Google Cloud

forgeops and forgeops-extras repositories

Get the forgeops and forgeops-extras repositories:

  1. Clone the repositories. For example:

    $ git clone
    $ git clone

    Both repositories are public; you do not need credentials to clone them.

  2. Check out the forgeops repository’s release/7.5-20240402 branch:

    $ cd /path/to/forgeops
    $ git checkout release/7.5-20240402

    Depending on your organization’s repository strategy, you might need to clone the repository from a fork, instead of cloning ForgeRock’s master repository. You might also need to create a working branch from the release/7.5-20240402 branch. For more information, refer to Repository Updates.

  3. Check out the forgeops-extras repository’s master branch:

    $ cd /path/to/forgeops-extras
    $ git checkout master

Third-party software

Before performing a ForgeOps deployment, obtain non-ForgeRock software and install it on your local computer.

ForgeRock recommends that you install third-party software using Homebrew on macOS and Linux[1] .

The versions listed in the following table have been validated for ForgeOps deployments on Google Cloud. Earlier and later versions will probably work. If you want to try using versions that are not in the table, it is your responsibility to validate them.

Install the following third-party software:

Software Version Homebrew package

Python 3



Docker client



Kubernetes client (kubectl)



Kubernetes context switcher (kubectx)









JSON processor jq






Six (Python compatibility library)



Setup tools (Python)



Google Cloud SDK


google-cloud-sdk (cask)[1]

Docker engine

In addition to the software listed in the preceding table, you’ll need to start a virtual machine that runs Docker engine.

For more information about using Colima when performing ForgeOps deployments, refer to this article.

The default configuration for a Docker virtual machine provides adequate resources for a ForgeOps deployment.

For users running Microsoft Windows

ForgeRock supports ForgeOps deployments on macOS and Linux. If you have a Windows computer, you’ll need to create a Linux VM. We tested the following configurations:

  • Hypervisor: Hyper-V, VMWare Player, or VMWare Workstation

  • Guest OS: Current Ubuntu LTS release with 12 GB memory and 60 GB disk space

  • Nested virtualization enabled in the Linux VM.

Perform all the procedures in this documentation within the Linux VM. In this documentation, the local computer refers to the Linux VM for Windows users.

The Minikube implementation on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) has networking issues. As a result, consistent access to the ingress controller or the apps deployed on Minikube is not possible. This issue is tracked here. Do not attempt to perform ForgeOps deployments on WSL2 until this issue is resolved.

Google Cloud project setup

Perform these steps to set up a Google Cloud project that meets the requirements for ForgeOps deployments:

  1. Log in to the Google Cloud Console and create a new project.

  2. Authenticate to the Google Cloud SDK to obtain the permissions you’ll need to create a cluster:

    1. Configure the gcloud CLI to use your Google account. Run the following command:

      $ gcloud auth application-default login
    2. A browser window appears, prompting you to select a Google account. Select the account you want to use for cluster creation.

      A second screen requests several permissions. Select Allow.

      A third screen should appear with the heading, You are now authenticated with the gcloud CLI!

  3. Assign the following roles to users who will be creating Kubernetes clusters and performing ForgeOps deployments:

    • Editor

    • Kubernetes Engine Admin

    • Kubernetes Engine Cluster Admin

    • Project IAM Admin

    Remember, a ForgeOps deployment is a reference implementation, and is not for production use. The roles you assign in this step are suitable for ForgeOps deployments. When you create a project plan, you’ll need to determine which Google Cloud roles are required.

Kubernetes cluster creation

ForgeRock provides Terraform artifacts for GKE cluster creation. Use them to create a cluster that supports ForgeOps deployments. After performing a ForgeOps deployment, you can use your cluster as a sandbox to explore ForgeRock Identity Platform customization.

When you create a project plan, you’ll need to identify your organization’s preferred infrastructure-as-code solution, and, if necessary, create your own cluster creation automation scripts.

