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CCM migration via UI

This manual explains how to migrate to using external Cloud Controller Managers for supported providers via UI.

Cloud Controller Manager (CCM)

The CCM (Cloud Controller Manager) is a Kubernetes control plane component that embeds cloud-specific control logic. There are two different kinds of Cloud controller managers: in-tree and out-of-tree. According to the Kubernetes design proposal, the in-tree code is “code that lives in the core Kubernetes repository”, while the out-of-tree code is “code that lives in an external repository outside of”.

The first cloud-specific interaction logic was completely in-tree, bringing in a not-negligible amount of problems, among which the dependency of the CCM release cycle from the Kubernetes core release cycle and the difficulty to add new providers to the Kubernetes core code. Then, the Kubernetes community moved toward the out-of-tree implementation by introducing a plugin mechanism that allows different cloud providers to integrate their platforms with Kubernetes.

CCM migration status

To allow migration from in-tree to out-of-tree CCM for existing cluster, the cluster details view has been extended by a section in the top area, the “External CCM Migration Status”, that indicates the status of the CCM migration.

Cluster Details View

The “External CCM Migration Status” can have four different possible values:

Not needed

The cluster already uses the external CCM. ccm_migration_not_needed


KKP supports the external CCM for the given cloud provider, therefore the cluster can be migrated. ccm_migration_supported

When clicking on this button, a windows pops up to confirm the migration. ccm_migration_supported

In progress

External CCM migration has already been enabled for the given cluster, and the migration is in progress. ccm_migration_in_progress


KKP does not support yet the external CCM for the given cloud provider. ccm_migration_unsupported

Roll out the machineDeployments

Once the CCM migration has been enabled by clicking on the “Supported” button, the migration procedure will hang in “In progress” status until all the machineDeployments will be rolled out. To roll out a machineDeployment get into the machineDeployment view and click on the circular arrow in the top right. ccm_migration_md

Then, you will be asked to confirm the restart operation. ccm_migration_confirm_rollout

Once all the machineDeployments will be rolling restarted, the status will get into “Not needed” status to indicate that there is no need for CCM migration.