./setup/hxcsi-setup: -clientId string Client ID for the Tenant -cluster-name string k8s cluster name -helm-chart generate helm chart for helm install -hx-csi-image string HX csi image for the node plugin (default "smitsh/hxcsi:latest") -iscsi-url string hx iscsiUrlurl -output-dir string Output directory (default "./hxcsi-deploy/") -password string password to hx cluster api -token string Service Authentication Token -url string hx api url -username stringcc5ea579 user name to hx cluster api
Depending of your configuration, but here is an example of what I used:
./tmp/setup/hxcsi-setup -clientId IAmJoost -cluster-name jvdmadecluster -hx-csi-image -hx-csi-image hxcsi:1.2.rel.4.5.1a.569.git.cc5ea579 -iscsi-url 10.22.24.13 -url 10.2.12.13 -username admin
A hxcsi-deploy directory will be created with this content:
Deploy HX-CSI with the command:
kubectl create -f /tmp/hxcsi-deploy/
kubectl get pods
And that is it! HX-CSI is now installed and can be used.
FREE: Example Directory with Scripts
In the Example Director of the HX-CSI plugin, there are a lot of examples.
kubectl create -f /tmp/examples/sample-hxcsi/
Connect to the Containers bash to see how the volume is mount to the container:
kubectl exec -ti test-647b4c8874-l5g5d – /bin/bash
The Persistant Volume is, in this case, mounted on the /usr/mnt/test directory. If you write data to it, delete the container, start a new container and link it to this PVC, you still will see the data.
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