I am excited to let you know that the first update for AKS on Azure Stack HCI of 2021 is now available. You can evaluate the AKS on Azure Stack HCI February Update by registering for the Public Preview here: https://aka.ms/AKS-HCI-Evaluate (If you have already downloaded AKS on Azure Stack HCI – this evaluation link has now been updated with the February Update).
Some of the new changes in the AKS on Azure Stack HCI February Update include:
Support for completely Static IP environments
With this update we no longer require a DHCP server for any part of the AKS-HCI infrastructure. When you deploy AKS-HCI you can now specify if you want to use DHCP or Static IP addresses. If you choose to use Static IP addresses – we will ask you to provide two IP address ranges. The first range will be used for any Kubernetes control plane and worker node virtual machines that we create, while the second range will be used for any containerized applications that you deploy on top of AKS-HCI.
Your kubeconfig file will no longer contain a secret hash
You can specify users or user groups in your Active Directory environment who have access to the Kubernetes cluster
You can even use Active Directory and Kubernetes RBAC to give users in your environment limited access to only a subset of deployments in your Kubernetes cluster
Evaluation in Azure
Finally – many of you let us know that while you were interested in learning more about AKS-HCI – it was hard to get the hardware necessary for a full AKS-HCI deployment. In response to this we have created a guide for evaluating AKS-HCI inside an Azure VM: https://aka.ms/aks-hci-evalonazure
Obviously, this is not meant for production environments. And if you want to run containers on Azure you should just be using AKS! But this provides an easy way to get up and running with AKS-HCI with zero hardware – so you can figure out how it could work for you.
Once you have downloaded and installed the AKS on Azure Stack HCI February Update – you can report any issues you encounter, and track future feature work on our GitHub Project at https://github.com/Azure/aks-hci