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Getting Started

This section details how to install Stratoss™ Lifecycle Manager (LM) using Helm on an existing Kubernetes cluster. This will install the following Helm charts:

Note : If following the IBM Installation Guide, please proceed to this section to skip the preparation of the environment and installation media, and continue with the configuration Access Configuration



A Kubernetes cluster is required to install Stratoss LM. This environment must be configured with:

In addition, you will need the following client tools, pre-configured with access to your Kubernetes environment:

The nodes in your cluster should have synchronized clocks. To synchronize your clocks, you can use network time protocol (NTP). For more information about setting up NTP, see the user documentation for your operating system.


If installing on ICP we recommend you read through our ICP Pre-Install Considerations before continuing.

Stratoss LM Artifacts

You should already have the lifecycle Manager package which contains the Helm charts and binaries required for the installation of LM. This should contain: - lm-helm-charts - the Helm charts that will install Stratoss LM - lm-docker-source - the binaries requires to build the LM Docker images


Stratoss LM is configured through Helm chart values.

You may check the default configuration values of the chart using helm inspect:

helm inspect values <lm-helm-chart>

Configuration Steps

The configuration steps further in this guide will take you through the default configuration of the chart. They will also explain how to override them (at your discretion), using a custom values file. This file is a custom YAML formatted file, which you must create when changing values, so it can later be passed during installation.

Create the custom file:

touch custom-values.yaml

Any future references to the custom values should be understood to mean this file.

Before making any configuration changes, it is necessary to make the docker images available.

Build Docker Images

Before you can install LM you will need to build the Docker images for all its components.

The lm-docker-source distribution includes the sources necessary to build docker images for the Stratoss LM applications.


Before proceeding with the installation you will need:

Build Docker Images

If the Stratoss LM Docker images already exist in a registry, skip to Using a Docker Registry

From a shell, navigate to the root of the lm-docker-source and use docker-compose to build the images from the docker-compose.yml file included in the distribution:

docker-compose build

Once completed the images will be available on the local docker machine:

docker images
apollo                          ${apollo.version}            1f22cdeeb226        1 hour ago         374MB
conductor                       ${conductor.version}         a0c5615baa5b        1 hour ago         450MB
daytona                         ${daytona.version}           18d1ab71943b        1 hour ago         387MB
galileo                         ${galileo.version}           cc175dfc2324        1 hour ago         461MB
ishtar                          ${ishtar.version}            023896abd74e        1 hour ago         374MB
nimrod                          ${nimrod.version}            facf6ac62932        1 hour ago         379MB
relay                           ${relay.version}             50e381fc1f84        1 hour ago         369MB
talledega                       ${talledega.version}         8aeb064b3a29        1 hour ago         432MB
watchtower                      ${watchtower.version}        7268ba88d14b        1 hour ago         383MB
lm-configurator                 ${lm-configurator.version}   0434602b9bfc        1 hour ago         683MB

Push to Docker Registry

It is recommended to push the Docker images to a Docker Registry, making them available to pull from any node in your cluster. You can skip the Docker Registry steps if running a single node cluster on which the images were built.

To push the images, first open the docker-compose.yml file for editing. Update the image value, for each service under services, with the host and port of your Docker Registry:

    image: myregistry:5000/apollo:${apollo.version}

Insecure Registry

If your Docker Registry is unsecured you need to ensure it is included in as an insecure registry in your /etc/docker/daemon.json':

  "insecure-registries": ["myregistry:5000"]

Now build and push the images with docker-compose:

docker-compose build

docker-compose push

Using a Docker Registry

Once docker images exist in the Docker Registry, you will be able to configure the helm charts to pull the images from it when installing Stratoss LM with lm-helm-charts.

If you skipped the build steps above and are hosting an insecure registry, see Insecure Registry

To allow Helm to pull images from your registry, it is necessary to add the following to your custom Helm values file, modifying as necessary:

    registryEnabled: true
    imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
    registryIp: "myregistry"
    registryPort: 5000

Offline Install

If you need to install Stratoss LM in an environment without internet access, please read through the Offline Install Instructions to pre-pull additional artifacts required during the install.

Next Steps

Start configuring your installation by reviewing the Access Configuration