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Federated Namespaces

Deprecated

Use of Federation v1 is strongly discouraged. Federation V1 never achieved GA status and is no longer under active development. Documentation is for historical purposes only.

For more information, see the intended replacement, Kubernetes Federation v2.

This guide explains how to use Namespaces in Federation control plane.

Namespaces in federation control plane (referred to as “federated Namespaces” in this guide) are very similar to the traditional Kubernetes Namespaces providing the same functionality. Creating them in the federation control plane ensures that they are synchronized across all the clusters in federation.

Before you begin

  • This guide assumes that you have a running Kubernetes Cluster Federation installation. If not, then head over to the federation admin guide to learn how to bring up a cluster federation (or have your cluster administrator do this for you). Other tutorials, such as Kelsey Hightower’s Federated Kubernetes Tutorial, might also help you create a Federated Kubernetes cluster.

  • You are also expected to have a basic working knowledge of Kubernetes in general and Namespaces in particular.

Creating a Federated Namespace

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

You can do that using kubectl by running:

kubectl --context=federation-cluster create -f myns.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 Namespace is created, the federation control plane will create a matching Namespace in all underlying Kubernetes clusters. You can verify this by checking each of the underlying clusters, for example:

kubectl --context=gce-asia-east1a get namespaces myns

The above assumes that you have a context named ‘gce-asia-east1a’ configured in your client for your cluster in that zone. The name and spec of the underlying Namespace will match those of the Federated Namespace that you created above.

Updating a Federated Namespace

You can update a federated Namespace as you would update a Kubernetes Namespace, just send the request to federation apiserver instead of sending it to a specific Kubernetes cluster. Federation control plane will ensure that whenever the federated Namespace is updated, it updates the corresponding Namespaces in all underlying clusters to match it.

Deleting a Federated Namespace

You can delete a federated Namespace as you would delete a Kubernetes Namespace, just send the request to 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 ns myns

As in Kubernetes, deleting a federated Namespace will delete all resources in that Namespace from the federation control plane.

Note: At this point, deleting a federated Namespace will not delete the corresponding Namespace, or resources in those Namespaces, from underlying clusters. Users must delete them manually. We intend to fix this in the future.

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