You need the
Backyards CLI tool installed on your computer, as described in the Prerequisites section.
Install Backyards 🔗︎
For a quick demo or evaluation, complete the following steps to install Backyards with every component, including the demo application. If you prefer a more interactive installation, see Installing Backyards interactively.
Run the following command. This will install Backyards and the demo application, then generate synthetic traffic and open a browser tab to show you the results.
Backyards supports KUBECONFIG contexts having the following authentication methods:
- certfile and keyfile
- certdata and keydata
- bearer token
- exec/auth provider
Username-password pairs are not supported. If you are installing Backyards in a test environment you can install it without requiring authentication by running:
backyards install --anonymous-auth -a --run-demo
Note: If you are installing Backyards on a local cluster (for example, using MiniKube) and you don’t have a local LoadBalancer setup, use a NodePort type
istio-ingressgatewayservice. To do that, create a file called
local_istio_cr.yamlwith the following content:
apiVersion: istio.banzaicloud.io/v1beta1 kind: Istio metadata: name: mesh namespace: istio-system spec: gateways: ingress: serviceType: "NodePort"
Then, run the following command.
Explore the features:
Install Backyards interactively 🔗︎
For an interactive installation, complete the following steps. Execute the following command to:
- Install the Backyards core, which provides a dashboard and an internal API for handling the service mesh.
- Install and execute the Istio operator.
- Install a demo application (optional).
Note: If you don’t need the demo application, you can simply accept the defaults by pressing enter for each question as it will only install the core components. You can install additional components later.
Take a look at the Backyards dashboard:
If you don’t already have Istio workload and traffic, the dashboard will be empty.
Install the demo application. If you chose not to install the demo application, you can deploy it manually:
backyards demoapp install
Generate some traffic between the components to draw a picture of the data flow.
backyards demoapp load start
(If you want to stop generating traffic, run backyards demoapp load stop)
Explore the features: