Deploy a Matrix Homeserver to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with Terraform

Deploy a Matrix Homeserver to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with Terraform

Did you ever think about running a Matrix homeserver? In this post, we will set one up on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). We will use the reference homeserver implementation, which is Synapse from the folks at matrix.org. This post focuses on the Kubernetes stuff, keeping Synapse configuration to a minimum. Things like federation, delegation and PostgreSQL are out of scope, because plenty of excellent guides and the official documentation exist covering that. The icing on the cake will be the Synapse Admin UI deployment with secure access to the administration endpoints to make management of our homeserver easier.

Use Terraform to Deploy an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Cluster, Traefik 2, cert-manager, and Let’s Encrypt Certificates

Use Terraform to Deploy an Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Cluster, Traefik 2, cert-manager, and Let's Encrypt Certificates

In this post, we will deploy a simple Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster from scratch. To expose our web services securely, we will install Traefik 2 and configure cert-manager to manage Let’s Encrypt certificates. The best part about it: we will do everything with Terraform.