This feature is available in Enterprise Edition only.

Metallb can be used in Static (Bare Metal) clusters when you can’t order a load balancer from a cloud provider. Metallb can work in L2 or BGP modes. Below is an example of Metallb usage in L2 mode.

We will create an Ingress Controller with LoadBalancer inlet. And we will also expose standalone Nginx using a Service with the LoadBalancer type.

First, you have to decide which NodeGroups will be used to deploy applications that have to be exposed by the LoadBalancer service. Ingress controllers run on frontend nodes, and Nginx runs on a worker node in this example. They have common label node-role/metallb="".

apiVersion: deckhouse.io/v1
kind: NodeGroup
metadata:
  name: frontend
spec:
  disruptions:
    approvalMode: Manual
  nodeTemplate:
    labels:
      node-role.deckhouse.io/frontend: ""
      node-role/metallb: ""
    taints:
    - effect: NoExecute
      key: dedicated.deckhouse.io
      value: frontend
  nodeType: Static
---
apiVersion: deckhouse.io/v1
kind: NodeGroup
metadata:
  name: worker
spec:
  disruptions:
    approvalMode: Manual
  nodeTemplate:
    labels:
      node-role/metallb: ""
  nodeType: Static

Check that nodes have the correct labels.

kubectl get nodes -l node-role/metallb
NAME              STATUS   ROLES      AGE   VERSION
demo-frontend-0   Ready    frontend   61d   v1.21.14
demo-frontend-1   Ready    frontend   61d   v1.21.14
demo-worker-0     Ready    worker     61d   v1.21.14

Module metallb is disabled by default, so you have to explicitly enable it. You also have to set the correct nodeSelector and tolerations for Metallb speakers.

metallb: |
  addressPools:
  - addresses:
    - 192.168.199.100-192.168.199.102
    name: frontend_pool
    protocol: layer2
  speaker:
    nodeSelector:
      node-role/metallb: ""
    tolerations:
    - effect: NoExecute
      key: dedicated.deckhouse.io
      operator: Equal
      value: frontend
metallbEnabled: "true"

Create IngressNginxController.

apiVersion: deckhouse.io/v1
kind: IngressNginxController
metadata:
  name: main
spec:
  ingressClass: nginx
  inlet: LoadBalancer
  nodeSelector:
    node-role.deckhouse.io/frontend: ""
  tolerations:
  - effect: NoExecute
    key: dedicated.deckhouse.io
    value: frontend

Check that service with the type LoadBalancer is created in the namespace d8-ingress-nginx.

kubectl -n d8-ingress-nginx get svc main-load-balancer 
NAME                 TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP       PORT(S)                      AGE
main-load-balancer   LoadBalancer   10.222.255.194   192.168.199.100   80:30236/TCP,443:32292/TCP   30s

Your Ingress controller is accessible on an external IP address.

curl -s -o /dev/null -w "%{http_code}" 192.168.199.100
404

Expose your standalone Nginx on 8080 port.

kubectl create deploy nginx --image=nginx
kubectl create svc loadbalancer nginx --tcp=8080:80

Check service.

kubectl get svc nginx
NAME    TYPE           CLUSTER-IP     EXTERNAL-IP       PORT(S)          AGE
nginx   LoadBalancer   10.222.9.190   192.168.199.101   8080:31689/TCP   3m11s

Now you can access the application using curl.

curl -s -o /dev/null -w "%{http_code}" 192.168.199.101:8080
200