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Monitor MATLAB Online Server Using Kubernetes Dashboard

The Kubernetes® Dashboard (also known as Web UI) provides a UI that you can use to monitor your Kubernetes environment. This topic shows how to install and configure the dashboard for a MATLAB® Online Server™ single-node configuration running on your localhost address. The topic also provides links to Kubernetes documentation for configuring the dashboard for secure remote access and for configuring dashboards in managed Kubernetes environments.


Install Dashboard on Single-Node Configuration

These instructions walk you through the basic installation and setup of the Kubernetes Dashboard. For detailed instructions and security configuration options, in the Kubernetes documentation, see

  1. Deploy the Kubernetes Dashboard. On the page, copy the installation command for the latest version of the dashboard and execute it in your MATLAB Online Server terminal. The command has this format.

    kubectl apply -f ...

  2. Verify that the installation succeeds by checking the list of pods in your namespaces.

    kubectl get pods --all-namespaces

    Verify that the list displays two pods in a new kubernetes-dashboard namespace. For example:

    NAMESPACE              NAME                                                  READY   STATUS    RESTARTS        AGE
    kubernetes-dashboard   dashboard-metrics-scraper-7c857855d9-7zj45            1/1     Running   0               10m
    kubernetes-dashboard   kubernetes-dashboard-6b79449649-lpz7t                 1/1     Running   0               10m
  3. Create a Kubernetes service account in your cluster. This account enables authentication into the dashboard.

    To create this account, in your MATLAB Online Server root folder, create a file named matlab-online-server-admin-account.yaml and enter this information, exactly as shown.

    apiVersion: "v1"
    kind: "ServiceAccount"
      name: "matlab-online-server-admin"
      namespace: "kube-system"
    apiVersion: ""
    kind: "ClusterRoleBinding"
      name: "matlab-online-server-admin"
      namespace: "kube-system"
      apiGroup: ""
      kind: "ClusterRole"
      name: "cluster-admin"
      - kind: "ServiceAccount"

    Apply the file to your Kubernetes cluster.

    kubectl apply -f matlab-online-server-admin-account.yaml
  4. Retrieve the bearer token for the created matlab-online-server-admin account. Execute this command, and copy or save the returned token. In a later step, you use this token to access the dashboard locally.

    kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $(kubectl -n kube-system get secret |
    grep matlab-online-server-admin | awk '{print $1}') | grep token: | awk '{print $2}'
  5. Start a proxy to enable access to the Kubernetes Dashboard.

    kubectl proxy
  6. Access the Kubernetes Dashboard on a local browser at this URL.


  7. When prompted for the authentication method, select Token and enter the bearer token you retrieved in a previous step.

  8. Log in to the dashboard. You can now familiarize yourself with the different namespaces for your environment and the administrative features in the Kubernetes Dashboard.

    Administrative features in Kubernetes dashboard

Configure Dashboard for Remote Access

To access your dashboard remotely using HTTPS, additional security configuration options apply. For details on configuring remote access securely, see

Install Dashboard on Managed Kubernetes Provider

The instructions for setting up the Kubernetes Dashboard depends on your provider.

  • Amazon® Web Services (AWS®) — Set up Kubernetes Dashboard using the Elastic Kubernetes Service managed by AWS. In the Amazon documentation, see //

  • Microsoft® Azure® — Set up Kubernetes Dashboard using the Azure Kubernetes Service managed by Azure. In the Microsoft documentation, see //

  • Google® Kubernetes Engine — The open-source Kubernetes Dashboard on the Google Kubernetes Engine managed by Google is deprecated. Google recommends monitoring your environment using the Google Cloud console.

  • Red Hat® OpenShift® — Red Hat OpenShift provides a default set of administrator features and dashboards that it recommends using to monitor your environment.

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