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Using a Local Registry with Runtime Fabric

Runtime Fabric uses its own registry to store the necessary Docker images for installing and managing Runtime Fabric and for running applications in Kubernetes. If your security policies require that you pull your Docker images from a registry under your control, you can set up a local registry to pull and store these Docker images.

Limitations on Local Registry Support

Review the following limitations on support for local registries:

You cannot use local registries during the installation of OpenShift operator. However, you can use local registries with OpenShift RTF to store Mule Docker images and install and manage Runtime Fabric for running Mule apps.
  • You must use Runtime Fabric command line utility (rtfctl) version 0.3.150 or later.

  • You can use a local registry only if you create a new Runtime Fabric instance of version 1.12.0 or later.

    If you set up a local registry, you can upgrade to a version later than 1.12.0 without reinstalling Runtime Fabric.

    You cannot add a local registry to any version of an existing Runtime Fabric instance, even if you upgrade that installation to 1.12.0 or later.

  • If you create a Runtime Fabric instance to use with a local registry, you cannot later reconfigure it to use the rtf-runtime-registry endpoint. To use the rtf-runtime-registry endpoint, you must install a new Runtime Fabric instance using the standard installation procedure.

  • You’re responsible for synchronization between your registry and the Runtime Fabric registry. MuleSoft doesn’t provide additional software to synchronize images between the registries. Push all the dependency images for your version to your local registry before you start the installation. See the Runtime Fabric release notes for the required dependencies for your Runtime Fabric version.

  • If you use a local registry that needs authentication, synchronization and propagation of a pull secret between different namespaces is your responsibility. Alternatively, Runtime Fabric can synchronize your pull secret across different namespaces if your secret uses the following label:

  labels: "true"

Configure a Local Registry for Use with Runtime Fabric

To configure a local registry, you must gather and add the necessary credentials to synchronize the registries.

Before You Begin

Ensure that you’ve performed the following tasks:

  1. Set up, configure, and test your private Docker image registry.

  2. Synchronize to your local registry all the Docker images you need to install Runtime Fabric:

    See the Runtime Fabric release notes for the required dependencies for your Runtime Fabric version.

    Dependency versions are specific to the Runtime Fabric version.
  3. Download and install the rtfctl command line utility version 0.3.150 or higher.

  4. Create a Runtime Fabric using Runtime Manager, and gather the activation data.

Configure Your Local Registry and Install Runtime Fabric

  1. Obtain rtf-runtime-registry credentials:

    # rtfctl get registry-credentials <activation-data>

    This command sets RTF_IMAGE_REGISTRY_ENDPOINT, RTF_IMAGE_REGISTRY_USER, and RTF_IMAGE_REGISTRY_PASSWORD in the current shell environment.

  2. Run the following commands to verify that the Docker login to the rtf-runtime-registry succeeds:

    # eval $(rtfctl get registry-credentials <activation-data>)

    You should see a message that the login was successful.

  3. To pull and synchronize images, log in into your own private container registry and run the following command, replacing <docker-server> where appropriate:

    For the US control plane:

    # docker pull
    # docker tag <docker-server>/mulesoft/rtf-agent:v1.12.0
    # docker push <docker-server>/mulesoft/rtf-agent:v1.12.0

    For the EU control plane:

    # docker pull
    # docker tag <docker-server>/mulesoft/rtf-agent:v1.12.0
    # docker push <docker-server>:5000/mulesoft/rtf-agent:v1.12.0
  4. Repeat step 3 for all the other dependency images (resourceFetcher, clusterOps etc.) based on the versions published in the Runtime Fabric release notes.

  5. If you use authentication to access your registry, create the required secret in the rtf namespace:

    # kubectl create namespace rtf
    # kubectl create secret docker-registry regcred --namespace=rtf --docker-server=<docker_server> --docker-username=<docker_username> --docker-email=<docker_email> --docker-password=<docker_password>
    # kubectl label secret regcred -n rtf
  6. Finalize the Runtime Fabric installation, and configure it to pull from your local registry:

    # rtfctl install ‘<activation_data>’ --image-pull-registry <docker-server>

    Alternatively, if you use authentication to access your registry, use the following command:

    # rtfctl install ‘<activation_data>’ --image-pull-registry <docker-server> --image-pull-secret <your-local-reg-secret>

    This command ensures that Runtime Fabric creates the necessary overrides for the local registry URL and image-pull-secret values so Runtime Fabric continues to pull images from the local registry even after an upgrade.

  7. If you use authentication to access your registry, after you complete the installation, you must recreate the pull secret in the RTF namespace and in any other namespaces where you will deploy applications.

  8. Refer to the installation instructions for further steps, such as inserting the Mule license key.

The rtfctl uninstall command deletes any pull secret you specify during installation.

When using rtfctl to perform a backup and restore procedure, the backups point to your local registry URL and pull secret.