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Mirantis Kubernetes Engine (MKE)

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Install Calico Enterprise on a Mirantis Kubernetes Engine (MKE) cluster (formerly Docker Enterprise).

Before you begin

CNI support

Calico CNI for networking with Calico Enterprise network policy:

The geeky details of what you get:



How to

Install Calico Enterprise

  1. Configure a storage class for Calico Enterprise.

  2. Configure Tigera operator and Calico CNI plugin role bindings for Docker EE.

    kubectl create clusterrolebinding tigera-operator-cluster-admin -n tigera-operator \
    --clusterrole cluster-admin --serviceaccount tigera-operator:tigera-operator
    kubectl create clusterrolebinding calico-cni-plugin-cluster-admin -n calico-system \
    --clusterrole cluster-admin --serviceaccount calico-system:calico-cni-plugin
  3. Install the Tigera operator and custom resource definitions.

    kubectl create -f
  4. Install the Prometheus operator and related custom resource definitions. The Prometheus operator will be used to deploy Prometheus server and Alertmanager to monitor Calico Enterprise metrics.


    If you have an existing Prometheus operator in your cluster that you want to use, skip this step. To work with Calico Enterprise, your Prometheus operator must be v0.40.0 or higher.

    kubectl create -f
  5. Install your pull secret.

    If pulling images directly from, you will likely want to use the credentials provided to you by your Tigera support representative. If using a private registry, use your private registry credentials instead.

    kubectl create secret generic tigera-pull-secret \ -n tigera-operator \

    For the Prometheus operator, create the pull secret in the tigera-prometheus namespace and then patch the deployment.

    kubectl create secret generic tigera-pull-secret \ -n tigera-prometheus \
    kubectl patch deployment -n tigera-prometheus calico-prometheus-operator \
    -p '{"spec":{"template":{"spec":{"imagePullSecrets":[{"name": "tigera-pull-secret"}]}}}}'
  6. Install any extra Calico Enterprise resources needed at cluster start using calicoctl.

  7. Install the Tigera custom resources. For more information on configuration options available in this manifest, see the installation reference.

    kubectl create -f

    Monitor progress with the following command:

    watch kubectl get tigerastatus

    Wait until the apiserver shows a status of Available, then proceed to the next section.

Install the Calico Enterprise license

To use Calico Enterprise, you must install the license provided to you by Tigera.

kubectl create -f </path/to/license.yaml>

Monitor progress with the following command:

watch kubectl get tigerastatus

Next steps


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