Here are the steps the ForgeOps team follows to create a Kubernetes cluster on GKE:

  1. Copy the file that contains default Terraform variables to a new file:

    1. Change to the /path/to/forgeops-extras/terraform directory.

    2. Copy the terraform.tfvars file to [2].

    Copying the terraform.tfvars file to a new file preserves the original content in the file.

  2. Determine the deployment size: small, medium, or large.

  3. Define your cluster’s configuration:

    1. Open the file.

    2. Determine the location of your cluster’s configuration in the file:

      Cluster size Section containing the cluster configuration







    3. Modify your cluster’s configuration by setting values in the section listed in the table:

      1. Set the value of the enabled variable to true.

      2. Set the value of the auth.project_id variable to your new Google Cloud project. Specify the project ID, not the project name.

      3. Set the value of the meta.cluster_name variable to the name of the GKE cluster you’ll create.

      4. Set the values of the location.region and location.zones variables to the region and zones where perform your ForgeOps deployment.

        Before continuing, go to Google’s Regions and Zones page and verify that the zones you have specified are available in your region you specified.

    4. Save and close the file.

  4. Ensure your region has an adequate CPU quota for a ForgeOps deployment.

    Locate these two variables in your cluster’s configuration in the file:

    • node_pool.type: the machine type to be used in your cluster

    • node_pool.max_count: the maximum number of machines to be used in your cluster

    Your quotas must be large enough to let you allocate the maximum number of machines in your region. If your quotas are too low, request and wait for a quota increase from Google Cloud before attempting to create your cluster.

  5. Create a cluster using Terraform artifacts in the forgeops-extras repository:

    1. Change to the directory that contains Terraform artifacts:

      $ cd /path/to/forgeops-extras/terraform
    2. Run the tf-apply script to create your cluster:

      $ ./tf-apply

      Respond yes to the Do you want to perform these actions? prompt.

      When the tf-apply script finishes, it issues a message that provides the path to a kubeconfig file for the cluster.

      The script creates:

      • The GKE cluster

      • The fast storage class

      • The ds-snapshot-class volume snapshot class

      The script deploys:

      • An ingress controller

      • Certificate manager

  6. Set your Kubernetes context to reference the new cluster by setting the KUBECONFIG environment variable as shown in the message from the tf-apply command’s output.

  7. To verify that the tf-apply script created the cluster, log in to the Google Cloud console. Select the Kubernetes Engine option. The new cluster should appear in the list of Kubernetes clusters.

Hostname resolution

Set up hostname resolution for the ForgeRock Identity Platform servers you’ll deploy in your namespace:

  1. Get the ingress controller’s external IP address:

    $ kubectl get services --namespace ingress-nginx
    NAME                                 TYPE           CLUSTER-IP   EXTERNAL-IP      PORT(S)                      AGE
    ingress-nginx-controller             LoadBalancer   80:30300/TCP,443:30638/TCP   58s
    ingress-nginx-controller-admission   ClusterIP     <none>           443/TCP                      58s

    The ingress controller’s IP address should appear in the EXTERNAL-IP column. There can be a short delay while the ingress starts before the IP address appears in the kubectl get services command’s output; you might need to run the command several times.

  2. Configure hostname resolution for the ingress controller:

    1. Choose an FQDN (referred to as the deployment FQDN) that you’ll use when you deploy the ForgeRock Identity Platform, and when you access its GUIs and REST APIs.

      Examples in this documentation use as the deployment FQDN. You are not required to use; you can specify any FQDN you like.

    2. If DNS does not resolve your deployment FQDN, add an entry to the /etc/hosts file that maps the ingress controller’s external IP address to the deployment FQDN. For example:

1. The Linux version of Homebrew does not support installing software it maintains as casks. Because of this, if you’re setting up an environment on Linux, you won’t be able to use Homebrew to install software in several cases. You’ll need to refer to the software’s documentation for information about how to install the software on a Linux system.
2. The Terraform configuration contains a set of variables under forgerock that adds labels required for clusters created by ForgeRock employees. If you’re a ForgeRock employee creating a cluster, set values for these variables.
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