In this series of posts, we’re covering various aspects of getting started with building a CI/CD Pipeline using NKS with NetApp HCI. In case you missed Part 1 and Part 2.

In this post, we’ll configure the Jenkins deployment that was deployed in part 2, build a pipeline, and run our first builds. For this example I’ll be using a small demo application, the repository of which can be found here. This project contains 2 docker images, as well as a Jenkinsfile that will be used to run the pipeline.

For those with a need for speed here’s a video walkthrough.


Retrieving the Jenkins Password

By default, Helm will generate a random password for the Jenkins admin user during deployment. We’ll need to retrieve this password to login to the Jenkins console.


Via the K8S Dashboard

Open the Kubernetes Dashboard from the cluster details page, and navigate to the jenkins namespace.

Within this namespace the Jenkins credentials can be found in the data section of the jenkins Opaque secret:

Via Kubectl

The jenkins credentials can also be retrieved using Kubectl by running the following command:

$ kubectl get secrets jenkins  -n jenkins -o 'go-template={{index .data
"jenkins-admin-password"}}' | base64 -d
$ IieyvwwGFi

After retrieving the default password, we can log into Jenkins as the admin user.


Jenkins Configuration

In order to get our pipeline functional, we’ll need to configure three things:

  • Docker Registry Credentials
  • Kubernetes Pod Template Spec
  • Project Pipeline.


Add Docker Registry Credentials

The first thing we’ll need is credentials to a Docker registry. These will be referenced in the Pipeline and used to push the application images.

On the left-side column, select Credentials > Jenkins > Global Credentials, then click Add Credentials.


Configure build container

Next we’ll configure the build container. This provides Jenkins with a pod template to use when executing

pipeline tasks. We’ll use a docker-in-docker (dind) image to run our build stages.

On the left-side column, select Manage Jenkins > Configure System
In the ‘Cloud’ Section, you’ll see a sub-section for Kubernetes > Kubernetes Pod Template > Container Template
In the field labelled ‘Raw yaml for the Pod’, paste the following:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
    jenkins/kube-default: true
    app: jenkins
    component: agent
    - name: jnlp
        image: jenkins/jnlp-slave:3.10-1
        imagePullPolicy: Always
        - name: POD_IP


            fieldPath: status.podIP
        - name: DOCKER_HOST
        value: tcp://localhost:2375
    - name: dind
        image: docker:18.05-dind
        privileged: true
        - name: dind-storage
            mountPath: /var/lib/docker
    - name: dind-storage
        emptyDir: {}

Configure Pipeline

Next we’ll configure a simple Jenkins pipeline. This pipeline will clone a remote repository, and run the steps specified in the Jenkinsfile contained within.

  • Navigate to Jenkins Home > New item
  • Select Pipeline, and give it a name. Click OK
  • On the Pipeline configuration page, scroll down to the Pipeline section.
    • Under Definition, select Pipeline script from SCM
    • Under SCM, choose Git
    • In the field for Repository URL, enter In the field for Branch Specifier, enter */nks-shell
    • Click Save

Run Pipeline

On the left-side column, click Build Now to run the pipeline. Selecting the job details will display a running log of the build output. This job will perform the following actions:

  • Cloning the remote repository
  • Build/Test application images
  • Push images to registry


View artifacts

Navigating into Artifatory, we can see our images have been stored:




In this post, we configured Jenkins with a new pipeline to run jobs in Kubernetes. We also saw an example of how to use the pipeline to build, test, and store the images for a custom application.

In the next post, we’ll explore how to deploy our application into a Kubernetes cluster with a custom helm chart using NKS.

Joseph Christianson
Joseph is a Product Marketing Manager in DevOps for NetApp where he creates lively content and success stories for customers looking to become, "DevOps Ready." Prior to joining NetApp he worked in Product Management and as a Creative Marketing consultant. Outside of work, he spends his time in the Colorado sunshine as an active Scooterist.

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