EKS Guide

Service Mesh Hub with Appmesh

EKS provides hosted Kubernetes clusters as a service.

Service Mesh Hub provides EKS cluster discovery and can manage the cluster and any service meshes on that cluster.

In this guide, we will configure SMH to automatically discover and register EKS clusters.


There are three pre-requisites to following these guides:

  1. Install kubectl
  2. Install meshctl
    • curl -sL https://run.solo.io/meshctl/install | sh && export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.service-mesh-hub/bin
    • see the guide
  3. Install helm, instructions here

Provision an Appmesh-enabled EKS cluster

This step can be skipped if you have an existing EKS cluster you can use for testing (note that as this is still a developing feature, some SMH related resources may not be cleaned up).

Also note that enabling Appmesh is optional, we include it here for users who are looking to use Appmesh with EKS.

  1. Install eksctl, the official CLI for EKS

  2. Create the cluster with the following command, making the appropriate substitutions:

eksctl create cluster --name=<cluster-name> \
--region=<aws-region> \
--nodes <num-nodes> \
--node-volume-size=<node-volume-size> \
  1. Create an Open ID Connect issuer (OIDC) for the cluster with the following command (this is necessary for authorizing resources on the cluster to the AWS API):
eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider \
    --region=<region> \
    --cluster <cluster-namne> \
  1. Create a k8s service account and associate it with an AWS policy role for the appmesh-controller (installed in the next step) with the following command:
eksctl create iamserviceaccount \
    --cluster <cluster-name> \
    --namespace appmesh-system \
    --name appmesh-controller \
    --attach-policy-arn  arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AWSCloudMapFullAccess,arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AWSAppMeshFullAccess \
    --override-existing-serviceaccounts \
  1. Install the appmesh-controller (this allows configuration of appmesh resources through k8s CRDs):

Add the EKS helm repo:

helm repo add eks https://aws.github.io/eks-charts

Install the controller:

helm install appmesh-controller eks/appmesh-controller \
    --namespace appmesh-system \
    --set region=<region> \
    --set serviceAccount.create=false \
    --set serviceAccount.name=appmesh-controller
  1. Create an Appmesh instance (this can be skipped if you have an Appmesh instance already):
aws appmesh create-mesh --mesh-name=<mesh-name> --region=<region>
  1. Install the appmesh-injector (this component automatically injects labelled namespaces with the appmesh envoy sidecar):
helm upgrade -i appmesh-inject eks/appmesh-inject \
    --namespace appmesh-system \
    --set mesh.name=<mesh-name>
  1. Run the following command and copy its resulting value:
$(kubectl config view --raw -o json --minify | jq -r '.clusters[0].cluster."certificate-authority-data"' | tr -d '"')

Edit the appmesh-inject deployment by adding/replacing the environment variable CA_BUNDLE with above output for the container entry with image name appmesh-inject. It should look similar to:

      - command:
        - ./appmeshinject
        - -sidecar-image=840364872350.dkr.ecr.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/aws-appmesh-envoy:v1.12.3.0-prod
        - -sidecar-cpu-requests=10m
        - -sidecar-memory-requests=32Mi
        - -init-image=111345817488.dkr.ecr.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/aws-appmesh-proxy-route-manager:v2
        - -enable-stats-tags=false
        - -enable-statsd=false
        - name: APPMESH_NAME
          value: appmesh-test
        - name: APPMESH_LOG_LEVEL
          value: info
        - name: CA_BUNDLE
          value: LS0tLS1CRUdJTiB.....S1FTkQgQ0VSVElGSUNBVEUtLS0tLQo=
        image: 602401143452.dkr.ecr.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/amazon/aws-app-mesh-inject:v0.5.0
  1. Label a namespace for sidecar injection:
kubectl label namespace <namespace> appmesh.k8s.aws/sidecarInjectorWebhook=enabled
  1. (Optional) Install the bookinfo app:

k -n <namespace> apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/istio/istio/release-1.5/samples/bookinfo/platform/kube/bookinfo.yaml

Configure EKS discovery

Upon installation of Service Mesh Hub v0.4.12+, you should see a settings.core.zephyr.solo.io CRD instance with the name settings in the SMH write namespace (by default this is service-mesh-hub), populated with

    disabled: true

By default discovery for AWS resources is disabled. To enable discovery for your EKS cluster, replace the Settings spec with the following, making the relevant substitutions (note for simplicity we disable Appmesh discovery, see the guides section for a tutorial on Appmesh discovery):

apiVersion: core.zephyr.solo.io/v1alpha1
kind: Settings
  namespace: service-mesh-hub
  name: settings
      - accountId: "<aws-account-id>"
          - arn: <eks-cluster-arn>
          disabled: true

This configuration instructs SMH to discover the EKS cluster with the specified <eks-cluster-arn>.

Once the settings object is updated, you should see that SMH has discovered the cluster by running kubectl -n <smh-write-namespace> get kubernetescluster. The name of the KubernetesCluster takes the form eks-<eks-cluster-name>-<region>.

Note that workload (MeshWorkload CRD) and service (MeshService CRD) discovery will not occur unless the workloads correspond to an existing discovered Mesh.

The DiscoverySelector API allows for matching by region and tags. For instance, to discover all EKS clusters in us-east-2, apply the following Settings config:

apiVersion: core.zephyr.solo.io/v1alpha1
kind: Settings
  namespace: service-mesh-hub
  name: settings
    disabled: false
      - accountId: "<aws-account-id>"
          - matcher:
              - us-east-2
          disabled: true