Create a machine using web UI

After you add bare metal hosts and create a managed cluster as described in Add a managed baremetal cluster, proceed with associating Kubernetes machines of your cluster with the previously added bare metal hosts using the Mirantis Container Cloud web UI.

To add a Kubernetes machine to a baremetal-based managed cluster:

  1. Log in to the Container Cloud web UI with the m:kaas:namespace@operator or m:kaas:namespace@writer permissions.

  2. Switch to the required project using the Switch Project action icon located on top of the main left-side navigation panel.

  3. In the Clusters tab, click the required cluster name. The cluster page with the Machines list opens.

  4. Click Create Machine button.

  5. Fill out the Create New Machine form as required:

    • Create Machines Pool

      Select to create a set of machines with the same provider spec to manage them as a single unit. Enter the machine pool name in the Pool Name field.

    • Count

      Specify the number of machines to create. If you create a machine pool, specify the replicas count of the pool.

    • Manager

      Select Manager or Worker to create a Kubernetes manager or worker node.


      The required minimum number of machines:

      • 3 manager nodes for HA

      • 3 worker storage nodes for a minimal Ceph cluster

    • BareMetal Host Label

      Assign the role to the new machine(s) to link the machine to a previously created bare metal host with the corresponding label. You can assign one role type per machine. The supported labels include:

      • Manager

        This node hosts the manager services of a managed cluster. For the reliability reasons, Container Cloud does not permit running end user workloads on the manager nodes or use them as storage nodes.

      • Worker

        The default role for any node in a managed cluster. Only the kubelet service is running on the machines of this type.

      • Storage

        This node is a worker node that also hosts Ceph OSDs and provides its disk resources to Ceph. Container Cloud permits end users to run workloads on storage nodes by default.

    • Upgrade Index

      Optional. A positive numeral value that defines the order of machine upgrade during a cluster update.


      You can change the upgrade order later on an existing cluster. For details, see Change the upgrade order of a machine or machine pool.

      Consider the following upgrade index specifics:

      • The first machine to upgrade is always one of the control plane machines with the lowest upgradeIndex. Other control plane machines are upgraded one by one according to their upgrade indexes.

      • If the Cluster spec dedicatedControlPlane field is false, worker machines are upgraded only after the upgrade of all control plane machines finishes. Otherwise, they are upgraded after the first control plane machine, concurrently with other control plane machines.

      • If several machines have the same upgrade index, they have the same priority during upgrade.

      • If the value is not set, the machine is automatically assigned a value of the upgrade index.

    • Distribution

      Operating system to provision the machine. From the drop-down list, select Ubuntu 20.04.


      Do not use the outdated Ubuntu 18.04 distribution on greenfield deployments but only on existing clusters based on Ubuntu 18.04.

    • L2 Template

      From the drop-down list, select the previously created L2 template, if any. For details, see Create L2 templates. Otherwise, leave the default selection to use a preinstalled L2 template.


      Preinstalled L2 templates are removed in Container Cloud 2.26.0 (Cluster releases 17.1.0 and 16.1.0).

    • BM Host Profile

      From the drop-down list, select the previously created custom bare metal host profile, if any. For details, see Create a custom bare metal host profile. Otherwise, leave the default selection.

    • Node Labels

      Add the required node labels for the worker machine to run certain components on a specific node. For example, for the StackLight nodes that run OpenSearch and require more resources than a standard node, add the StackLight label. The list of available node labels is obtained from allowedNodeLabels of your current Cluster release.

      If the value field is not defined in allowedNodeLabels, from the drop-down list, select the required label and define an appropriate custom value for this label to be set to the node. For example, the node-type label can have the storage-ssd value to meet the service scheduling logic on a particular machine.


      Due to the known issue 23002 fixed in Container Cloud 2.21.0, a custom value for a predefined node label cannot be set using the Container Cloud web UI. For a workaround, refer to the issue description.


