Option 2: Preparing your cluster for an air gapped (offline) deployment
If your cluster is not connected to the internet, you can install Cloud Pak for Business Automation in an air gap environment. Use either a bastion host, a portable compute device, or a compute device with the aid of a portable storage device to transfer the images to your air gap environment.
Before you begin
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About this task
The following diagram shows the steps that are involved in installing with an air gap environment on OCP.
It is common in production to have a cluster that cannot access the internet. In these cases, you can still install Cloud Pak for Business Automation and OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) in an air-gapped (otherwise known as offline or disconnected) environment. An air-gapped installation uses the IBM operator catalog to mimic a typical online installation except that the Cloud Pak images are in your own registry. You can use a bastion host or a compute device (like a laptop), with or without portable storage (like an external hard disk drive) to transfer the images to an air-gapped network.
All of these scenarios use Container Application Software for Enterprises (CASE) files to mirror content from a source to a target. CASE is a specification that defines metadata and structure for packaging, managing, and unpacking containerized applications.
The following diagram provides an overview of the air-gapped installation options.
When you install Cloud Pak for Business Automation then Cloud Pak foundational services is also installed. If no other Cloud Paks are installed on the cluster, then Cloud Pak for Business Automation installs the foundational services in a namespace-scoped mode. Namespace-scoped mode by default installs foundational services in the same namespace as Cloud Pak for Business Automation, but you can choose a different namespace if you want. If another Cloud Pak is installed before Cloud Pak for Business Automation, then foundational services can be shared between the Cloud Pak deployments.
If you want to install Cloud Pak for Business Automation in "All Namespaces", then you must also make sure that the foundational services (installed by Cloud Pak for Business Automation or another Cloud Pak) are also installed in "All Namespaces".
If you use multiple LDAPs with the Identity and Access Management (IAM) service, you must make sure that the usernames are unique across them. Your Cloud Pak for Business Automation deployments can either use the same LDAP or make sure that your users are unique. For more information, see Configuring LDAP connection.
What to do next
Use one of the following options to prepare for an air-gapped installation.