Category Archives: Networking

Tableau: install Tableau Bridge to access a database server in a private network

9 August 2021

 To access a database server, that has no public access (as it must be – access only inside an AWS VPC), Tableau suggests using its tool called Tableau Bridge. The idea is to have a Bridge service running in a network, which has access to a database server via its Private IP. Also, Bridge will… Read More »

AWS: Route53 Private Hosted Zones — hiding domains from the Internet

26 July 2021

 Private Hosted Zone in AWS Route53 allows to limit access to DNS records of a domain, thus making it inaccessible for the DNS Enumeration (or DNS brute-force), when an attacker checks for available records in a domain to know endpoints list to check them for vulnerabilities. For such attacks, there is a lot of utilities… Read More »

Istio: shared Ingress/AWS ALB, Helm chart with conditions, Istio, and ExternalDNS

27 April 2021

 Let’s proceed with our journey with Istio. Previous parts: Istio: an overview and running Service Mesh in Kubernetes Istio: external AWS Application LoadBalancer and Istio Ingress Gateway Besides Istio, in this post, we will also configure ExternalDNS, see the Kubernetes: update AWS Route53 DNS from an Ingress for details. Everything described below is a kind… Read More »

Istio: a cause and solution of the “SQLSTATE Connection refused”

23 April 2021

 During starting a pod we got errors “SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Connection refused’” in two different applications – a РНР/Yii and NodeJS. In the РHР/Yii it’s coming when we are running a pre-install hook during deployment with Helm and on the MySQL Migration Job execution: Yii Migration Tool (based on Yii v2.0.38)Exception ‘yii\db\Exception’ with message ‘SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002]… Read More »

Istio: external AWS Application LoadBalancer and Istio Ingress Gateway

22 April 2021

 In the previous post, Istio: an overview and running Service Mesh in Kubernetes, we started Istion io AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service and got an overview of its main components. The next task is to add an AWS Application Load Balancer (ALB) before Istio Ingress Gateway because Istio Gateway Service with its default type LoadBalancer creates… Read More »

Kubernetes: NodeLocal DNS and the “lookup istiod.istio-system.svc on lookup: no such host” error

19 April 2021

 In our Deployments, we are using the NodeLocal DNS as a local DNS cache to reduce requests number to the AWS VPC DNS, see the Kubernetes: load-testing and high-load tuning – problems and solutions for details. Currently, a manifest looks like the next: … dnsPolicy: “None” dnsConfig: nameservers: – … The problem is, that… Read More »

Istio: an overview and running Service Mesh in Kubernetes

11 April 2021

 Istio is a Service Mesh solution that allows performing Service Discovery, Load Balancing, traffic control, canary rollouts and blue-green deployments, traffic monitoring between microservices. We will use Istio in our AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service for traffic monitoring, as an API Gateway service, for traffic policies, and for various deployment strategies. In this post, will speak… Read More »

Kubernetes: what is Endpoints

13 March 2021

 Usually, we don’t see Endpoints objects when using Kubernetes Services, as they are working under the hood, similarly to ReplicaSets which are “hidden” behind Kubernetes Deployments. Kubernetes Service So, Service is a Kubernetes abstraction that uses labels to chose pods to route traffic to, see the Kubernetes: ClusterIP vs NodePort vs LoadBalancer, Services, and Ingress… Read More »

Kubernetes: update AWS Route53 DNS from an Ingress

22 November 2020

 We’d like to have the ability to add a DNS-record on the AWS Route53 when a Kubernetes Ingress resource is deployed and point this record to the URL of an AWS Load Balancer which is created by the ALB Ingress controller. To achieve this, the ExternalDNS can be used which will make API-requests to the… Read More »

Kubernetes: Service, load balancing, kube-proxy, and iptables

1 November 2020

 One day I wondered – how is load balancing between pods is working in Kubernetes? I.e. – we have an external Load Balancer. Then a Service. And behind it – Pods. What happens when we are receiving a network packet from the world, and we have a few pods – how the traffic will be… Read More »