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Building a Docker Swarm

Docker swarm allows you to quickly move beyond simply using Docker to run containers. With swarm, you can easily set up a cluster of Docker servers capable of providing useful orchestration features. This lab will allow you to become familiar with the process of setting up a simple swarm cluster on a set of servers. You will configure a swarm master and two worker nodes, forming a working swarm cluster.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon May 03, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Install Docker CE on all three nodes.

    1. On all three servers, install Docker CE.
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get -y install 
    curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo add-apt-repository 
       "deb [arch=amd64] 
       $(lsb_release -cs) 
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -y docker-ce=5:18.09.5~3-0~ubuntu-bionic docker-ce-cli=5:18.09.5~3-0~ubuntu-bionic
    1. Add cloud_user to the Docker group so that you can run docker commands as cloud_user.
    sudo usermod -a -G docker cloud_user
    Log out each server, then log back in.
    1. You can verify the installation on each server like so:
    docker version
  2. Challenge

    Configure the swarm manager.

    1. On the swarm manager server, initialize the swarm. Be sure to replace <swarm manager private IP> in this command with the actual Private IP of the swarm manager (NOT the public IP).
    docker swarm init --advertise-addr <swarm manager private IP>
  3. Challenge

    Join the worker nodes to the cluster.

    1. On the swarm manager, get a join command with a token:
    docker swarm join-token worker

    This should provide a command that begins docker swarm join .... Copy that command and run it on both worker servers.

    1. Go back to the swarm manager and list the nodes.
    docker node ls

    Verify that you can see all three servers listed (including the manager). All three should have a status of READY. Once all three servers are ready, you have built your own Docker swarm cluster!

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