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Install with bare metal

In cloud environments, provisioning a readily available network load balancer with Ambassador Edge Stack is the best option for handling ingress into your Kubernetes cluster. When running Kubernetes on a bare metal setup, where network load balancers are not available by default, we need to consider different options for exposing Ambassador Edge Stack.

Exposing Ambassador Edge Stack via NodePort

The simplest way to expose an application in Kubernetes is via a NodePort service. In this configuration, we create the Ambassador Edge Stack service] and identify type: NodePort instead of LoadBalancer. Kubernetes will then create a service and assign that service a port to be exposed externally and direct traffic to Ambassador Edge Stack via the defined port.

Using a NodePort leaves Ambassador Edge Stack isolated from the host network, allowing the Kubernetes service to handle routing to Ambassador Edge Stack pods. You can drop-in this YAML to replace the LoadBalancer service in the YAML installation guide and use http://<External-Node-IP>:<NodePort>/ as the host for requests.

Exposing Ambassador Edge Stack via host network

When running Ambassador Edge Stack on a bare metal install of Kubernetes, you have the option to configure Ambassador Edge Stack pods to use the network of the host they are running on. This method allows you to bind Ambassador Edge Stack directly to port 80 or 443 so you won't need to identify the port in requests.

i.e http://<External-Node-IP>:<NodePort>/ becomes http://<External-Node-IP>/

This can be configured by setting hostNetwork: true in the Ambassador Edge Stack deployment. dnsPolicy: ClusterFirstWithHostNet will also need to set to tell Ambassador Edge Stack to use KubeDNS when attempting to resolve mappings.

This configuration does not require a defined Ambassador Edge Stack service, so you can remove that service if you have defined one.

Note: Before configuring Ambassador Edge Stack with this method, consider some of the functionality that is lost by bypassing the Kubernetes service including only having one Ambassador Edge Stack able to bind to port 8080 or 8443 per node and losing any load balancing that is typically performed by Kubernetes services.