Installing Container Insights

This workshop has been deprecated and archived. The new Amazon EKS Workshop is now available at

To complete the setup of Container Insights, you can follow the quick start instructions in this section.

From your Cloud9 Terminal you will just need to run the following command.

curl -s | sed "s/{{cluster_name}}/eksworkshop-eksctl/;s/{{region_name}}/${AWS_REGION}/" | kubectl apply -f -

The command above will:

  • Create the Namespace amazon-cloudwatch.
  • Create all the necessary security objects for both DaemonSet:
    • SecurityAccount.
    • ClusterRole.
    • ClusterRoleBinding.
  • Deploy Cloudwatch-Agent (responsible for sending the metrics to CloudWatch) as a DaemonSet.
  • Deploy fluentd (responsible for sending the logs to Cloudwatch) as a DaemonSet.
  • Deploy ConfigMap configurations for both DaemonSets.

You can find the full information and manual install steps here.

You can verify all the DaemonSets have been deployed by running the following command.

kubectl -n amazon-cloudwatch get daemonsets


cloudwatch-agent     3         3         3       3            3           <none>          2m43s
fluentd-cloudwatch   3         3         3       3            3           <none>          2m43s

That’s it. It’s that simple to install the agent and get it up and running. You can follow the manual steps in the full documentation, but with the Quickstart the deployment of the Daemon is easy and quick!

Now onto verifying the data is being collected!