[Playground Series] How to create a managed Kubernetes cluster with Google Kubernetes Engine?

[Playground series] How to create a managed Kubernetes cluster on Google Cloud Playground?

In this post, let’s go through steps to create a managed Kubernetes cluster on Google Cloud using GKE, check it out!

1. Provision your Google Cloud Playground lab.

Prerequisite: Premium KodeKloud subscription.

Access this link: Pricing Pro - KodeKloud and click START LAB to request a new Google Cloud Playground instance, after a few seconds, you will receive your credential to access Google Cloud console.

Access https://console.cloud.google.com using provided credentials.

2. Configure the project

After logging in successfully, select your country, and accept the terms & conditions to continue.

Click select project.

Select Organization and Project (all are already created, you don’t need to create a new one), then click OPEN.

3. Configure the VPC & Firewall Rules

Notes: Due to the limitation of the cloud playground environment, we need this additional steps to make sure the GKE cluster can be created successfully.

Go to VPC dashboard and select Routes, then click CREATE ROUTE

Fill in the form as below image

Check the Firewall Rules and confirm allow http & allow https are created (if not yet available, please create it by yourself).

4. Create the Google Kubernetes Engine instance.

Search for Google Kubernetes Engine.

From the Kubernetes Engine dashboard, click CREATE to create a new managed Kubernetes cluster.

Select the Standard mode (we will manage our own cluster).

Fill in the “Cluster Basics” form.

  • Name: kodekloud-demo-cluster

  • Location type: Zonal

  • Zone: us-west1-a

  • Control plane version: Release channel

In the default-pool, configure as below image.

  • Number of nodes: 2

In the default-pool/Nodes, configure as below image.

  • Machine type: e2-medium

  • Boot disk size: 20GB

Then click CREATE button and wait for our Kubernetes cluster created (Cluster creation can take 5 minutes or more).

Kubernetes Cluser created successfully as below image:

5. Verify the create Kubernetes cluster

Access the cluster detail and click Connect, and then select Run In Cloud Shell

Click Continue and wait while Google Cloud provision the Cloud Shell. When Cloud Shell provisioned, try some kubectl commands to verify the cluster.

[email protected]:~ (clgcporg2-147)$ kubectl get nodes
NAME                                       STATUS   ROLES    AGE   VERSION
gke-cluster-1-default-pool-b70d5f70-8pfq   Ready    <none>   10m   v1.23.12-gke.100
gke-cluster-1-default-pool-b70d5f70-hmzq   Ready    <none>   10m   v1.23.12-gke.100
[email protected]:~ (clgcporg2-147)$ kubectl cluster-info
Kubernetes control plane is running at
GLBCDefaultBackend is running at
KubeDNS is running at
Metrics-server is running at