Deploying Spinnaker in GKE with LDAP authentication


Spinnaker has some quirks when enabled for LDAP authentication, especially the login URL. When deploying Spinnaker using the published Helm chart, the Spinnaker microservice, the gate is available on /gate on deck. But the login URL gets routed to /login and after successful login, it gets routed to /auth/redirect instead of being relative to the gate base URL! The setup works very well when you have a static hostname that can be directed to deck or gate depending on the port being 9000 or 8084. And you set the base URL for deck and gate accordingly. But then you need to get that static hostname setup and your load balancer configured. Or, you have to use localhost with port forwarding but then it is only available to you! This tutorial provides an alternative using the Kubernetes ingress controller without the need for a static hostname and a load-balancer.

From Google Cloud console, set up a managed Kubernetes cluster. For this exercise, set up the cluster with at least 3 nodes of type n1-standard-2. And we would name the cluster my-spinnaker.

It is recommended to use the Google Cloud Shell to run the commands used in this tutorial. Otherwise, you will need to install the tools being used in your environment first.

Launching Google Cloud Shell
Launching Google Cloud Shell

This will give you a shell at the bottom of the browser window. Authenticate your shell against the Kubernetes cluster you just created.

gcloud container clusters get-credentials my-spinnaker --region us-central1-a

Initialize Helm

Helm is used to deploying resources into the Kubernetes cluster. You need to initialize Helm in your cluster before you can use it to deploy Helm charts.

kubectl create serviceaccount -n kube-system tiller

kubectl create clusterrolebinding tiller-binding --clusterrole=cluster-admin --serviceaccount kube-system:tiller

helm init --service-account tiller --wait

Deploy Spinnaker

We will install Spinnaker using the published stable Helm chart. But before that, we would like to configure the deployment. Let’s get the values file first to customize the deployment.


Edit the section additionalProfileConfigMaps in downloaded values.yaml as shown below:

## if you're running spinnaker behind a reverse proxy such as a GCE ingress
## you may need the following profile settings for the gate profile.
## see
## otherwise its harmless and will likely become default behavior in the future
## According to the linked github issue.
protocolHeader: X-Forwarded-Proto
remoteIpHeader: X-Forwarded-For
internalProxies: .*
httpsServerPort: X-Forwarded-Port

Also, update the additionalServiceSettings section as shown below:

healthEndpoint: /health
useExecHealthCheck: false

Save the values.yaml file and Now deploy your Spinnaker.

helm install -n spinnaker stable/spinnaker -f values.yaml

Give it some time. Once all the pods are running, your Spinnaker is deployed and ready to use.

$ kubectl get pods
spin-clouddriver-749d9c9589-wg49j 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-deck-775cdfccff-shzcb 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-echo-5fd76b8f79-fkdm9 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-front50-597b4ff46d-72kxr 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-gate-7dc88df658-xl8nm 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-igor-67b9b4c66-zs28q 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-orca-7d5958f8d6-c6w7x 1/1 Running 0 11m
spin-rosco-67847b657b-gx5vc 1/1 Running 0 11m
spinnaker-install-using-hal-mdt4q 0/1 Completed 0 14m
spinnaker-minio-5c994565d6-fjdkm 1/1 Running 0 14m
spinnaker-redis-master-0 1/1 Running 0 14m
spinnaker-spinnaker-halyard-0 1/1 Running 0 14m

Your Spinnaker is deployed but how do you access it? You could always create port-forwards as mentioned in the output of the helm command you used to deploy Spinnaker. But that works when you are using your local laptop. The best option to make it always available and to others is to create Kubernetes services to Spinnaker gate and deck components and then an ingress in Kubernetes to expose Spinnaker.

Create a file spinsvcs.yml that will be used to create Spinnaker services.

apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
    app: spin
    stack: gate
  name: spin-gate-np
  type: NodePort
  -  name: http
     port: 8084
     protocol: TCP
    cluster: "spin-gate"
apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
    app: spin
    stack: deck
  name: spin-deck-np
  type: NodePort
  -  name: http
     port: 9000
     protocol: TCP
    cluster: "spin-deck"

Create a file ingress.yml that will be used to create an ingress to Spinnaker.

apiVersion: extensions/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
app: spinnaker
name: spinnaker-ingress
serviceName: spin-deck-np
servicePort: 9000
- http:
- path: /login
serviceName: spin-gate-np
servicePort: 8084
- path: /auth/*
serviceName: spin-gate-np
servicePort: 8084

Run the commands to create the services and ingress.

kubectl apply -f spinsvcs.yml

kubectl apply -f ingress.yml

You are ready to try launch Spinnaker when the backend services are green for the ingress (give it a few minutes).

Launch Spinnaker in GKE when the backend services are green for the ingress
Launch Spinnaker in GKE when the backend services are green for the ingress

Note the Load Balancer IP on the page. You can now use Spinnaker by clicking on that. Now, let’s go and secure this setup with LDAP based authentication.

Deploy OpenLDAP for LDAP Authencation

We will use OpenLDAP as the LDAP provider in this tutorial. Use helm to install OpenLDAP.

helm install --name openldap stable/openldap

You can always configure the base dn and other attributes of the OpenLDAP. Out of the box, it sets up with a base dn of dc=example,dc=org. You can get the password of the admin user using

kubectl get secret --namespace default openldap -o jsonpath="{.data.LDAP_ADMIN_PASSWORD}" | base64 --decode; echo

Configure Spinnaker to use OpenLDAP for LDAP Authentication

First, you need to connect to the halyard pod in Spinnaker.

kubectl exec -it spinnaker-spinnaker-halyard-0 bash

Next, configure and enable authentication in Spinnaker.

hal config security authn ldap edit --user-dn-pattern="cn={0}" --url=ldap://openldap.default:389/dc=example,dc=org

hal config security authn ldap enable

The deck base URL also needs to be updated to the ingress host (replace the with the ip address of load-balancer of the ingress).

hal config security ui edit --override-base-url

Now, apply the configuration to Spinnaker.

hal deploy apply

Once the deployment is successful, you can reload the Spinnaker UI you had launched earlier. You should be redirected to a login page. Login with admin and the password for the admin user in LDAP.

So in this article, we have shown you how to configure and use OpenLDAP for LDAP authentication for Spinnaker deployments to GKE. If you wish to streamline your Continuous Delivery, learn about different Spinnaker authentication methods please read the following articles:

  1. Implementation of Basic Authentication for Prometheus and Alertmanager 
  2. Authentication for Spinnaker Services using x509 client certificate
  3. How to set up Mutual TLS (mTLS) Authentication for Spinnaker Services
  4. Configuring Spinnaker Authentication with Azure Active Directory
  5. SAML Authentication on Spinnaker using GSuite
  6. Spinnaker Authorization setup using GSuite

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