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Getting Started

This getting started guide will walk you through setting up a new CDK project which leverages the eks-blueprints NPM module to deploy a simple Blueprints.

Project Setup

Before proceeding, make sure AWS CLI is installed on your machine.

To use the eks-blueprints module, you must have Node.js and npm installed. We will also use make to simplify build and other common actions. You can do it using the following instructions:

brew install make
brew install node
sudo apt install make
sudo apt install nodejs

Create a directory that represents you project (e.g. my-blueprints) and then create a new typescript CDK project in that directory.

npm install -g aws-cdk@2.43.0 # may require sudo (Ubuntu) depending on configuration
cdk --version # must produce 2.43.0
mkdir my-blueprints
cd my-blueprints
cdk init app --language typescript

Configure and Deploy EKS Clusters

Install the eks-blueprints NPM package via the following.

npm i @aws-quickstart/eks-blueprints

Replace the contents of bin/<your-main-file>.ts (where your-main-file by default is the name of the root project directory) with the following code. This code will deploy a new EKS Cluster and install the ArgoCD addon.

import 'source-map-support/register';
import * as cdk from 'aws-cdk-lib';
import * as blueprints from '@aws-quickstart/eks-blueprints';

const app = new cdk.App();
const account = 'XXXXXXXXXXXXX';
const region = 'us-east-2';

const addOns: Array<blueprints.ClusterAddOn> = [
    new blueprints.addons.ArgoCDAddOn,
    new blueprints.addons.CalicoAddOn,
    new blueprints.addons.MetricsServerAddOn,
    new blueprints.addons.ClusterAutoScalerAddOn,
    new blueprints.addons.ContainerInsightsAddOn,
    new blueprints.addons.AwsLoadBalancerControllerAddOn(),
    new blueprints.addons.VpcCniAddOn(),
    new blueprints.addons.CoreDnsAddOn(),
    new blueprints.addons.KubeProxyAddOn(),
    new blueprints.addons.XrayAddOn()

    .build(app, 'eks-blueprint');

Each combination of target account and region must be bootstrapped prior to deploying stacks. Bootstrapping is a process of creating IAM roles and lambda functions that can execute some of the common CDK constructs.

For application of the EKS Blueprints Framework with AWS Organizations, Multi-account framework and Control Tower consider a process to automatically or manually CDK-bootstrapping new (workload/environment) accounts when they are added to the organization. More info on account bootstrapping here.

Bootstrap your environment with the following command.

cdk bootstrap

Note: if the account/region combination used in the code example above is different from the initial combination used with cdk bootstrap, you will need to perform cdk bootstrap again to avoid error.

Please reference CDK usage doc for detail.

Deploy the stack using the following command. This command will take roughly 20 minutes to complete.

cdk deploy

Congratulations! You have deployed your first EKS cluster with eks-blueprints. The above code will provision the following:

Cluster Access

Once the deploy completes, you will see output in your terminal window similar to the following:

east-test-1.easttest1ClusterName8D8E5E5E = east-test-1
east-test-1.easttest1ConfigCommand25ABB520 = aws eks update-kubeconfig --name east-test-1 --region us-east-1 --role-arn <ROLE_ARN>
east-test-1.easttest1GetTokenCommand337FE3DD = aws eks get-token --cluster-name east-test-1 --region us-east-1 --role-arn <ROLE_ARN>

Stack ARN:

To update your Kubernetes config for you new cluster, copy and run the east-test-1.easttest1ConfigCommand25ABB520 command (the second command) in your terminal.

aws eks update-kubeconfig --name east-test-1 --region us-east-1 --role-arn <ROLE_ARN>

Validate that you now have kubectl access to your cluster via the following:

kubectl get namespace

You should see output that lists all namespaces in your cluster.

Deploy workloads with ArgoCD

Next, let's walk you through how to deploy workloads to your cluster with ArgoCD. This approach leverages the App of Apps pattern to deploy multiple workloads across multiple namespaces. The sample app of apps repository that we use in this getting started guide can be found here.

You can leverage Automatic Bootstrapping for automatic onboarding of workloads. This feature may be leveraged even when workload repositories are not ready yet, as it creates a placeholder for future workloads and decouples workload onboarding for the infrastructure provisioning pipeline. The next steps, described in this guide apply for cases when customer prefer to bootstrap their workloads manually through ArgoCD UI console.

Install ArgoCD CLI

These steps are needed for manual workload onboarding. For automatic bootstrapping please refer to the Automatic Bootstrapping.

Follow the instructions found here as it will include instructions for your specific OS. You can test that the ArgoCD CLI was installed correctly using the following:

argocd version --short --client

You should see output similar to the following:

argocd: v2.0.1+33eaf11.dirty

Exposing ArgoCD

To access ArgoCD running in your Kubernetes cluster, we can leverage Kubernetes Port Forwarding. To do so, first capture the ArgoCD service name in an environment variable.

export ARGO_SERVER=$(kubectl get svc -n argocd -l -o name) 

Next, in a new terminal tab, expose the service locally.

kubectl port-forward $ARGO_SERVER -n argocd 8080:443

Open your browser to http://localhost:8080 and you should see the ArgoCD login screen.


Logging Into ArgoCD

ArgoCD will create an admin user and password on a fresh install. To get the ArgoCD admin password, run the following.

export ARGO_PASSWORD=$(kubectl -n argocd get secret argocd-initial-admin-secret -o jsonpath="{.data.password}" | base64 -d)

While still port-forwarding, login via the following.

argocd login localhost:8080 --username admin --password $ARGO_PASSWORD

You can also login to the ArgoCD UI with generated password and the username admin.


Deploy workloads to your cluster

Create a project in Argo by running the following command

argocd proj create sample \
    -d https://kubernetes.default.svc,argocd \

Create the application within Argo by running the following command

argocd app create dev-apps \
    --dest-namespace argocd  \
    --dest-server https://kubernetes.default.svc  \
    --repo \
    --path "envs/dev"

Sync the apps by running the following command

argocd app sync dev-apps 

Validate deployments.

To validate your deployments, leverage kubectl port-forwarding to access the guestbook-ui service for team-riker.

kubectl port-forward svc/guestbook-ui -n team-riker 4040:80

Open up localhost:4040 in your browser and you should see the application.

Next Steps

For information on onboarding teams to your clusters, see Team documentation.

For information on deploying Continuous Delivery pipelines for your infrastructure, see Pipelines documentation.

For information on supported add-ons, see Add-on documentation

For information on Onboarding and managing workloads in your clusters, see Workload documentation.