Wallaroo Community Install Guide for AWS EKS

How to set up Wallaroo Community in an AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service environment.

This guide is targeted towards system administrators and data scientists who want to work with the easiest, fastest, and free method of running your own machine learning models.

A typical installation of Wallaroo Community follows this process:

StepDescription   Average Setup Time   
Download LicenseCreate an environment that meets the Wallaroo prerequisites5 minutes
Set Up EnvironmentSet up the cloud environment hosting the Wallaroo instance.30 minutes
Install WallarooInstall Wallaroo into a prepared environment15 minutes

Register Your Wallaroo Community Account

The first step to installing Wallaroo CE is to set up your Wallaroo Community Account at the web site https://portal.wallaroo.community. This process typically takes about 5 minutes.

Registration Portal

Once you’ve submitted your credentials, you’ll be sent an email with a link to your license file.

Invitation Email

Follow the link and download your license file. Store it in a secure location.

Download license

Redownload License

If your license is misplaced or otherwise lost, it can be downloaded again later from the same link, or by following the registration steps again to be provided with a link to your license file.

Setup AWS EKS Environment for Wallaroo

The following instructions are made to assist users set up their Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment for running Wallaroo using AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS).

These represent a recommended setup, but can be modified to fit your specific needs.

If the prerequisites are already met, skip ahead to Install Wallaroo.

The following video demonstrates this process:

  • AWS Prerequisites

To install Wallaroo in your AWS environment based on these instructions, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • Register an AWS account: https://aws.amazon.com/ and assign the proper permissions according to your organization’s needs.
  • The Kubernetes cluster must include the following minimum settings:
    • Nodes must be OS type Linux with using the containerd driver.
    • Role-based access control (RBAC) must be enabled.
    • Minimum of 4 nodes, each node with a minimum of 8 CPU cores and 16 GB RAM. 50 GB will be allocated per node for a total of 625 GB for the entire cluster.
    • RBAC is enabled.
    • Recommended Aws Machine type: c5.4xlarge. For more information, see the AWS Instance Types.
  • Installed eksctl version 0.101.0 and above.
  • AWS Cluster Recommendations

The following recommendations will assist in reducing the cost of a cloud based Kubernetes Wallaroo cluster.

  • Turn off the cluster when not in use. An AWS EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Services) cluster can be turn off when not in use, then turned back on again when needed. If organizations adopt this process, be aware of the following issues:

    • IP Address Reassignment: The load balancer public IP address may be reassigned when the cluster is restarted by the cloud service unless a static IP address is assigned. For more information in Amazon Web Services see the Associate Elastic IP addresses with resources in your VPC user guide.
  • Assign to a Single Availability Zone: Clusters that span multiple availability zones may have issues accessing persistent volumes that were provisioned in another availability zone from the node when the node is restarted. The simple solution is to assign the entire cluster into a single availability zone. For more information in Amazon Web Services see the Regions and Zones guide.

    The scripts and configuration files are set up to create the AWS environment for a Wallaroo instance are based on a single availability zone. Modify the script as required for your organization.

Community Cluster Setup Instructions

The following is based on the requirements for Wallaroo Community. Note that Wallaroo Community does not use adaptive nodepools. Adapt the settings as required for your organization’s needs, as long as they meet the prerequisites listed above.

This sample YAML file can be downloaded from here:


apiVersion: eksctl.io/v1alpha5
kind: ClusterConfig

  # replace with the name of your server
  name: wallarooAWS
  # replace with your location
  region: us-east-1
  version: "1.25"

  - name: aws-ebs-csi-driver

  withOIDC: true

  - name: general
    instanceType: m5.2xlarge
    desiredCapacity: 4
    containerRuntime: containerd
    amiFamily: AmazonLinux2
      - us-east-1a

Install AWS Command Line Tools

The following steps require the installation of the following Amazon Web Services command line tools:

Create the Cluster

Create the cluster with the following command, which creates the environment and sets the correct Kubernetes version.

eksctl create cluster -f aws.yaml

During the process the Kuberntes credentials will be copied into the local environment. To verify the setup is complete, use the kubectl get nodes command to display the available nodes as in the following example:

kubectl get nodes
NAME                                           STATUS   ROLES    AGE     VERSION
ip-192-168-21-253.us-east-2.compute.internal   Ready    <none>   13m     v1.23.8-eks-9017834
ip-192-168-30-36.us-east-2.compute.internal    Ready    <none>   13m     v1.23.8-eks-9017834
ip-192-168-55-123.us-east-2.compute.internal   Ready    <none>   12m     v1.23.8-eks-9017834
ip-192-168-79-70.us-east-2.compute.internal    Ready    <none>   13m     v1.23.8-eks-9017834

Install Wallaroo Community

Wallaroo Community can be installed into a Kubernetes cloud environment, or into a Kubernetes environment that meets the Wallaroo Prerequisites Guide. Organizations that use the Wallaroo Community AWS EC2 Setup procedure do not have to set up a Kubernetes environment, as it is already configured for them.

