I'm trying to install Kubernetes Cluster with Dashboard on Ubuntu 20.04 TLS using the following commands:

swapoff -a

# Remove following line from /etc/fstab
/swap.img       none    swap    sw      0       0

sudo apt update
sudo apt install docker.io
sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl
curl -s https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add
echo "deb https://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main" >> ~/kubernetes.list
sudo mv ~/kubernetes.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kubeadm kubelet kubectl kubernetes-cni

sudo kubeadm init --pod-network-cidr=

mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coreos/flannel/master/Documentation/kube-flannel.yml
kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/coreos/flannel/master/Documentation/k8s-manifests/kube-flannel-rbac.yml

kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/dashboard/v2.5.0/aio/deploy/recommended.yaml

kubectl proxy --address --accept-hosts '.*'

But when I open

I get:

  "kind": "Status",
  "apiVersion": "v1",
  "metadata": {},
  "status": "Failure",
  "message": "services \"kubernetes-dashboard\" not found",
  "reason": "NotFound",
  "details": {
    "name": "kubernetes-dashboard",
    "kind": "services"
  "code": 404

I tried to list the pods:

root@ubuntukubernetis1:~# kubectl get pods --all-namespaces
NAMESPACE              NAME                                         READY   STATUS              RESTARTS       AGE
kube-flannel           kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx                        0/1     Error               11 (29s ago)   76m
kube-system            coredns-6d4b75cb6d-rk4kq                     0/1     ContainerCreating   0              77m
kube-system            coredns-6d4b75cb6d-vkpcm                     0/1     ContainerCreating   0              77m
kube-system            etcd-ubuntukubernetis1                       1/1     Running             1 (52s ago)    77m
kube-system            kube-apiserver-ubuntukubernetis1             1/1     Running             1 (52s ago)    77m
kube-system            kube-controller-manager-ubuntukubernetis1    1/1     Running             1 (52s ago)    77m
kube-system            kube-proxy-n6ldq                             1/1     Running             1 (52s ago)    77m
kube-system            kube-scheduler-ubuntukubernetis1             1/1     Running             1 (52s ago)    77m
kubernetes-dashboard   dashboard-metrics-scraper-7bfdf779ff-sdnc8   0/1     Pending             0              75m
kubernetes-dashboard   dashboard-metrics-scraper-8c47d4b5d-2sxrb    0/1     Pending             0              59m
kubernetes-dashboard   kubernetes-dashboard-5676d8b865-fws4j        0/1     Pending             0              59m
kubernetes-dashboard   kubernetes-dashboard-6cdd697d84-nmpv2        0/1     Pending             0              75m

Checking kube-flannel pod logs:

kubectl logs -n kube-flannel kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx -p
Defaulted container "kube-flannel" out of: kube-flannel, install-cni-plugin (init), install-cni (init)
I0724 14:49:57.782499       1 main.go:207] CLI flags config: {etcdEndpoints:, etcdPrefix:/coreos.com/network etcdKeyfile: etcdCertfile: etcdCAFile: etcdUsername: etcdPassword: version:false kubeSubnetMgr:true kubeApiUrl: kubeAnnotationPrefix:flannel.alpha.coreos.com kubeConfigFile: iface:[] ifaceRegex:[] ipMasq:true ifaceCanReach: subnetFile:/run/flannel/subnet.env publicIP: publicIPv6: subnetLeaseRenewMargin:60 healthzIP: healthzPort:0 iptablesResyncSeconds:5 iptablesForwardRules:true netConfPath:/etc/kube-flannel/net-conf.json setNodeNetworkUnavailable:true}
W0724 14:49:57.782676       1 client_config.go:614] Neither --kubeconfig nor --master was specified.  Using the inClusterConfig.  This might not work.
E0724 14:49:57.892230       1 main.go:224] Failed to create SubnetManager: error retrieving pod spec for 'kube-flannel/kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx': pods "kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx" is forbidden: User "system:serviceaccount:kube-flannel:flannel" cannot get resource "pods" in API group "" in the namespace "kube-flannel"

Do you know how I can fix the issue?

1 Answer 1


The URL you're querying ( ) is wrong.

According to the last yaml file you applied (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/dashboard/v2.5.0/aio/deploy/recommended.yaml ), and as we could guess from your kubectl get pods -A: the kubernetes-dashboard Service is located in the kubernetes-dashboard namespace. Not the default namespace.

Although if you just want to connect kubernetes dashboard: instead of the kubectl proxy command you run, I would go with kubectl port-forward -n kubernetes-dashboard deploy/kubernetes-dashboard 8443:8443, then open my browser to https://localhost:8443

Then, there's the case of your SDN. In your kubectl get pods, we can see the kube-flannel pod, in kube-flannel namespace, is in Error.

Look at the logs for this container, and try to figure out why it does not start (kubectl logs -n kube-flannel kube-flannel-ds-xxxx -p).

It's been years I didn't setup flannel, although I remember that in addition to applying their RBAC & daemonsets yamls, I also had to patch nodes, allocating them with a CIDR. Eg: kubectl patch node my-node-1 -p '{ "spec": { "podCIDR": "" } }' --type merge (each podCIDR must be unique, each node would have its own range hosting Pods. If I'm not mistaken, each podCIDR must be a subset of flannel's net-conf.json Network subnet -- look at the ConfigMap created while installing flannel).

And as of your last comment: the error tells us the following

Failed to create SubnetManager: error retrieving pod spec for 'kube-flannel/kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx': pods "kube-flannel-ds-f6bwx" is forbidden: User "system:serviceaccount:kube-flannel:flannel" cannot get resource "pods" in API group "" in the namespace "kube-flannel"

Looking back at the files you've used setting up flannel, you mentioned that one, that setups workloads in the kube-flannel namespace, then this rbac one, creating a clusterrolebinding for a serviceaccount in kube-system. To fix your SDN, you may want to create the following:

kind: ClusterRoleBinding
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
  name: flannel-fix
  apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: flannel
  - kind: ServiceAccount
    name: flannel
    namespace: kube-flannel

And for the record: the kube-flannel-rbac is not necessary in your case. It would be, had you installed flannel from their legacy manifest (https://github.com/flannel-io/flannel/blob/master/Documentation/k8s-manifests/kube-flannel-legacy.yml). In your case, that ClusterRoleBinding we're fixing should have been created properly, only applying https://github.com/flannel-io/flannel/blob/master/Documentation/kube-flannel.yml

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