Set Up a Cluster

Prerequisite: Only contract administrators, owners, and users with Create Kubernetes Clusters permission can create a cluster for Public and Private Node Pools. Other user types have read-only access.

You can create a cluster using the Kubernetes Manager in DCD for Public Node Pools.


  • A total of 500 node pools per cluster are supported.

  • It is not possible to switch the Node pool type from public to private and vice versa.

  1. In the DCD, go to Containers > Managed Kubernetes.

  1. Select + Create Cluster.

  2. Enter a Name for the cluster.

Note: Make sure to use the following naming convention for the Kubernetes cluster:

  • Can be a maximum of 63 characters in length.

  • Begins and ends with an alphanumeric character ([a-z0-9A-Z]).

  • Must not contain spaces or any other white-space characters.

  • Can contain dashes (-), underscores (_), and dots (.) in between.

  1. Select the Kubernetes Version you want to run in the cluster from the drop-down list.

  2. Select a Region from the drop-down list.

  3. In the Node pool type field, choose Public from the drop-down list.

  4. Click + Create Cluster.

Result: A cluster is successfully created and listed in the clusters list for Public Node Pools. The cluster can be modified and populated with node pools once its status is active.


  • To access the Kubernetes API provided by the cluster, download the kubeconfig file and use it with tools such as kubectl.

  • The maintenance window starts at the time of your choosing and remains open for another four hours. All planned maintenance work will be performed within this window, however, not necessarily at the beginning.

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