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Manually deploy the Trident operator (Standard mode)

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You can manually deploy the Trident operator to install Astra Trident. This process applies to installations where the container images required by Astra Trident are not stored in a private registry. If you do have a private image registry, use the process for offline deployment.

Critical information about Astra Trident 23.01

You must read the following critical information about Astra Trident.

Critical information about Astra Trident
  • Kubernetes 1.26 is now supported in Trident. Upgrade Trident prior to upgrading Kubernetes.

  • Astra Trident strictly enforces the use of multipathing configuration in SAN environments, with a recommended value of find_multipaths: no in multipath.conf file.

    Use of non-multipathing configuration or use of find_multipaths: yes or find_multipaths: smart value in multipath.conf file will result in mount failures. Trident has recommended the use of find_multipaths: no since the 21.07 release.

Manually deploy the Trident operator and install Trident

Review the installation overview to ensure you've met installation prerequisites and selected the correct installation option for your environment.

Before you begin

Before you begin installation, log in to the Linux host and verify it is managing a working, supported Kubernetes cluster and that you have the necessary privileges.

Note With OpenShift, use oc instead of kubectl in all of the examples that follow, and log in as system:admin first by running oc login -u system:admin or oc login -u kube-admin.
  1. Verify your Kubernetes version:

    kubectl version
  2. Verify cluster administrator privileges:

    kubectl auth can-i '*' '*' --all-namespaces
  3. Verify you can launch a pod that uses an image from Docker Hub and reach your storage system over the pod network:

    kubectl run -i --tty ping --image=busybox --restart=Never --rm -- \
      ping <management IP>

Step 1: Download the Trident installer package

The Astra Trident installer package contains everything you need to deploy the Trident operator and install Astra Trident. Download and extract the latest version of the Trident installer from the Assets section on GitHub.

tar -xf trident-installer-23.01.1.tar.gz
cd trident-installer

Step 2: Create the TridentOrchestrator CRD

Create the TridentOrchestrator Custom Resource Definition (CRD). You will create a TridentOrchestrator Custom Resources later. Use the appropriate CRD YAML version in deploy/crds to create the TridentOrchestrator CRD.

kubectl create -f deploy/crds/trident.netapp.io_tridentorchestrators_crd_post1.16.yaml

Step 3: Deploy the Trident operator

The Astra Trident installer provides a bundle file that can be used to install the operator and create associated objects. The bundle file is an easy way to deploy the operator and install Astra Trident using a default configuration.

  • For clusters running Kubernetes 1.24 or lower, use bundle_pre_1_25.yaml.

  • For clusters running Kubernetes 1.25 or higher, use bundle_post_1_25.yaml.

The Trident installer deploys the operator in the trident namespace. If the trident namespace does not exist, use kubectl apply -f deploy/namespace.yaml to create it.

  1. Create the resources and deploy the operator:

    kubectl create -f deploy/<bundle>.yaml

    To deploy the operator in a namespace other than the trident namespace, update serviceaccount.yaml, clusterrolebinding.yaml and operator.yaml and generate your bundle file using the kustomization.yaml:

    kubectl kustomize deploy/ > deploy/<bundle>.yaml
  2. Verify the operator was deployed.

    kubectl get deployment -n <operator-namespace>
    NAME               READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
    trident-operator   1/1     1            1           3m
Important There should only be one instance of the operator in a Kubernetes cluster. Do not create multiple deployments of the Trident operator.

Step 4: Create the TridentOrchestrator and install Trident

You can now create the TridentOrchestrator and install Astra Trident. Optionally, you can customize your Trident installation using the attributes in the TridentOrchestrator spec.

kubectl create -f deploy/crds/tridentorchestrator_cr.yaml created

kubectl describe torc trident

Name:        trident
Labels:      <none>
Annotations: <none>
API Version:
Kind:        TridentOrchestrator
  Debug:     true
  Namespace: trident
  Current Installation Params:
    IPv6:                      false
    Autosupport Hostname:
    Autosupport Image:         netapp/trident-autosupport:23.01
    Autosupport Proxy:
    Autosupport Serial Number:
    Debug:                     true
    Image Pull Secrets:
    Image Registry:
    k8sTimeout:           30
    Kubelet Dir:          /var/lib/kubelet
    Log Format:           text
    Silence Autosupport:  false
    Trident Image:        netapp/trident:23.01.1
  Message:                  Trident installed  Namespace:                trident
  Status:                   Installed
  Version:                  v23.01.1
    Type Reason Age From Message ---- ------ ---- ---- -------Normal
    Installing 74s Installing Trident Normal
    Installed 67s Trident installed

Verify the installation

There are several ways to verify your installation.

Using TridentOrchestrator status

The status of TridentOrchestrator indicates if the installation was successful and displays the version of Trident installed. During the installation, the status of TridentOrchestrator changes from Installing to Installed. If you observe the Failed status and the operator is unable to recover by itself, check the logs.

Status Description


The operator is installing Astra Trident using this TridentOrchestrator CR.


Astra Trident has successfully installed.


The operator is uninstalling Astra Trident, because


Astra Trident is uninstalled.


The operator could not install, patch, update or uninstall
Astra Trident; the operator will automatically try to recover from this state. If this state persists you will require troubleshooting.


The operator is updating an existing installation.


The TridentOrchestrator is not used. Another one already

Using pod creation status

You can confirm if the Astra Trident installation completed by reviewing the status of the created pods:

kubectl get pods -n trident

NAME                                       READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
trident-controller-7d466bf5c7-v4cpw        6/6     Running   0           1m
trident-node-linux-mr6zc                   2/2     Running   0           1m
trident-node-linux-xrp7w                   2/2     Running   0           1m
trident-node-linux-zh2jt                   2/2     Running   0           1m
trident-operator-766f7b8658-ldzsv          1/1     Running   0           3m

Using tridentctl

You can use tridentctl to check the version of Astra Trident installed.

./tridentctl -n trident version

| 23.01.1        | 23.01.1        |