Kubernetes 101 : Troubleshooting "The connection to the server api_server_ip:8080 was refused"

Sometimes when trying to run "kubectl" command, we receive the below error message:

The connection to the server api_server_ip:8080 was refused - did you specify the right host or port?

We try to read the configuration using the below command that displays the cluster settings:

The above command shows empty settings, and on closer inspection we notice that the "~/.kube/configfile is missing.
This file contains different parameters for accessing the kubernetes cluster.
The "~" sign referes to the home directory.

If we use the "kubectl" command while explicitly mentioning the path to the configuration file, we don't get an error anymore:

Another option is to set the KUBECONFIG environment variable with the path of the config file and to use the normal command "kubectl get nodes" without any added arguments.

A better alternative would be to copy the "admin.conf" file to the "~/.kube/config" file and give it the ownership or the user we are connected as so we could use it:


On worker nodes, we might have to copy "/etc/kubernetes/kubelet.conf" to the "~/.kube/config" file.


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