12 Step tutorial to setup Kubernetes on your Windows 10 laptop
Getting started with Kubernetes on a vanilla linux installation can be overwhelming considering the number of steps and the repetitions involved in setting up master and worker nodes. In this post I intend to explain how to set up Minikube with Hyper-V on your windows 10 laptop so you can play around with it easily.
Minikube is a tool that makes it easy to run Kubernetes locally. Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your laptop for users looking to try out Kubernetes.
A component of Windows Server Microsoft Hyper-V, codenamed Viridian and formerly known as Windows Server Virtualization, is a native hypervisor. It can create virtual machines on x86–64 systems running Windows.
Step 1: Open Windows Power Shell with Admin Privileges ( Right Click -> Run as Administrator )
Step 2: Install the package minikube using chocolatey package manager
##Minikube has a kubernetes-cli dependency which will get auto-installed along with Minikube ##
choco install minikube
Step 4: Post Successful installation verify if your Powershell prints an output like this
Step 5: Install the Kubernetes Command Line Interface that will help you access any kubernetes cluster ( Local or otherwise )
choco install kubernetes-cli
Step 6: Change settings of Hyper-V to work around a bug of minikube.
Step 7: Open Hyper-V and go to Virtual Switch
Step 8: Click on New virtual network switch on the right hand side, select External for the network type, and then click the Create Virtual Switch button.
Step 9: Name the network Minikube v switch and then set it as an external network
Step 10: Run the following command in command prompt with admin privileges to start the minikube VM and configure it to be used with kubectl
minikube start --vm-driver hyperv --hyperv-virtual-switch "minikube v switch"
Step 11: Open a new command window, this time as a normal user and run the following command
kubectl get pods -n kube-system
You should see the following result
Step 12: If you are a kubernetes dashboard person, you can open that up by typing in the following command in the command line window with the same privileges that you started minikube