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FlexVolume Configuration

Rook uses FlexVolume to integrate with Kubernetes for performing storage operations. In some operating systems where Kubernetes is deployed, the default Flexvolume plugin directory (the directory where FlexVolume drivers are installed) is read-only. This is the case for Kubernetes deployments on:

Especially in these environments, the kubelet needs to be told to use a different FlexVolume plugin directory that is accessible and read/write (rw). These steps need to be carried out on all nodes in your cluster.

Please refer to the section that is applicable to your environment/platform, it contains more information on FlexVolume on your platform.

Platform specific FlexVolume path

Not a listed platform

If you are not using a platform that is listed above and the path /usr/libexec/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec/ is read/write, you don’t need to configure anything. That is because /usr/libexec/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec/ is the kubelet default FlexVolume path and Rook assumes the default FlexVolume path if not set differently.

If running mkdir -p /usr/libexec/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec/ should give you an error about read-only filesystem, you need to use the most common read/write FlexVolume path and configure it on the Rook operator and kubelet.

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

Atomic

See the OpenShift section.

ContainerLinux

Use the Most common read/write FlexVolume path for the next steps.

The kubelet’s systemD unit file can be located at: /etc/systemd/system/kubelet.service.

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

OpenShift

To find out which FlexVolume directory path you need to set on the Rook operator, please look at the OpenShift docs of the version you are using, latest OpenShift Flexvolume docs (they also contain the FlexVolume path for Atomic).

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

Rancher

Rancher provides an easy way to configure kubelet. The FlexVolume flag will be shown later on in the configuring the FlexVolume path. It can be provided to the kubelet configuration template at deployment time or by using the up to date feature if Kubernetes is already deployed.

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

Tectonic

Follow these instructions to configure the Flexvolume plugin for Rook on Tectonic during ContainerLinux node ignition file provisioning. If you want to use Rook with an already provisioned Tectonic cluster, please refer to the ContainerLinux section.

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

Custom containerized kubelet

Use the most common read/write FlexVolume path for the next steps.

If your kubelet is running as a (Docker, rkt, etc) container you need to make sure that this directory from the host is reachable by the kubelet inside the container.

Continue with configuring the FlexVolume path to configure Rook to use the FlexVolume path.

Configuring the FlexVolume path

If the environment specific section doesn’t mention a FlexVolume path in this doc or external docs, please refer to the most common read/write FlexVolume path section, before continuing to configuring the FlexVolume path.

Most common read/write FlexVolume path

The most commonly used read/write FlexVolume path on most systems is /var/lib/kubelet/volumeplugins. This path is commonly used for FlexVolume because /var/lib/kubelet is read write on most systems.

Configuring the Rook operator

You must provide the above found FlexVolume path when deploying the rook-operator by setting the environment variable FLEXVOLUME_DIR_PATH. For example:

- name: FLEXVOLUME_DIR_PATH
  value: "/var/lib/kubelet/volumeplugins"

(In the operator.yaml manifest replace <PathToFlexVolumes> with the path or if you use helm set the agent.flexVolumeDirPath to the FlexVolume path)

Configuring the Kubernetes kubelet

You need to add the flexvolume flag with the path to all nodes’s kubelet in the Kubernetes cluster:

--volume-plugin-dir=PATH_TO_FLEXVOLUME

(Where the PATH_TO_FLEXVOLUME is the above found FlexVolume path)

The location where you can set the kubelet FlexVolume path (flag) depends on your platform. Please refer to your platform documentation for that and/or the platform specific FlexVolume path for information about that.

After adding the flag to kubelet, kubelet must be restarted for it to pick up the new flag.