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MongoDB Enterprise Operator: Deploying MongoDB in AKS

a couple of weeks ago I was trying to deploy MongoDB in AKS using the MongoDB Enterprise Operator and had trouble finding a simple tutorial to make the thing work. This post intends to fill that gap with a straight to the point approach.


Be sure to deploy AKS with a set of nodes with at least 8GB of RAM. I used Standard_D3_v2

First clone the MongoDB Enterprise Kubernetes repo

git clone
cd mongodb-enterprise-kubernetes

Create the MongoDB namespace inside your cluster

kubectl create namespace mongodb

Deploy the Custom Resource Definitions

kubectl apply -f crds.yaml

Deploy the MongoDB Enterprise Operator

kubectl apply -f mongodb-enterprise.yaml

Create a secret for the Ops Manager

As part of the installation you’ll have to deploy the Ops Manager to the cluster. Be sure to set a complex password otherwise the Ops Manager wont start.

kubectl create secret generic ops-manager-admin-secret `
  --from-literal=Username="<Username>" `
  --from-literal=Password="<Password>" `
  --from-literal=FirstName="<Name>" `
  --from-literal=LastName="<Last Name>" `
  -n mongodb

Deploy the Ops Manager

Create ops-manager.yaml with the following contents (Note that we are using 1 replica):

kind: MongoDBOpsManager
  name: ops-manager
  # the number of Ops Manager instances to run. Set to value bigger
  # than 1 to get high availability and upgrades without downtime
  replicas: 1

  # the version of Ops Manager distro to use
  version: 4.2.4

  # the name of the secret containing admin user credentials.
  # Either remove the secret or change the password using Ops Manager UI after the Ops Manager
  # resource is created!
  adminCredentials: ops-manager-admin-secret

  # the Ops Manager configuration. All the values must be of type string
    mms.fromEmailAddr: "[email protected]"

  # the application database backing Ops Manager. Replica Set is the only supported type
  # Application database has the SCRAM-SHA authentication mode always enabled
    members: 3
    version: 4.2.0
    persistent: true
      cpu: "0.25"

Deploy the Ops Manager:

kubectl apply -f .\ops-manager.yaml -n mongodb

Wait until the Ops Manager is ready

kubectl get om -n mongodb -o yaml -w

Port Forward so you can access Ops Manager from your PC

kubectl port-forward pods/ops-manager-0 8080:8080 -n mongodb

Setup de Ops Manager

  1. Login into the Ops Manager (http://localhost:8080) using the same user and password you deployed as a secret.

  2. Create an Organization. Copy the Organnization Id so you can use it later.

  3. Create Public & Private Key for the Organization. Copy both keys so you can use them later.

  4. White List the Operator IPs. To get the IPs run:

kubectl get po --selector=app=mongodb-enterprise-operator -n mongodb -o jsonpath='{.items[*].status.podIP}'

Create a secret that will be used by the operator to connect with the ops manager

Use the Public and Private keys copied in previous steps to run tyhe following command:

kubectl -n mongodb `
  create secret generic my-credentials `
  --from-literal="user=<private key>" `
  --from-literal="publicApiKey=<public key>"

Create a project

Create project.yaml with the following contents and be sure to replace the Organization Id you copied in previous steps:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: mongodb-test
  projectName: mongodb-test
  baseUrl: http://ops-manager-svc.mongodb.svc.cluster.local:8080

  orgId: <Organization Id>

Deploy the project ConfigMap definition:

kubectl apply .\project.yaml -n mongodb

Create a standalone MongoDB instance

Create standalone.yaml with the following contents:

kind: MongoDB
  name: my-standalone
  version: 4.2.1
  type: Standalone
      name: mongodb-test
  credentials: my-credentials

  # This flag allows the creation of pods without persistent volumes. This is for
  # testing only, and must not be used in production. 'false' will disable
  # Persistent Volume Claims. The default is 'true'
  persistent: false

Deploy the standalone MongoDB:

kubectl apply -f .\standalone.yaml -n mongodb

Enjoy! You have MongoDB up and running!

To learn more about the MongoDB Enterprise Operator please check here.