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Install Armory Enterprise for Spinnaker Using the Armory Operator

The Armory Operator is a Kubernetes Operator that makes it easy to deploy, upgrade, or remove any version of Spinnaker or Armory Enterprise for Spinnaker.

Two types of Kubernetes Operators for installing Spinnaker

  • The open source Spinnaker Operator for Kubernetes installs open source SpinnakerTM. You can download the Operator from its GitHub repo.
  • The Armory Operator installs Armory Enterprise for Spinnaker. This Operator processes configuration entries for proprietary enterprise features.

Most of the configuration is the same between the open source and proprietary types of Operators.

Advantages of using the Armory Operator

  • Manage Armory Enterprise with kubectl like other applications.
  • Expose Armory Enterprise via LoadBalancer or Ingress (optional)
  • Keep secrets separate from your configuration. Store your config in git and have an easy GitOps workflow.
  • Validate your configuration before applying it (with webhook validation).
  • Store Spinnaker secrets in Kubernetes secrets.
  • Gain total control over Armory Enterprise Platform manifests with kustomize style patching
  • Define Kubernetes accounts in SpinnakerAccount objects and store kubeconfig inline, in Kubernetes secrets, in s3, or GCS (Experimental).
  • Deploy Armory in an Istio controlled cluster (Experimental)

Requirements for using the Armory Operator

Before you use start, ensure you meet the following requirements:

  • Your Kubernetes cluster runs version 1.13 or later.
  • You have admission controllers enabled in Kubernetes (-enable-admission-plugins).
  • You have ValidatingAdmissionWebhook enabled in the kube-apiserver. Alternatively, you can pass the --disable-admission-controller parameter to the to the deployment.yaml file that deploys the operator.
  • You have administrator rights to install the Custom Resource Definition (CRD) for Operator.

Install the Armory Operator

The Armory Operator has two distinct modes:

  • Basic: Installs Armory into a single namespace. This mode does not perform pre-flight checks before applying a manifest.
  • Cluster: Installs Armory across namespaces with pre-flight checks to prevent common misconfigurations. This mode requires a ClusterRole.
  1. Get the latest Armory Operator release.

    mkdir -p spinnaker-operator && cd spinnaker-operator
    bash -c 'curl -L https://github.com/armory-io/spinnaker-operator/releases/latest/download/manifests.tgz | tar -xz'
    

    Alternately, if you want to install open source Spinnaker, get the latest release of the open source Operator.

    mkdir -p spinnaker-operator && cd spinnaker-operator
    bash -c 'curl -L https://github.com/armory/spinnaker-operator/releases/latest/download/manifests.tgz | tar -xz'
    
  2. Install or update CRDs across the cluster.

    kubectl apply -f deploy/crds/
    
  3. Create the spinnaker-operator namespace.

    If you want to use a namespace other than spinnaker-operator in cluster mode, you also need to edit the namespace in deploy/operator/cluster/role_binding.yaml.

    kubectl create ns spinnaker-operator
    
  4. Install the Operator in either cluster or basic mode:

    cluster mode:

    kubectl -n spinnaker-operator apply -f deploy/operator/cluster
    

    basic mode:

    kubectl -n spinnaker-operator apply -f deploy/operator/basic
    

After installation, you can verify that the Operator is running with the following command:

kubectl -n spinnaker-operator get pods

The command returns output similar to the following if the pod for the Operator is running:

NAMESPACE                             READY         STATUS       RESTARTS      AGE
spinnaker-operator-7cd659654b-4vktl   2/2           Running      0             6s

Install Armory using Kustomize patches

Many common configuration options for Armory and SpinnakerTM are available in the spinnaker-kustomize-patches repository. This gives you a reliable starting point when adding and removing Armory or Spinnaker features to your cluster.

To start, create your own copy of the spinnaker-kustomize-patches repository by clicking the Use this template button:

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Once created, clone this repository to your local machine.

If you installed Operator in basic mode, you must set the namespace field in your kustomization.yml file to the spinnaker-operator namespace. The permissions in basic mode are scoped to a single namespace so it doesn’t see anything in other namespaces.

