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Federated ConfigMap

Note: Federation V1, the current Kubernetes federation API which reuses the Kubernetes API resources ‘as is’, is currently considered alpha for many of its features, and there is no clear path to evolve the API to GA. However, there is a Federation V2 effort in progress to implement a dedicated federation API apart from the Kubernetes API. The details can be found at sig-multicluster community page.

This guide explains how to use ConfigMaps in a Federation control plane.

Federated ConfigMaps are very similar to the traditional Kubernetes ConfigMaps and provide the same functionality. Creating them in the federation control plane ensures that they are synchronized across all the clusters in federation.

Before you begin

Creating a Federated ConfigMap

The API for Federated ConfigMap is 100% compatible with the API for traditional Kubernetes ConfigMap. You can create a ConfigMap by sending a request to the federation apiserver.

You can do that using kubectl by running:

kubectl --context=federation-cluster create -f myconfigmap.yaml

The --context=federation-cluster flag tells kubectl to submit the request to the Federation apiserver instead of sending it to a Kubernetes cluster.

Once a Federated ConfigMap is created, the federation control plane will create a matching ConfigMap in all underlying Kubernetes clusters. You can verify this by checking each of the underlying clusters, for example:

kubectl --context=gce-asia-east1a get configmap myconfigmap

The above assumes that you have a context named ‘gce-asia-east1a’ configured in your client for your cluster in that zone.

These ConfigMaps in underlying clusters will match the Federated ConfigMap.

Updating a Federated ConfigMap

You can update a Federated ConfigMap as you would update a Kubernetes ConfigMap; however, for a Federated ConfigMap, you must send the request to the federation apiserver instead of sending it to a specific Kubernetes cluster. The federation control plane ensures that whenever the Federated ConfigMap is updated, it updates the corresponding ConfigMaps in all underlying clusters to match it.

Deleting a Federated ConfigMap

You can delete a Federated ConfigMap as you would delete a Kubernetes ConfigMap; however, for a Federated ConfigMap, you must send the request to the federation apiserver instead of sending it to a specific Kubernetes cluster.

For example, you can do that using kubectl by running:

kubectl --context=federation-cluster delete configmap

Note that at this point, deleting a Federated ConfigMap will not delete the corresponding ConfigMaps from underlying clusters. You must delete the underlying ConfigMaps manually. We intend to fix this in the future.