Shell scripts to deploy and upgrade Kubernetes clusters on Ubuntu
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scripts to deploy / upgrade Kubernetes lab clusters on Ubuntu

I use Ubuntu (Server 20.04) in order to make use of up-to-date cluster and kernel packages.


  • 2+ available role-dedicated lab nodes (ideally 1 master and 2+ workers) running Ubuntu (I use 4 (1+3) KVM guest domains created via libvirt, YMMV)
  • SSH access to all nodes with pubkey auth
  • sudo as root without password
  • variables named K8S_VERSION_* sent and accepted via SSH
  • one doesn't know Ansible (half-joking there, this is more of an educational, "quick 'n' dirty" effort)
  • one knows there are other, possibly better ways


ssh master1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-install
ssh worker1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-install

generic installation procedure

  • kubeadm init on master1
  • kubeadm join on worker1


## when upgrading point releases
export K8S_VERSION_CURRENT=$(kubectl version --short | awk '/^Server/{print substr($3,2)}')
export K8S_VERSION_LATEST=$(curl -sL${K8S_VERSION_CURRENT%.*}.txt)

## otherwise
export K8S_VERSION_LATEST=$(curl -sL${K8S_VERSION_MAJOR}.txt)

### control plane first
kubectl drain master1 --ignore-daemonsets --delete-local-data
ssh master1 sudo apt update

### when upgrading the OS
ssh master1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-update-os

### otherwise
ssh master1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-update-master
kubectl uncordon master1
sleep 60
ssh master1 sudo docker image prune -af

### workload plane, workers one by one
kubectl drain worker1 --ignore-daemonsets --delete-local-data
ssh worker1 sudo apt update

### when upgrading the OS
ssh worker1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-update-os

### otherwise
ssh worker1 bash -xs < k8s-ubuntu-update-worker
kubectl uncordon worker1
sleep 60
ssh worker1 sudo docker image prune -af