How to use multiple clusters with helm 3 and helmfile

We recommend using separate clusters for your Staging and Production environments. This lets you completely isolate your environments which improves security.

Setting up multi cluster

To enable multi cluster you need to specify remoteCluster: true on your Staging and/or Production environments in your jx-requirements.yml.

The easiest way to do that is passing in --env-remote when you created your environment git repositories:

jxl boot create --env-remote

Or if you’ve already created your environment git repositories you can modify your jx-requirements.yml to something like this:

  gitKind: github
  gitName: github
  namespace: jx
- key: dev
- key: staging
  remoteCluster: true
- key: production
  remoteCluster: true
gitops: true
helmfile: true
kaniko: true
repository: nexus
secretStorage: local
  ref: v1.0.330
webhook: lighthouse

Setup the development cluster as normal

Follow the getting started guide for helm 3 boot to setup the secrets and boot up the development cluster.

Configure the Staging/Production git repository

First make sure you do:

export NAMESPACE=jx-staging

Then you will need to follow the instructions to setup the cloud resources for the Staging/Production cluster

When you are connected to the Staging/Production cluster you will need to run:

jxl verify requirements --git-url=

This will ensure that your jx-requirements.yml file in your staging / production git repository is setup to point at the correct cloud resources.

Then follow the secrets setup and run the boot job for the staging / production environment

How it works

Once you run jx boot on your development cluster you will get a helm 3 based installation of Jenkins X as usual but with a few differences:

  • the Environment resources for Staging and Production marked as remote
  • the SourceRepository resources for Staging and Production will reference the pr-only Scheduler which means only the Pull Request pipelines will run on the development cluster; the release pipelines will run in the remote cluster.
  • the git repository for the Staging and Production environments will use the helmfile + helm 3 layout structure (using an apps folder instead of env)

Setting up the remote Staging/Production cluster

First make a note of the git repository locations of your Staging and Production environments via the jx get env command:

jx get env

Now follow the usual steps to create your kubernetes cluster and connect to the cluster so that kubectl get node runs against the Staging or Production cluster you want to setup.

Then git clone the git repository for the Staging / Production environment and cd into the directory.

Now run jx boot in the usual way…

jx boot

And your remote Staging or Production cluster should boot up.

If you want to add any more apps to your cluster, use the jx add app command.

Last modified April 8, 2020: release 0.0.1634 (a950dfc)