OpenShift Hive v1.1.x – Latest updates & new features

Over a year has gone by since my first article about Getting started with OpenShift Hive and my talk at the RedHat OpenShift Gathering when the first stable OpenShift Hive v1 version got released. In between a lot has happened and OpenShift Hive v1.1.1 was released a few weeks ago. So I wanted to look into the new functionalities of OpenShift Hive.

  • Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) installation

Hive is now available through the Operator Hub community catalog and can be installed on both OpenShift or native Kubernetes cluster through the OLM. The install is straightforward by adding the operator-group and subscription manifests:

---
apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1alpha2
kind: OperatorGroup
metadata:
  name: operatorgroup
  namespace: hive
---
apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1alpha1
kind: Subscription
metadata:
  name: hive
  namespace: hive
spec:
  channel: alpha
  name: hive-operator
  source: operatorhubio-catalog
  sourceNamespace: olm

Alternatively the Hive subscription can be configured with a manual install plan. In this case the OLM will not automatically upgrade the Hive operator when a new version is released – I highly recommend this for production deployments!

---
apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1alpha1
kind: Subscription
metadata:
  name: hive
  namespace: hive
spec:
  channel: alpha
  name: hive-operator
  installPlanApproval: Manual
  source: operatorhubio-catalog
  sourceNamespace: olm

After a few seconds you see an install plan being added.

$ k get installplan
NAME            CSV                    APPROVAL   APPROVED
install-9drmh   hive-operator.v1.1.0   Manual     false

Edit the install plan and set approved value to true – the OLM will start and install or upgrade the Hive operator automatically.

...
spec:
  approval: Manual
  approved: true
  clusterServiceVersionNames:
  - hive-operator.v1.1.0
  generation: 1
...

After the Hive operator is installed you need to apply the Hiveconfig object for the operator to install all of the needed Hive components. On non-OpenShift installs (native Kubernetes) you still need to generate Hiveadmission certificates for the admission controller pods to start otherwise they are missing the hiveadmission-serving-cert secret.

  • Hiveconfig – Velero backup and delete protection

There are a few small but also very useful changes in the Hiveconfig object. You can now enable the deleteProtection option which prevents administrators from accidental deletions of ClusterDeployments or SyncSets. Another great addition is that you can enable automatic configuration of Velero to backup your cluster namespaces, meaning you’re not required to configure backups separately.

---
apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: HiveConfig
metadata:
  name: hive
spec:
  logLevel: info
  targetNamespace: hive
  deleteProtection: enabled
  backup:
    velero:
      enabled: true
      namespace: velero

Backups are configured in the Velero namespace as specified in the Hiveconfig.

$ k get backups -n velero
NAME                              AGE
backup-okd-2021-03-26t11-57-32z   3h12m
backup-okd-2021-03-26t12-00-32z   3h9m
backup-okd-2021-03-26t12-35-44z   154m
backup-okd-2021-03-26t12-38-44z   151m
...

With the deletion protection enabled in the hiveconfig, the controller automatically adds the annotation hive.openshift.io/protected-delete: “true” to all resources and prevents these from accidental deletions:

$ k delete cd okd --wait=0
The ClusterDeployment "okd" is invalid: metadata.annotations.hive.openshift.io/protected-delete: Invalid value: "true": cannot delete while annotation is present
  • ClusterSync and Scaling Hive controller

To check applied resources through SyncSets and SelectorSyncSets, where Hive has previously used Syncsetnstance but these no longer exists. This now has move to ClusterSync to collect status information about applied resources:

$ k get clustersync okd -o yaml
apiVersion: hiveinternal.openshift.io/v1alpha1
kind: ClusterSync
metadata:
  name: okd
  namespace: okd
spec: {}
status:
  conditions:
  - lastProbeTime: "2021-03-26T16:13:57Z"
    lastTransitionTime: "2021-03-26T16:13:57Z"
    message: All SyncSets and SelectorSyncSets have been applied to the cluster
    reason: Success
    status: "False"
    type: Failed
  firstSuccessTime: "2021-03-26T16:13:57Z"
...

It is also possible to horizontally scale the Hive controller to change the synchronisation frequency for running larger OpenShift deployments.

---
apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: HiveConfig
metadata:
  name: hive
spec:
  logLevel: info
  targetNamespace: hive
  deleteProtection: enabled
  backup:
    velero:
      enabled: true
      namespace: velero
  controllersConfig:
    controllers:
    - config:
        concurrentReconciles: 10
        replicas: 3
      name: clustersync

Please checkout the scaling test script which I found in the Github repo, you can simulate fake clusters by adding the annotation “hive.openshift.io/fake-cluster=true” to your ClusterDeployment.

  • Hibernating clusters

RedHat introduced that you can hibernate (shutdown) clusters in OpenShift 4.5 when they are not needed and switch them easily back on when you need them. This is now possible with OpenShift Hive: you can hibernate and change the power state of a cluster deployment.

$ kubectl patch cd okd --type='merge' -p $'spec:\n powerState: Hibernating'

Checking the cluster deployment and power state change to stopping.

