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Getting Started

This getting started guide will help you deploy your first EKS environment using EKS Blueprints.


First, ensure that you have installed the following tools locally.

  1. aws cli
  2. kubectl
  3. terraform

Deployment Steps

The following steps will walk you through the deployment of an example blueprint. This example will deploy a new VPC, a private EKS cluster with public and private subnets, and one managed node group that will be placed in the private subnets. The example will also deploy the following add-ons into the EKS cluster:

  • AWS Load Balancer Controller
  • Cluster Autoscaler
  • CoreDNS
  • kube-proxy
  • Metrics Server
  • vpc-cni

Clone the repo

git clone

Terraform INIT

CD into the example directory:

cd examples/eks-cluster-with-new-vpc/

Initialize the working directory with the following:

terraform init

Terraform PLAN

Verify the resources that will be created by this execution:

terraform plan

Terraform APPLY

We will leverage Terraform's target functionality to deploy a VPC, an EKS Cluster, and Kubernetes add-ons in separate steps.

Deploy the VPC. This step will take roughly 3 minutes to complete.

terraform apply -target="module.vpc"

Deploy the EKS cluster. This step will take roughly 14 minutes to complete.

terraform apply -target="module.eks_blueprints"

Deploy the add-ons. This step will take rough 5 minutes to complete.

terraform apply -target="module.eks_blueprints_kubernetes_addons"

Configure kubectl

Terraform output will display a command in your console that you can use to bootstrap your local kubeconfig.

configure_kubectl = "aws eks --region <region> update-kubeconfig --name <cluster-name>"

Run the command in your terminal.

aws eks --region <region> update-kubeconfig --name <cluster-name>


List worker nodes

kubectl get nodes

You should see output similar to the following:

NAME                                        STATUS   ROLES    AGE     VERSION   Ready    <none>   4h18m   v1.21.5-eks-9017834   Ready    <none>   4h18m   v1.21.5-eks-9017834    Ready    <none>   4h18m   v1.21.5-eks-9017834

List pods

kubectl get pods -n kube-system

You should see output similar to the following:

NAME                                                        READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
aws-load-balancer-controller-954746b57-k9lhc                1/1     Running   1          15m
aws-load-balancer-controller-954746b57-q5gh4                1/1     Running   1          15m
aws-node-jlnkd                                              1/1     Running   1          15m
aws-node-k86pv                                              1/1     Running   0          12m
aws-node-kjcdg                                              1/1     Running   1          14m
cluster-autoscaler-aws-cluster-autoscaler-5d4446b58-d6frd   1/1     Running   1          15m
coredns-85d5b4454c-jksbw                                    1/1     Running   1          24m
coredns-85d5b4454c-x7wwd                                    1/1     Running   1          24m
kube-proxy-92slm                                            1/1     Running   1          18m
kube-proxy-bz5kb                                            1/1     Running   1          18m
kube-proxy-zl7cj                                            1/1     Running   1          18m
metrics-server-694d47d564-hzd8h                             1/1     Running   1          15m


To clean up your environment, destroy the Terraform modules in reverse order.

Destroy the add-ons.

terraform destroy -target="module.eks_blueprints_kubernetes_addons"

Destroy the EKS cluster.

terraform destroy -target="module.eks_blueprints"

Destroy the VPC.

terraform destroy -target="module.vpc"