Once configured, run the following command to install:

# If you have `kustomize` installed:
kustomize build | kubectl apply -f -

# If you only have kubectl installed: kubectl apply -k .

Watch the install progress and check out the pods being created:

kubectl -n spinnaker get spinsvc spinnaker -w

How configuration works

Armory’s configuration is found in a spinnakerservices.spinnaker.armory.io Custom Resource Definition (CRD) that you can store in version control. After you install the Armory Operator, you can use kubectl to manage the lifecycle of your deployment.

apiVersion: spinnaker.armory.io/v1alpha2
kind: SpinnakerService
metadata:
  name: spinnaker
spec:
  spinnakerConfig:
    config:
      # Change the `.x` segment to the latest patch release found on our website:
      # https://docs.armory.io/docs/release-notes/rn-armory-spinnaker/
      version: 2.24.x

See the full format for more configuration options.

Upgrade Armory Enterprise

To upgrade an existing Armory Enterprise deployment, perform the following steps:

  1. Change the version field in deploy/spinnaker/basic/SpinnakerService.yml file to the target version for the upgrade.

  2. Apply the updated manifest:

    kubectl -n spinnaker apply -f deploy/spinnaker/basic/SpinnakerService.yml
    

    You can view the upgraded services starting up with the following command:

    kubectl -n spinnaker describe spinsvc spinnaker
    
  3. Verify the upgraded version of Spinnaker:

    kubectl -n spinnaker get spinsvc
    

    The command returns information similar to the following:

    NAME         VERSION
    spinnaker    2.20.2
    

    VERSION should reflect the target version for your upgrade.

Manage Armory Enterprise instances

The Armory Operator allows you to use kubectl to manager your Armory Enterprise deployment.

List Armory Enterprise instances

kubectl get spinnakerservice --all-namespaces

The short name spinsvc is also available.

Describe Armory Enterprise instances

kubectl -n <namespace> describe spinnakerservice spinnaker

Delete Armory Enterprise instances

kubectl -n <namespace> delete spinnakerservice spinnaker

Manage Armory Enterprise configuration in a Kubernetes manifest

Kustomize

Because Armory Enterprise’s configuration is now a Kubernetes manifest, you can manage SpinnakerService and related manifests in a consistent and repeatable way with Kustomize.

The spinnaker-kustomize-patches repo has many configuration examples.

kubectl create ns spinnaker
kustomize build deploy/spinnaker/kustomize | kubectl -n spinnaker apply -f -

There are many more possibilities:

  • managing manifests of MySQL instances
  • ensuring the same configuration is used between Staging and Production Spinnaker
  • splitting accounts in their own kustomization for an easy to maintain configuration

See this repo for examples of common setups that you can adapt to your needs.

Secret management

You can store secrets in one of the supported secret engine.

Kubernetes Secret

With the Armory Operator, you can also reference secrets stored in existing Kubernetes secrets in the same namespace as Spinnaker.

The format is:

  • encrypted:k8s!n:<secret name>!k:<secret key> for string values. These are added as environment variable to the Spinnaker deployment.
  • encryptedFile:k8s!n:<secret name>!k:<secret key> for file references. Files come from a volume mount in the Spinnaker deployment.

Custom Halyard configuration

To override Halyard’s configuration, create a ConfigMap with the configuration changes you need. For example, if using secrets management with Vault, Halyard and Operator containers need your Vault configuration:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
metadata:
  name: halyard-custom-config
data:
  halyard-local.yml: |
    secrets:
      vault:
        enabled: true
        url: <URL of vault server>
        path: <cluster path>
        role: <k8s role>
        authMethod: KUBERNETES

Then, you can mount it in the Operator deployment and make it available to the Halyard and Operator containers:

apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
  name: spinnaker-operator
  ...
spec:
  template:
    spec:
      containers:
      - name: spinnaker-operator
        ...
        volumeMounts:
        - mountPath: /opt/spinnaker/config/halyard.yml
          name: halconfig-volume
          subPath: halyard-local.yml
      - name: halyard
        ...
        volumeMounts:
        - mountPath: /opt/spinnaker/config/halyard-local.yml
          name: halconfig-volume
          subPath: halyard-local.yml
      volumes:
      - configMap:
          defaultMode: 420
          name: halyard-custom-config
        name: halconfig-volume

GitOps

Armory Enterprise can deploy manifests or Kustomize packages. You can configure Armory Enterprise to redeploy itself (or use a separate Armory Enterprise) with a trigger on the git repository containing its configuration.

