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4.11.15. Creating additional worker machines in GCP

You can create worker machines in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for your cluster to use by launching individual instances discretely or by automated processes outside the cluster, such as auto scaling groups. You can also take advantage of the built-in cluster scaling mechanisms and the machine API in OpenShift Container Platform.

In this example, you manually launch one instance by using the Deployment Manager template. Additional instances can be launched by including additional resources of type in the file.


If you do not use the provided Deployment Manager template to create your worker machines, you must review the provided information and manually create the infrastructure. If your cluster does not initialize correctly, you might have to contact Red Hat support with your installation logs.


  • Configure a GCP account.
  • Generate the Ignition config files for your cluster.
  • Create and configure a VPC and associated subnets in GCP.
  • Create and configure networking and load balancers in GCP.
  • Create control plane and compute roles.
  • Create the bootstrap machine.
  • Create the control plane machines.


  1. Copy the template from the Deployment Manager template for worker machines section of this topic and save it as on your computer. This template describes the worker machines that your cluster requires.
  2. Export the variables that the resource definition uses.

    1. Export the subnet that hosts the compute machines:

      $ export COMPUTE_SUBNET=(`gcloud compute networks subnets describe ${INFRA_ID}-worker-subnet --region=${REGION} --format json | jq -r .selfLink`)
    2. Export the email address for your service account:

      $ export WORKER_SERVICE_ACCOUNT=(`gcloud iam service-accounts list --filter "email~^${INFRA_ID}-w@${PROJECT_NAME}." --format json | jq -r '.[0].email'`)
    3. Export the location of the compute machine Ignition config file:

      $ export WORKER_IGNITION=`cat <installation_directory>/worker.ign`
  3. Create a 06_worker.yaml resource definition file:

    $ cat <<EOF >06_worker.yaml
    - path:
    - name: 'worker-0' 1
        infra_id: '${INFRA_ID}' 2
        zone: '${ZONE_0}' 3
        compute_subnet: '${COMPUTE_SUBNET}' 4
        image: '${CLUSTER_IMAGE}' 5
        machine_type: 'n1-standard-4' 6
        root_volume_size: '128'
        service_account_email: '${WORKER_SERVICE_ACCOUNT}' 7
        ignition: '${WORKER_IGNITION}' 8
    - name: 'worker-1'
        infra_id: '${INFRA_ID}' 9
        zone: '${ZONE_1}' 10
        compute_subnet: '${COMPUTE_SUBNET}' 11
        image: '${CLUSTER_IMAGE}' 12
        machine_type: 'n1-standard-4' 13
        root_volume_size: '128'
        service_account_email: '${WORKER_SERVICE_ACCOUNT}' 14
        ignition: '${WORKER_IGNITION}' 15
    name is the name of the worker machine, for example worker-0.
    2 9
    infra_id is the INFRA_ID infrastructure name from the extraction step.
    3 10
    zone is the zone to deploy the worker machine into, for example us-central1-a.
    4 11
    compute_subnet is the selfLink URL to the compute subnet.
    5 12
    image is the selfLink URL to the RHCOS image.
    6 13
    machine_type is the machine type of the instance, for example n1-standard-4.
    7 14
    service_account_email is the email address for the worker service account that you created.
    8 15
    ignition is the contents of the worker.ign file.
  4. Optional: If you want to launch additional instances, include additional resources of type in your 06_worker.yaml resource definition file.
  5. Create the deployment by using the gcloud CLI:

    $ gcloud deployment-manager deployments create ${INFRA_ID}-worker --config 06_worker.yaml Deployment Manager template for worker machines

You can use the following Deployment Manager template to deploy the worker machines that you need for your OpenShift Container Platform cluster:

例4.27 Deployment Manager template

def GenerateConfig(context):

    resources = [{
        'name':['infra_id'] + '-' + context.env['name'],
        'type': 'compute.v1.instance',
        'properties': {
            'disks': [{
                'autoDelete': True,
                'boot': True,
                'initializeParams': {
            'machineType': 'zones/' +['zone'] + '/machineTypes/' +['machine_type'],
            'metadata': {
                'items': [{
                    'key': 'user-data',
            'networkInterfaces': [{
            'serviceAccounts': [{
                'scopes': ['']
            'tags': {
                'items': [
          ['infra_id'] + '-worker',

    return {'resources': resources}