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Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Deployments

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This lab is the third in the Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers series that where you will learn to design Pod workloads using higher-level resources in Kubernetes that simplify Pod management. You will use Deployments to manage long-running workloads and perform rolling updates and rollbacks between versions of an application.

This lab is valuable to anyone working with Kubernetes, but the content has been prepared considering topics described in the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Curriculum. Completion of the lab will help you get hands-on experience, which is essential for passing the CKAD exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Deployments and how to perform rolling updates and rollbacks

Intended Audience

  • Application developers deploying applications in containers and using or considering Kubernetes
  • This lab is recommended for Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) examinees


  • Understand how to use labels, selectors, and annotations in relation to Pods

You can take the Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Labels, Selectors, and Annotations to satisfy the prerequisites.


July 13th, 2024 - Updated cluster to Kubernetes 1.30
October 13th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes to 1.28
June 13th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes to 1.26
September 6th, 2022 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.24

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About the author

Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
Learning paths

Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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Covered topics

Lab steps

Connecting to the Kubernetes Cluster
Managing Pods with Deployments