Install Kubernetes Agent using kubectl
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Install Kubernetes Agent using kubectl

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The Edge Delta Agent can be installed in a Kubernetes environment using kubectl. It is installed by default as a DaemonSet - a pod on every node. It analyses logs from each pod in each node as well as metrics from the cluster, and streams them to the configured destinations.

Install with Default Settings

You can install Edge Delta using kubectl without changing any default settings. You first create an Edge Delta agent configuration for Kubernetes if one doesn't exist. Then you deploy the agent passing in the secret key to your Edge Delta web app configuration.

Create an Edge Delta Agent Configuration

  1. In the Edge Delta App, on the left-side navigation, click Data Pipeline, and then click Agent Configs.
  2. Click Create Configuration.
  3. Select Kubernetes.
  4. Click Create Configuration.
  5. Optionally, modify and test the agent configuration then click Save Edits.

The agent table is updated with a new agent configuration with the kubernetes_onboarding agent tag.

Deploy an Edge Delta Agent

  1. In the agent table, click the hamburger button for the newly created agent configuration and click Deploy Instructions.
  2. Select Kubernetes.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

These onscreen instructions step you through the process of creating a namespace for the Edge Delta agent, creating a kube secret to contain your API key, creating the Edge Delta agent DaemonSet, and confirming that the Edge Delta pods are up. The following example shows the commands in the instructions but with an example key 123456789.

kubectl create namespace edgedelta
kubectl create secret generic ed-api-key \
    --namespace=edgedelta \
kubectl apply -f
kubectl get pods -n edgedelta

Install with Alternative Settings

The default installation instructions apply the default agent manifest. However, there are other manifests from Edge Delta:

Manifest Description Location
Default This manifest is the default agent DaemonSet.
Persisting Cursor This manifest is the agent DaemonSet with mounted host volumes to track file cursor positions persistently.
Prometheus Metrics This manifest is the agent DaemonSet that exposes port 6062 (metrics endpoint) in Prometheus format. See Prometheus Integration
On Premises This manifest is the agent DaemonSet for locally managed or offline deployments.

Install with Custom Settings

You can create your own custom manifest. To start, download the default manifest and add custom variables to it. Then apply the local file, in this example the custom-agent.yml file in the current folder is applied:

kubectl apply -f custom-agent.yml


For custom Kubernetes deployments, you may need to update the mountPath to match the actual path of the container log folder.

For some Kubernetes distributions, /docker/containers is used, instead of the standard /var/lib/docker/containers. In these cases, you must update the the mountPath in the manifest file (edgedelta-agent.yml) to match the actual path of the container log folder.


If you are running a SELinux-enforced Kubernetes cluster, then you need to add the following securityContext configuration into edgedelta-agent.yml manifest DaemonSet spec. This update will run agent pods in privileged mode to allow the collection of logs of other pods.

     runAsUser: 0
     privileged: true


In an OpenShift cluster, you need to also run the following commands to allow agent pods to run in privileged mode:

oc adm policy add-scc-to-user privileged system:serviceaccount:edgedelta:edgedelta
oc patch namespace edgedelta -p \
'{"metadata": {"annotations": {"": ""}}}'

Run on Specific Nodes

To run the agent on specific nodes in your cluster, add a node selector or nodeAffinity section to your pod config file. For example, if the desired nodes are labeled as logging=edgedelta, then adding the following nodeSelector will restrict the agent pods to nodes that have the logging=edgedelta label.

        logging: edgedelta

To learn more, see this article on the site.

In-Cluster Data Destinations

Edge Delta pods run in a dedicated edgedelta namespace.

If you want to configure an output destination within your Kubernetes cluster, then you must set a resolvable service endpoint in your agent configuration.

For example, if you have an elasticsearch-master Elasticsearch service in the elasticsearch namespace with port 9200 in your cluster-domain.example cluster, then you need to specify the elastic output address in the agent configuration:

       - http://elasticsearch-master.elasticsearch.svc.cluster-domain.example:9200

To learn more, see this article on the site.

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