If the prerequisites are already configured, jump to Install Wallaroo to start installing.

This video demonstrates that procedure:

The procedure assumes at least a basic knowledge of Kubernetes and how to use the kubectl and kots version 1.91.3 applications.

The procedure involves the following major steps:


Local Software Requirements

Before starting, verify that all local system requirements are complete as detailed in the Wallaroo Community Local System Prerequisites guide:

  • kubectl: This interfaces with the Kubernetes server created in the Wallaroo environment.

    • For Kots based installs:
      • kots Version 1.107.2
    • Cloud Kubernetes environment has been prepared.
    • You have downloaded your Wallaroo Community License file.

    Install Wallaroo

    The environment is ready, the tools are installed - let’s install Wallaroo! The following will use kubectl and kots through the following procedure:

    1. Install the Wallaroo Community Edition using kots install wallaroo/ce, specifying the namespace to install. For example, if wallaroo is the namespace, then the command is:

      kubectl kots install wallaroo/ce --namespace wallaroo
    2. Wallaroo Community Edition will be downloaded and installed into your Kubernetes environment in the namespace specified. When prompted, set the default password for the Wallaroo environment. When complete, Wallaroo Community Edition will display the URL for the Admin Console, and how to end the Admin Console from running.

      • Deploying Admin Console
      • Creating namespace ✓
      • Waiting for datastore to be ready ✓
          Enter a new password to be used for the Admin Console: •••••••••••••
        • Waiting for Admin Console to be ready ✓
      • Press Ctrl+C to exit
      • Go to http://localhost:8800 to access the Admin Console

    Wallaroo Community edition will continue to run until terminated. To relaunch in the future, use the following command:

    kubectl kots admin-console --namespace wallaroo

    Initial Configuration and License Upload Procedure

    Once Wallaroo Community edition has been installed for the first time, we can perform initial configuration and load our Wallaroo Community license file through the following process:

    1. If Wallaroo Community Edition has not started, launch it with the following command:

      ❯ kubectl kots admin-console --namespace wallaroo
        • Press Ctrl+C to exit
        • Go to http://localhost:8800 to access the Admin Console
    2. Enter the Wallaroo Community Admin Console address into a browser. You will be prompted for the default password as set in the step above. Enter it and select Log in.

      Wallaroo Admin Console Initial Login
    3. Upload your license file.

      Wallaroo Admin Upload License
    4. The Configure Wallaroo Community page will be displayed which allows you to customize your Wallaroo environment. For now, scroll to the bottom and select Continue. These settings can be customized at a later date.

    5. The Wallaroo Community Admin Console will run the preflight checks to verify that all of the minimum requirements are not met. This may take a few minutes. If there are any issues, Wallaroo can still be launched but may not function properly. When ready, select Continue.

      Wallaroo Admin Preflight Successful
    6. The Wallaroo Community Dashboard will be displayed. There may be additional background processes that are completing their setup procedures, so there may be a few minute wait until those are complete. If everything is ready, then the Wallaroo Dashboard will show a green Ready.

      Wallaroo Admin Admin Ready
    7. Under the license information is the DNS entry for your Wallaroo instance. This is where you and other users of your Wallaroo instance can log in. In this example, the URL will be https://beautiful-horse-9537.wallaroo.community. Note that it may take a few minutes for the DNS entries to propagate and this URL to be available.

      Wallaroo Instance URL
    8. You will receive an email invitation for the email address connected to this URL with a temporary password and a link to this Wallaroo instance’s URL. Either enter the URL for your Wallaroo instance or use the link in the email.

    9. To login to your new Wallaroo instance, enter the email address and temporary password associated with the license.

      Wallaroo Initial Login

    With that, Wallaroo Community edition is launched and ready for use! You can end the Admin Console from your terminal session above. From this point on you can just use the Wallaroo instance URL.

    Now that your Wallaroo Community edition has been installed, let’s work with some sample models to show off what you can do. Check out either the Wallaroo 101 if this is your first time using Wallaroo, or for more examples of how to use Wallaroo see the Wallaroo Tutorials.