I have a GKE cluster running on 1.11.2-gke.15 and my pods are unable to talk to each other.

It seems DNS resolution is working from inside the containers

# nslookup myapp.testns.svc.cluster.local

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:   myapp.testns.svc.cluster.local

However when I try actually hitting the service is does not seem to work

# telnet myapp.testns.svc.cluster.local 8080

It seems this might have started after I upgraded the cluster from 1.10 to 1.11.2

I have attempted to restart the nodes and all the pods but no go.

Am I missing something obvious?


I figured out that one of the nodes in the cluster, which was created by the node autoscaler, was not reachable. All pods in it could not be reached by pods in other nodes.

The solution was to scale the cluster down by hand and letting the autoscaler scale it up again and the new node was now reachable. I am uncertain why this happened or how to prevent it in the future so suggestions are welcome


Looks like it might be an issue with version 1.11.2-gke.15, it was reported as a private issue. A new revision of 1.11.2 is rolling out (gke.18) which addresses this problem.

  • Thanks Patrick. How does one get access to the issue? It leads me to some Google corp login which I assume only works for Google employees. – ByteFlinger Nov 14 '18 at 16:22
  • Updated the answer, seems the issue was reported privately, not publicly – Patrick W Nov 14 '18 at 17:24

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