Building And Running Mesos-DNS

Building Mesos-DNS

To build Mesos-DNS, you need to install go and godep on your computer. You must set the GOPATH environment variable to point to the directory where outside go packages will be installed. You must also add $GOPATH/bin to the PATH environment variable. If you install go to a custom location, you may need to set the GOROOT environment properly and add $GOROOT/bin to the PATH environment variable. For instance, you may need to do the following:

export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin
export GOROOT=/usr/local/go      # assuming go is installed at /usr/local/go
export PATH=$PATH:$GOROOT/bin

To build Mesos-DNS using godep:

go get
cd $GOPATH/src/
make all

This generates mesos-dns, a statically-linked binary that can be installed anywhere. You will find a sample configuration file config.json in the same directory.

We have built and tested Mesos-DNS with go versions 1.3.3 and 1.4. Newer versions of go should work as well.

Running Mesos-DNS

To run Mesos-DNS, you first need to install the mesos-dns binary somewhere on a selected server. The server can be the same machine as one of the Mesos masters, one of the slaves, or a dedicated machine on the same network. Next, follow these instructions to create a configuration file for your cluster. You can launch Mesos-DNS with:

sudo mesos-dns -config=config.json & 

For fault tolerance, we recommend that you use Marathon to launch Mesos-DNS on one of the Mesos slaves. If Mesos-DNS fails, Marathon will re-launch it immediately, ensuring nearly uninterrupted service. You can select which slave is used for Mesos-DNS with Marathon constraints on the slave hostname or any slave attribute. For example, the following json description instructs Marathon to launch Mesos-DNS on the slave with hostname

"cmd": "sudo  /usr/local/mesos-dns/mesos-dns -config=/usr/local/mesos-dns/config.json",
"cpus": 1.0, 
"mem": 1024,
"id": "mesos-dns",
"instances": 1,
"constraints": [["hostname", "CLUSTER", ""]]

Note that the hostname field refers to the hostname used by the slave when it registers with Mesos. It may not be an IP address or a valid hostname of any kind. You can inspect the hostnames and attributes of slaves on a Mesos cluster through the master web interface. For instance, you can access the state REST endpoint with:

curl http://master_hostname:5050/master/state.json | python -mjson.tool

Slave Setup

To allow Mesos tasks to use Mesos-DNS as the primary DNS server, you must edit the file /etc/resolv.conf in every slave and add a new nameserver. For instance, if mesos-dns runs on the server with IP address, you should add the line nameserver at the beginning of /etc/resolv.conf on every slave node. This can be achieve by running:

sudo sed -i '1s/^/nameserver\n /' /etc/resolv.conf

If multiple instances of Mesos-DNS are launched, add a nameserver line for each one at the beginning of /etc/resolv.conf. The order of these entries determines the order that the slave will use to contact Mesos-DNS instances. You can set options rotate to instruct select between the listed nameservers in a round-robin manner for load balancing.

All other nameserver settings in /etc/resolv.conf should remain unchanged. The /etc/resolv.conf file in the masters should only change if the master machines are also used as slaves.

You can also use Mesos-DNS to serve just a forward lookup zone from your primary DNS server (see this tutorial). In this case, you do not need to make any changes to the slaves in the cluster.