KX Insights Installation
The section details the steps to deploy the KX Insights Platform in a pre-configured Kubernetes Cluster. It will walk through
Once installed the user will be able to deploy workloads which can be designed and developed to meet their specific needs and requirements.
For users wishing to upgrade their KX Insights deploy, refer to the upgrade guide
Cluster and shared services
Before installing the KX Insights Platform it is necessary to have an appropriate Kubernetes cluster in place with the necessary shared services available.
- Virtual network, public, private and bastian resources
- Certificate manager
- Ingress controller
- Persistent storage resources
The KX Insights Platform provides a number of Terraform scripts which enable the quick deployment of the necessary cluster services on all 3 main cloud providers. More details here.
KX Insights namespaces
The KX Insights Platform can be deployed to the default namespace or a uniquely created namespace. However two deployments of KX Insights cannot be on the same namespace. When deploying KX Insights you should check the active namespace to ensure there are no current deployments.
This will return any instances of the KX Insights Platform currently deployed to the active namespace. Further details on Kubernetes namespaces and contexts are available here.
The Kxi Operator is deployed to its own namespace
kxi-operator and requires only to be installed once per cluster. When deployed, it services all deployments of the KX Insights Platform and reconciles all Assembly workloads deployed to the appropriate instance of the KX Insights Platform based on the active namespace of the client who deployed the assembly workload.
In order for external clients to interact with the KX Insights Platform, a DNS record must be setup with your DNS provider. For examples on setting up DNS records with the cloud providers, please see here.
Access to your cluster and Kubernetes tooling available
The user must have access to the Kubernetes cluster along with a number of third party tools to interact with the cluster. Details here
The KXI command line interface installed
Having the KXI CLI installed simplifies install and will be used in the following instructions. Details here.
KX Insights compatible license
The install process requires a KX Insights license. To obtain a valid KX Insights license, speak to your KX Sales representative.
KX Insights provides the ability to self-generate licenses. For information on this, please refer to the documentation here.
Access to the appropriate helm/docker registries for charts and images
The install will prompt for repository locations and access details
The KXI CLI provides an interactive installer that can be used to deploy the KX Insights Platform on a Kubernetes cluster. It will prompt and walk the user through the steps to install the KX Insights Platform. To ensure a smooth process, it is recommended to have a number of variables to hand
|INSIGHTS_HOSTNAME||kxi-insights.domain.com||DNS Hostname setup|
|HELM_REPO||https://nexus.dl.kx.com/repository/kx-insights-charts||(Optional) Helm repo details|
|DOCKER_REPO||registry.dl.kx.com||(Optional) Docker repo details|
|ACCESS_USER||my-user||Helm/Docker repo details|
|ACCESS_PASS||my-pass||Helm/Docker repo details|
|KX_LIC_PATH||/home/app/q/kc.lic||Path to KX License|
|CA_CERT_PATH||/home/app/certs/ca.crt||(Optional) Path to ca.crt file|
|CA_KEY_PATH||/home/app/certs/ca.crt||(Optional) Path to ca.key file|
|INSIGHTS_VERSION||1.0.0||Version of insights to install|
Installing the KX Insights Platform
To install the KX Insights Platform two commands are run; the first
kxi install setup will generate a
values.yaml config file for us to use for repeatable future installs; followed by a
kxi install run --filepath values.yaml command providing the values config file as an argument to deploy the KX Insights Platform to the cluster.
It is possible to combine these two commands in the one
kxi install run, but to ensure clarity, this walkthrough separates them.
kxi install setup
Provide the hostname defined by
$INSIGHTS_HOSTNAME DNS record as discussed above
Please enter the hostname for the installation: kxi-insights.example.com
Chart Repository details
If installing from repositories the defaults can be used along with your KX-provided credentials. If installing from a local repository, instead please submit the required details.
Chart details Please enter a name for the chart repository to set locally [kx-insights]: Please enter the chart repository URL to pull charts from [https://nexus.dl.kx.com/repository/kx-insights-charts]: Please enter the username for the chart repository: <ACCESS_USER> Please enter the password for the chart repository (input hidden): <ACCESS_PASS>
If an existing license secret exists it can be provided, otherwise provide the $KX_LIC_PATH to your license file to generate the secret on your cluster
License details Do you have an existing license secret [y/N]: Please enter the path to your kdb license: <KX_LIC_PATH> Secret kxi-license successfully created
Image Repository details
Can use the defaults if utilizing KX repositories along with access details provided by KX. Or if downloaded to an alternative location, provide those details at this point.
