The Cluster Network Operator (CNO) runs a controller, the connectivity check controller, that performs a connection health check between resources within your cluster. By reviewing the results of the health checks, you can diagnose connection problems or eliminate network connectivity as the cause of an issue that you are investigating.

Connection health checks performed

To verify that cluster resources are reachable, a TCP connection is made to each of the following cluster API services:

  • Kubernetes API server service

  • Kubernetes API server endpoints

  • OpenShift API server service

  • OpenShift API server endpoints

  • Load balancers

To verify that services and service endpoints are reachable on every node in the cluster, a TCP connection is made to each of the following targets:

  • Health check target service

  • Health check target endpoints

Implementation of connection health checks

The connectivity check controller orchestrates connection verification checks in your cluster. The results for the connection tests are stored in PodNetworkConnectivity objects in the openshift-network-diagnostics namespace. Connection tests are performed every minute in parallel.

The Cluster Network Operator (CNO) deploys several resources to the cluster to send and receive connectivity health checks:

Health check source

This program deploys in a single pod replica set managed by a Deployment object. The program consumes PodNetworkConnectivity objects and connects to the spec.targetEndpoint specified in each object.

Health check target

A pod deployed as part of a daemon set on every node in the cluster. The pod listens for inbound health checks. The presence of this pod on every node allows for the testing of connectivity to each node.

PodNetworkConnectivityCheck object fields

The PodNetworkConnectivityCheck object fields are described in the following tables.

Table 1. PodNetworkConnectivityCheck object fields
Field Type Description

metadata.name

string

The name of the object in the following format: <source>-to-<target>. The destination described by <target> includes one of following strings:

  • load-balancer-api-external

  • load-balancer-api-internal

  • kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint

  • kubernetes-apiserver-service-cluster

  • network-check-target

  • openshift-apiserver-endpoint

  • openshift-apiserver-service-cluster

metadata.namespace

string

The namespace that the object is associated with. This value is always openshift-network-diagnostics.

spec.sourcePod

string

The name of the pod where the connection check originates, such as network-check-source-596b4c6566-rgh92.

spec.targetEndpoint

string

The target of the connection check, such as api.devcluster.example.com:6443.

spec.tlsClientCert

object

Configuration for the TLS certificate to use.

spec.tlsClientCert.name

string

The name of the TLS certificate used, if any. The default value is an empty string.

status

object

An object representing the condition of the connection test and logs of recent connection successes and failures.

status.conditions

array

The latest status of the connection check and any previous statuses.

status.failures

array

Connection test logs from unsuccessful attempts.

status.outages

array

Connect test logs covering the time periods of any outages.

status.successes

array

Connection test logs from successful attempts.

The following table describes the fields for objects in the status.conditions array:

Table 2. status.conditions
Field Type Description

lastTransitionTime

string

The time that the condition of the connection transitioned from one status to another.

message

string

The details about last transition in a human readable format.

reason

string

The last status of the transition in a machine readable format.

status

string

The status of the condition.

type

string

The type of the condition.

The following table describes the fields for objects in the status.conditions array:

Table 3. status.outages
Field Type Description

end

string

The timestamp from when the connection failure is resolved.

endLogs

array

Connection log entries, including the log entry related to the successful end of the outage.

message

string

A summary of outage details in a human readable format.

start

string

The timestamp from when the connection failure is first detected.

startLogs

array

Connection log entries, including the original failure.

Connection log fields

The fields for a connection log entry are described in the following table. The object is used in the the following fields:

  • status.failures[]

  • status.successes[]

  • status.outages[].startLogs[]

  • status.outages[].endLogs[]

Table 4. Connection log object
Field Type Description

latency

string

Records the duration of the action.

message

string

Provides the status in a human readable format.

reason

string

Provides the reason for status in a machine readable format. The value is one of TCPConnect, TCPConnectError, DNSResolve, DNSError.

success

boolean

Indicates if the log entry is a success or failure.

time

string

The start time of connection check.

Verifying network connectivity for an endpoint

As a cluster administrator, you can verify the connectivity of an endpoint, such as an API server, load balancer, service, or pod.

Prerequisites
  • Install the OpenShift CLI (oc).

