Istio HandsOn for Kubernetes

Learn how the Istio service mesh can turbo charge your Kubernetes career – with hands on, real world practicals
Istio HandsOn for Kubernetes
File Size :
7.55 GB
Total length :
12h 16m



Richard Chesterwood


Last update

Last updated 11/2022



Istio HandsOn for Kubernetes

What you’ll learn

What are Service Meshes?
What is Istio?
How can I run Istio locally?
What are Envoy Proxies?
The Istio Control and Data Planes
Visualising a Cluster using Kiali
Distributed Tracing using Jaeger
Monitoring metrics using Grafana
What are Istio VirtualServices and DestinationRules?
How to deploy Canaries (and what they are!)
How to deploy “Dark Releases”
Istio Gateways
How to test the resilience of a system using Fault Injection

Istio HandsOn for Kubernetes


Understand standard Kubernetes
Be familiar with pods, deployments and services from Kubernetes
Be able to run a Kubernetes environment such as Minikube
If using Minikube, 4gb is required and therefore an 8gb host machine (laptop/desktop) is required


Istio is one of the most talked-about frameworks in recent years! If you’ve worked with Kubernetes before, then you’ll want to learn Istio! With this hands-on, practical course, you’ll be able to gain experience in running your own Istio Service Meshes. The course has now been updated to Istio 1.15, which now supports Apple M1 (and ARM processors in general).This course is designed to be clear and understandable – and fun! But we also go into detail – you’ll be learning how to use Istio in real production scenarios – and you’ll be looking at the inner workings of Istio.You can run this course on your own computer, using Minikube (8Gb of Host Ram required) – you don’t need a cloud provider, although you can also run the course there – anywhere that you can run Kubernetes!After a brief talk about what Istio is, we go straight into a hands-on demo, where you’ll experience how Istio can solve difficult problems on live projects.Then you’ll find out the details of:Traffic ManagementTelemetryVisualisation (with Kiali)Distributed Tracing (with Jaeger)Using Grafana to monitor network trafficHow to deploy canary releasesHow to do “Dark Releases”Istio VirtualServices and DestinationRulesLoad Balancing and Session AffinityIstio GatewaysResilience testing with Fault InjectionCircuit Breaking/Outlier DetectionSecuring cluster traffic with Mutual TLS (mTLS)The “learning curve” for Istio is steep – which is why I’ve designed this course to be as clear and understandable as possible, and I hope with the hands-on demos, you’ll also have fun along the way. But most of all, Istio is an extremely powerful tool, and it’s a great addition to your CV!


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 Course Downloads

Section 2: Getting Started

Lecture 3 What is Istio?

Section 3: Hands on Demo

Lecture 4 What to expect in this section

Lecture 5 Installing Minikube

Lecture 6 Getting Istio Running

Lecture 7 Enabling Sidecar Injection

Lecture 8 Visualizing the System with Kiali

Lecture 9 Finding Performance Problems

Section 4: Introducing Envoy

Lecture 10 Introducing Envoy – The Data Plane

Lecture 11 The next lecture is optional!

Lecture 12 Going Deeper into Envoy (Optional Video)

Section 5: Telemetry

Lecture 13 Starting the Demo System

Lecture 14 Kiali Deeper Dive

Lecture 15 Kiali Dynamic Traffic Routing

Lecture 16 Distributed Tracing Overview

Lecture 17 Using Jaeger UI

Lecture 18 Why you need to “Propagate Headers”

Lecture 19 What happens if you don’t propagate headers?

Lecture 20 Metrics with Grafana

Section 6: Traffic Management

Lecture 21 Introducing Canaries

Lecture 22 Canaries with Replicas

Lecture 23 Version Grouping

Lecture 24 Elegant Canaries and Staged Releases

Lecture 25 What is an Istio VirtualService?

Lecture 26 VirtualService Configuration in yaml

Lecture 27 What is an Istio DestinationRule?

Section 7: Load Balancing

Lecture 28 Session Affinity (“Stickiness”)

Lecture 29 What is Consistent Hashing useful for?

Section 8: Gateways

Lecture 30 Why do I need an Ingress Gateway?

Lecture 31 Edge Proxies and Gateways

Lecture 32 Prefix based routing

Lecture 33 Subdomain Routing

Section 9: Dark Releases

Lecture 34 Using a browser extension to modify headers

Lecture 35 Header Based Routing

Lecture 36 Dark Releases for all Microservices

Section 10: Fault Injection

Lecture 37 Fault Injection

Section 11: Circuit Breaking

Lecture 38 Cascading Failures

Lecture 39 Configuring Outlier Detection

Lecture 40 Testing Circuit Breakers

Section 12: Mutual TLS

Lecture 41 Why is encryption needed inside a cluster?

Lecture 42 How Istio can upgrade traffic to TLS

Lecture 43 Enabling mTLS – it’s Automatic


Lecture 45 STRICT mTLS Works in Both Directions

Section 13: Customizing and Installing Istio with Istioctl (updated for 2021, Istio 1.8+)

Lecture 46 Quick note on “uninstall”

Lecture 47 Introducing istioctl

Lecture 48 Istio Profiles

Lecture 49 Installing addons

Lecture 50 Notes on the upcoming video

Lecture 51 Tuning Profiles

Lecture 52 Note on the upcoming video

Lecture 53 Default vs Demo Profiles – CPU and Memory

Lecture 54 Generating YAML Manifests

Section 14: Upgrading Istio

Lecture 55 In-Place Upgrades

Lecture 56 “Canary Upgrades” (Rolling Upgrades)

Lecture 57 Live Cluster Switchovers (Alternative to the official upgrade paths)

Section 15: Goodbye!

Lecture 58 Goodbye

Any Kubernetes developer who wants to learn what Istio can do for them,Anyone who has tried to understand Istio but finds the standard documentation too confusing

Course Information:

Udemy | English | 12h 16m | 7.55 GB
Created by: Richard Chesterwood

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