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CKA Practice Exam - Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration

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This lab is part of a series of practice exam content for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification. Each practice exam in the series provides you with exam-like tasks to perform in a Kubernetes cluster modeled after the clusters used in the real CKA exam. Each practice exam focuses on one particular domain in the CKA exam curriculum. The tasks outlined in the practice exam should be attempted on your own with the consultation of the official Kubernetes documentation, just like in the real exam. If you do need some assistance with a particular task, the solution, and relevant exam tips are provided in the final solution guide lab step in the lab.

Learning objectives

This practice exam focuses on the Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration domain which is worth 25% of the exam. The Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration domain encapsulates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the exam curriculum:

  • Manage role based access control (RBAC)
  • Use Kubeadm to install a basic cluster
  • Manage a highly-available Kubernetes cluster
  • Provision underlying infrastructure to deploy a Kubernetes cluster
  • Perform a version upgrade on a Kubernetes cluster using Kubeadm
  • Implement etcd backup and restore

Intended audience

  • Candidates preparing for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam
  • Kubernetes Administrators


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • Kubernetes

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:


October 13th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version

June 8th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version

About the author

Jeremy Cook, opens in a new tab
Content Lead Architect
Learning paths

Jeremy is a Content Lead Architect and DevOps SME here at Cloud Academy where he specializes in developing DevOps technical training documentation.

He has a strong background in software engineering, and has been coding with various languages, frameworks, and systems for the past 25+ years. In recent times, Jeremy has been focused on DevOps, Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP), Security, Kubernetes, and Machine Learning.

Jeremy holds professional certifications for AWS, Azure, GCP, Terraform, Kubernetes (CKA, CKAD, CKS).

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Lab steps

Connecting to the Practice Exam Kubernetes Cluster
CKA Practice Exam: Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration
CKA Practice Exam: Cluster Architecture, Installation & Configuration Solution Guide