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We can create a cluster in iMKE with a couple of clicks. Before we can do that, there needs to be a project.

So if you don’t have a project yet, create a project first.

To create the cluster, we click on Create Cluster in the top right corner: Create Cluster

This opens the first page of the cluster creation procedure. We choose the provider openstack and one of the three datacenters. In this example, we pick IX2: Add Cluster Step 1

In the next step, we have to configure the cluster details. In the example, we call our Cluster first-system and select the desired Kubernetes version: Add Cluster Step 2

For occasional SSH access to worker nodes, we need can optionally deploy an SSH Key. To add an SSH-Key, we click on Add SSH key: Add Cluster Step 2.2

After that we can add the SSH Public Key and give it a memorable name: Add Cluster Step 2.3

To allow iMKE to request the required resources from OpenStack, we add our OpenStack credentials now. After that, the contents of Project is refreshed automatically, and we can choose the OpenStack project we want to run the cluster in: Add Cluster Step 3.1 Add Cluster Step 3.2

By adding the credentials and selecting the OpenStack project, we could proceed to the next step. If we do so, a new and dedicated network, subnet and security group will be created for the cluster automatically.

It is also possible to use an existing network to create the cluster. For this to work, we have to select the network and the subnet from the dropdown menu. Those must be attached to a router. Creating a router can be done from the Optimist Dashboard or from the OpenStack command line. Please refer to our OpenStack documentation for details how to create the router and attach it.

Add Cluster Network

In the next step, we define how many and what kind of virtual machines will be initially available as worker nodes in the cluster.

First, this so called Machine Deployment needs a name. For our test cluster we use the random name generator: Add Cluster Step 4

Next, we should specify the Replicas (number of worker nodes in your Kubernetes cluster) and the Flavor (machine type), which defines the amount of CPU and RAM for each worker node: Add Cluster Step 4.2

To finish, we click on Next. After we verified all settings, we click on Create Cluster: Add Cluster Step 5

Now the cluster is being created. To access the information, we return to the Cluster view of the project and click our Cluster’s name: Add Cluster Step 6

This will open a page with all cluster details: Add Cluster Step 6.2


In this guide, we achieved and learned the following:

  • What is an iMKE Cluster
  • How to create an iMKE Cluster

Congratulations! Now you know how to create a Kubernetes Cluster with iMKE. The following pages describe cluster usage examples.