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This is a multi-part, self paced quick start exercise to explore the platform's capabilities for "Lifecycle Management" of Azure AKS Clusters.

What Will You Do by Part

Part What will you do?
1 Configure and Provision an AKS Cluster using RCTL or the web console, view the cluster through the integrated monitoring and dashboards, securely access the cluster's API server using zero trust kubectl
2 Scale the cluster by updating the number of nodes, adding and removing spot instance node pools
3 Upgrade the kubernetes version of the cluster control plane and worker nodes
4 Deprovision the cluster and remove the underlying infrastructure


Additional parts will be added progressively. So, please do check for updates.


  • You have access to an Microsoft Azure account
  • You have sufficient privileges to create Azure credentials to allow the controller to provision resources on your behalf as part of the AKS cluster lifecycle process.
  • You have downloaded the RCTL CLI
  • You have downloaded and initialized the CLI configuration


The instructions describe the process using a combination of the RCTL CLI and the web console. The same steps can be performed using the REST APIs or a Terraform provider for automation.