Wallaroo Enterprise GCP Setup Instructions

How to set up your Wallaroo Enterprise GCP Environment

The following instructions are made to assist users set up their Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Kubernetes environment for running Wallaroo. These represent a recommended setup, but can be modified to fit your specific needs. In particular, these instructions will provision a GKE cluster with 56 CPUs in total. Please ensure that your project’s resource limits support that.

  • Quick Setup Script: Download a bash script to automatically set up the GCP environment through the Google Cloud Platform command line interface gcloud.

  • Manual Setup Guide: A list of the gcloud commands used to create the environment through manual commands.

    Installation Flow

A typical installation of Wallaroo Enterprise follows this flow:

  • Create Environment: Create the environment to install Wallaroo that meets the system prerequisites.
  • Install Wallaroo: Install Wallaroo into the target environment.
  • Configure DNS: Configure DNS services and the Wallaroo instance for your organization’s use.

GCP Prerequisites

Organizations that wish to run Wallaroo in their Google Cloud Platform environment must complete the following prerequisites:

Environment Software Requirements

Running Wallaroo has two sets of software requirements:

  • Environment Requirements: The following software must be installed on the environment that will be running Wallaroo version. Most are automatically available through the supported cloud providers.
    • Kubernetes Version 1.18 to 1.23.
      • Kubernetes Version
        • 1.20 is the minimum requirement
        • 1.21 is preferred for versions of Wallaroo released before July 2022.
        • 1.22:
          • Is preferred for versions of Wallaroo after the July 2022 release (code name Simca) and beyond.
          • Is not supported for versions of Wallaroo released before July 2022.
        • 1.23:
          • Is the preferred version for Wallaroo version 2022.4.
          • Is not supported for versions of Wallaroo released before Wallaroo version 2022.4.
    • Runtime: containerd is required.
  • Kubernetes Admin Requirements: The following software must be installed in the system where the Kubernetes environment is being managed - aka where kubectl and kots will be installed. This requires the following software be installed to manage the Kubernetes environment:
    • kubectl: https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/tools/
      • If using kots for installation:
        • Version 1.91.3: Preferred for Wallaroo versions 2022.4 and later.
        • Version 1.81.0: Preferred for Wallaroo versions before 2022.4 and after the August 2022 release.
        • Version 1.70.1: Preferred for versions of Wallaroo before the August 2022 release.


Custom Configurations

Wallaroo can be configured with custom installations depending on your organization’s needs. The following options are available:

Standard Setup Variables

The following variables are used in the Quick Setup Script and the Manual Setup Guide. Modify them as best fits your organization.

Variable Name Default Value Description
WALLAROO_GCP_PROJECT wallaroo The name of the Google Project used for the Wallaroo instance.
WALLAROO_CLUSTER wallaroo The name of the Kubernetes cluster for the Wallaroo instance.
WALLAROO_GCP_REGION us-central1 The region the Kubernetes environment is installed to. Update this to your GCP Computer Engine region.
WALLAROO_NODE_LOCATION us-central1-f The location the Kubernetes nodes are installed to. Update this to your GCP Compute Engine Zone.
WALLAROO_GCP_NETWORK_NAME wallaroo-network The Google network used with the Kubernetes environment.
WALLAROO_GCP_SUBNETWORK_NAME wallaroo-subnet-1 The Google network subnet used with the Kubernets environment.
DEFAULT_VM_SIZE e2-standard-8 The VM type used for the default nodepool.
POSTGRES_VM_SIZE n2-standard-8 The VM type used for the postgres nodepool.
ENGINELB_VM_SIZE c2-standard-8 The VM type used for the engine-lb nodepool.
ENGINE_VM_SIZE c2-standard-8 The VM type used for the engine nodepool.

Quick Setup Script

A sample script is available here, and creates a Google Kubernetes Engine cluster ready for use with Wallaroo Enterprise. This script requires the prerequisites listed above and uses the variables as listed in Standard Setup Variables.

The following steps are geared towards a standard Linux or macOS system that supports the prerequisites listed above. Modify these steps based on your local environment.

  1. Download the script above.
  2. In a terminal window set the script status as execute with the command chmod +x bash wallaroo_enterprise_gcp_expandable.bash.
  3. Modify the script variables listed above based on your requirements.
  4. Run the script with either bash wallaroo_enterprise_gcp_expandable.bash or ./wallaroo_enterprise_gcp_expandable.bash from the same directory as the script.

