Installing on Kubernetes#

You can install HCL™ Accelerate onto a Kubernetes cluster.

The tools required by all installation scenarios include the following items:

Note: The installation files used for offline installation are not the same as those used for internet-connected installation. Ensure that you download the right file for your installation environment.

In addition to the requirements for all installation scenarios, the following items are required for Kubernetes or Minikube installation:

Get a key. The key enables you to complete installation. Visit the HCL Accelerate web portal to obtain your key. After completing the form, you will receive a confirmation email with an access key. Store the key in a readily-available location; you use it during installation.

Note: Secure values stored in a JSON file are automatically added to the home directory of the user installing the product. The directory is hidden and should not be modified or removed by the user. Because the values are located in the user's home directory, future upgrades must be performed by the user of the original installation. The encryption key encrypts the secure values in the JSON file. If a user uses the default encryption key when installing the product, future upgrades should proceed normally. If a non-default encryption key is provided for the initial installation, the user must also provide that encryption key for future upgrades. The values stored in the hidden directory are accessed by the installer on any future upgrades, and changes to the secure values will prevent upgraded instances from accessing existing data.

The product installation requires an existing MongoDB database for data persistence. With the database, running the HCL Accelerate installer produces a Helm chart that is applied to the Kubernetes environment and instantiate the Kubernetes resources that comprise HCL Accelerate.

Additionally, you can configure an SSL certificate. If using Minikube, you also need to configure Ingress.

To modify default parameters, installation options are configured with the --set name=value Helm syntax when creating the Helm release. Optionally, the values.yaml file is edited on the extracted Helm chart. Some options are not exposed as Helm values and must be modified on the Kubernetes resources either by modifying the extracted Helm chart templates, or patching them after the Helm release is created. For example, to configure the ephemeral Argo pods for running integrations, you modify the workflow-controller-configmap ConfigMap in the .../templates/configmap-workflow-controller.yaml file.

Note: To avoid Windows UAC permission issues, use PowerShell as administrator.

Note: The user who runs helm installation command requires cluster-level permissions to create CustomResourceDefinitions. If you do not have access, consult your Kubernetes administrator.

  1. If you do not have a MongoDB database installed, install one now. Follow the instructions at the MongoDB GitHub repository.

    Below is a sample command for installing the MongoDB version 4.0:


     helm install accelerate-mongo
     --set persistence.enabled=false, mongodbRootPassword=password
     --set image.tag=4.0 bitnami/mongodb


    Note: To install MongoDB version 4.2, change the --set image.tag=4.2

    Note: If Helm cannot find the chart, try running the following command: helm repo add bitnami If your organization uses a different repository, substitute it for bitnami/mongodb.

    To verify the installation, you can use the following commands:

    helm list

    helm status accelerate-mongo

    To list all pods in the namespace, use the following command:

    kubectl get pods

    After the installation of MongoDB, use the below command to get the encrypted password

    kubectl get secrets accelerate-mongo-mongodb -o yaml

    Search for the field mongodb-root-password: in encrypted password.

    Use the command echo -n "mongodb-root-password-value" | base64 --decode to decrypt the encrypted password.

    Use decrypted password to connect the application.

  2. Enable your ingress and ensure that it points to your host by completing these steps:

    1. For a full Kubernetes installation, you can use the following two commands:

      helm repo add bitnami

      helm install accelerate-ingress bitnami/nginx-ingress-controller

    2. If you are using Minikube, use the following command instead to enable the ingress: minikube addons enable ingress.

  3. Download the installation file for your environment.

    Note: For macOS and Linux installations, set the appropriate permissions before running the file: sudo chmod +x.

    Visit the FlexNet download center and select the file for your environment. Or you can download the installation file directly from the following URLs:

  4. Run the installation script and respond to the prompts as described in the following steps.

    When the script starts, you are prompted to accept the license. You can explicitly accept the license without viewing it by appending the following parameter to the command:

    ./<accelerate-installation-file\> **--license=accept**

    1. At the Please enter your HCL Accelerate access key prompt, enter your SE version access key.

      If you previously installed an SE version, the already-configured key is the default value.

      Note: Make sure that you enter the key for the right version.

    2. At the Enter your encryption key or leave blank to use the default. Key must be at least 8 characters prompt, enter your encryption key or leave blank to use the default encryption key.

      Note: The encryption key must be at least 8 characters. Save the encryption key to use for further upgrades.

    3. At the Choose the platform prompt, select Kubernetes or OpenShift (Using Helm).

    4. At the Enter the location where the HCL Accelerate files will be installed prompt, enter the location where you want to install the product files.

      Files are copied to the specified directory in a subdirectory named product_version_number.

    5. At the Enter the initial password for the admin user prompt, enter your admin password.

    6. At the Please enter the hostname where you will run HCL Accelerate prompt, enter the host name where users can access the Web UI.

      The host name must resolve to a name on your DNS server, or in the server's hosts file. On Linux, the file location is etc/hosts; on Windows, the location is C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts.

      Note: You cannot use localhost as the hostname. If you do not have any host names defined, for testing purposes you can use This location will redirect back to, which is typically used by localhost.

    7. To enforce limits on resources, set the values for the resource flags for all containers and use the customConfigFile flag to set the path of the JSON file that contains values that are specified for individual services.

