Restoring from backup


The etcd’s of the user-cluster’s are being backed up on a configured interval. This document will lead through the process of restoring a complete etcd StatefulSet from a single snapshot.

Pausing the cluster

Restoring a etcd requires manual intervention. As the StatefulSet needs to be modified, the affected cluster needs to be removed from the controllers management:

# set cluster.spec.paused=true
kubectl edit cluster xxxxxxxxxx

Pausing the StatefulSet

To restore an etcd, the etcd must not be running. Therefore the etcd statefulset must be configured to just execute a exec /bin/sleep 86400.

# change command to run 'exec /bin/sleep 86400'
kubectl -n cluster-xxxxxxxxxx edit statefulset etcd

Deleting all PVC’s

To ensure that we start on each pod with a empty disk, we delete all PVC’s. The StatefulSet will create new ones with empty PV’s automatically.

kubectl -n cluster-xxxxxxxxxx delete pvc -l app=etcd

Deleting all pods

To ensure all Pods start with the sleep command and with new PV’s, all etcd pods must be deleted.

kubectl -n cluster-xxxxxxxxxx delete pod -l app=etcd

Restoring the etcd (Must be executed on all etcd pods)

The restore command is different for each member. Make sure to update it gets executed.

# Copy snapshot into pod
kubectl cp snapshot.db cluster-xxxxxxxxxx/etcd-0:/var/run/etcd/
# Exec into the pod
kubectl -n cluster-xxxxxxxxxx exec -ti etcd-0 sh

cd /var/run/etcd/
# Inside the pod, restore from the snapshot
# This command is specific to each member.
export MEMBER=etcd-0
export CLUSTER_ID=xxxxxxxxxx
etcdctl snapshot restore snapshot.db \
  --name ${MEMBER} \
  --initial-cluster etcd-0=http://etcd-0.etcd.cluster-${CLUSTER_ID}.svc.cluster.local:2380,etcd-1=http://etcd-1.etcd.cluster-${CLUSTER_ID}.svc.cluster.local:2380,etcd-2=http://etcd-2.etcd.cluster-${CLUSTER_ID}.svc.cluster.local:2380 \
  --initial-cluster-token ${CLUSTER_ID} \
  --initial-advertise-peer-urls http://${MEMBER}.etcd.cluster-${CLUSTER_ID}.svc.cluster.local:2380 \
  --data-dir /var/run/etcd/pod_${MEMBER}/

Un-Pausing the cluster

To let the kubermatic-controller-manager update the etcd to normal state, un-pause it.

# set cluster.spec.paused=false
kubectl edit cluster xxxxxxxxxx

Delete etcd-pods

As the rolling-update of the etcd won’t finish, all etcd pods must be manually.

kubectl -n cluster-xxxxxxxxxx delete pod -l app=etcd