Chronicle SUSE Rancher Cookbook¶
Recipe for installing Chronicle from the SUSE Rancher marketplace
You will need the following:
Chronicle uses Sawtooth as it backing ledger. This means it needs a minimum of 4 standard nodes, each with at least 4 vCPU and 16GB memory.
4 node Kubernetes cluster managed by SUSE Rancher v2.6 or later.
kubectl configured to access your cluster
Log in to Rancher and select the cluster you want to install Chronicle on.
In our example, this will be the
From the left menu, select Apps and then Charts. Choose the Chronicle chart from the list of partner charts:
This will take you to the following screen, click on the Install button on the top right of the page:
Here, you will need to specify the namespace for your Chronicle
installation. In our example, we will use the existing
Now, click the Next button on the bottom right of the page:
On this screen you can configure your Chronicle installation. On the left hand side, you will find three options:
Chronicle Settings - Here you can configure the Chronicle image and tag that you want to use. We will leave these as the defaults for now, using the untyped version of Chronicle. You can also enable a development GraphQL playground, however in this example we will leave this disabled, and use the Altair GraphQL client instead.
Ingress Settings - If you'd like to enable an ingress for Chronicle, you can specify this here. This is optional.
Database Settings - If you'd like to use an external Postgres database, you can specify this here. This is also optional.
Click the Install button on the bottom right of the page:
Rancher will now install Chronicle on your chosen cluster, in our
local cluster. It may take a few minutes for the Chronicle
images to be pulled down, and for the underlying
Sawtooth network to be deployed.
We will now switch to a local terminal window to test our Chronicle install.
Once you've opened a local terminal, start by confirming that you can connect to
your Kubernetes cluster using
kubectl by running this command:
We now need to set up a port forward so that we can access the Chronicle api on our local machine. Run the following command to set up a port forward:
This will set up a port forward to your Chronicle install, and make it accessible on your local machine:
You can now access the Chronicle GraphQL API using the following URL at http://127.0.0.1:9982
We will use the Altair GraphQL client to test our Chronicle install in the browser
Open the Altair GraphQL client in your browser, and paste in the following URL
Copy and paste the following query into the Altair GraphQL client:
Click the Send Request button to run the query, and you should see a response on the right hand side:
Congratulations, you have successfully installed Chronicle on your Kubernetes cluster using Rancher!
By default the Chronicle docker image deployed is the untyped version of Chronicle. This should only be used for testing deployments.
You should now build a docker image using your own domain, or one of the Chronicle examples.
Once you've built this image, you can edit your running Chronicle deployment using SUSE Rancher and update the repository/tag details. Once you confirm these changes Rancher will automatically update the deployment. The same process can be employed whenever you rebuild your image.
The Chronicle Bootstrap repo provides instructions and example scripts for building your own docker image.
For more details on modeling your domain, see the Chronicle Docs.