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Practicing Kubernetes

You will not be able to learn Kubernetes by just reading the documentations, watching videos or course materials. You need to practice as much as possible using available labs or your own lab arrangements. Below are some of the lab resources you can refer to practice.

Check Kubernetes learning resources here.

Kubernetes the hard way (KTHW) – GCP

One of the best ways to learn and practice Kubernetes. In this GitHub repository Kelsey Hightower has explained how to build a Kubernetes cluster from scratch but on Google Cloud (GCP) platform. If you have difficulty to use GCP, then check the alternative option from Mumshad/KodeKloud using VirtualBox on local machine.

Build Kubernetes cluster automatically

If you want to create Kubernetes cluster very fast for testing and learning purposes (when you dont have time to build it from scratch) then try automated IaC (Infrastructure as Code) methods using Vagrant, Ansible or Terraform.

Kubernetes Free Labs

There are free Kubernetes labs which you can access from your web browser without configuring anything on your local machine. Please note, these purely test labs and the cluster will be destroyed automatically after a timeout period but you can create new labs anytime again.

Kubernetes practices using Amazon EKS

Also check these resources to learn EKS (Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service).

  • Amazon EKS Workshop – (Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service) In this workshop, you will explore multiple ways to configure VPC, ALB, and EC2 Kubernetes workers, and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service.
  • EKS ANYWHERE – EKS Anywhere can be deployed as a simple, unsupported local environment or as a production-quality environment that can become a supported on-premises Kubernetes platform.

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Gineesh Madapparambath is the founder of techbeatly and he is the author of the book - 𝗔𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹-𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. He has worked as a Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and content author. His primary focus is on Ansible Automation, Containerisation (OpenShift & Kubernetes), and Infrastructure as Code (Terraform). (aka Gini Gangadharan -


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