"Autonomous low-ops Kubernetes for clusters, workstations, edge and IoT"

Microk8s is a simple way to launch single node kubernetes environment for local development and/or testing and learning purposes for devops. It is a fast, small, cheap k8s for CI/CD.

Minikube is a similair tool to get a kubernetes up and running locally, but with one big difference, MiniKube spins up a VM and runs it in the VM. Microk8s doesn't need a VM, which means you get a lot more resources at your disposal. VM's are pretty heavy on a laptop.

So it sounds good to me :D Let's play with it on my smartos server.

1: Creating a KVM Ubuntu instance

First you need a KVM running with Ubuntu, I used the following setup, create a file k8s-micro.json:

  "brand": "bhyve",
  "alias": "bionic-k8-master",
  "ram": "2048",
  "vcpus": "2",
  "resolvers": [
  "nics": [
      "nic_tag": "admin",
      "gateway": "",
      "netmask": "",
      "ip": "",
      "model": "virtio",
      "primary": true
  "disks": [
      "image_uuid": "c9db249c-93ba-4507-9fa4-b4d0f81265fc",
      "boot": true,
      "model": "virtio"
  "customer_metadata": {
    "root_authorized_keys": "ssh-rsa INSERTKEYHERE somebody@askme",
    "cloud-init:user-data": "#cloud-config\n\nresolv_conf:\n  nameservers: ['']\n\nruncmd:\n - curl -s \"https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg\" | apt-key add -\n - echo 'deb http://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main' >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list\n - apt-get update\n - apt-get upgrade -y\n - apt-get install -y docker.io\n - systemctl enable docker\n - systemctl start docker\n - echo 'net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables=1' >>/etc/sysctl.conf\n - sysctl -p\n - swapoff -a\n"

I have to be honest and explain to you, my default install will automatically install docker with cloud-init.
Lets install it: vmadm install k8s-micro.json

2: Install micro8ks

Login into your new vm and install with snap (current version is 1.18):

# sudo snap install microk8s --classic --channel=1.18/stable
2020-05-19T14:58:03Z INFO Waiting for restart...
microk8s (1.18/stable) v1.18.2 from Canonical✓ installed

Make sure that the user can access the micro8ks without needing to do sudo, my user is ubuntu:

# sudo usermod -a -G microk8s ubuntu
# sudo chown -f -R ubuntu ~/.kube

To make it work, after the commands you need to logout and login again.

3: Checking the status

# microk8s status --wait-ready
microk8s is running
cilium: disabled
dashboard: disabled
dns: disabled
fluentd: disabled
gpu: disabled
helm: disabled
helm3: disabled
ingress: disabled
istio: disabled
jaeger: disabled
knative: disabled
kubeflow: disabled
linkerd: disabled
metallb: disabled
metrics-server: disabled
prometheus: disabled
rbac: disabled
registry: disabled
storage: disabled

4: Enable the standard services

As a real mimimum I can advise to atleast enable the following plugins:

# microk8s enable dns dashboard registry ingress

5: Check the dashboard

When you have the dashboard enabled you can do the following:

# kubectl proxy --accept-hosts=.* --address= &

And open in a browser: http://{{IPOFTHEMACHINE}}:8001/api/v1/namespaces/kube-system/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/
One the first page with the KubeConfig and Token I just pressed the button skip :)

Screenshot 2020-05-20 at 09.17.54.png


You can easily alias kubectl

# sudo snap alias microk8s.kubectl kubectl