Kubernetes for App Developers (LFD459)

Kubernetes is a high-velocity open source orchestration tool to deploy, scale, and update containerized applications. This course will teach you how to containerize, host, deploy, and configure an application in a multi-node cluster.

The topics covered are directly aligned with the knowledge domains tested by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Program, and will substantially increase students’ ability to become certified.

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Course Overview

This course will teach you how to containerize, host, deploy, and configure an application in a multi-node cluster. Starting with a simple Python script, you will define application resources and use core primitives to build, monitor and troubleshoot scalable applications in Kubernetes. Working with network plugins, security and cloud storage, you will be exposed to many of the features needed to deploy an application in a production environment.

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In this course you’ll learn how to:

  • Containerize and deploy a new Python script
  • Configure the deployment with ConfigMaps, Secrets and SecurityContexts
  • Understand multi-container pod design
  • Configure probes for pod health
  • Update and roll back an application
  • Implement services and NetworkPolicies
  • Use PersistentVolumeClaims for state persistence
  • And more

This course is designed to be vendor- and distribution-neutral, so you will be able to apply these concepts universally.


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Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    • Objectives
    • Who You Are
    • The Linux Foundation
    • Linux Foundation Training
    • Certification Programs and Digital Badging
    • Preparing Your System
    • Course Registration
    • Labs
  2. Kubernetes Architecture
    • What Is Kubernetes?
    • Components of Kubernetes
    • Challenges
    • The Borg Heritage
    • Kubernetes Architecture
    • Terminology
    • Master Node
    • Minion (Worker) Nodes
    • Pods
    • Services
    • Controllers
    • Single IP per Pod
    • Networking Setup
    • CNI Network Configuration File
    • Pod-to-Pod Communication
    • Cloud Native Computing Foundation
    • Resource Recommendations
    • Labs
  3. Build
    • Container Options
    • Containerizing an Application
    • Creating the Dockerfile
    • Hosting a Local Repository
    • Creating a Deployment
    • Running Commands in a Container
    • Multi-Container Pod
    • readinessProbe
    • livenessProbe
    • Testing
    • Labs
  4. Design
    • Traditional Applications: Considerations
    • Decoupled Resources
    • Transience
    • Flexible Framework
    • Managing Resource Usage
    • Multi-Container Pods
    • Sidecar Container
    • Adapter Container
    • Ambassador
    • Points to Ponder
    • Jobs
    • Labs
  5. Deployment Configuration
    • Volumes Overview
    • Introducing Volumes
    • Volume Spec
    • Volume Types
    • Shared Volume Example
    • Persistent Volumes and Claims
    • Persistent Volume
    • Persistent Volume Claim
    • Dynamic Provisioning
    • Secrets
    • Using Secrets via Environment Variables
    • Mounting Secrets as Volumes
    • Portable Data with ConfigMaps
    • Using ConfigMaps
    • Deployment Configuration Status
    • Scaling and Rolling Updates
    • Deployment Rollbacks
    • Labs
  6. Security
    • Security Overview
    • Accessing the API
    • Authentication
    • Authorization
    • ABAC
    • RBAC
    • RBAC Process Overview
    • Admission Controller
    • Security Contexts
    • Pod Security Policies
    • Network Security Policies
    • Network Security Policy Example
    • Default Policy Example
    • Labs
  7. Exposing Applications
    • Service Types
    • Services Diagram
    • Service Update Pattern
    • Accessing an Application with a Service
    • Service without a Selector
    • ClusterIP
    • NodePort
    • LoadBalancer
    • ExternalName
    • Ingress Resource
    • Ingress Controller
    • Service Mesh
    • Labs
  8. Troubleshooting
    • Troubleshooting Overview
    • Basic Troubleshooting Steps
    • Ongoing (Constant) Change
    • Basic Troubleshooting Flow: Pods
    • Basic Troubleshooting Flow: Node and Security
    • Basic Troubleshooting Flow: Agents
    • Monitoring
    • Logging Tools
    • Monitoring Applications
    • System and Agent Logs
    • Conformance Testing
    • More Resource
    • Labs
  9. Closing and Evaluation Survey
    • Evaluation Survey


To get the most out of this course, you should have basic Linux command line and file editing skills and be familiar with using a programming language (such as Python, Node.js, Go). A knowledge of Cloud Native application concepts and architectures (such as is taught in our free Introduction to Kubernetes edX MOOC) is helpful for this course.


Top quality instructor (Chris Pokomi) that has a deep knowledge of Kubernetes. Was very caring and listened to his students.”  Jan 2020


Good examples, good overview of Kubernetes. Presenter has a nice clear voice.”  Jan 2020


Chris was very knowledgeable, he was able to answer all questions and gave extra time as needed.”  Jan 2020


I liked the lecture and labs format that helped us solidify our understanding. I felt the lectures were very thorough and engaging. Tim was a great teacher who clearly understood everything going on with kubernetes.”  Dec 2019


I really liked how the course material was ordered. It provided a smooth transition between topics, and I didn’t feel like we were jumping around too much. Eventually implementing a full end-to-end k8s cluster was also a total win in terms of understanding how everything works together.”                   Dec 2019


The material was all extremely helpful, and generally arranged quite well. Tim was a great instructor.”  Dec 2019


I really enjoyed the labs, they they enabled me to feel comfortable interfacing with kubernetes, and helped to bring me up to speed on the different components and responsibilities in the k8s environment.” Dec 2019


Tim is super knowledgeable on the subject matter. He was willing and able to answer all the questions that were directed to him. The course was very comprehensive.”  Dec 2019


I enjoyed how hands on and applicable the lab exercises were. The instructor was clearly very knowledgeable.” Dec 2019


The instructor was clearly an expert and able to answer our questions.”    Dec 2019


I liked that the instructor was knowledgeable enough to be asked questions and dive deep into answering them.”  Nov 2019


Very very well put and the trainer mastered the material, the labs were completely dummy proof which is great.”  Sep 2019

I really like that there are many hands-on labs. Pretty much all developer-related objects from Kubernetes where addressed.”  Sep 2019


The course and lab exercises are well structured, and the instructor was knowledgeable and well prepared. ” Jul 2019

At a Glance

Delivery Method

Live Online (Virtual)


  • 3 days of Instructor-led class time
  • Hands-on Labs & Assignments
  • Resources & Course Manual
  • 12 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Free Chromebook

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