      An example of an install command using the new flags follows:

      /accelerate-hcl-install-1-5-5-macos --resourcesRequestsCpu 60m --customConfigFile resources.json

      You can use the following flags in the command:

      • resourceLimitsMemory
      • resourceLimitscpu
      • resourceRequestMemory
      • resourceRequestcpu
      • customConfigFile Note: A resources.json code example follows.

      { "resources": { "limits": { "memory": { "default": "1Gi", "application-api": "3Gi" }, "cpu": { "application-api": "2" }, }, "requests": { "memory": { "release-events-ui": "256Mi" }, "cpu": { "multi-app-pipeline-api": "45m", "release-events-ui": "55m" } } } }

      Note: The Helm chart is copied to /my\_installation/version\_number/accelerate-version.tgz. The installation properties are saved in a file located at /home/ucv/settings.json.

  5. Create an SSL certificate and key and store them in the accelerate-secret.yml file.

    1. Generate a public key and a private certificate.

      You can use OpenSSL to generate the certificate and key, which is installed on most Linux distros. On Windows, the easiest way to get OpenSSL is with Git. Git installs a copy in its Program Files\Git\usr\bin directory. The following example creates a certificate named certificate.pem:

      openssl req -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout key.pem -x509 -days 365 -out certificate.pem

    2. Create the accelerate-secret.yml file.

      Paste the following code fragment into your file:


        apiVersion: v1
         tls.crt: <BASE64 Encoded>
         tls.key: <Base64 Encoded>
       kind: Secret
         name: accelerate-tls
         namespace: default
       type: Opaque


      Note: Ensure the code does not contain any line breaks.

    3. Encrypt the certificate.

      The following code fragment illustrates how to encrypt the certificate on Linux:

      cat certificate.pem | base64

    4. Copy the encrypted certificate and then paste it into the tls.crt field in the accelerate-secret.yml file.

    5. Encrypt the private key and paste it into the tls.key field in the accelerate-secret.yml file.

    6. Apply accelerate-secret.yml file to your installation.

      You can use the kubectl command to apply your secret:

      kubectl apply -f accelerate-secret.yml

      If the process is successful, you will see a message similar to the following one:

      secret/acceleratetls created

  6. Note: If you are installing HCL Accelerate in an Amazon elastic Kubernetes service cluster, change the version of Kubernetes from kubeVersion:'>=1.11.0' to kubeVersion:'>=1.11.0-r0' in chart.yml file.

    Determine the configuration properties you can set for the helm install command with: helm show values /my\_installation/version\_number/accelerate-version.tgz

    The following code fragment displays a typical command:


     helm install uc-accelerate \
     ./accelerate-<version\>-helm.tgz \
     --set access.key=my\_access\_key \
     --set license=accept \
     --set url.domain=my\_hostname \
     --set mongo.url=mongodb://mongo:mongo@accelerate-mongo-mongodb:27017
     --set license=accept


    Note: The unique name uc-accelerate identifies the installed Helm release.

    Properties depend on your environment. The following properties are required. The optional properties are given later.

    • access.key

      The product access key obtained earlier.

    • url.domain

      The hostname of your node or the Ingress host name.

      Note: This must match the hostname specified in the installer.

    • mongo.url

      The URL of the MongoDB. Specify the following parameters.

      • username

        The user ID to authenticate with the MongoDB database. For example, mongo.

      • password

        The associated password to authenticate with the MongoDB database. For example, mongo.

      • authSource

        If you connect to an authenticated MongoDB database, you can use authSource to specify the database where authenticated users are defined. For example, if the admin user is defined in the admin database, you can use mongodb://root:password@accelerate-mongo-mongodb?authSource=admin.

      • port

        The port number for the MongoDB database. Use the value shown in the example, which is 27017.

      • service_name

        The MongoDB URL or the MongoDB service name if it is running within the Kubernetes cluster. For example, accelerate-mongo-mongodb.

      • database_name

        The name of the database to be used by HCL™ Accelerate. For example, accelerate.

      Note: If you used the install command in the previous step to install the MongoDB, use the following values for the mongo.url property.

      --set mongo.url=mongodb://mongo:mongo@accelerate-mongo-mongodb:27017

      If you use the default Bitnami MongoDB, make sure to grant the MongoDB user full write privileges.

    • name

      The name space where the Helm chart is applied, and the name of Helm chart. Deprecated for Helm 3.0 or later.

      --name uc-accelerate ./accelerate-<version\>-helm.tgz

  7. If you need to enforce limits on Argo resources, modify the executor parameter in the accelerate/templates/workflow-controller-configmap.yaml file.

    For example, to limit ephemeral Argo pods, you might use the following parameter values:


       config: |
         containerRuntimeExecutor: kubelet
         namespace: accelerate
               cpu: 1
               memory: 2Gi
               cpu: 50m 
               memory: 512Mi


  8. Run the helm install command to install the HCL Accelerate images into your Kubernetes cluster.

    After you run the command, Kubernetes displays status information about the installation.

    Refer to the displayed NOTES section for the location of the Minikube administrator dashboard. You manage your Minikube installation on the admin dashboard.

When all the containers have the status of running, the installation is complete and you can access HCL Accelerate at the URL you specified in the helm chart. You can refresh the status display by using the following kubectl command: kubectl get pods. The default admin user name is admin and the default password is what was specified in the installer.

The following Helm chart parameters for loglevel are optional:

Note: The default is ALL.

Parent topic: Installation