WebLogic Kubernetes Operator: Deploying a Java App in a WebLogic Domain on Oracle Kubernetes Engine (OKE) in 30 Minutes

WebLogic Kubernetes Operator provides a way of running WLS domains in a k8s cluster.

For this post we are depicting the steps of the tutorial you can find in the documentation here. So let’s get started!

What you need:

  • a k8s cluster
  • kubectl
  • maven
  • git
  • docker
  • 60 minutes
git clone https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-kubernetes-operator

docker login

docker pull oracle/weblogic-kubernetes-operator:2.2.0

docker pull traefik:1.7.6

For the next step, if you don’t have a user, goto https://container-registry.oracle.com and register yourself

docker login container-registry.oracle.com 

docker pull container-registry.oracle.com/middleware/weblogic:

K8s uses role based access control (RBAC):

cat <<EOF | kubectl apply -f -
 apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
 kind: ClusterRoleBinding
   name: helm-user-cluster-admin-role
   apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
   kind: ClusterRole
   name: cluster-admin
 kind: ServiceAccount
 name: default
 namespace: kube-system

Traefik is a router:

helm install stable/traefik \
   --name traefik-operator \
   --namespace traefik \
   --values kubernetes/samples/charts/traefik/values.yaml  \
   --set "kubernetes.namespaces={traefik}" \
cat <<EOF < values.yaml
 serviceType: NodePort
     http: "30305"
     https: "30443"
   enabled: true
   domain: traefik.example.com
   enabled: true
   enabled: true
   #enforced: true 
   #upstream: true
   #insecureSkipVerify: false
   tlsMinVersion: VersionTLS12
helm install stable/traefik --name traefik-operator --namespace traefik --values values.yaml  --set "kubernetes.namespaces={traefik}" --wait

Namespace for the operator:

kubectl create namespace sample-weblogic-operator-ns

kubectl create serviceaccount -n sample-weblogic-operator-ns sample-weblogic-operator-sa
cd weblogic-kubernetes-operator/

helm install kubernetes/charts/weblogic-operator \
   --name sample-weblogic-operator \
   --namespace sample-weblogic-operator-ns \
   --set image=oracle/weblogic-kubernetes-operator:2.2.0 \
   --set serviceAccount=sample-weblogic-operator-sa \
   --set "domainNamespaces={}" \
kubectl create namespace sample-domain1-ns

helm upgrade \
   --reuse-values \
   --set "domainNamespaces={sample-domain1-ns}" \
   --wait \
   sample-weblogic-operator \
helm upgrade \
   --reuse-values \
   --set "kubernetes.namespaces={traefik,sample-domain1-ns}" \
   --wait \
   traefik-operator \

Creating the WLS domain image:

kubernetes/samples/scripts/create-weblogic-domain-credentials/create-weblogic-credentials.sh \
   -u weblogic -p welcome1 -n sample-domain1-ns -d sample-domain1

Tag the docker image created and push to a registry:

docker images

docker tag container-registry.oracle.com/middleware/weblogic: javiermugueta/weblogic:

docker push javiermugueta/weblogic:

NOTE: Remember to make private this image in the registry!!! As a recommended option, please follow the steps here to push to the private registry offered by Oracle.

Now let’s make a copy of the yaml file with properties to change and put the appropriate values:

cp kubernetes/samples/scripts/create-weblogic-domain/domain-home-in-image/create-domain-inputs.yaml .

mv create-domain-inputs.yaml mycreate-domain-inputs.yaml

vi mycreate-domain-inputs.yaml

(change values in lines #16, #57, #65, #70, #104, #107 appropriately) Here the one I utilised just in case it helps

And now let’s create the domain with the image:

cd kubernetes/samples/scripts/create-weblogic-domain/domain-home-in-image

./create-domain.sh -i ~/Downloads/weblogic-kubernetes-operator/mycreate-domain-inputs.yaml -o ~/Downloads/weblogic-kubernetes-operator/output -u weblogic -p welcome1 -e

Verify that everything ig working!

kubectl get po -ns sample-domain1-ns

kubectl get svc -ns sample-domain1-ns

Change the type of the cluster and adminserver services to LoadBalancer:

kubectl edit svc/sample-domain1-cluster-cluster-1 -n sample-domain1-ns

kubectl edit svc/sample-domain1-admin-server-external -n sample-domain1-ns
Use vi commands

Verify and write down the public IP’s of the AdminServer external service and the cluster:

kubectl get svc -ns sample-domain1-ns

Create a simple java app and package it:

mvn archetype:generate -DgroupId=javiermugueta.blog -DartifactId=java-web-project -DarchetypeArtifactId=maven-archetype-webapp -DinteractiveMode=false

mnv package

Open a browser, log in WLS AdminServer console and deploy your app (use the public IP of the AdminsServer service):

Open a new browser tab and test the app (use the public IP of the WLS cluster service):

That’s all folks, hope it helps!! 🙂

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