Kubernetes Tutorials For Beginners [43 Comprehensive Guides]

In this blog, I’ve covered a list of kubernetes tutorials that can help beginners learn Kubernetes with how-to guides. This Kubernetes tutorial for beginners focuses on Kubernetes objects and the associated tools around them.

You will learn the following from these tutorials

. Kubernetes architecture and high availability configuration Native Kubernetes objects

  1. (pods, deployments, statefulsets, jobs, etc.)
  2. Kubernetes monitoring and logging Troubleshooting Kubernetes

  3. Configuring and managing Kubernetes secrets Kubernetes security Kubernetes
  4. productivity tools
  5. . Kubernetes certification

  6. guides

If you want to follow a structured learning path, see the

Kubernetes learning path. Kubernetes tutorials for beginners I’ve categorized a list of kubernetes

beginner tutorials you can use to get started with kubernetes. This is a growing list of kubernetes how-to guides.

Note: Kubernetes is an open source tool with constant feature updates. There are changes where a guide may have an older version of APIs or workflows used. I try to keep all the guides up to date. In any case, if you have any problems, leave a comment so that you can be aware of the update and make changes accordingly.

I’ve categorized Kubernetes tutorials into multiple segments. So let’s take a look.

Kubernetes architecture and high availability This section provides a beginner’s tutorial on Kubernetes architecture, design, cluster configuration guides

for development, cluster configuration guides on cloud platforms, and Kubernetes cluster automation. Kubernetes architecture explained Kubernetes high availability Kubernetes design considerations Kubernetes cluster configuration guides In this section, you will learn how to configure production-like, multi-node Kubernetes

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clusters and development clusters on both on-premises workstations and cloud platforms.

Kubernetes Minikube Tutorial Configuring your Kubernetes cluster with Kubeadm Update your Kubeadm cluster Kubeconfig file explained Automated

  1. Kubeadm cluster configuration in Vagrant
  2. GKE Cluster configuration

  3. in Google Cloud – Detailed guide Configuring
  4. your EKS cluster with eksctl

👉 Backup and restore

tutorials In this section, we will learn about Kubernetes backup and restore using native Kubernetes tools and other open source and cncf-related tools.

How

  1. to back up and restore

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ectd data Kubernetes native resource tutorials

This section covers tutorials on native Kubernetes resources such as deployments, pods, Statefulset, RBAC, jobs, input, and more.

Kubernetes deployment tutorial for beginners Kubernetes Daemonset explained How to create a Kubernetes role for a service account How to create a Kubernetes service account for API access Kubernetes Ingress tutorial for beginners How to configure

    Ingress on

  1. Kubernetes
  2. using the Nginx driver
  3. How

  4. to configure SSL/TLS for
  5. Kubernetes Ingress How to create Kubernetes jobs / cron jobs Kubernetes

  6. Pod PriorityClass & Preemption explained
  7. Kubernetes productivity guides

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Simple ways to create Kubernetes Best YAML Kubernetes Dashboard App – Kubernetes

  1. Lens [Video tutorial]

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Kubernetes Monitoring Tutorials

This section focuses on Kubernetes monitoring and logging using tools like Prometheus, Grafana, alert manager, etc. We’ll also cover logging and monitoring guides related to specific cloud providers.

How to configure Prometheus monitoring on your Kubernetes cluster Configuring the Prometheus Node Exporter in Kubernetes Configuring Kube State Metrics in Kubernetes Configuring Alert Manager in Kubernetes Configuring grafana in Kubernetes Kubernetes Registration Guides

This section covers the list of comprehensive tutorials for beginners on

  1. Kubernetes

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registration.

  1. Kubernetes logging explained for beginners: This tutorial explains the underlying Kubernetes logging concepts and patterns in detail.
  2. Configuring EFK on Kubernetes

  3. : A step-by-step guide that explains the EFK logging stack on Kubernetes.

Kubernetes troubleshooting tutorials

In this section, we’ll learn how to troubleshoot kubernetes objects (pods, deployments, Statefulset, cluster components, and so on). How to troubleshoot

Kubernetes Pods Kubernetes database tutorials This section aims to cover

  1. tutorials

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on configuring Statefulsets for databases

such as PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc. We’ll also cover Kubernetes database operators that provide additional functionality for managing databases in Kubernetes. 👉

  1. Learn how to deploy the cluster

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of PostgreSQL Statefulset Kubernetes package management tutorials In Kubernetes package management

, you’ll learn about tools like helm and Kustomize.