A change to Armory Enterprise’s configuration follows:

Pull Request –> Approval –> Configuration Merged –> Pipeline Trigger in Spinnaker –> Deploy Updated SpinnakerService

This process is auditable and reversible.

Accounts CRD (Experimental)

The Operator has a CRD for Armory Enterprise accounts. SpinnakerAccount is defined in an object - separate from the main Spinnaker config - so its creation and maintenance can be automated.

To read more about this CRD, see SpinnakerAccount.

Migrate from Halyard to the Armory Operator

If you have a current Armory instance installed with Halyard, use this guide to migrate existing configuration to Operator.

The migration process from Halyard to Operator can be completed in 7 steps:

  1. To get started, install Armory Operator.

  2. Export Armory configuration.

    Copy the desired profile’s content from the config file

    For example, if you want to migrate the default hal profile, use the following SpinnakerService manifest structure:

    currentDeployment: default
    deploymentConfigurations:
    - name: default
      <CONTENT>
    

    Add <CONTENT> in the spec.spinnakerConfig.config section in the SpinnakerService manifest as follows:

    spec:
      spinnakerConfig:
        config:
          <<CONTENT>>
    

    Note: config is under ~/.hal

    More details on SpinnakerService options on .spec.spinnakerConfig.config section

  3. Export Armory profiles.

    If you have configured Armory profiles, you need to migrate these profiles to the SpinnakerService manifest.

    First, identify the current profiles under ~/.hal/default/profiles

    For each file, create an entry under spec.spinnakerConfig.profiles

    For example, you have the following profile:

    $ ls -a ~/.hal/default/profiles | sort
    echo-local.yml
    

    Create a new entry with the name of the file without -local.yaml as follows:

    spec:
      spinnakerConfig:
        profiles:
          echo:
            <CONTENT>
    

    More details on SpinnakerService Options in the .spec.spinnakerConfig.profiles section

  4. Export Armory settings.

    If you configured Armory settings, you need to migrate these settings to the SpinnakerService manifest also.

    First, identify the current settings under ~/.hal/default/service-settings

    For each file, create an entry under spec.spinnakerConfig.service-settings

    For example, you have the following settings:

    $ ls -a ~/.hal/default/service-settings | sort
    echo.yml
    

    Create a new entry with the name of the file without .yaml as follows:

    spec:
      spinnakerConfig:
        service-settings:
          echo:
            <CONTENT>
    

    More details on SpinnakerService Options on .spec.spinnakerConfig.service-settings section

  5. Export local file references.

    If you have references to local files in any part of the config, like kubeconfigFile, service account json files or others, you need to migrate these files to the SpinnakerService manifest.

    For each file, create an entry under spec.spinnakerConfig.files

    For example, you have a Kubernetes account configured like this:

    kubernetes:
      enabled: true
      accounts:
      - name: prod
        requiredGroupMembership: []
        providerVersion: V2
        permissions: {}
        dockerRegistries: []
        configureImagePullSecrets: true
        cacheThreads: 1
        namespaces: []
        omitNamespaces: []
        kinds: []
        omitKinds: []
        customResources: []
        cachingPolicies: []
        oAuthScopes: []
        onlySpinnakerManaged: false
        kubeconfigFile: /home/spinnaker/.hal/secrets/kubeconfig-prod
      primaryAccount: prod
    

    The kubeconfigFile field is a reference to a physical file on the machine running Halyard. You need to create a new entry in files section like this:

    spec:
      spinnakerConfig:
        files:
          kubeconfig-prod: |
            <CONTENT>
    

