There are three parts to StormForge Optimize:
redskyctlcommand line tool
- StormForge Optimize Controller ( runs in your cluster )
- API (for those using the StormForge Optimize Platform)
Installing the StormForge Optimize Tool
To download the latest release for Linux run:
curl -L https://app.stormforge.io/downloads/redskyctl-linux-amd64.tar.gz | tar x sudo mv redskyctl /usr/local/bin/
To download the latest release for macOS run:
curl -L https://app.stormforge.io/downloads/redskyctl-darwin-amd64.tar.gz | tar x sudo mv redskyctl /usr/local/bin/
For macOS users, you can install
redskyctl using Homebrew:
brew install redskyops/tap/redskyctl
Installing the StormForge Optimize Controller
The StormForge Optimize Controller runs inside your Kubernetes cluster. It can be configured to talk to a API for automatic tuning of your application parameters.
Our default and preferred method of installation is through our command line tool -
This will deploy the controller, custom resource definitions, and set up necessary RBAC permissions.
redskyctl init is safe for multiple invocations.
If direct installation through
redskyctl is not possible, installation manifests can be generated.
These manifests can then be inspected, checked into source control, or manually applied.
redskyctl generate install --output-dir ./install
NoteThere will be sensitive information in the
redsky-system/secret_redsky-manager.yaml. Make sure to keep this in mind when storing these manifests.
If you cannot use
redskyctl to install, a basic Helm chart exists. To install using Helm, add the StormForge repository and install the
helm repo add redsky https://redskyops.dev/charts/ helm repo update helm install --namespace redsky-system --name redsky redsky/redskyops
The latest release of the Helm chart may not reference the latest application version, use the
redskyTag value to override the application version.
To configure the API (e.g. when using the StormForge Optimize platform), you must provide connection parameters through the StormForge Optimize configuration.
To authorize the Red Sky Controller running in your cluster, you must first prepare the necessary credentials on your workstation (i.e. where you run the
redskyctl program from). This can be done using a web-based form:
Alternatively, you can get a one-time use code to enter into a browser from another device:
redskyctl login --url
At anytime you can check to see that you can communicate with the API:
To apply the StormForge Optimize configuration to the current cluster, first view your existing configuration to verify it is correct:
redskyctl config view
This will display the contents of your
~/.config/redsky/config file plus any default values or environment variables that have been set.
Your configuration is applied (either created or updated) to the cluster through the
redskyctl authorize-cluster command.
redskyctl init command will automatically perform authorization if your connection details are available.
If your configuration was valid when you last ran
init, there is no need to re-apply your configuration.
Once you have verified the configuration, you can ensure your Red Sky Controller deployment is up-to-date:
Alternately, you can store your configuration in the
redsky-manager secret of the
You can also view this secret to verify the effective configuration values.
If you are installing the StormForge Optimize Controller in your cluster using Helm, you can run
redskyctl authorize-cluster --helm-values to produce a
values.yaml file with the necessary extra configuration.
Upgrading, Uninstalling, and other Advanced Topics
Upgrading the StormForge Optimize Controller
The preferred way to upgrade the StormForge Optimize Controller is to install the latest version of
redskyctl locally and run
redskyctl init. Use
redskyctl version to check the current version numbers.
In some cases there may be incompatibilities between versions requiring an uninstall prior to the installation of the new version: please consult the release notes for the version you are installing.
Uninstalling the StormForge Optimize Controller
To remove the StormForge Optimize Controller completely from your cluster, run
NoteRunning the reset command will also remove all of the StormForge Optimize data that is present in your cluster. StormForge Optimize data that has been sent to the StormForge Optimize Platform will persist after a reset.
Ensure you have backed up any information in the cluster prior to running this command.
Controller installation involves generating manifests and applying them to your cluster using
If you have specific security requirements, or if the default RBAC configuration for the easy install is too permissive for your environment, or if you just want to inspect the manifests prior to installation, you can obtain the raw StormForge Optimize Controller manifests using the
redskyctl generate install redskyctl generate controller-rbac
The StormForge Optimize Controller uses Kubernetes jobs to implement trial runs along with custom resources describing the experiment and trial. The StormForge Optimize Controller needs full permission to manipulate these resources. Additionally, the StormForge Optimize Controller must be able to list core pods, services, and namespaces.
The exact permissions required for a particular version can be found by inspecting the output of the
redskyctl generate ... commands.
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