Set up Kubernetes Metrics Server and Horizontal Pod Autoscaler on IONOS Enterprise Cloud Kubernetes Clusters.

Create a Kubernetes Metrics Server

1.    To clone the GitHub repository of metrics-server, run the following command:

git clone
cd metrics-server/

2.    To install Metrics Server from the root of the Metrics Server directory, run the following command:

kubectl create -f deploy/1.8+/

3.    To confirm that Metrics Server is running, run the following command:

kubectl get pods -n kube-system

The output should look similar to the following:

$ kubectl get pods -n kube-system | grep metrics-server
metrics-server-85cc795fbf-79d72   1/1    
Running   0          22s

Create a php-apache deployment and a service

1.    To create a php-apache deployment, run the following command:

kubectl create deployment php-apache

2.    To set the CPU requests, run the following command:

kubectl patch deployment php-apache

Important: If you don’t set the value for cpu correctly, then the CPU utilization metric for the pod won’t be defined and the HPA can’t scale.

3.    To  expose the deployment as a service, run the following command:

kubectl create service clusterip php-apache

4.    To create an HPA, run the following command:

kubectl autoscale deployment php-apache
--cpu-percent=50 --min=1 --max=10

5.    To confirm that the HPA was created, run the following command.

kubectl get hpa

6.    To create apod to connect to the deployment that you created earlier, run the following command:

kubectl run --generator=run-pod/v1 -i --tty load-generator --image=busybox /bin/sh

7.    To test a load on the pod in the namespace that you used in step 1, run the following script:

while true; do wget -q -O- http://php-apache; done

Note: To exit the while loop and the tty session of the load generator pod, use CTRL + Cto cancel the loop, and then use CTRL + D to exit the session.

8.    To see how the HPA scales the pod based on CPU utilization metrics, run the following command (preferably from another terminal window):

kubectl get hpa -w

TheMetrics Server is now up and running, and you can use it to get resource-based metrics.

9.    To clean up the resources used for testing the HPA, run the following commands:

kubectl delete hpa,service,deployment php-apache
kubectl delete pod load-generator
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