Kubernetes 1.17

Make sure the prerequisites for StorageOS are satisfied before proceeding.


The StorageOS Cluster Operator is a Kubernetes native application developed to deploy and configure StorageOS clusters, and assist with maintenance operations. We recommend its use for standard installations.

The operator is a Kubernetes controller that watches the StorageOSCluster CRD. Once the controller is ready, a StorageOS cluster definition can be created. The operator will deploy a StorageOS cluster based on the configuration specified in the cluster definition.


Helm Note: If you want to use Helm to install StorageOS, follow the StorageOS Operator Helm Chart documentation.

Steps to install StorageOS:

1. Install StorageOS operator

Install the StorageOS operator using the following yaml manifest.

kubectl create -f https://github.com/storageos/cluster-operator/releases/download/1.5.2/storageos-operator.yaml

Verify the Cluster Operator Pod Status

[[email protected]]# kubectl -n storageos-operator get pod
NAME                                         READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
storageoscluster-operator-68678798ff-f28zw   1/1       Running   0          3m

The READY 1/1 indicates that storageoscluster resources can be created.

2. Create a Secret

Before deploying a StorageOS cluster, create a Secret defining the StorageOS API Username and Password in base64 encoding.

The API username and password are used to create the default StorageOS admin account which can be used with the StorageOS CLI and to login to the StorageOS GUI. The account defined in the secret is also used by Kubernetes to authenticate against the StorageOS API when installing with the native driver.

kubectl create -f - <<END
apiVersion: v1
kind: Secret
  name: "storageos-api"
  namespace: "storageos-operator"
    app: "storageos"
type: "kubernetes.io/storageos"
  # echo -n '<secret>' | base64
  apiUsername: c3RvcmFnZW9z
  apiPassword: c3RvcmFnZW9z

This example contains a default password, for production installations, use a unique, strong password.

You can define a base64 value by echo -n "mystring" | base64.

Make sure that the encoding of the credentials doesn’t have special characters such as ‘\n’. The echo -n ensures that a trailing new line is not appended to the string.

If you wish to change the default accounts details post-install please see Managing Users

3. Trigger a StorageOS installation

This is a Cluster Definition example.

kubectl create -f - <<END
apiVersion: "storageos.com/v1"
kind: StorageOSCluster
  name: "example-storageos"
  namespace: "storageos-operator"
  secretRefName: "storageos-api" # Reference from the Secret created in the previous step
  secretRefNamespace: "storageos-operator"  # Namespace of the Secret
  k8sDistro: "kubernetes"
    nodeContainer: "storageos/node:1.5.2" # StorageOS version
    enable: true
    deploymentStrategy: deployment
    memory: "512Mi"

Additional spec parameters are available on the Cluster Operator configuration page.

You can find more examples such as deployments referencing a external etcd kv store for StorageOS in the Cluster Operator examples page.

Verify StorageOS Installation

[[email protected]]# kubectl -n storageos get pods -w
NAME                                    READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
storageos-daemonset-75f6c               3/3     Running   0          3m
storageos-daemonset-czbqx               3/3     Running   0          3m
storageos-daemonset-zv4tq               3/3     Running   0          3m
storageos-scheduler-6d67b46f67-5c46j    1/1     Running   6          3m

The above command watches the Pods created by the Cluster Definition example. Note that pods typically take approximately 65 seconds to enter the Running Phase.

First StorageOS volume

If this is your first installation you may wish to follow the StorageOS Volume guide for an example of how to mount a StorageOS volume in a Pod.