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Using kubectl to Create a Deployment


  • Learn about application Deployments.
  • Deploy your first app on Kubernetes with kubectl.

Kubernetes Deployments

Once you have a running Kubernetes cluster, you can deploy your containerized applications on top of it. To do so, you create a Kubernetes Deployment. The Deployment is responsible for creating and updating instances of your application. Once you've created a Deployment, the Kubernetes master schedules the application instances that the Deployment creates onto individual Nodes in the cluster.

Once the application instances are created, a Kubernetes Deployment Controller continuously monitors those instances. The Deployment controller replaces an instance if the Node hosting it goes down or it is deleted. This provides a self-healing mechanism to address machine failure or maintenance.

In a pre-orchestration world, installation scripts would often be used to start applications, but they did not allow recovery from machine failure. By both creating your application instances and keeping them running across Nodes, Kubernetes Deployments provide a fundamentally different approach to application management.


  • Deployments
  • Kubectl

A Deployment is responsible for creating and updating instances of your application

Deploying your first app on Kubernetes

You can create and manage a Deployment by using the Kubernetes command line interface, Kubectl. Kubectl uses the Kubernetes API to interact with the cluster. In this module, you'll learn the most common Kubectl commands needed to create Deployments that run your applications on a Kubernetes cluster.

When you create a Deployment, you'll need to specify the container image for your application and the number of replicas that you want to run. You can change that information later by updating your Deployment; Modules 5 and 6 of the bootcamp discuss how you can update your Deployments.

Applications need to be packaged into one of the supported container formats in order to be deployed on Kubernetes

For our first Deployment, we’ll use a NodeJS application packaged in a Docker container. The source code and the Dockerfile are available in the GitHub repository for the Kubernetes Bootcamp.

Now that you know what Deployments are, let’s go to the online tutorial and deploy our first app!


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