Configure ssh key for Kubernetes node Droplet


The dashboard for droplets tells me the monitoring should be upgraded on the droplet used as Kubernetes node. I would like to upload my ssh key to that droplet in order to login and upgrade. I understand this is not possible with the current Droplet so I went to create another one. However, I couldn’t find how to upload or configure the ssh key for an additional Kubernetes node. Anything I have been missing or are the Kubernetes nodes managed by DigitialOcean and thus prohibiting us to log on those droplets ?

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March 25, 2019
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If you’re using our Kubernetes-as-a-service product, these nodes are not accessible via SSH and the monitoring agent is not intended to function there right now. It’s a good point about the message, and something to look at as we continue to iterate on this product.


To access via ssh kubernetes droplets, you needs configure firewall to accept connections in 22 port. You can access firewall settings in droplet overview, on Networking item.

You can reset the password for the droplet, open SSH in the cluster’s firewall, and then SSH in with the new password. It would be nice if there was a way to pre-configure authorized keys for new nodes, though. SSHing into a cluster node is often necessary for debugging.

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