Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) simplifies deploying a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure by offloading the operational overhead to Azure. As a hosted Kubernetes service, Azure handles critical tasks like health monitoring and maintenance, and since Kubernetes masters are managed by Azure, you only manage and maintain the agent nodes. Thus, AKS is free; you only pay for the agent nodes within your clusters, not for the masters.
You can create an AKS cluster using:
- The Azure CLI
- The Azure portal
- Azure PowerShell
- Using template-driven deployment options, like Azure Resource Manager templates and Terraform
When you deploy an AKS cluster, the Kubernetes master and all nodes are deployed and configured for you. Advanced networking, Azure Active Directory integration, monitoring, and other features can be configured during the deployment process.
- Prepare an application for Azure Kubernetes Service
- Get up and running with Kubernetes
- Get hands-on experience with Kubernetes on Azure
- Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) on Microsoft Docs
Get started with AKS
With Microsoft Learn, you can kick off your journey into Azure Kubernetes Service with easy to understand training – and best of all, it’s free! This is the perfect way to work through new software.
- Introduction to Kubernetes
- Introduction to Kubernetes on Azure
- Introduction to Azure Kubernetes Service
- Deploy a containerized application on Azure Kubernetes Service
Learn more about AKS
Already using AKS and want to go further? Whether it’s learning something new within the Azure Kubernetes Service or becoming certified, there’s plenty more to explore and discover.
- Configure Azure Kubernetes Service
- Manage Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI
- Monitoring AKS with Azure Sentinel
- From Server 2012 to AKS with Azure Migrate