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Managing Kubernetes Resources Using Helm - Second Edition

By : Andrew Block, Austin Dewey
Book Image

Managing Kubernetes Resources Using Helm - Second Edition

By: Andrew Block, Austin Dewey

Overview of this book

Containerization is one of the best ways to implement DevOps, and learning how to execute it effectively is an essential part of a developer’s skillset. Kubernetes is the current industry standard for container orchestration. This book will help you discover the efficiency of managing applications running on Kubernetes with Helm. Starting with a brief introduction to Helm and its impact on users working with containers and Kubernetes, you’ll delve into the primitives of Helm charts and their architecture and use cases. From there, you’ll understand how to write Helm charts in order to automate application deployment on Kubernetes and work your way toward more advanced strategies. These enterprise-ready patterns are focused on concepts beyond the basics so that you can use Helm optimally, looking at topics related to automation, application development, delivery, lifecycle management, and security. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to leverage Helm to build, deploy, and manage applications on Kubernetes.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction and Setup
Part 2: Helm Chart Development
Part 3: Advanced Deployment Patterns

Configuring Helm

Helm is a tool with sensible defaults that allow users to be productive without needing to perform a large number of tasks post-installation. With that being said, there are several different options users can change or enable to modify Helm’s behavior. We will cover these options in the following sections, beginning with configuring upstream repositories.

Adding upstream repositories

One way that users can begin to configure their Helm installation is by adding upstream chart repositories. In Chapter 1, Understanding Kubernetes and Helm, we described how chart repositories contain Helm charts that are more broadly available for consumption. Helm, being the Kubernetes package manager, can connect to various chart repositories to install Kubernetes applications.

Helm provides the repo subcommand to allow users to manage configured chart repositories. This subcommand contains additional subcommands that can be used to perform actions against specified...