KFCO - Kubernetes Fundamentals and Cluster Operations

This four-day course is the first step in learning about Containers and Kubernetes Fundamentals and Cluster Operations. Through a series of lectures and lab exercises, the fundamental concepts of containers and Kubernetes are presented and put to practice by containerizing and deploying a two-tier application into Kubernetes.

Duration: 4.0 days

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  • By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
  • Build, test, and publish Docker container images 
  • Become familiar with YAML files that define Kubernetes objects 
  • Understand Kubernetes core user-facing concepts, including pods, services, and deployments 
  • Use kubectl, the Kubernetes CLI, and become familiar with its commands and options 
  • Understand the architecture of Kubernetes (Control plane and its components, worker nodes, and kubelet) 
  • Learn how to troubleshoot issues with deployments on Kubernetes 
  • Apply resource requests, limits, and probes to deployments 
  • Manage dynamic application configuration using ConfigMaps and Secrets 
  • Deploy other workloads, including DaemonSets, Jobs, and CronJobs 
  • Learn about user-facing security using SecurityContext, RBAC, and NetworkPolicies


1 Course Introduction
  • Introductions and objectives

2 Containers
  • What and Why containers 
  • Building images 
  • Running containers 
  • Registry and image management

3 Kubernetes Overview
  • Kubernetes project 
  • Plugin interfaces 
  • Building Kubernetes 
  • Kubectl CLI

4 Beyond Kubernetes Basics
  • Kubernetes objects
  • YAML 
  • Pods, replicas, and deployments 
  • Services 
  • Deployment management 
  • Rolling updates 
  • Controlling deployments 
  • Pod and container configurations

5 Kubernetes Networking
  • Networking within a pod 
  • Pod-to-Pod Networking 
  • Services to Pods 
  • ClusterIP, NodePort, and LoadBalancer 
  • Ingress controllers 
  • Service Discovery via DNS

6 Stateful Applications in Kubernetes
  • Stateless versus Stateful 
  • Volumes 
  • Persistent volumes claims 
  • StorageClasses 
  • StatefulSets

7 Additional Kubernetes Considerations
  • Dynamic configuration 
  • ConfigMaps 
  • Secrets 
  • Jobs, CronJobs

8 Security
  • Network policy 
  • Applying a NetworkPolicy 
  • SecurityContext 
  • runAsUser/Group 
  • Service accounts 
  • Role-based access control

9 Logging and Monitoring
  • Logging for various objects 
  • Sidecar logging 
  • Node logging 
  • Audit logging 
  • Monitoring architecture 
  • Monitoring solutions 
  • Octant 
  • VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™

10 Cluster Operations
  • Onboarding new applications 
  • Backups 
  • Upgrading
  • Drain and cordon commands 
  • Impact of an upgrade to running applications 
  • Troubleshooting commands 
  • VMware Tanzu™ portfolio overview


Anyone who is preparing to build and run Kubernetes clusters


  • Linux concepts and command line proficiency 
  • General networking proficiency



Course Benefits

  • Career growth
  • Broad Career opportunities
  • Worldwide recognition from leaders
  • Up-to Date technical skills
  • Popular Certification Badges

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