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Registering Extension Controllers
Extensions are registered in the garden cluster via
Gardener is evaluating the registrations and creates
ControllerInstallation resources which describe the request “please install this controller
X to this seed
Similar to how
Seed resources get into the system, the Gardener administrator must deploy the
ControllerRegistration resources (this does not happen automatically in any way - the administrator decides which extensions shall be enabled).
The specification mainly describes which of Gardener’s extension CRDs are managed, for example:
apiVersion: core.gardener.cloud/v1beta1 kind: ControllerDeployment metadata: name: os-gardenlinux type: helm providerConfig: chart: H4sIFAAAAAAA/yk... # <base64-gzip-chart> values: foo: bar --- apiVersion: core.gardener.cloud/v1beta1 kind: ControllerRegistration metadata: name: os-gardenlinux spec: deployment: deploymentRefs: - name: os-gardenlinux resources: - kind: OperatingSystemConfig type: gardenlinux primary: true
This information tells Gardener that there is an extension controller that can handle
OperatingSystemConfig resources of type
A reference to the shown
ControllerDeployment specifies how the deployment of the extension controller is accomplished.
Also, it specifies that this controller is the primary one responsible for the lifecycle of the
false would allow to register additional, secondary controllers that may also watch/react on the
OperatingSystemConfig/coreos resources, however, only the primary controller may change/update the main
status of the extension object (that are used to “communicate” with the Gardenlet).
Particularly, only the primary controller may set
Secondary controllers may contribute to the
.status.conditions if they like, of course.
Secondary controllers might be helpful in scenarios where additional tasks need to be completed which are not part of the reconciliation logic of the primary controller but separated out into a dedicated extension.
⚠️ There must be exactly one primary controller for every registered kind/type combination.
Also, please note that the
primary field cannot be changed after creation of the
Deploying Extension Controllers
ControllerRegistration will create a
apiVersion: core.gardener.cloud/v1beta1 kind: ControllerInstallation metadata: name: os-gardenlinux spec: deploymentRef: name: networking-calico registrationRef: name: os-gardenlinux seedRef: name: aws-eu1
This resource expresses that Gardener requires the
os-gardenlinux extension controller to run on the
aws-eu1 seed cluster.
The Gardener Controller Manager does automatically determine which extension is required on which seed cluster and will only create
ControllerInstallation objects for those.
Also, it will automatically delete
ControllerInstallations referencing extension controllers that are no longer required on a seed (e.g., because all shoots on it have been deleted).
There are additional configuration options, please see this section.
How do extension controllers get deployed to seeds?
After Gardener has written the
ControllerInstallation resource some component must satisfy this request and start deploying the extension controller to the seed.
Depending on the complexity of the controller’s lifecycle management, configuration, etc. there are two possible scenarios:
Scenario 1: Deployed by Gardener
In many cases the extension controllers are easy to deploy and configure.
It is sufficient to simply create a Helm chart (standardized way of packaging software in the Kubernetes context) and deploy it together with some static configuration values.
Gardener supports this scenario and allows to provide arbitrary deployment information in the
... type: helm providerConfig: chart: H4sIFAAAAAAA/yk... values: foo: bar
.type=helm then Gardener itself will take over the responsibility the deployment.
It base64-decodes the provided Helm chart (
.providerConfig.chart) and deploys it with the provided static configuration (
The chart and the values can be updated at any time - Gardener will recognize and re-trigger the deployment process.
In order to allow extensions to get information about the garden and the seed cluster Gardener does mix-in certain properties into the values (root level) of every deployed Helm chart:
gardener: garden: identifier: <uuid-of-gardener-installation> seed: identifier: <seed-name> region: europe spec: <complete-seed-spec>
Extensions can use this information in their Helm chart in case they require knowledge about the garden and the seed environment. The list might be extended in the future.
ℹ️ Gardener uses the UUID of the
Namespace object in the
Scenario 2: Deployed by a (non-human) Kubernetes operator
Some extension controllers might be more complex and require additional domain-specific knowledge wrt. lifecycle or configuration.
