How To Connect Azure Kubernetes Cluster Using Kubectl

Connecting to an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster is a crucial step in managing and interacting with the resources on the cluster. In this article, we will go through the process of connecting to an AKS cluster using kubectl commands with examples and the command in the console. 

Install Azure CLI

The first step is to install the Azure CLI. This tool is required to authenticate to the AKS cluster. You can install the Azure CLI by following the instructions provided by Microsoft at the following link:

Install kubectl

Next, we need to install kubectl, which is the command-line tool for interacting with Kubernetes clusters. You can install kubectl by following the instructions provided by Kubernetes at the following link:

Authenticate to the AKS cluster

To authenticate to the AKS cluster, you will need to run the following command, replacing "myResourceGroup" and "myAKSCluster" with the appropriate values for your cluster:

az aks get-credentials --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myAKSCluster

This command will configure kubectl to use the credentials of the AKS cluster, allowing you to interact with the cluster using kubectl commands.

Verify the connection:

Once you have authenticated to the AKS cluster, you can verify the connection by running the following command:

kubectl get nodes

This command will display a list of the nodes in the AKS cluster, indicating that you have successfully connected to the cluster. The output should look something like this:


I hope from the preceding step-by-step explanation you have learned how to connect to an existing Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster using kubectl commands.

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