      If you deploy StackLight in the HA mode (recommended):

      • Add the StackLight label to minimum three worker nodes. Otherwise, StackLight will not be deployed until the required number of worker nodes is configured with the StackLight label.

      • Removal of the StackLight label from worker nodes along with removal of worker nodes with StackLight label can cause the StackLight components to become inaccessible. It is important to correctly maintain the worker nodes where the StackLight local volumes were provisioned. For details, see Delete a cluster machine.

        To obtain the list of nodes where StackLight is deployed, refer to Upgrade managed clusters with StackLight deployed in HA mode.

      If you move the StackLight label to a new worker machine on an existing cluster, manually deschedule all StackLight components from the old worker machine, which you remove the StackLight label from. For details, see Deschedule StackLight Pods from a worker machine.


      To add node labels after deploying a worker machine. navigate to the Machines page, click the More action icon in the last column of the required machine field, and select Configure machine.

      Since Container Cloud 2.24.0, you can configure node labels for machine pools after deployment using the More > Configure Pool option.

  6. Click Create.

    At this point, Container Cloud adds the new machine object to the specified managed cluster. And the Bare Metal Operator Controller creates the relation to BareMetalHost with the labels matching the roles.

    Provisioning of the newly created machine starts when the machine object is created and includes the following stages:

    1. Creation of partitions on the local disks as required by the operating system and the Container Cloud architecture.

    2. Configuration of the network interfaces on the host as required by the operating system and the Container Cloud architecture.

    3. Installation and configuration of the Container Cloud LCM Agent.

  7. Repeat the steps above for the remaining machines.

    Monitor the deploy or update live status of the machine:

    • Quick status

      On the Clusters page, in the Managers or Workers column. The green status icon indicates that the machine is Ready, the orange status icon indicates that the machine is Updating.

    • Detailed status

      In the Machines section of a particular cluster page, in the Status column. Hover over a particular machine status icon to verify the deploy or update status of a specific machine component.

    You can monitor the status of the following machine components:




    Readiness of a node in a Kubernetes cluster.


    Health and readiness of a node in a Docker Swarm cluster.


    LCM readiness status of a node.


    Readiness of a node in the underlying infrastructure (virtual or bare metal, depending on the provider type).

    Graceful Reboot

    Readiness of a machine during a scheduled graceful reboot of a cluster, available since Cluster releases 15.0.1 and 14.0.0.

    Infrastructure Status

    Available since Container Cloud 2.25.0 for the bare metal provider only. Readiness of the IPAMHost, L2Template, BareMetalHost, and BareMetalHostProfile objects associated with the machine.

    LCM Operation

    Available since Container Cloud 2.26.0 (Cluster releases 17.1.0 and 16.1.0). Health of all LCM operations on the machine.

    The machine creation starts with the Provision status. During provisioning, the machine is not expected to be accessible since its infrastructure (VM, network, and so on) is being created.

    Other machine statuses are the same as the LCMMachine object states:

    1. Uninitialized - the machine is not yet assigned to an LCMCluster.

    2. Pending - the agent reports a node IP address and host name.

    3. Prepare - the machine executes StateItems that correspond to the prepare phase. This phase usually involves downloading the necessary archives and packages.

    4. Deploy - the machine executes StateItems that correspond to the deploy phase that is becoming a Mirantis Kubernetes Engine (MKE) node.

    5. Ready - the machine is being deployed.

    6. Upgrade - the machine is being upgraded to the new MKE version.

    7. Reconfigure - the machine executes StateItems that correspond to the reconfigure phase. The machine configuration is being updated without affecting workloads running on the machine.

    Once the status changes to Ready, the deployment of the cluster components on this machine is complete.

    You can also monitor the live machine status using API:

    kubectl get machines <machineName> -o wide

    Example of system response since Container Cloud 2.23.0:

    demo-0 true  Ready     kaas-node-c6aa8ad3    1             false

    For the history of a machine deployment or update, refer to Inspect the history of a cluster and machine deployment or update.

Now, proceed to Add a Ceph cluster.