Istio with minikube On Windows pt 1


Step 1. Start minikube with more power

minikube start --memory=4096 --cpus=4 --vm-driver hyperv --hyperv-virtual-switch "minikube"
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istioctl install --set profile=demo -y
istioctl install — set profile=demo -y
kubectl get ns
You should see the istio-system namespace
kubectl get svc -n istio-system
A closer look and your output should match this
The full output
kubectl get pods -n istio-system
Everything up and running
  • use istioctl to apply a side-car to a pod
  • Automatic injection per namespace, as long as that namespace has the specific label of istio-injection=enabled set.
kubectl label namespace default istio-injection=enabled && kubectl apply -f && kubectl apply -f
kubectl get pods
There are now 2/2 of pods

See if you can find out more information using kubectl describe and the kubernetes dashboard.

Step 6: Make your webapp accessible via a browser

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minikube ip && kubectl -n istio-system get service istio-ingressgateway -o jsonpath='{.spec.ports[?(\"http2\")].nodePort}'

This is specific to minikube. If you were running this in production, you would most likely have an external load balancer with an IP already setup.

I have a premade gateway.yml file ready to match the app you just deployed.

kubectl apply -f

I know that was fast, but what just happened?

  1. I added enough resources to minikube and started it up
  2. I downloaded all the source files and installed Istio
  3. I setup auto sidecar injection and deployed my webapp
  4. I setup a Virtual Service and Gateway


Here’s a list of commands to uninstall the webapp

kubectl delete -f delete -f delete -f
Removing deployment and gateway



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