Configure App Mesh Integration

Helm V3

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helm version --short

We can add the EKS repository to Helm

helm repo add eks

helm repo list | grep eks-charts


Install the Controller and Custom Resource

We will deploy all the AWS App Mesh Components into the appmesh-system namespace

Let’s create the namespace

kubectl create ns appmesh-system

Now we can apply the AWS App Mesh CRDs

kubectl apply -f

kubectl get crd | grep appmesh             2020-02-29T02:43:15Z       2020-02-29T02:43:15Z    2020-02-29T02:43:15Z

Next, we will attach the IAM Policy AWSAppMeshFullAccess to the appmesh-controller.

if you are new to the IAM Roles for Service Accounts (IRSA) concept, Click here for me information.

# Create your OIDC identity provider for the cluster
eksctl utils associate-iam-oidc-provider \
  --cluster eksworkshop-eksctl \

# Create an IAM role for the appmesh-controller service account
eksctl create iamserviceaccount \
  --cluster eksworkshop-eksctl \
  --namespace appmesh-system \
  --name appmesh-controller \
  --attach-policy-arn  arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AWSCloudMapFullAccess,arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/AWSAppMeshFullAccess \
  --override-existing-serviceaccounts \

Finally we will use Helm to deploy the appmesh-controller

helm upgrade -i appmesh-controller eks/appmesh-controller \
  --namespace appmesh-system \
  --set region=${AWS_REGION} \
  --set serviceAccount.create=false \

Install the Sidecar Injector

We will use Helm to deploy the injector and create the mesh at install time.

We will use dj-app as the mesh name

export APPMESH_NAME="dj-app"

helm upgrade -i appmesh-inject eks/appmesh-inject \
  --namespace appmesh-system \
  --set${APPMESH_NAME} \
  --set mesh.create=true

Let’s list all the components installed in the app-mesh namespace

kubectl -n appmesh-system get deploy,pods,service

The output should be similar to this

sh-system get deploy,pods,service
NAME                                       READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deployment.extensions/appmesh-controller   1/1     1            1           22m
deployment.extensions/appmesh-inject       1/1     1            1           91s

NAME                                      READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/appmesh-controller-7478cb4958-5lrx5   1/1     Running   0          22m
pod/appmesh-inject-78844456d7-rj65c       1/1     Running   0          91s

NAME                     TYPE        CLUSTER-IP     EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)   AGE
service/appmesh-inject   ClusterIP   <none>        443/TCP   91s

Finally we can verify that the mesh has been created:

  • Using the awscli

    aws appmesh list-meshes | jq '.meshes[].meshName'

  • Or using kubectl

    kubectl -n prod get meshes

dj-app   17m