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Install Trident

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To install Trident using Helm, complete the following steps:

  1. Install Helm (for installation instructions, visit the source).

  2. Download and extract the Trident 20.01.1 installer.

    $tar -xf trident-installer-21.01.1.tar.gz
  3. Change the directory to trident-installer.

    $cd trident-installer
  4. Copy tridentctl to a directory in your system $PATH.

    $sudo cp ./tridentctl /usr/local/bin
  5. Install Trident on the Kubernetes (K8s) cluster with Helm ( source):

    1. Change the directory to the helm directory.

      $cd helm
    2. Install Trident.

      $helm install trident trident-operator-21.01.1.tgz --namespace trident --create-namespace
    3. Check the status of Trident pods.

      $kubectl -n trident get pods

      If all the pods are up and running, then Trident is installed and you can move forward.

  6. Set up the Azure NetApp Files backend and storage class for AKS.

    1. Create an Azure Service Principle.

      The service principal is how Trident communicates with Azure to manipulate your Azure NetApp Files resources.

      $az ad sp create-for-rbac --name ""

      The output should look like the following example:

      "appId": "xxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx", 
      "displayName": "netapptrident", 
      "name": "", 
      "password": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx", 
      "tenant": "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxx"
  7. Create a Trident backend json file, example name anf-backend.json.

  8. Using your preferred text editor, complete the following fields inside the anf-backend.json file:

        "version": 1,
        "storageDriverName": "azure-netapp-files",
        "subscriptionID": "fakec765-4774-fake-ae98-a721add4fake",
        "tenantID": "fakef836-edc1-fake-bff9-b2d865eefake",
        "clientID": "fake0f63-bf8e-fake-8076-8de91e57fake",
        "clientSecret": "SECRET",
        "location": "westeurope",
        "serviceLevel": "Standard",
        "virtualNetwork": "anf-vnet",
        "subnet": "default",
        "nfsMountOptions": "vers=3,proto=tcp",
        "limitVolumeSize": "500Gi",
        "defaults": {
        "exportRule": "",
        "size": "200Gi"
  9. Substitute the following fields:

    • subscriptionID. Your Azure subscription ID.

    • tenantID. Your Azure Tenant ID from the output of az ad sp in the previous step.

    • clientID. Your appID from the output of az ad sp in the previous step.

    • clientSecret. Your password from the output of az ad sp in the previous step.

  10. Instruct Trident to create the Azure NetApp Files backend in the trident namespace using anf-backend.json as the configuration file:

    $tridentctl create backend -f anf-backend.json -n trident

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  11. Create a storage class. Kubernetes users provision volumes by using PVCs that specify a storage class by name. Instruct K8s to create a storage class azurenetappfiles that references the Trident backend created in the previous step.

  12. Create a YAML (anf-storage-class.yaml) file for storage class and copy.

    kind: StorageClass
    name: azurenetappfiles
    backendType: "azure-netapp-files"
    $kubectl create -f anf-storage-class.yaml
  13. Verify that the storage class was created.

    kubectl get sc azurenetappfiles

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