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Propagate Secrets from Parent to Descendant namespaces#

Secrets like registry credentials often need to exist in multiple Namespaces, so that Pods within different namespaces can have access to those credentials in form of secrets.

Manually creating secrets within different namespaces could lead to challenges, such as:

  • Someone will have to create secret either manually or via GitOps each time there is a new descendant namespace that needs the secret
  • If we update the parent secret, they will have to update the secret in all descendant namespaces
  • This could be time-consuming, and a small mistake while creating or updating the secret could lead to unnecessary debugging

With the help of Multi-Tenant Operator's Template feature we can make this secret distribution experience easy.


For example, to copy a Secret called registry which exists in the example to new Namespaces whenever they are created, we will first create a Template which will have reference of the registry secret.

It will also push updates to the copied Secrets and keep the propagated secrets always sync and updated with parent namespaces.

apiVersion: tenantoperator.stakater.com/v1alpha1
kind: Template
metadata:
  name: registry-secret
resources:
  resourceMappings:
    secrets:
      - name: registry
        namespace: example

Now using this Template we can propagate registry secret to different namespaces that have some common set of labels.

For example, will just add one label kind: registry and all namespaces with this label will get this secret.

For propagating it on different namespaces dynamically will have to create another resource called TemplateGroupInstance. TemplateGroupInstance will have Template and matchLabel mapping as shown below:

apiVersion: tenantoperator.stakater.com/v1alpha1
kind: TemplateGroupInstance
metadata:
  name: registry-secret-group-instance
spec:
  template: registry-secret
  selector:
    matchLabels:
      kind: registry
  sync: true

After reconciliation, you will be able to see those secrets in namespaces having mentioned label.

MTO will keep injecting this secret to the new namespaces created with that label.

kubectl get secret registry-secret -n example-ns-1
NAME             STATE    AGE
registry-secret    Active   3m

kubectl get secret registry-secret -n example-ns-2
NAME             STATE    AGE
registry-secret    Active   3m

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