  • Access to the cluster as a user with the cluster-admin role.

Procedure
  1. To list the current PodNetworkConnectivityCheck objects, enter the following command:

    $ oc get podnetworkconnectivitycheck -n openshift-network-diagnostics
    Example output
    NAME                                                                                                                                AGE
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0   75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-1   73m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-2   75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-apiserver-service-cluster                               75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-default-service-cluster                                 75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-load-balancer-api-external                                         75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-load-balancer-api-internal                                         75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0            75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-1            75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-2            75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh      74m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-c-n8mbf      74m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-d-4hnrz      74m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-network-check-target-service-cluster                               75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-openshift-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0    75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-openshift-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-1    75m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-openshift-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-2    74m
    network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-openshift-apiserver-service-cluster                                75m
  2. View the connection test logs:

    1. From the output of the previous command, identify the endpoint that you want to review the connectivity logs for.

    2. To view the object, enter the following command:

      $ oc get podnetworkconnectivitycheck <name> \
        -n openshift-network-diagnostics -o yaml

      where <name> specifies the name of the PodNetworkConnectivityCheck object.

      Example output
      apiVersion: controlplane.operator.openshift.io/v1alpha1
      kind: PodNetworkConnectivityCheck
      metadata:
        name: network-check-source-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-worker-b-6xdmh-to-kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0
        namespace: openshift-network-diagnostics
        ...
      spec:
        sourcePod: network-check-source-7c88f6d9f-hmg2f
        targetEndpoint: 10.0.0.4:6443
        tlsClientCert:
          name: ""
      status:
        conditions:
        - lastTransitionTime: "2021-01-13T20:11:34Z"
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnectSuccess
          status: "True"
          type: Reachable
        failures:
        - latency: 2.241775ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: failed
            to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443: connect:
            connection refused'
          reason: TCPConnectError
          success: false
          time: "2021-01-13T20:10:34Z"
        - latency: 2.582129ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: failed
            to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443: connect:
            connection refused'
          reason: TCPConnectError
          success: false
          time: "2021-01-13T20:09:34Z"
        - latency: 3.483578ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: failed
            to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443: connect:
            connection refused'
          reason: TCPConnectError
          success: false
          time: "2021-01-13T20:08:34Z"
        outages:
        - end: "2021-01-13T20:11:34Z"
          endLogs:
          - latency: 2.032018ms
            message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0:
              tcp connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
            reason: TCPConnect
            success: true
            time: "2021-01-13T20:11:34Z"
          - latency: 2.241775ms
            message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0:
              failed to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443:
              connect: connection refused'
            reason: TCPConnectError
            success: false
            time: "2021-01-13T20:10:34Z"
          - latency: 2.582129ms
            message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0:
              failed to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443:
              connect: connection refused'
            reason: TCPConnectError
            success: false
            time: "2021-01-13T20:09:34Z"
          - latency: 3.483578ms
            message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0:
              failed to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443:
              connect: connection refused'
            reason: TCPConnectError
            success: false
            time: "2021-01-13T20:08:34Z"
          message: Connectivity restored after 2m59.999789186s
          start: "2021-01-13T20:08:34Z"
          startLogs:
          - latency: 3.483578ms
            message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0:
              failed to establish a TCP connection to 10.0.0.4:6443: dial tcp 10.0.0.4:6443:
              connect: connection refused'
            reason: TCPConnectError
            success: false
            time: "2021-01-13T20:08:34Z"
        successes:
        - latency: 2.845865ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:14:34Z"
        - latency: 2.926345ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:13:34Z"
        - latency: 2.895796ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:12:34Z"
        - latency: 2.696844ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:11:34Z"
        - latency: 1.502064ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:10:34Z"
        - latency: 1.388857ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:09:34Z"
        - latency: 1.906383ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:08:34Z"
        - latency: 2.089073ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:07:34Z"
        - latency: 2.156994ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:06:34Z"
        - latency: 1.777043ms
          message: 'kubernetes-apiserver-endpoint-ci-ln-x5sv9rb-f76d1-4rzrp-master-0: tcp
            connection to 10.0.0.4:6443 succeeded'
          reason: TCPConnect
          success: true
          time: "2021-01-13T21:05:34Z"