Installing the Agent directly on your host (rather than having the Agent run in a Pod) provides additional visibility into your ecosystem, independent of Kubernetes.
To gather your kube-state metrics:
Download the Kube-State manifests folder.
Apply them to your Kubernetes cluster:
kubectl apply -f <NAME_OF_THE_KUBE_STATE_MANIFESTS_FOLDER>
Note: these metrics are unavailable for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
Available for Agent >6.0
Two installations are possible:
Take advantage of DaemonSets to automatically deploy the Datadog Agent on all your nodes. Otherwise follow the container log collection steps to start collecting logs from all your containers.
To get a better idea of how (or why) to integrate your Kubernetes service, see the related series of Datadog blog posts.