    Then replace the file path in the config to match the key in the files section:

    kubernetes:
      enabled: true
      accounts:
      - name: prod
        requiredGroupMembership: []
        providerVersion: V2
        permissions: {}
        dockerRegistries: []
        configureImagePullSecrets: true
        cacheThreads: 1
        namespaces: []
        omitNamespaces: []
        kinds: []
        omitKinds: []
        customResources: []
        cachingPolicies: []
        oAuthScopes: []
        onlySpinnakerManaged: false
        kubeconfigFile: kubeconfig-prod  # File name must match "files" key
      primaryAccount: prod
    

    More details on SpinnakerService Options on .spec.spinnakerConfig.files section

  6. Export Packer template files (if used).

    If you are using custom Packer templates for baking images, you need to migrate these files to the SpinnakerService manifest.

    First, identify the current templates under ~/.hal/default/profiles/rosco/packer

    For each file, create an entry under spec.spinnakerConfig.files

    For example, you have the following example-packer-config file:

    $ tree -v ~/.hal/default/profiles
    ├── echo-local.yml
    └── rosco
        └── packer
            └── example-packer-config.json
    
    2 directories, 2 files
    

    You need to create a new entry with the name of the file following these instructions:

    • For each file, list the folder name starting with profiles, followed by double underscores (__) and at the very end the name of the file.
    spec:
      spinnakerConfig:
        files:
          profiles__rosco__packer__example-packer-config.json: |
            <CONTENT>
    

    More details on SpinnakerService Options on .spec.spinnakerConfig.files section

  7. Validate your Armory configuration if you plan to run the Operator in cluster mode.

    kubectl -n <namespace> apply -f <spinnaker service manifest> --dry-run=server
    

    The validation service throws an error when something is wrong with your manifest.

  8. Apply your SpinnakerService:

    kubectl -n <namespace> apply -f <spinnaker service>
    

Uninstall the Armory Operator

Uninstalling the Armory Operator involves deleting its deployment and SpinnakerService CRD. When you delete the CRD, any Armory installation created by Operator gets deleted. This occurs because the CRD is set as the owner of the Armory resources, so they get garbage collected.

There are two ways in which you can remove this ownership relationship so that Armory is not deleted when deleting the Operator: replacing Operator with Halyard or removing Operator ownership of Armory resources.

Replace Operator with Halyard

First, export Armory configuration settings to a format that Halyard understands:

  1. From the SpinnakerService manifest, copy the contents of spec.spinnakerConfig.config to its own file named config, and save it with the following structure:

    currentDeployment: default
    deploymentConfigurations:
    - name: default
      <<CONTENT HERE>>
    
  2. For each entry in spec.spinnakerConfig.profiles, copy it to its own file inside a profiles folder with a <entry-name>-local.yml name.

  3. For each entry in spec.spinnakerConfig.service-settings, copy it to its own file inside a service-settings folder with a <entry-name>.yml name.

  4. For each entry in spec.spinnakerConfig.files, copy it to its own file inside a directory structure following the name of the entry with double underscores (__) replaced by a path separator. For example, an entry named profiles__rosco__packer__example-packer-config.json results inthe file profiles/rosco/packer/example-packer-config.json.

When finished, you have the following directory tree:

config
default/
  profiles/
  service-settings/

After that, move these files to your Halyard home directory and deploy Armory with the hal deploy apply command.

Finally, delete Operator and their CRDs from the Kubernetes cluster.

kubectl delete -n <namespace> -f deploy/operator/<installation type>
kubectl delete -f deploy/crds/

Remove Operator ownership from Armory resources

Run the following script to remove ownership of Armory resources, where NAMESPACE is the namespace where Armory is installed:

NAMESPACE=
for rtype in deployment service
do
    for r in $(kubectl -n $NAMESPACE get $rtype --selector=app=spin -o jsonpath='{.items[*].metadata.name}')
    do
        kubectl -n $NAMESPACE patch $rtype $r --type json -p='[{"op": "remove", "path": "/metadata/ownerReferences"}]'
    done
done

After the script completes, delete the Armory Operator and its CRDs from the Kubernetes cluster:

kubectl delete -n <namespace> -f deploy/operator/<installation type>
kubectl delete -f deploy/crds/