Provisioning Control Plane Infrastructure on GCP


There are steps in this guide where Truefoundry team will have to be involved. Please reach out to [email protected] to get the credentials

Setting up Truefoundry control plane on your own cloud involves creating the infrastructure to support the platform and then installing the platform itself.

Setting up Infrastructure


These are the infrastructure components required to set up a production grade Truefoundry control plane.


If you have the below requirements already set up then skip directly to the Installation section

RequirementsDescriptionReason for Requirement
Kubernetes ClusterAny Kubernetes cluster will work here - we can also choose the compute-plane cluster itself to install Truefoundry helm chart. The Truefoundry helm chart will be installed here.
CloudSQL PostgresPostgres >= 13The database is used by Truefoundry control plane to store all its metadata.
GCS bucketAny GCS bucket reachable from control-plane.This is used by control-plane to store the intermediate code while building the docker image.
Egress Access for TruefoundryAuthEgress access to https://auth.truefoundry.comThis is needed to validate the users logging into Truefoundry so that licensing can be maintained.
Egress access For Docker Registry1. public.ecr.aws
2. quay.io
3. ghcr.io
4. docker.io/truefoundrycloud
5. docker.io/natsio
6. nvcr.io
7. registry.k8s.io
This is to download docker images for Truefoundry, ArgoCD, NATS, ArgoRollouts, ArgoWorkflows, Istio.
DNS with TLS/SSLOne endpoint to point to the control plane service (something like platform.example.com where example.com is your domain. There should also be a certificate with the domain so that the domains can be accessed over TLS.

The control-plane url should be reachable from the compute-plane so that compute-plane cluster can connect to the control-plane
The developers will need to access the Truefoundry UI at domain that is provided here.
User/ServiceAccount to provision the infrastructure- Cloud SQL Admin
- Security Admin
- Service Account Admin
- Service Account Token Creator
- Service Account User
- Storage Admin
These are the permissions required by the IAM user in GCP to create the entire control plane components.

Permissions Required

We will be using OCLI (Onboarding CLI) to create the infrastructure. We will be using a locally setup gcloud CLI. Please make sure the user or service account authenticated with GCP has the following permissions -

  • Cloud SQL Admin - roles/cloudsql.admin
  • Security Admin - roles/iam.securityAdmin
  • Service Account Admin - roles/iam.serviceAccountAdmin
  • Service Account Token Creator - roles/iam.serviceAccountTokenCreator
  • Service Account User - roles/iam.serviceAccountUser
  • Storage Admin - roles/storage.admin

GCP Infra Architecture

Run Infra Provisioning using OCLI


  1. Install git if not already present.
  2. Setup gcloud CLI
    1. Install gcloud cli == 474.x.x
    2. Install gke-gcloud-auth-plugin
    3. Authenticate with a user that has the above mentioned roles - gcloud auth application-default login
    4. Set the project to be used for infra creation - gcloud config set project truefoundry-devtest

Installing OCLI

  1. Download the binary using the below command.
    curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s "https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/binaries/ocli_$(curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/stable.txt)_darwin_arm64" -o ocli
    curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s "https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/binaries/ocli_$(curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/stable.txt)_darwin_amd64" -o ocli
    curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s "https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/binaries/ocli_$(curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/stable.txt)_linux_arm64" -o ocli
    curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s "https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/binaries/ocli_$(curl -H 'Cache-Control: max-age=0' -s https://releases.ocli.truefoundry.tech/stable.txt)_linux_amd64" -o ocli
  2. Make the binary executable and move it to $PATH
    sudo chmod +x ./ocli
    sudo mv ocli /usr/local/bin
  3. Confirm by running the command
    ocli --version

Configuring Input Config file

  1. To create a new cluster, you would require your GCP Project ID and Region
  2. Run the following command to fill in the inputs interactively
    ocli infra-init
  3. For networking, there are two possible configurations:
    1. New VPC (Recommended) - This creates a new VPC for your new cluster.
    2. Existing VPC - You can enter your existing VPC and subnet IDs.
  4. Once all the inputs are filled, a config file with the name tfy-config.yaml would be generated in your current directory
  5. Modify the file to enable control plane installation by setting gcp.tfy_control_plane.enabled: true. Below is the sample for the same:
aws: null
azure: null
    binary_path: null
    binary_path: null
    name: <cluster_name>
    pod_range_name: pods
    service_range_name: services
    version: "1.28"
    additional_ranges: []
    existing: false
    network_name: ""
      enabled: false
      network_name: ""
      project_id: ""
      subnet_name: ""
    subnet_id: ""
  network_tags: []
    id: <project-name>
      - asia-south1-b
      - asia-south1-a
      - asia-south1-c
    name: asia-south1
  tags: {}
    enabled: true
provider: gcp
    id: "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
    name: coolml
      enabled: true
    version: "1.28"
    - arn:aws:iam::416964291864:role/tfy-ctl-euwe1-production-truefoundry-deps
      enabled: true
    enabled: true
    role_enable_override: false
    role_override_name: ""
      bucket_enable_override: false
      bucket_override_name: ""
      enabled: true
      enabled: true
    existing: false
    private_subnets_ids: []
    public_subnets_ids: []
    vpc_id: ""
    name: administrator-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    - us-east-2a
    - us-east-2b
    - us-east-2c
    name: us-east-2
  tags: {}
  	enabled: true
azure: null
    binary_path: null
    binary_path: null
gcp: null
provider: aws

Create the cluster

Run the following command to create the GKE cluster and IAM roles needed to provide access to various infrastructure components as per the inputs configured above.

ocli infra-create --file tfy-config.yaml

This command may take around 30-45 minutes to complete.

In the last step the database credentials will be printed. Make sure to note them down.


Installation steps

  1. Make sure that kubectl context is set to the newly created cluster.
  2. Install argoCD -
    kubectl create namespace argocd
    kubectl apply -n argocd -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/argoproj/argo-cd/stable/manifests/core-install.yaml
  3. Add the truefoundry helm repo
    helm repo add truefoundry https://truefoundry.github.io/infra-charts/
    helm repo update
  4. We will create a values.yaml for the helm chart installation -
    1. Download the values.yaml from helm chart repo -
      curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/truefoundry/infra-charts/main/charts/tfy-k8s-gcp-gke-standard-inframold/values-cp.yaml > values.yaml
    2. Fill in the tenant_name, cluster_name, truefoundry_image_pull_config_json and tfy_api_key in the downloaded file. You can get these from the Truefoundry team
    3. Also fill in the database section with database creds. If you created the infrastructure using OCLI, you can get the credentials by running ocli output
  5. Apply the helm chart with the values.yaml
    helm install -n argocd inframold truefoundry/tfy-k8s-gcp-gke-standard-inframold --version 0.0.16 -f values.yaml

Test the installation

  1. Port forward the frontend application to access the Truefoundry dashboard -
    kubectl port-forward svc/truefoundry-truefoundry-frontend-app -n truefoundry 5000
  2. Access the truefoundry dashboard from a browser by opening http://localhost:5000. You can login with the username and password provided by the Truefoundry team.
  3. Now you are ready to connect a cluster to the Truefoundry platform and get deploying. Go here for the directions. You can also onboard the same cluster as the control plane