Azure Red Hat OpenShift FAQ
This article addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Microsoft Azure Red Hat OpenShift.
How do I get started?
Before you can use Azure Red Hat OpenShift, you'll need to purchase a minimum of 4 Azure Red Hat OpenShift reserved application nodes.
If you are an Azure customer,purchase Azure Red Hat OpenShift reserved instances through the Azure portal. After purchasing, your subscription will be activated within 24 hours, after which you'll be able to provision clusters.
If you are not an Azure customer, contact sales and fill out the sales form at the bottom of the page to start the process.
Refer to the Azure Red Hat OpenShift pricing page for more information.
Which Azure regions are supported?
See Supported resources for a list of global regions where Azure Red Hat OpenShift is supported.
Can I deploy a cluster into an existing virtual network?
No. But you can connect an Azure Red Hat OpenShift cluster to an existing VNET via peering. See Connect a cluster's virtual network to an existing virtual network for details.
What cluster operations are available?
You can only scale up or down the number of compute nodes. No other modifications are permitted to the
Microsoft.ContainerService/openShiftManagedClusters resource after creation. The maximum number of compute nodes is limited to 20.
What virtual machine sizes can I use?
See Azure Red Hat OpenShift virtual machine sizes for a list of virtual machine sizes you can use with an Azure Red Hat OpenShift cluster.
Is data on my cluster encrypted?
By default, there is encryption at rest. The Azure Storage platform automatically encrypts your data before persisting it, and decrypts the data before retrieval. See Azure Storage Service Encryption for data at rest for details.
Can I use Prometheus/Grafana to monitor containers and manage capacity?
No, not at the current time.
Is the Docker registry available externally so I can use tools such as Jenkins?
The Docker registry is available from
However, a strong storage durability guarantee is not provided. You can also use Azure Container Registry.
Is cross-namespace networking supported?
Customer and individual project admins can customize cross-namespace networking (including denying it) on a per project basis using
Can an admin manage users and quotas?
Yes. An Azure Red Hat OpenShift administrator can manage users and quotas in addition to accessing all user created projects.
Can I restrict a cluster to only certain Azure AD users?
Yes. You can restrict which Azure AD users can sign in to a cluster by configuring the Azure AD Application. For details, see How to: Restrict your app to a set of users
Can a cluster have compute nodes across multiple Azure regions?
No. All nodes in an Azure Red Hat OpenShift cluster must originate from the same Azure region.
Are master and infrastructure nodes abstracted away as they are with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)?
No. All resources, including the cluster master, run in your customer subscription. These types of resources are put in a read-only resource group.
Is Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA) supported?
Yes. You can use OSBA with Azure Red Hat OpenShift. See Open Service Broker for Azure for more information.
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