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How To Deploy Rocket Chat On Kubernetes

by Gursimran | March 24, 2017 |  Categories -  Docker, Kubernetes, Microservices

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Overview

 

In this Blog, We will Cover How to Build Slack like Online Chat using Rocket Chat and Deploy on Containers using Docker and Kubernetes.

 

Before This, We are Using Rocket Chat application on OpenStack Instances on On-Premises Deployment.

 

So We Migrated our Existing On-Premises Cloud Infrastructure to Containers based on Docker and Kubernetes.

 

As per official Docker Documentation, Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications, whether on laptops, data center VMs, or the cloud.

 

Kubernetes is container orchestration layer on top of container runtime/engine to manage and deploy Containers effectively.

 

Prerequisites for Rocket Chat Deployment on Kubernetes

 

For Deployment you need

 

 

Kubernetes is for automating deployment, scaling, management, the orchestration of containerized applications. We can use kubernetes cluster or for testing purpose we can also use minikube for Kubernetes.

 

For Shared Persistent Storage, we are using GlusterFS. GlusterFS is a scalable network file system.

 

Rocket.Chat is a Web-based Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor full stack framework.

 

Dockerfile is a text document that contains all the information/commands that what we need to configure any application in the respective container.

 

The Registry is an online storage for container images and lets you distribute Container images.

 

We can use any of following Container Registry for storing.

 

1. Private Docker Hub

2. AWS ECR

3. Docker Store

4. Google Container Registry

 

Kubectl is command line tool to manage Kubernetes cluster remotely and you can also configure in your machine follow this link.

 

Notes - If you are using an official image of Rocket Chat and MongoDB then you can skip Step 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and move forward to Storage Volume (Step 7).

 

Step 1 - Create a Rocket Chat Container Custom Image

 

Create a file name “Dockerfile” for Rockets Chat Container Image.

 

$ touch Dockerfile

 

Now Add the Following content to the dockerfile of Rocket Chat application

 

 

This Rocket Chat Application is based on NodeJS so we need to use NodeJS docker image from docker hub as a base image for Rocket Chat application.

 

After then we put our custom code of the Rocket Chat application to docker container and install all the required dependencies of rocket chat application to docker container.

 

Step 2 - Build Rocket Chat Docker Custom Image

 

$ docker build -t rocketchat:v1.0

 

Step 3 - Create a MongoDB Container Custom Image

 

Create a file name “Dockerfile” for MongoDB Container Image in new Folder named MongoDB.

 

$ mkdir mongodb && cd mongodb

$ touch Dockerfile

 

Now Add the Following content to the dockerfile of Mongo -

 

 

This MongoDB image has a base image of Ubuntu but we can also use official docker image of MongoDB. We have created this dockerfile for MongoDB Version 3.0 for some compatibility reasons with Rocket Chat Application.

 

Next, we mount Volume “/data/db” for persistent storage of container.

 

Next, we expose 27017 port for incoming requests to MongoDB server. Then, we start MongoDB server in dforeground mode so that we can see logs in “stdout” of container.

 

Step 4 - Building a MongoDB Docker Custom Image

 

$ docker build -t mongo:v3.0

 

Step 5 - Adding Container Registry to Docker Daemon

 

If you are using docker registry other than docker hub to store images then you need to add that container registry to your local docker daemon and kubernetes Docker Nodes also.

 

There are so many ways to add container registry to docker daemon as per different operating systems.

 

So i will explain one of them which i'm using daily basis.

 

 

Now we need to Create a “daemon.json” in below mentioned location

 

$ sudo nano /etc/docker/daemon.json

 

And add the following content to it.

 

{

"insecure-registries": ["<name of your private registry>"]

}

 

Now Run the following commands to reload systemctl and restart docker daemon.

 

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

$ sudo service docker restart

 

To verify that your container registry is added to local docker daemon, use the below mentioned steps.

 

$ docker info

 

In output of above you get your container registry like this

 

Insecure Registries:

<your container registry name>

127.0.0.0/8

 

Step 6 - Pushing Custom PostgreSQL Container Image to Container Registry

 

Let`s start to uploading our custom images to container registry like

 

1. Private Docker Hub

2. AWS ECR

3. Docker Store

4. Google Container Registry

 

If you have authentication enabled on container registry then you need to login first then we can upload or download images from container registry.

 

To Login follow below mentioned command

 

$ docker login <name of your container registry>

Username : xxxx

Password: xxxxx

 

For AWS ECR you will get registry url, username and password from respective cloud provider when you launch container registry on cloud.

 

Here is shell script that will add your aws credentials for Amazon ECR.

 

 

Now we need to tag rocketchat images and push them to any of the above mentioned container registry.

