Microsoft Azure Container Service Engine - Builds Docker Enabled Clusters
The Azure Container Service Engine (
acs-engine) generates ARM (Azure Resource Manager) templates for Docker enabled clusters on Microsoft Azure with your choice of DC/OS, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Swarm Mode, or Swarm orchestrators. The input to the tool is a cluster definition. The cluster definition (or apimodel) is very similar to (in many cases the same as) the ARM template syntax used to deploy a Microsoft Azure Container Service cluster.
The cluster definition file enables you to customize your Docker enabled cluster in many ways including:
- choice of DC/OS, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Swarm Mode, or Swarm orchestrators
- multiple agent pools where each agent pool can specify:
- standard or premium VM Sizes, including GPU optimized VM sizes
- node count
- Virtual Machine ScaleSets or Availability Sets
- Storage Account Disks or Managed Disks
- OS and distro
- Custom VNET
More info, including a thorough walkthrough is here.
These guides show how to create your first deployment for each orchestrator:
- DC/OS Walkthrough - shows how to create a DC/OS cluster on Azure
- Kubernetes Walkthrough - shows how to create a Linux or Windows Kubernetes cluster on Azure
- OpenShift Walkthrough - shows how to create an OpenShift cluster on Azure
- Swarm Mode Walkthrough - shows how to create a Docker Swarm Mode cluster on Azure
- Standalone Swarm Walkthrough - shows how to create a Docker Standalone Swarm cluster on Azure
These guides cover more advanced features to try out after you have built your first cluster:
- Cluster Definition - describes the components of the cluster definition file
- Custom VNET - shows how to use a custom VNET
- Attached Disks - shows how to attach up to 4 disks per node
- Managed Disks - shows how to use managed disks
- Large Clusters - shows how to create cluster sizes of up to 1200 nodes
Follow the developers guide to set up your environment.
To build acs-engine, run
make build. If you are developing with a working Docker environment, you can also run
make dev (or
makedev.ps1 on Windows) first to start a Docker container and run
make build inside the container.
Please follow these instructions before submitting a PR:
make testto run unit tests.
Manually test deployments if you are making modifications to the templates. For example, if you have to change the expected resulting templates then you should deploy the relevant example cluster definitions to ensure that you are not introducing any regressions.
Make sure that your changes are properly documented and include relevant unit tests.
Usage is best demonstrated with an example:
$ vim examples/kubernetes.json # insert your preferred, unique DNS prefix # insert your SSH public key $ ./acs-engine generate examples/kubernetes.json
This produces a new directory inside
_output/ that contains an ARM template
for deploying Kubernetes into Azure. (In the case of Kubernetes, some additional
needed assets are generated and placed in the output directory.)