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System components monitoring#

Controller nodes are isolated by default, which thus means that a cluster user cannot schedule workloads onto controller nodes.

k0s provides a mechanism to expose system components for monitoring. System component metrics can give a better look into what is happening inside them. Metrics are particularly useful for building dashboards and alerts. You can read more about metrics for Kubernetes system components here.

Note: the mechanism is an opt-in feature, you can enable it on installation:

sudo k0s install controller --enable-metrics-scraper


The list of components which is scrapped by k0s:

  • kube-scheduler
  • kube-controller-manager

Note: kube-apiserver metrics are not scrapped since they are accessible via kubernetes endpoint within the cluster.


k0s metrics exposure architecture

k0s uses pushgateway with TTL to make it possible to detect issues with the metrics delivery. Default TTL is 2 minutes.