Installing Kubernetes on Ubuntu in Virtual Box

Goal: Install Kubernetes (microk8s) on Ubuntu on VirtualBox (Windows host) and get access to it from a laptop.

The host machine is Windows 10 x64 with IP:
VirtualBox 6.1

Guest OS is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Laptop OS MacOS Catalina

Install VirtualBox

Create a virtual machine with such minimum parameters: CPU – 1 min, RAM from 3Gb, HDD from 15Gb.

choose x64 version. If you see only 32bit check is the hardware virtualization is enabled in the BIOS:
– For Intel x64: VT-x (Intel Virtualization Technology) and VT-d are both enabled
– For AMD x64: AMD SVM (Secure Virtual Machine) is enabled
chose VMDK, better stability.

Download Ubuntu 20.04 x64

Choose downloaded ISO as a CD
tap “Start”

Installation is regular but you need to remember your password and chose to install K8s & Docker.

creation of credentials and server’s name
installing SSH
installing K8s & Docker

After installation completed tap “Reboot”. If it seems that the system hangs just push “Enter” several times.

Log in to the kubmaster virtual machine and check the IP.

$ sudo ip addr

Install DNS and Dashboard.
# microk8s.enable dns dashboard
Then you can use the following command to see if your services are running yet:

# microk8s.kubectl get all --all-namespaces

Let’s make port forward for K8s dashboard, SSH and kubectl.

Login via ssh to the server from laptop.

$ ssh val@

to be possible connect to cluster via host Windows machine we need to add an IP of the host to microk8s config.

$ sudo -s
# cp /snap/microk8s/current/certs/csr.conf.template /var/snap/microk8s/current/certs/csr.conf.template
look to the /snap/microk8s/current/certs/csr.conf and check the amount of the IP (will need it in the next step)
# vim /var/snap/microk8s/current/certs/csr.conf.template and add a similar line likeIP.7 =
you should add IP.x bigger than in csr.conf. If in csr.conf the last one was IP.4 then in csr.conf.template host IP should go by key IP.5.
After that stop/start k8s:
# microk8s.stop
# microk8s.start
Reload certificates:
# microk8s.refresh-certs -i

To run dashboard forwarding in the background:

# microk8s kubectl port-forward --address -n kube-system service/kubernetes-dashboard 443:443 &

To log in to the dashboard token is needed. Here are commands to get it:
# token=$(microk8s kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep default-token | cut -d " " -f1)
# echo $token

Via browser in laptop go to (use token to log in).

In the kubmaster server run such command to get the configuration of the cluster:
# microk8s.kubectl config view --raw

server IP should be changed to

and paste it to ~/.kube/config in laptop.

run $ kubectl get all --all-namespaces to check access

Kubernetes up and running. Goal is reached.

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