In this case, we encourage to follow the Kubernetes operator pattern and deploy a dedicated operator for this extension into the garden cluster.
.type field would then not be
helm, and no Helm chart or values need to be provided there.
Instead, the operator itself knows how to deploy the extension into the seed.
It must watch
ControllerInstallation resources and act one those referencing a
ControllerRegistration the operator is responsible for.
In order to let Gardener know that the extension controller is ready and running in the seed the
.status field supports two conditions:
InstallationSuccessful - both must be provided by the responsible operator:
... status: conditions: - lastTransitionTime: "2019-01-22T11:51:11Z" lastUpdateTime: "2019-01-22T11:51:11Z" message: Chart could be rendered successfully. reason: RegistrationValid status: "True" type: Valid - lastTransitionTime: "2019-01-22T11:51:12Z" lastUpdateTime: "2019-01-22T11:51:12Z" message: Installation of new resources succeeded. reason: InstallationSuccessful status: "True" type: Installed
.status field has a
providerStatus section into which the operator can (optionally) put any arbitrary data associated with this installation.
Extensions in the garden cluster itself
Shoot resource itself will contain some provider-specific data blobs.
As a result, some extensions might also want to run in the garden cluster, e.g., to provide
ValidatingWebhookConfigurations for validating the correctness of their provider-specific blobs:
apiVersion: core.gardener.cloud/v1beta1 kind: Shoot metadata: name: johndoe-aws namespace: garden-dev spec: ... cloud: type: aws region: eu-west-1 providerConfig: apiVersion: aws.cloud.gardener.cloud/v1alpha1 kind: InfrastructureConfig networks: vpc: # specify either 'id' or 'cidr' # id: vpc-123456 cidr: 10.250.0.0/16 internal: - 10.250.112.0/22 public: - 10.250.96.0/22 workers: - 10.250.0.0/19 zones: - eu-west-1a ...
In the above example, Gardener itself does not understand the AWS-specific provider configuration for the infrastructure.
However, if this part of the
Shoot resource should be validated then you should run an AWS-specific component in the garden cluster that registers a webhook. You can do it similarly if you want to default some fields of a resource (by using a
Again, similar to how Gardener is deployed to the garden cluster, these components must be deployed and managed by the Gardener administrator.
Extension resource configurations
Extension resource allows injecting arbitrary steps into the shoot reconciliation flow that are unknown to Gardener.
Hence, it is slightly special and allows further configuration when registering it:
apiVersion: core.gardener.cloud/v1beta1 kind: ControllerRegistration metadata: name: extension-foo spec: resources: - kind: Extension type: foo primary: true globallyEnabled: true reconcileTimeout: 30s
globallyEnabled=true option specifies that the
Extension/foo object shall be created by default for all shoots (unless they opted out by setting
.spec.extensions.enabled=false in the
reconcileTimeout tells Gardener how long it should wait during its shoot reconciliation flow for the
Extension/foo’s reconciliation to finish.
Deployment configuration options
.spec.deployment resource allows to configure a deployment
There are the following policies:
OnDemand(default): Gardener will demand the deployment and deletion of the extension controller to/from seed clusters dynamically. It will automatically determine (based on other resources like
Shoots) whether it is required and decide accordingly.
Always: Gardener will demand the deployment of the extension controller to seed clusters independent of whether it is actually required or not. This might be helpful if you want to add a new component/controller to all seed clusters by default. Another use-case is to minimize the durations until extension controllers get deployed and ready in case you have highly fluctuating seed clusters.
AlwaysExceptNoShoots: Similar to
Always, but if the seed does not have any shoots then the extension is not being deployed. It will be deleted from a seed after the last shoot has been removed from it.
.spec.deployment.seedSelector allows to specify a label selector for seed clusters.
Only if it matches the labels of a seed then it will be deployed to it.
Please note that a seed selector can only be specified for secondary controllers (
primary=false for all
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