Teams in Fabric8

One of the first things you will probably do when starting to work with Fabric8 is the creation of a Team:

A team is a collection of people working together on one or more microservices.

A team has a number of environments such as Dev, Test, Staging, Production. Each team can decide whatever environments it requires. A team always has a Development environment where the development tools run such as Jenkins, Nexus and the developer console.

A team contains a namespace which must contain a Jenkins, Nexus and Gogs implementation in order to use the full benefits of Fabric8. However when you create a new team from the web console, you will notice that not everything is generated correctly. In the version of Fabric8 I was working with some parts where missing. The key components such as Fabric8 itself where not deployed in my namespace. This prevented the installation of the “CD-pipeline” which contains the Jenkins, Nexus and Gogs pods. After some research I found out that the workaround can be done from the command line. With the help of “kubectl”, the cli of kubernetes you first have to create a new namespace.

kubectl create namespace <namespace>
kubectl config set-context 'kubectl config current-context' --namespace=<namespace>
gofabric8 deploy

After the above commands have completed you will see a new namespace in your Fabric8 console. Select the “Create Team” button. Select the option “Existing Namespace” and pick the namespace you just created. Finish the installation of the team and you are ready to go.

createteam

When running the “CD-pipeline” installation I also ran into the persistence claim issue mentioned in the my previous blogpost. In order to create the persistence volume claims you have to specify the namespace as well. Otherwise the claims won’t be created.

gofabric8 volumes --namespace=<namespace>
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