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basic networking • basic packet routing • basic load balancing
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network policies • ingress • troubleshooting pod failure • pod logs
Chad Crowell and Michael Levan
1 week · 2-4 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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As a Kubernetes administrator at Interpop, a music streaming service, you know that container applications can’t run without pod communication. Your task is to ensure connectivity between pods in the service’s cluster. You’ll connect nodes together using Weave, a container network interface (CNI). To keep communication traffic secure, you’ll implement network policies, and you’ll simplify traffic routing with the NGINX Ingress controller. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot network problems in the cluster using kubectl, and how to find solutions for pod failures. When you’re done, you’ll have experience implementing networking and troubleshooting techniques that will keep your container applications working together in harmony.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

project authors

Chad Crowell

Chad Crowell is a certified Microsoft trainer (MCT) and the author of dozens of courses on Kubernetes and DevOps with Pluralsight and INE. A Windows administrator turned DevOps professional, he works as a consultant helping companies with cloud and DevOps transformations. He currently holds the Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification and has been teaching Kubernetes to professionals for four years.

Michael Levan

Michael Levan is a seasoned engineer and consultant in the Kubernetes space who works with startups and enterprises around the globe on Kubernetes and cloud native projects. He also coaches aspiring engineers as they embark on their engineering journeys, and creates real-world, project-focused content, which he enjoys sharing with the tech community through books, blogs, and international speaking engagements.


This liveProject is for systems administrators with an intermediate level of knowledge of the Linux command line, YAML, and containers using tools like Docker or CRI-O. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Kubernetes basics (including using kubectl to access the Kubernetes API)
  • Familiarity with vim (how to create, edit, and save files in vim)
  • Basics of navigating a Linux shell environment
  • A local machine where you can set up and run Kubernetes
  • Deploy and manage Kubernetes resources with kubectl
  • Deploy applications with specific YAML configurations
  • Create pods independent of deployments
  • Exec into a pod to get a shell within the container


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