$ kubectl get cd
NAME   PLATFORM   REGION      CLUSTERTYPE   INSTALLED   INFRAID     VERSION   POWERSTATE   AGE
okd    aws        eu-west-1                 true        okd-jpqgb   4.7.0     Stopping     44m

After a couple of minutes the power state of the cluster nodes will change to hibernating.

$ kubectl get cd
NAME   PLATFORM   REGION      CLUSTERTYPE   INSTALLED   INFRAID     VERSION   POWERSTATE    AGE
okd    aws        eu-west-1                 true        okd-jpqgb   4.7.0     Hibernating   47m

In the AWS console you see the cluster instances as stopped.

When turning the cluster back online, change the power state in the cluster deployment to running.

$ kubectl patch cd okd --type='merge' -p $'spec:\n powerState: Running'

Again the power state changes to resuming.

$ kubectl get cd
NAME   PLATFORM   REGION      CLUSTERTYPE   INSTALLED   INFRAID     VERSION   POWERSTATE   AGE
okd    aws        eu-west-1                 true        okd-jpqgb   4.7.0     Resuming     49m

A few minutes later the cluster changes to running and is ready to use again.

$ k get cd
NAME   PLATFORM   REGION      CLUSTERTYPE   INSTALLED   INFRAID     VERSION   POWERSTATE   AGE
okd    aws        eu-west-1                 true        okd-jpqgb   4.7.0     Running      61m
  • Cluster pools

Cluster pools is something which came together with the hibernating feature which allows you to pre-provision OpenShift clusters without actually allocating them and after the provisioning they will hibernate until you claim a cluster. Again a nice feature and ideal use-case for ephemeral type development or integration test environments which allows you to have clusters ready to go to claim when needed and dispose them afterwards.

Create a ClusterPool custom resource which is similar to a cluster deployment.

apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: ClusterPool
metadata:
  name: okd-eu-west-1
  namespace: hive
spec:
  baseDomain: okd.domain.com
  imageSetRef:
    name: okd-4.7-imageset
  installConfigSecretTemplateRef: 
    name: install-config
  skipMachinePools: true
  platform:
    aws:
      credentialsSecretRef:
        name: aws-creds
      region: eu-west-1
  pullSecretRef:
    name: pull-secret
  size: 3

To claim a cluster from a pool, apply the ClusterClaim resource.

apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: ClusterClaim
metadata:
  name: okd-claim
  namespace: hive
spec:
  clusterPoolName: okd-eu-west-1
  lifetime: 8h

I haven’t tested this yet but will definitely start using this in the coming weeks. Have a look at the Hive documentation on using ClusterPool and ClusterClaim.

  • Cluster relocation

For me, having used OpenShift Hive for over one and half years to run OpenShift 4 cluster, this is a very useful functionality because at some point you might need to rebuild or move your management services to a new Hive cluster. The ClusterRelocator object gives you the option to do this.

$ kubectl create secret generic new-hive-cluster-kubeconfig -n hive --from-file=kubeconfig=./new-hive-cluster.kubeconfig

Create the ClusterRelocator object and specify the kubeconfig of the remote Hive cluster, and also add a clusterDeploymentSelector:

apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: ClusterRelocate
metadata:
  name: migrate
spec:
  kubeconfigSecretRef:
    namespace: hive
    name: new-hive-cluster-kubeconfig
  clusterDeploymentSelector:
    matchLabels:
      migrate: cluster

To move cluster deployments, add the label migrate=cluster to your OpenShift clusters you want to move.

$ kubectl label clusterdeployment okd migrate=cluster

The cluster deployment will move to the new Hive cluster and will be removed from the source Hive cluster without the de-provision. It’s important to keep in mind that you need to copy any other resources you need, such as secrets, syncsets, selectorsyncsets and syncidentiyproviders, before moving the clusters. Take a look at the Hive documentation for the exact steps.

  • Useful annotation

Pause SyncSets by adding the annotation “hive.openshift.io/syncset-pause=true” which stops the reconcile of defined resources and great for troubleshooting.

In a cluster deployment you can set the option to preserve cluster on delete which allows the user to disconnect a cluster from Hive without de-provisioning it.

$ kubectl patch cd okd --type='merge' -p $'spec:\n preserveOnDelete: true'

This sums up the new features and functionalities you can use with the latest OpenShift Hive version.

Synchronize Cluster Configuration using OpenShift Hive – SyncSets and SelectorSyncSets

It has been some time since my last post but I want to continue my OpenShift Hive article series about Getting started with OpenShift Hive and how to Deploy OpenShift/OKD 4.x clusters using Hive. In this blog post I want to explain how you can use Hive to synchronise cluster configuration using SyncSets. There are two different types of SyncSets, the SyncSet (namespaced custom resource), which you assign to a specific cluster name in the Cluster Deployment Reference, and a SelectorSyncSet (cluster-wide custom resource) using the Cluster Deployment Selector, which uses a label selector to apply configuration to a set of clusters matching the label across cluster namespaces.

