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Exposing StackState outside of the cluster

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StackState can be exposed with a Kubernetes Ingress resource. The example on this page shows how to configure an nginx-ingress controller using Helm for StackState running on Kubernetes. This page also documents which service/port combination to expose when using a different method of configuring ingress traffic.
When observing the cluster that also hosts StackState, the agent traffic can be kept entirely within the cluster itself by changing the agent configuration during agent installation.

Configure ingress via the StackState Helm chart

The StackState Helm chart exposes an ingress section in its values. This is disabled by default. The example below shows how to use the Helm chart to configure an nginx-ingress controller with TLS encryption enabled. Note that setting up the controller itself and the certificates is beyond the scope of this document.
To configure the ingress for StackState, create a file ingress_values.yaml with contents like below. Replace MY_DOMAIN with your own domain (that's linked with your ingress controller) and set the correct name for the tls-secret. Consult the documentation of your ingress controller for the correct annotations to set. All fields below are optional, for example, if no TLS will be used, omit that section but be aware that StackState also doesn't encrypt the traffic.
enabled: true
annotations: "50m"
- host: stackstate.MY_DOMAIN
- hosts:
- stackstate.MY_DOMAIN
secretName: tls-secret
The thing that stands out in this file is the Nginx annotation to increase the allowed proxy-body-size to 50m (larger than any expected request). By default, Nginx allows body sizes of maximum 1m. StackState Agents and other data providers can sometimes send much larger requests. For this reason, you should make sure that the allowed body size is large enough, regardless of whether you are using Nginx or another ingress controller. Make sure to update the baseUrl in the values file generated during initial installation, it will be used by StackState to generate convenient installation instructions for the agent.
Include the ingress_values.yaml file when you run the helm upgrade command to deploy StackState:
helm upgrade \
--install \
--namespace "stackstate" \
--values "ingress_values.yaml" \
--values "values.yaml" \
stackstate \

Configure via external tools

To make StackState accessible outside of the Kubernetes cluster it's installed in, it's enough to route traffic to port 8080 of the <namespace>-stackstate-k8s-router service. The UI of StackState can be accessed directly under the root path of that service (i.e. http://<namespace>-stackstate-k8s-router:8080) while agents will use the /receiver path (http://<namespace>-stackstate-k8s-router:8080/receiver).
Make sure to update the baseUrl in the values file generated during initial installation, it will be used by StackState to generate convenient installation instructions for the agent.
When manually configuring an Nginx or similar HTTP server as reverse proxy make sure that it can proxy websockets as well. For Nginx this can be configured by including the following directives in the location directive:
proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
proxy_set_header Connection "Upgrade";
StackState itself doesn't use TLS encrypted traffic, TLS encryption is expected to be handled by the ingress controller or external load balancers.

Agents in the same cluster

Agents that are deployed to the same cluster as StackState can of course use the external URL on which StackState is exposed, but it's also possible to configure the agent to directly connect to the StackState instance via the Kubernetes internal network only. To do that replace the value of the 'stackstate.url' in the helm install command from the Agent Kubernetes installation with the internal cluster URL for the router service (see also above): http://<namespace>-stackstate-k8s-router.<namespace>.svc.cluster.local:8080/receiver/stsAgent (the <namespace> sections need to be replaced with the namespace of StackState).

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