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With the Control Plane Machine Set Operator, you can automate management of the control plane machine resources within your OKD cluster.

Control plane machine sets cannot manage compute machines, and compute machine sets cannot manage control plane machines.

Control plane machine sets provide for control plane machines similar management capabilities as compute machine sets provide for compute machines. However, these two types of machine sets are separate custom resources defined within the Machine API and have several fundamental differences in their architecture and functionality.

Control Plane Machine Set Operator overview

The Control Plane Machine Set Operator uses the ControlPlaneMachineSet custom resource (CR) to automate management of the control plane machine resources within your OKD cluster.

When the state of the cluster control plane machine set is set to Active, the Operator ensures that the cluster has the correct number of control plane machines with the specified configuration. This allows the automated replacement of degraded control plane machines and rollout of changes to the control plane.

A cluster has only one control plane machine set, and the Operator only manages objects in the openshift-machine-api namespace.

Limitations

The Control Plane Machine Set Operator has the following limitations:

  • The Operator requires the Machine API to be operational and is therefore not supported on clusters with manually provisioned machines.

  • Only Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and VMware vSphere clusters are supported.

  • Only clusters with three control plane machines are supported.

  • Horizontal scaling of the control plane is not supported.

  • Deploying Azure control plane machines on Ephemeral OS disks increases risk for data loss and is not supported.

  • Deploying control plane machines as AWS Spot Instances or Azure Spot VMs is not supported.

    Attempting to deploy control plane machines as AWS Spot Instances or Azure Spot VMs might cause the cluster to lose etcd quorum. A cluster that loses all control plane machines simultaneously is unrecoverable.

  • Making changes to the control plane machine set during or prior to installation is not supported. You must make any changes to the control plane machine set only after installation.