Error saying The connection to the server localhost 8080 was refused - did you specify the right host or port

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I'm trying to create a simple service on kubernetes

kubectl create serviceaccount dashboard -n default

but it throws the following error

The connection to the server localhost:8080 was refused - did you specify the right host or port?
Sep 4, 2018 in Kubernetes by Hannah
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4 answers to this question.

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Run the following command as a normal user

mkdir -p $HOME/.kube
$ sudo cp -i /etc/kubernetes/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config
$ sudo chown $(id -u):$(id -g) $HOME/.kube/config

answered Sep 4, 2018 by Kalgi
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Thanks that worked!
Glad to help. :)
i got error in second step :

cp: cannot stat '/etc/kubernetes/admin.conf': No such file or directory
Try running these commands,
mkdir ~/.kube
vim ~/.kube/config
and copy the config file from mster node to nodes config file.
This did not work for me

Try to restart your cluster. Or check the configuration file.

$ kubectl config view
thanks , it worked.
+1 vote

I had the exact same error when I was trying to create a cluster on GCP. This is how I got it sorted:

  • Log in to Google Cloud Platform
  • Navigate to Container Engine Google Cloud Platform, Container Engine
  • Click CONNECT on Cluster
  • Use login Credentials to access Cluster [NAME] in your Terminal
answered Apr 26, 2019 by Vinay
+1 vote

Try using --server to specify your master:

kubectl --server=16.187.189.90:8080 get pod -o wide
answered Apr 26, 2019 by Jobin
+1 vote

I was trying to get status from a remote system using ansible and I was facing the same issue.
I tried and it worked.

kubectl --kubeconfig ./admin.conf get pods --all-namespaces -o wide
answered Apr 26, 2019 by Sumit

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