Set Variables

The following are the variables used in the environment setup process. Modify them as best fits your organization’s needs.


Manual Setup Guide

The following steps are guidelines to assist new users in setting up their GCP environment for Wallaroo. The variables used in the commands are as listed in Standard Setup Variables. Feel free to replace these with ones that match your needs.

See the Google Cloud SDK for full details on commands and settings.

Create a GCP Network

First create a GCP network that is used to connect to the cluster with the gcloud compute networks create command. For more information, see the gcloud compute networks create page.

gcloud compute networks \
--bgp-routing-mode regional \
--subnet-mode custom

Verify it’s creation by listing the GCP networks:

gcloud compute networks list

Create the GCP Wallaroo Cluster

Once the network is created, the gcloud container clusters create command is used to create a cluster. For more information see the gcloud container clusters create page.

The following is a recommended format, replacing the {} listed variables based on your setup. For Google GKE containerd is enabled by default.

gcloud container clusters \
--node-locations $WALLAROO_NODE_LOCATION \
--machine-type $DEFAULT_VM_SIZE \
--create-subnetwork name=$WALLAROO_GCP_SUBNETWORK_NAME \
--enable-ip-alias \

The command can take several minutes to complete based on the size and complexity of the clusters. Verify the process is complete with the clusters list command:

gcloud container clusters list

Wallaroo Enterprise Nodepools

The following static nodepools can be set based on your organizations requirements. Adjust the settings or names based on your requirements.

gcloud container node-pools create postgres \
--machine-type=$POSTGRES_VM_SIZE \
--num-nodes=1 \
--node-taints wallaroo.ai/postgres=true:NoSchedule

The following autoscaling nodepools are used for the engine load balancers and Wallaroo engine. Again, replace names and virtual machine types based on your organizations requirements.

gcloud container node-pools create engine-lb \
--machine-type=$ENGINELB_VM_SIZE \
--enable-autoscaling \
--num-nodes=1 \
--min-nodes=0 \
--max-nodes=3 \
--node-taints wallaroo-engine-lb=true:NoSchedule,wallaroo.ai/enginelb=true:NoSchedule \
--node-labels wallaroo-node-type=engine-lb
gcloud container node-pools create engine \
--machine-type=$ENGINE_VM_SIZE \
--enable-autoscaling \
--num-nodes=1 \
--min-nodes=0 \
--max-nodes=3 \
--node-taints wallaroo.ai/engine=true:NoSchedule \

Retrieving Kubernetes Credentials

Once the GCP cluster is complete, the Kubernetes credentials can be installed into the local administrative system with the gcloud container clusters get-credentials (https://cloud.google.com/sdk/gcloud/reference/container/clusters/get-credentials) command:

gcloud container clusters \
get-credentials $WALLAROO_CLUSTER \

To verify the Kubernetes credentials for your cluster have been installed locally, use the kubectl get nodes command. This will display the nodes in the cluster as demonstrated below:

kubectl get nodes
NAME                                         STATUS   ROLES    AGE   VERSION
gke-wallaroo-default-pool-863f02db-7xd4   Ready    <none>   39m   v1.21.6-gke.1503
gke-wallaroo-default-pool-863f02db-8j2d   Ready    <none>   39m   v1.21.6-gke.1503
gke-wallaroo-default-pool-863f02db-hn06   Ready    <none>   39m   v1.21.6-gke.1503
gke-wallaroo-engine-3946eaca-4l3s         Ready    <none>   89s   v1.21.6-gke.1503
gke-wallaroo-engine-lb-2e33a27f-64wb      Ready    <none>   26m   v1.21.6-gke.1503
gke-wallaroo-postgres-d22d73d3-5qp5       Ready    <none>   28m   v1.21.6-gke.1503

Install Wallaroo

With the environment prepared, Wallaroo can now be installed.

Step Status
Setup Environment

Install Wallaroo Enterprise Install Wallaroo into a prepared environment
Integrate Wallaroo with DNS Services Update Wallaroo post-install


What does the error ‘Insufficient project quota to satisfy request: resource “CPUS_ALL_REGIONS”’ mean?

Make sure that the Compute Engine Zone and Region are properly set based on your organization’s requirements. The instructions above default to us-central1, so change that zone to install your Wallaroo instance in the correct location.