Create an AWS KMS Custom Managed Key (CMK)

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Create a CMK for the EKS cluster to use when encrypting your Kubernetes secrets:

aws kms create-alias --alias-name alias/eksworkshop --target-key-id $(aws kms create-key --query KeyMetadata.Arn --output text)

Let’s retrieve the ARN of the CMK to input into the create cluster command.

export MASTER_ARN=$(aws kms describe-key --key-id alias/eksworkshop --query KeyMetadata.Arn --output text)

We set the MASTER_ARN environment variable to make it easier to refer to the KMS key later.

Now, let’s save the MASTER_ARN environment variable into the bash_profile

echo "export MASTER_ARN=${MASTER_ARN}" | tee -a ~/.bash_profile