How to install Helm for Kubernetes

    deployment

  1. How to create a Helm chart from scratch

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Kubernetes CI/CD

tutorials Under Kubernetes CI/CD, you will learn how to use commonly used CI/CD tools like Jenkins and advanced GitOps operators like ArgoCD, FluxCD, etc.

Configuring Jenkins on the Kubernetes cluster Configuring

  1. Jenkins Build Agents
  2. on Kubernetes pods Creating Docker images on Kubernetes

  3. Pod with Kaniko
  4. Configuring the latest Nexus OSS
  5. on Kubernetes Kubernetes secret management tutorials In this section, you will learn how to manage secrets

  6. in Kubernetes

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using recommended open source secrets management tools. In addition, we’ll look at cloud-specific secret management solutions that can be integrated with Kubernetes.

Configuring Hashicorp Vault on Kubernetes

  1. Injecting secrets into pods using the Vault Agent
  2. Kubernetes Security Guides In this section, we’ll look at kubernetes security guides. CIS benchmarking with kube-bench

Kubernetes Certification

Guides 👉

(CKA/CKAD/

  1. CKS

)

If you want to become Kubernetes certified, the following certification guides will help you.

CKA 👉

  1. Certification Study Guide CKAD Certification Study Guide

  2. CKS
  3. Certification Study Guide

Also, see the kubernetes certification coupons page for

Get the latest exam coupon codes to save money on exam registration

. What is Kubernetes?

As the definition says, Kubernetes or k8s is an open source orchestration and cluster management for container-based applications maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The official kubernetes website (k8s

) says:

Kubernetes is an open source system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Group the containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. Kubernetes is based on 15 years of experience running production workloads at Google, combined with community insights and practices.

kubernetes.io

In simple words, kubernetes makes it easy to manage containers across multiple hosts. Plus, it makes container deployment a breeze with a declarative YAML file. You specify how you want the container to be deployed, and Kubernetes takes care of it by reading the information provided in the YAML.

Why do we need Kubernetes?

Kubernetes is used to automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It provides an open source platform for orchestration and automation of containerized workloads and services.

Kubernetes allows you to easily scale applications, self-healing, and continuous updates, making it suitable for running microservices and distributed systems

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The first question when it comes to Kubernetes or a container orchestrator is why we need it. Let’s understand it from two real-world examples.

Container deployments

Suppose you have a pair of Java applications. You can package it in a container and run it on a server that contains a Docker engine or any container engine. For this scenario, there is no complexity.

You can package your application into a Docker image using Dockerfile and expose a port on a host for the external world to access.

However, the downside is that it can be a single point of failure, as it only runs on a single server. To handle the single point of failure, you need an efficient mechanism.

That’s why you need a container clustering and orchestration tool like Kubernetes to scale applications on demand and withstand single-node failures.

Microservices deployment/orchestration

Now,

let’s say, you have a great application that is made up of microservices (API, user interface, user management, credit card transaction system, etc.). All of these microservices components have to communicate with each other using REST APIs or other protocols.

Because the application has many components or microservices, we cannot deploy all services on one server or container. Applications must be decoupled, and each microservice must deploy and scale on its own. This makes application development and deployment easier and faster.

In this scenario, the complexity lies in networking, shared file systems, load balancing, and service discovery. This is where Kubernetes comes into the picture. It helps orchestrate complex processes in a manageable way.

With kubernetes, you only have to worry about the development and deployments of your applications. Kubernetes takes care of all the heavy lifting, such as networking, service-to-service communication between nodes, load balancing, resource scheduling, scalability, and high availability.

Overall, Kubernetes helps you achieve the following.

  1. Self-healing
  2. Automatic container scheduling
  3. Scale-up and scale-up
  4. Continuous application upgrades and downgrades with no downtime

Latest Kubernetes updates

The following are some of the latest

Kubernetes updates.

Kubernetes

  1. v1.27: Chill Vibes has been released. It has 60 improvements. Of which 13 graduate to Stable.
  2. Kubernetes v1.26: Electrifying has been released. It has 37 improvements.
  3. Kubernetes v1.25: Combiner has been released. It has 40 improvements.
  4. Kubernetes 1.24: Stargazer has been released. This version has 46 improvements. Of which, 13 are graduating to Stable, 14 existing features got improvements, 13 new features added, and six are deprecated.
  5. Dockershim deprecated with the release
  6. of Kubernetes 1.24 Kubernetes volume expansion

  7. now a stable feature

Kubernetes FAQ

Conclusion

I’ll keep adding all the Kubernetes beginner tutorials to this list.

My goal is to populate all Kubernetes concepts with real-world examples and project guides

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In addition, these tutorials will help you if you are preparing for Kubernetes certifications.

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