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Cluster Configs for Midnightthoughts and Nordgedanken

These are the current running setups at Midnightthoughts and Nordegedanken.

This is based on https://github.com/fluxcd/flux2-kustomize-helm-example/tree/d54e250182ead1f4a00e9fd78b05dc9e0186246d


You will need a Kubernetes cluster version 1.21 or newer. For a quick local test, you can use Kubernetes kind. Any other Kubernetes setup will work as well though.

Install the Flux CLI on MacOS or Linux using Homebrew:

brew install fluxcd/tap/flux

Or install the CLI by downloading precompiled binaries using a Bash script:

curl -s https://fluxcd.io/install.sh | sudo bash

Repository structure

The Git repository contains the following top directories:

  • apps dir contains Helm releases with a custom configuration per cluster
  • infrastructure dir contains common infra tools such as ingress-nginx and cert-manager
  • clusters dir contains the Flux configuration per cluster (Note that staging isn't deployed anywhere at this time)
├── apps
│   ├── base
│   ├── production 
│   └── staging
├── infrastructure
│   ├── configs
│   └── controllers
└── clusters
    ├── production
    └── staging


The apps configuration is structured into:

  • apps/base/ dir contains namespaces and Helm release definitions
  • apps/production/ dir contains the production Helm release values
  • apps/staging/ dir contains the staging values
├── base
│   └── podinfo
│       ├── kustomization.yaml
│       ├── namespace.yaml
│       ├── release.yaml
│       └── repository.yaml
├── production
│   ├── kustomization.yaml
│   └── podinfo-patch.yaml
└── staging
    ├── kustomization.yaml
    └── podinfo-patch.yaml


The infrastructure is structured into:

  • infrastructure/controllers/ dir contains namespaces and Helm release definitions for Kubernetes controllers
  • infrastructure/configs/ dir contains Kubernetes custom resources such as cert issuers and networks policies
├── configs
│   ├── cluster-issuers.yaml
│   ├── network-policies.yaml
│   └── kustomization.yaml
└── controllers
    ├── cert-manager.yaml
    ├── ingress-nginx.yaml
    ├── weave-gitops.yaml
    └── kustomization.yaml

In clusters/production/infrastructure.yaml we replace the Let's Encrypt server value to point to the production API:

apiVersion: kustomize.toolkit.fluxcd.io/v1beta2
kind: Kustomization
  name: infra-configs
  namespace: flux-system
  # ...omitted for brevity
    - name: infra-controllers
    - patch: |
        - op: replace
          path: /spec/acme/server
          value: https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory        
        kind: ClusterIssuer
        name: letsencrypt

Note that with dependsOn we tell Flux to first install or upgrade the controllers and only then the configs. This ensures that the Kubernetes CRDs are registered on the cluster, before Flux applies any custom resources.

Useful things

Watch for the Helm releases being installed:

$ watch flux get helmreleases --all-namespaces

flux-system   weave-gitops  4.0.12    False     True  Release reconciliation succeeded

Watch kustomizations getting deployed:

$ flux get kustomizations -w

NAME            REVISION                SUSPENDED       READY   MESSAGE                              
flux-system     main@sha1:21ebd912      False           True    Applied revision: main@sha1:21ebd912
infra-controllers       main@sha1:21ebd912      False   True    Applied revision: main@sha1:21ebd912


  • Migrate old deployments here
  • Port validate script
  • Setup CI for github and woodpecker (Fluxcd can pull it)
  • Verify sops is working as expected and then publish repo