Bastion as Proxy

You can do this after you’ve got some applications up and running, I could have built it into the cloud-init, but it didn’t seem necessary as I should only do this once.

In order to serve web applications outside of the home network, we need to put a proxy to manage routing of message from the internet to the k8s cluster.

We just use nginx for this, its simple and straight forward to setup.

  1. Log in to the bastion node.
  2. sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
  3. Add the following location line into the server block
 server {

     location / {
        rewrite ^/(.*) /$1 break;
  1. sudo nginx -s reload to restart the nginx server
  2. verify you can reach an application on your k8s cluster by using the bastion ip + set prefix. (i.e.


Now that you’re opening up to the external internet, you should be thinking about some security as well. This configuration on the bastion node will put a single point of entry for login.

  1. sudo apt-get install apache2-utils
  2. sudo htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/.htpasswd <user_name>, you’ll be asked to type a password in.
  3. sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default.
  4. Add the following lines to the server block.
    auth_basic      "No Peeking";
    auth_basic_user_file /etc/apache2/.htpasswd;
  1. sudo nginx -s reload to restart the nginx server
  2. Navigate to an application, you should get a login prompt.