Deploy NGINX Ingress Controller

In this section you will configure and deploy the NGINX Ingress Controller and expose it using a Classic Load Balancer.


  1. Go to your GitOps repository, inside your rok-tools management environment:

    root@rok-tools:~# cd ~/ops/deployments
  2. Edit rok/nginx-ingress-controller/overlays/deploy/kustomization.yaml and use service-elb as base:

    #- ../ingress-alb
    - ../service-elb
    #- ../service-azurelb
  3. Edit rok/nginx-ingress-controller/overlays/deploy/kustomization.yaml and enable only the service-elb patch:

    #- path: patches/ingress-alb.yaml
    #- path: patches/service-alb.yaml
    - path: patches/service-elb.yaml
    #- path: patches/service-azurelb.yaml
  4. Edit rok/nginx-ingress-controller/overlays/deploy/patches/service-elb.yaml and set the aws-load-balancer-internal annotation. Choose one of the following options, based on the ELB scheme:

    annotations: "false"  # <-- Update this line.
    annotations: "true"  # <-- Update this line.
  5. Enable the firewall in your Classic Load Balancer and allow access only to specific CIDRs. Choose one of the following options, based on your ELB scheme:

    Edit rok/nginx-ingress-controller/overlays/deploy/patches/service-elb.yaml and set loadBalancerSourceRanges to the desired trusted CIDRs. Leave the default value of if you want to allow access for everyone:

      - ""  # <-- Update this line.

    Skip specifying any CIDRs since the ELB will be a private one and as such not reachable outside your VPC.

  6. Commit your changes:

    root@rok-tools:~/ops/deployments# git commit -am "Expose NGINX Ingress Controller with a Classic Load Balancer"
  7. Deploy NGINX Ingress Controller:

    root@rok-tools:~/ops/deployments# rok-deploy --apply rok/nginx-ingress-controller/overlays/deploy


  1. Verify that NGINX Ingress Controller is up-and-running. Check pod status and verify field STATUS is Running and field READY is 1/1:

    root@rok-tools:~/ops/deployments# kubectl -n ingress-nginx get pods
    NAME                                        READY   STATUS    RESTARTS AGE
    nginx-ingress-controller-7f74f657bd-ln59l   1/1     Running   0        1m
  2. Verify that the Load Balancer Service has an external IP:

    root@rok-tools:~/ops/deployments# kubectl -n ingress-nginx get service
    NAME           TYPE          CLUSTER-IP   EXTERNAL-IP                                                             PORT(S)                      AGE
    ingress-nginx  LoadBalancer  80:30099/TCP,443:30719/TCP   1m


    The Service object does not get an EXTERNAL-IP.

    1. Describe the service:

      root@rok-tools:~/ops/deployments# kubectl describe service -n ingress-nginx ingress-nginx
    2. If you see an event like the following:

        Type     Reason                   Age   From                Message
        ----     ------                   ----  ----                -------
        Warning  UnAvailableLoadBalancer  1m    service-controller  There are no available nodes for LoadBalancer

      it means that your subnets are misconfigured.

    3. Verify your subnets configuration.


You have successfully deployed the NGINX Ingress Controller, and exposed it using a Classic Load Balancer.

What's Next

The next step is to expose Istio, our service mesh.