Build & Maintain Complex Distributed Systems
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Kubernetes 101

Bridget Kromhout (Microsoft)
1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Location: LL21 A/B Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees will get the most out of this workshop if they are comfortable at a linux command line. I marked it as beginner because I don't expect prior k8s experience. Prior containers experience would be helpful but isn't essential.

Materials or downloads needed in advance

Before the workshop, participants will need to set up an Azure account (free trial okay). To participate, they need to bring a computer from which they can connect to the internet: Option 1) Launch Azure Cloud Shell in a browser Option 2) Use the az command-line tool locally


It is a truth universally acknowledged that a techie in possession of any production code whatsoever must be in want of a container orchestration platform. What’s up for debate, according to noted thought leader Jane Austen, is how many pizzas the team is going to eat.

Let’s explore how to create and operate a Kubernetes cluster in order to answer this crucial question. If you’re into dev or ops or some portmanteau thereof, this is relevant to your interests. We’ll be following an Azure variant based on the open-source k8s training at, as well as trying out AKS (Azure Container Service); there are takeaways no matter which public or private cloud you use.

As our team grows, we’re going to need to scale our k8s cluster, deploying and configuring our pizza delivery app. We’ll deal with the consequences of state (you know, where your customers and money live) and carry out service discovery between our deliciously independent microservices. We’ll level up on k8s (and pizza) together.

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Bridget Kromhout


Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

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