Grafana Enterprise Logs Set up a GEL cluster Deploy on Kubernetes with Tanka

Deploy on Kubernetes with Tanka

To deploy Grafana Enterprise Logs to Kubernetes using a Jsonnet library and Grafana Tanka, you can use MinIO to provide object storage. That said, it is best to leverage your cloud provider’s object storage service to avoid the operational overhead of running object storage in production.


  • Kubernetes cluster
  • kubectl
  • GEL license


  1. Create a Kubernetes namespace:

    kubectl create namespace enterprise-logs
  2. Create a Kubernetes Secret for your GEL license:

    kubectl --namespace=enterprise-logs create secret generic gel-license --from-file=license.jwt
  3. Install Grafana Tanka; refer to Installing Tanka.

  4. Install jsonnet-bundler; refer to the jsonnet-bundler README.

  5. Set up the Tanka environment:

    1. Initialize Tanka

      tk init --k8s=false
      tk env add environments/enterprise-logs
      tk env set environments/enterprise-logs \
        --namespace=enterprise-logs \
        --server-from-context=<KUBECFG CONTEXT NAME>
    2. Install k.libsonnet for your version of Kubernetes:

      mkdir -p lib
      export K8S_VERSION=1.18
      jb install${K8S_VERSION}@main
      cat <<EOF > lib/k.libsonnet
      import '${K8S_VERSION}/main.libsonnet'
  6. Install the GEL Jsonnet library and its dependencies.

    jb install
  7. Deploy MinIO object storage; refer to Deploy Minio for the YAML manifests:

    kubectl apply --namespace enterprise-logs -f minio.yaml
  8. Deploy a GEL cluster using the MinIO object storage by replacing the contents of the environments/enterprise-logs/main.jsonnet file with the following configuration:

    export CLUSTER_NAME=<cluster-name in license.jwt>
    cat <<EOF > environments/enterprise-logs/main.jsonnet
    local gel = import '';
    gel {
      _config+:: {
        commonArgs+:: {
          'admin.client.backend-type': 's3',
          'admin.client.s3.access-key-id': 'minio',
          'admin.client.s3.bucket-name': 'grafana-logs-admin',
          'admin.client.s3.endpoint': 'minio:9000',
          'admin.client.s3.insecure': true,
          'admin.client.s3.secret-access-key': 'minio123',
          'cluster-name': '$CLUSTER_NAME',
        namespace: 'enterprise-logs',
        boltdb_shipper_shared_store: 's3',
        storage_backend: 's3',
        s3_access_key: 'minio',
        s3_address: 'minio:9000',
        s3_bucket_name: 'grafana-logs-data',
        s3_secret_access_key: 'minio123',
      // Deploy tokengen Job available on a first run.
      tokengen_job+::: {},
  9. Deploy GEL:

    tk apply environments/enterprise-logs/main.jsonnet