Deploy a Kubernetes Cluster

Set Default Region and Zones

gcloud config set compute/zone us-central1-f
gcloud config set compute/region us-central1

Configure your Default Project

If you have multiple gcloud accounts then be sure the correct one is specified for the gcloud. You can get your default project id from the command line with:

gcloud config get-value core/project

If you are in an instructor led class with a provided credential, then you don’t need to set another project ID.

If you are not using an instructor provided credentials, then you may need to specify a project ID:

gcloud config set project your-project-id

Enable Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine API

gcloud services enable \ \

Create a Kubernetes Cluster using the Google Kubernetes Engine

Google Kubernetes Engine is Google’s hosted version of Kubernetes.

To create a container cluster execute:

gcloud container clusters create chatworkshop \
      --cluster-version=1.9.6-gke.1 \
      --num-nodes 3 \
      --machine-type n1-standard-2

Retrieve your credentials for kubectl:

gcloud container clusters get-credentials chatworkshop

Grant cluster admin permissions to the current user (admin permissions are required to create the necessary RBAC rules for Istio).

kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding \
    --clusterrole=cluster-admin \
    --user=$(gcloud config get-value core/account)

Verify kubectl

kubectl version

Explanation By Ray Tsang [@saturnism](

This will take a few minutes to run. Behind the scenes, it will create Google Compute Engine instances, and configure each instance as a Kubernetes node. These instances don’t include the Kubernetes Master node. In Google Kubernetes Engine, the Kubernetes Master node is managed service so that you don’t have to worry about it!