 

To Tag images

 

$ docker tag rocketchat:v1.0 <name of your registry>/rocketchat:v1.0

$ docker tag mongo:v3.0 <name of your registry>/mongo:v3.0

 

To Push Images

 

$ docker push <name of your registry>/rocketchat:v1.0

$ docker push <name of your registry>/mongo:v3.0

 

Similarly we can push images to any of above mentioned container registry like aws ecr , google container registry or azure container registry etc.

 

Step 7 - Create a Storage Volume (Using GlusterFS)

 

Using below mentioned command we create a volume in GlusterFS cluster for MongoDB. As we are using glusterfs as persistent volume to mongodb container so we need to create volume in GlusterFS. We need to add the IP Address or DNS instead of node1 and node2 as you specified in your installation of glusterfs.

 

 

deploying rocket chat on kubernetes

Figure - Information of Gluster Volume

 

Step 8 - Deploy MongoDB on Kubernetes

 

Deploying MongoDB Single Node on Kubernetes have following prerequisites -

 

  • Docker Image: We have created a Docker Image for MongoDB in Step 4 and pushed to docker hub or private docker registry.

  • Persistent Shared Storage Volume: We have created a Persistent Shared Storage Volume of glusterfs in Step 6

  • Deployment & Service Files: Next, we will create Deployment & Service Files for Kubernetes.

 

let`s create a Deployment file name “mongodb.deployment.yml” for MongoDB.

 

$ touch mongodb.deployment.yml

 

Now Add the Following content to the deployment file of MongoDB -

 

 

In deployment file contains information about namespace , replicas set , docker image name , port number and persistent volumes we are going to use in kubernetes.

 

We also need to create a service file named “mongodb.service.yml” for MongoDB.

 

$ touch mongodb.service.yml

 

Now Add the Following content to the service file of MongoDB -

 

 

In service file contains information about namespace , type of port and external ip if want to assign any public ip to container in kubernetes.

 

Now we Just need to launch MongoDB as a Standalone instance in Kubernetes Cluster using Kubectl.

 

$ kubectl create -f mongodb.deployment.yml

$ kubectl create -f mongodb.service.yml

 

Now we check MongoDB deployment and service either using kubernetes dashboard or kubectl command line.

 

Using Dashboard of Kubernetes

 

Figure - Kubernetes Dashboard for MongoDB

 

Using Kubectl (CommandLine)

 

$ kubectl get po --namespace=testing | grep mongodb3

$ kubectl get svc --namespace=testing | grep mongodb3

 

Step 9 - Deploy Rocket Chat on Kubernetes

 

Deploying Rocket Chat on Kubernetes have following prerequisites -

 

  • Docker Image: We have created a Docker Image for Rocket chat in Step 2.

  • Deployment & Service Files: In the below mentioned steps, we will create Deployment & Service Files.

 

As we are using MongoDB for storing files of Rocket Chat so we don`t need to mount any volume to Rocket Chat container.

 

Now let’s create a Deployment file name “rocketchat.deployment.yml” for Rocket Chat.

 

$ touch rocketchat.deployment.yml

 

Now Add the Following content to the deployment file of Rocket Chat -

 

 

In deployment file contains information about namespace, replicas set, docker image name, port number and persistent volumes we are going to use in Kubernetes.

 

We also need to create a Service file name “rocketchat.service.yml” for Rocket Chat.

 

$ touch rocketchat.service.yml

 

Now Add the Following content to the service file of Rocketchat :-

 

 

In service file contains information about namespace, type of port and external ip if want to assign any public ip to container in Kubernetes.

 

Now we Just need to launch Rocketchat as instance in Kubernetes Cluster using Kubectl.

 

$ kubectl create -f rocketchat.deployment.yml

$ kubectl create -f rocketchat.service.yml

 

Now we check MongoDB deployment and service either using Kubernetes dashboard or kubectl command line.

 

Using Dashboard of kubernetes

 

deploying rocket chat on kubernetes

Figure - Kubernetes Dashboard for rocketchat

 

Using Kubectl (CommandLine)

 

$ kubectl get po --namespace=testing | grep rocketchat

$ kubectl get svc --namespace=testing | grep rocketchat

 

Now you have successfully deployed Rocket Chat on Kubernetes with MongoDB.

 

 

Step 10 - Test MongoDB Database

 

Use the below-mentioned command to connect MongoDB database

 

$ mongo --host <cluster ip> --port 27017

 

Step 11 - Test Rocket Chat Application

 

Open Cluster-IP with 3000 port in your browser to check Rocket Chat is running or not.

 

Deploying Rocket Chat on Kubernetes

 

Step 12 - Troubleshooting of Rocket Chat Application Container

 

  • Check Logs of Rocket Chat Application and MongoDB Pods.

  • Check the NameSpace of both Containers/Pods/Service of MongoDB and RocketChat is in same.

  • Try to Connect MongoDB from local Mongo Client using Cluster IP Address.

  • Check Network Connectivity from Rocketchat to MongoDB Pods.

 

Notes - I haven't tested Rocketchat application with MongoDB authentication enabled.
 

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