Defining Preflights

Preflight checks are packaged conformance tests designed to be executed on the target cluster before deploying the application.

A Preflight is specified by a single Preflight YAML file, with an array of analyzers and an optional array of collectors.

Example Preflight Definition

kind: Preflight
  name: example-preflight-checks
    - clusterVersion:
          - fail:
              when: "< 1.13.0"
              message: The application requires at Kubernetes 1.13.0 or later, and recommends 1.15.0.
          - warn:
              when: "< 1.15.0"
              message: Your cluster meets the minimum version of Kubernetes, but we recommend you update to 1.15.0 or later.
          - pass:
              when: ">= 1.15.0"
              message: Your cluster meets the recommended and required versions of Kubernetes.

Specifying Collectors and Analyzers

Any valid Troubleshoot Analyzers or Collectors can be included in a Preflight spec. The Analyzers included in the spec determine the messaging that will be displayed when the Preflight checks run, and each Analyzer depends on a Collector to provide its input. The Cluster Info and Cluster Resources collectors are included automatically (even if not specified in the Preflight spec), so in many cases, a Preflight spec won’t need to include any Collectors at all.

Analyzer outcomes determine whether a KOTS application should be deployable to a cluster or not. If a KOTS application’s Preflight Analyzer resolves to a fail result, the kotsadm dashboard will display an error, and the application won’t be deployed to that cluster.