Let’s look at the first example of a SyncSet (namespaced resource), which you can see in the example below. In the clusterDeploymentRefs you need to match a cluster name which is created in the same namespace where you create the SyncSet. In SyncSet there are sections where you can create resources or apply patches to a cluster. The last section is secretReference which you use to apply secrets to a cluster without having them in clear text written in the SyncSet:

apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: SyncSet
metadata:
  name: example-syncset
  namespace: okd
spec:
  clusterDeploymentRefs:
  - name: okd
  resources:
  - apiVersion: v1
    kind: Namespace
    metadata:
      name: myproject
  patches:
  - kind: Config
    apiVersion: imageregistry.operator.openshift.io/v1
    name: cluster
    applyMode: AlwaysApply
    patch: |-
      { "spec": { "defaultRoute": true }}
    patchType: merge
  secretReferences:
  - source:
      name: mysecret
      namespace: okd
    target:
      name: mysecret
      namespace: myproject

The second SyncSet example for an SelectorSyncSet (cluster-wide resource) is very similar to the previous example but more flexible because you can use a label selector clusterDeploymentSelector and the configuration can be applied to multiple clusters matching the label across cluster namespaces. Great use-case for common or environment configuration which is the same for all OpenShift clusters:

---
apiVersion: hive.openshift.io/v1
kind: SelectorSyncSet
metadata:
  name: mygroup
spec:
  resources:
  - apiVersion: v1
    kind: Namespace
    metadata:
      name: myproject
  resourceApplyMode: Sync
  clusterDeploymentSelector:
    matchLabels:
      cluster-group: okd

The problem with SyncSets is that they can get pretty large and it is complicated to write them by yourself depending on the size of configuration. My colleague Matt wrote a syncset generator which solves the problem and automatically generates a  SelectorSyncSet, please checkout his github repository:

$ wget -O syncset-gen https://github.com/matt-simons/syncset-gen/releases/download/v0.5/syncset-gen_linux_amd64 && chmod +x ./syncset-gen
$ sudo mv ./syncset-gen /usr/bin/
$ syncset-gen view -h
Parses a manifest directory and prints a SyncSet/SelectorSyncSet representation of the objects it contains.

Usage:
  ss view [flags]

Flags:
  -c, --cluster-name string   The cluster name used to match the SyncSet to a Cluster
  -h, --help                  help for view
  -p, --patches string        The directory of patch manifest files to use
  -r, --resources string      The directory of resource manifest files to use
  -s, --selector string       The selector key/value pair used to match the SelectorSyncSet to Cluster(s)

Next we need a repository to store the configuration for the OpenShift/OKD clusters. Below you can see a very simple example. The ./config folder contains common configuration which is using a SelectorSyncSet with a clusterDeploymentSelector:

$ tree
.
└── config
    ├── patch
    │   └── cluster-version.yaml
    └── resource
        └── namespace.yaml

To generate a SelectorSyncSet from the ./config folder, run the syncset-gen and the following command options:

$ syncset-gen view okd-cluster-group-selectorsyncset --selector cluster-group/okd -p ./config/patch/ -r ./config/resource/
{
    "kind": "SelectorSyncSet",
    "apiVersion": "hive.openshift.io/v1",
    "metadata": {
        "name": "okd-cluster-group-selectorsyncset",
        "creationTimestamp": null,
        "labels": {
            "generated": "true"
        }
    },
    "spec": {
        "resources": [
            {
                "apiVersion": "v1",
                "kind": "Namespace",
                "metadata": {
                    "name": "myproject"
                }
            }
        ],
        "resourceApplyMode": "Sync",
        "patches": [
            {
                "apiVersion": "config.openshift.io/v1",
                "kind": "ClusterVersion",
                "name": "version",
                "patch": "{\"spec\": {\"channel\": \"stable-4.3\",\"desiredUpdate\": {\"version\": \"4.3.0\", \"image\": \"quay.io/openshift-release-dev/[email protected]:3a516480dfd68e0f87f702b4d7bdd6f6a0acfdac5cd2e9767b838ceede34d70d\"}}}",
                "patchType": "merge"
            },
            {
                "apiVersion": "rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1",
                "kind": "ClusterRoleBinding",
                "name": "self-provisioners",
                "patch": "{\"subjects\": null}",
                "patchType": "merge"
            }
        ],
        "clusterDeploymentSelector": {
            "matchExpressions": [
                {
                    "key": "cluster-group/okd",
                    "operator": "Exists"
                }
            ]
        }
    },
    "status": {}
}

To debug SyncSets use the below command in the cluster deployment namespace which can give you a status of whether the configuration has successfully applied or if it has failed to apply:

$ oc get syncsetinstance -n <namespace>
$ oc get syncsetinstances <synsetinstance name> -o yaml

I hope this was useful to get you started using OpenShift Hive and SyncSets to apply configuration to OpenShift/OKD clusters. More information about SyncSets can be found in the OpenShift Hive repository.