Create a Kubernetes Cluster on NetApp HCI

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Learn how to create a Kubernetes cluster on NetApp HCI using NetApp Kubernetes Service (NKS).

To create a NetApp HCI cluster, you will need NKS enabled for your NetApp HCI account. See our step-by-step instructions here.

You will also need to complete all of the necessary networking and other requirements. Click here for a full list of the current requirements.

Step 1: Choose a Provider

Log in to NetApp Kubernetes Service (NKS). Click CLUSTERS then click + ADD CLUSTER.

Create Kubernetes Cluster on NetApp HCI

Click the NetApp HCI tile to select NetApp HCI as a provider.

Create Kubernetes Cluster on NetApp HCI


  • The cluster build version (Classic or Experimental)

  • The Workspace (if applicable)

  • The SSH credentials.

Then click NEXT to proceed.

Create Kubernetes Cluster on NetApp HCI

Step 2: Configure Provider

We choose sensible defaults for basic NetApp HCI cluster builds to get you going quickly. On this step, you can modify these settings to meet your requirements:

  • Number, type, and size of master and worker nodes.

  • The Region.

When the provider configurations are correct, click NEXT.

Step 3: Configure Cluster

On the third step, you can make any desired changes to your cluster configuration:

  • Edit or refresh the randomly-generated cluster name.

  • Change the orchestration version.

  • Change the Pod Network CIDR.

  • Change the Service Network CIDR.

When your cluster configurations are ready, click NEXT.

Step 4: Review and Confirm

Review and confirm all of the settings for your Kubernetes cluster. You can click "edit" in any section to make changes.

When you have verified that everything is correct, click CREATE. Your cluster will begin building, and will soon be ready for use.

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