Image repository Please enter the image repository to pull images from [registry.dl.kx.com]: Do you have an existing image pull secret for registry.dl.kx.com [y/N]: Please enter the username for registry.dl.kx.com: <ACCESS_USER> Please enter the password for as (input hidden): <ACCESS_PASS> Secret kxi-nexus-pull-secret successfully created
the KX Insights Platform uses mutual TLS for clients publishing data into the system. This requires the system to be configured with a certificate issuer to generate unique keys and certs for each client. The installer will create this certificate issuer unless you provide an existing one.
Client certificate issuer Do you have an existing client certificate issuer [y/N]: Secret kxi-certificate successfully created
Keycloak is used as the identity and access management platform for the KX Insights Platform.
In the base install of the KX Insights Platform, there are four passwords that are required.
||This is the password for the Keycloak Admin UI|
||This is the password for the WildFly management user|
||This is the password for the database superuser|
||This is the password for the database user that Keycloak uses|
The installer will prompt you for these four passwords unless you provide an existing secret that contains them.
Do you have an existing keycloak secret [y/N]: Please enter the Keycloak Admin password (input hidden): Please enter the Keycloak WildFly Management password (input hidden): Secret kxi-keycloak successfully created Do you have an existing keycloak postgresql secret [y/N]: Please enter the Postgresql postgres password (input hidden): Please enter the Postgresql user password (input hidden): Secret kxi-postgresql successfully created Do you want to set a secret for the gui service account explicity [y/N]: Do you want to set a secret for the operator service account explicity [y/N]:
Service Accounts setup
The KX Insights Platform requires internal service accounts to allow services to communicate via authenticated channels. These secrets can be auto generated or they can be user defined. The installer will prompt if they want to provide this and if so ask for the details.
Do you want to set a secret for the gui service account explicitly [y/N]: y Please enter the secret (input hidden): Do you want to set a secret for the operator service account explicity [y/N]: y Please enter the secret (input hidden):
Finally, the KX Insights Platform requires ingress to be enabled in order to route external client requests into the application via UI or REST API. There are two supported modes; auto-generated (default) or self-managed.
In this mode the KX Insights Platform will use cert manager to issue a certificates via Let's Encrypt. These certs will be automatically generated and be used by the ingress controller to secure traffic.
Ingress Do you want to provide a self-managed cert for the ingress [y/N]:
In some cases it may be preferable to self-manage certificates, especially if there is a preference to use a cert authority not supported by cert manager, e.g. DigiCert. This requires additional setup and maintenance as the certificates aren't automatically generated. Guidance on manually creating these file can be found in the Manual Install section.
Ingress Do you want to provide a self-managed cert for the ingress [y/N]: y Do you have an existing secret containing the cert for the ingress [y/N]: Please enter the path to your TLS certificate: <CA_CRT_PATH> Please enter the path to your TLS private key: <CA_KEY_PATH> Secret kxi-ingress-cert successfully created
Certificate renewals need to be handled manually. The command to create the secret above should be repeated with the existing
ca.key and a newly issued
At this point you should have a generated
values.yaml config file
KX Insights installation setup complete Helm values file for installation saved in values.yaml
Deploy KX Insights Platform
values.yaml has been generated, it can be used to deploy KX Insights to the active cluster
kxi install run --filepath values.yaml --version $INSIGHTS_VERSION
It will also install the KXI Operator to the
kxi-operator namespace if it is not installed. If it is installed it will skip installing the KXI Operator. If you wish to re-install the KXI Operator, it requires that it be deleted before installing the KX Insights Platform.
There are further configuration and customizations available for the KX Insights Platform. Details on how to use these is available in the Configuration section.
KX Insights Platform Versions
To view the list of available versions, use
helm search repo kx-insights/insights --versions
Once the KX Insights Platform is running you should see pods deployed similar to below output.
All pods should enter a
Running state after a short period of time.
kubectl get pods -l app.kubernetes.io/instance=insights
Applying an assembly
After installing the base system, an assembly can be deployed for data capture.
Deploying an assembly requires an Assembly CR file defining the data pipeline and the configuration required within a yaml file. Full details on how to build assemblies and the specification is available here.
A number of sample assemblies have been released and provided as samples to ingest data and run workloads. These are documented under Ingesting data.
Each of which can be deployed by a single command, from which the KX Insights Platform Operator Service will manage the lifecycle of that pipeline. All use cases give further detail on how to interact appropriately with data pipelines, both to publish data into the pipeline, and query data out of the KX Insights Platform.
Example assembly deployment command
kubectl apply -f sdk_sample_assembly.yaml
insights.kx.com/app currently gets set to the name of the assembly
so this can be used as a filter to view the resources. For example if you deployed
an assembly called
sdk-sample-assembly, you could view the pods associated with the assembly by running the following...
kubectl get pods -l insights.kx.com/app=sdk-sample-assembly
As before all pods should eventually enter a