Deploy the DNS Add-on

By | April 9, 2017

The DNS add-on allows your services to have a DNS name in addition to an IP address. This is helpful for simplified service discovery between applications. More info can be found in the Kubernetes DNS documentation.

Add-ons are built on the same Kubernetes components as user-submitted jobs — Pods, Replication Controllers and Services. We’re going to install the DNS add-on with kubectl.

First create dns-addon.yml on your local machine and replace the variable. There is a lot going on in there, so let’s break it down after you create it.

  • Replace ${DNS_SERVICE_IP}

dns-addon.yml

apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
metadata:
  name: kube-dns
  namespace: kube-system
  labels:
    k8s-app: kube-dns
    kubernetes.io/cluster-service: "true"
    kubernetes.io/name: "KubeDNS"
spec:
  selector:
    k8s-app: kube-dns
  clusterIP: ${DNS_SERVICE_IP}
  ports:
  - name: dns
    port: 53
    protocol: UDP
  - name: dns-tcp
    port: 53
    protocol: TCP


---


apiVersion: v1
kind: ReplicationController
metadata:
  name: kube-dns-v20
  namespace: kube-system
  labels:
    k8s-app: kube-dns
    version: v20
    kubernetes.io/cluster-service: "true"
spec:
  replicas: 1
  selector:
    k8s-app: kube-dns
    version: v20
  template:
    metadata:
      labels:
        k8s-app: kube-dns
        version: v20
      annotations:
        scheduler.alpha.kubernetes.io/critical-pod: ''
        scheduler.alpha.kubernetes.io/tolerations: '[{"key":"CriticalAddonsOnly", "operator":"Exists"}]'
    spec:
      containers:
      - name: kubedns
        image: gcr.io/google_containers/kubedns-amd64:1.8
        resources:
          limits:
            memory: 170Mi
          requests:
            cpu: 100m
            memory: 70Mi
        livenessProbe:
          httpGet:
            path: /healthz-kubedns
            port: 8080
            scheme: HTTP
          initialDelaySeconds: 60
          timeoutSeconds: 5
          successThreshold: 1
          failureThreshold: 5
        readinessProbe:
          httpGet:
            path: /readiness
            port: 8081
            scheme: HTTP
          initialDelaySeconds: 3
          timeoutSeconds: 5
        args:
        - --domain=cluster.local.
        - --dns-port=10053
        ports:
        - containerPort: 10053
          name: dns-local
          protocol: UDP
        - containerPort: 10053
          name: dns-tcp-local
          protocol: TCP
      - name: dnsmasq
        image: gcr.io/google_containers/kube-dnsmasq-amd64:1.4
        livenessProbe:
          httpGet:
            path: /healthz-dnsmasq
            port: 8080
            scheme: HTTP
          initialDelaySeconds: 60
          timeoutSeconds: 5
          successThreshold: 1
          failureThreshold: 5
        args:
        - --cache-size=1000
        - --no-resolv
        - --server=127.0.0.1#10053
        - --log-facility=-
        ports:
        - containerPort: 53
          name: dns
          protocol: UDP
        - containerPort: 53
          name: dns-tcp
          protocol: TCP
      - name: healthz
        image: gcr.io/google_containers/exechealthz-amd64:1.2
        resources:
          limits:
            memory: 50Mi
          requests:
            cpu: 10m
            memory: 50Mi
        args:
        - --cmd=nslookup kubernetes.default.svc.cluster.local 127.0.0.1 >/dev/null
        - --url=/healthz-dnsmasq
        - --cmd=nslookup kubernetes.default.svc.cluster.local 127.0.0.1:10053 >/dev/null
        - --url=/healthz-kubedns
        - --port=8080
        - --quiet
        ports:
        - containerPort: 8080
          protocol: TCP
      dnsPolicy: Default

Note: The above YAML definition is based on the upstream DNS addon in the Kubernetes addon folder.

This single YAML file is actually creating 2 different Kubernetes objects, separated by ---.

The first object is a service that provides DNS lookups over port 53 for any service that requires it.

The second object is a Replication Controller, which consists of several different containers that work together to provide DNS lookups. There’s too much going on to explain it all, but it’s using health checks, resource limits, and intra-pod networking over multiple ports.

Next, start the DNS add-on:

$ kubectl create -f dns-addon.yml

And check for kube-dns-v20-* pod up and running:

$ kubectl get pods --namespace=kube-system | grep kube-dns-v20
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