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Deploying and using the Kubernetes dashboard


The kubernetes dashboard provides a high level overview of what is happening in your cluster. This document describes specifically how to access the kubernetes dashboard on clusters provisioned in AUCloud. Deploying the Kubernetes Dashboard is well described, this is a quick-start on AUCloud.


  1. Direct access to the Kubernetes API endpoint

  2. kubectl is installed on your workstation

  3. The cluster kubeconfig file is either at ~/.kube/config or set via the KUBECONFIG environmental variable.


  1. Deploy the dashboard using kubectl by using the example setup from the Kubernetes community:

  2. kubectl apply -f

  3. Configure a service account for the dashboard:

  4. Create a YAML file with the following content:

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ServiceAccount
      name: admin-user
      namespace: kubernetes-dashboard
  5. Apply the YAML using kubectl apply -f ./my_yaml_1.yml

  6. Provide the service account with the correct RBAC to access the dashboard (via kubectl apply)

    kind: ClusterRoleBinding
      name: admin-user
      kind: ClusterRole
      name: cluster-admin
    - kind: ServiceAccount
      name: admin-user
      namespace: kubernetes-dashboard
  7. Create a JWT for the user to auth with the cluster.

  8. Note this step needs to be done on token expiry again!

  9. kubectl -n kubernetes-dashboard create token admin-user

  10. On your workstation start the kube proxy kubectl proxy

  11. This will make the kubernetes API (and the dashboard) available on http://localhost:8001.

  12. The proxy is alive only while kubectl proxy is running.

  13. Access the dashboard at http://localhost:8001/api/v1/namespaces/kubernetes-dashboard/services/https:kubernetes-dashboard:/proxy/

  14. Use the JWT to authenticate with a token when prompted in the dashboard UI.


  • The user created has broad access rights. This may not be appropriate for your requirements.