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Access Kubernetes dashboard on EKS

by | Oct 3, 2021

Want to access the Kubernetes dashboard on EKS? We can help you.

Here, at Bobcares, we assist our customers with several EKS queries as part of our AWS Support Services.

Today, let us see how our techs perform this query.


Access Kubernetes dashboard on EKS

Recently, we had a customer who wanted to set up a Kubernetes Dashboard on an Amazon EKS cluster.

Moving ahead, let us see how our Support Techs perform this on Linux.

  • Set up the environment

1. Initially, we install kubectl and aws-iam-authenticator.

2. Then to configure the kubeconfig file to point to the Amazon EKS control plane, we run:

$ aws eks update-kubeconfig --name EKS_ClusterName

Here, we need to provide the necessary EKS cluster name.

3. We can verify if the worker node is running in the environment using:

$ kubectl get nodes

4. Then to verify that the Kubernetes service is running in the environment, we run:

$ kubectl get svc
  • Create a Kubernetes Dashboard

1. Firstly, we deploy the Kubernetes dashboard.

2. Then we create an eks-admin service account and cluster role binding.

3. In order to forward all requests from the Amazon EC2 instance localhost port to the Kubernetes Dashboard port, we run:

$ kubectl port-forward svc/kubernetes-dashboard -n kubernetes-dashboard 6443:44

4. After that, to access the port from the local machine with an SSH tunnel, we run:

ssh -i EC2KeyPair.pem [email protected] -L 6443:
  • Access the Kubernetes Dashboard in a browser

1. Initially, we access the Kubernetes Dashboard in a browser, enter https://xxx.x.x.x:6443.

As the dashboard loads in the browser, we will get a prompt for input.

2. Later, to get a bearer token for authentication, we return to the command line, and run:

$ kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $(kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep eks-admin | awk '{print $1}')

3. We then copy the token from the command line output.

4. In the browser, in the Kubernetes Dashboard pop-up window, we select, Token.

5. We paste the token from the output to the Enter token box, and then choose SIGN-IN.

Eventually, we will have access to the Kubernetes Dashboard in the browser.

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In short, we saw how our Support Techs access the Kubernetes dashboard on EKS.


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