Back up and restore

Back up and restore Kommander data and your DKP cluster

For production clusters, regular maintenance should include routine backup operations to ensure data integrity and reduce the risk of data loss due to unexpected events. Backup operations should include the cluster state, application state, and the running configuration of both stateless and stateful applications in the cluster.

Kommander stores all data as CRDs in the Kubernetes API and you can back up and restore it using the following procedure.


DKP provides Velero by default, to support backup and restore operations for your Kubernetes clusters and persistent volumes.

For on-premises deployments, DKP deploys Velero integrated with MinIO, operating inside the same cluster.

For production use-cases, D2iQ advises to provide an external storage class to use with MinIO.

You can customize your Velero instance in two ways: You can add the values below to the Kommander configuration file when installing Kommander, or you can apply the configuration after the cluster is configured by running kubectl apply -f.

To specify an external storageClass for the MinIO instances, create a file called velero-overrides.yaml with the following content:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: velero-overrides
  namespace: kommander
  values.yaml: |
         storageClass: <external storage class name>

You can also store your backups in Amazon S3. To do so, create a file called velero-overrides.yaml with the following content:

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
  name: velero-overrides
  namespace: kommander
  values.yaml: |
    minioBackend: false
        # `name:` must be empty
        bucket: <BUCKET_NAME>
          region: <AWS_REGION> # such as us-west-2
          s3ForcePathStyle: "false"
          insecureSkipTLSVerify: "false"
          s3Url: ""
          # profile should be set to the AWS profile name mentioned in the secretContents below
          profile: default
      # With the proper IAM permissions with access to the S3 bucket,
      # you can attach the EC2 instances using the IAM Role, OR fill in `existingSecret` OR `secretContents` below.
      # Name of a pre-existing secret (if any) in the Velero namespace
      # that should be used to get IAM account credentials.
      # The key must be named `cloud`, and the value corresponds to the entire content of your IAM credentials file.
      # For more information, consult the documentation for the velero plugin for AWS at:
      # [AWS]
        # cloud: |
        #   [default]
        #   aws_access_key_id=<REDACTED>
        #   aws_secret_access_key=<REDACTED>

After you have created the ConfigMap with MinIO, OR Amazon S3, patch the Velero AppDeployment by adding the configOverrides value. This applies the ConfigMap to your instance after the cluster has been configured:

cat << EOF | kubectl -n kommander patch appdeployment velero --type="merge" --patch-file=/dev/stdin
    name: velero-overrides

Install the Velero command-line interface

Although installing the Velero command-line interface is optional and independent of deploying a DKP cluster, having access to the command-line interface provides several benefits. For example, you can use the Velero command-line interface to back up or restore a cluster on demand, or to modify certain settings without changing the Velero configuration.

  • By default, DKP sets up Velero to use MinIO over TLS using a self-signed certificate.
  • As a result, when using certain commands, you may be asked to use the --insecure-skip-tls-verify flag.

Again, the default setup is not suitable for production use-cases.

See the instructions to install the Velero command-line interface for more information.

In DKP, the Velero platform application is installed in the kommander namespace, instead of velero. Thus, after installing the CLI, we recommend that you set the Velero CLI namespace config option so that subsequent Velero CLI invocations will use the correct namespace:

velero client config set namespace=kommander

Regular backup operations

For backing up production clusters, you should be familiar with the following basic administrative functions Velero provides:

Set a backup schedule

By default, DKP configures a regular, automatic backup of the cluster’s state in Velero. The default settings do the following:

  • Create daily backups
  • Save the data from all namespaces

These default settings take effect after the cluster is created. If you install Kommander with the default platform services deployed, the initial backup starts after the cluster is successfully provisioned and ready for use.

Alternate backup schedules

The Velero CLI provides an easy way to create alternate backup schedules. For example, you can use a command similar to:

velero create schedule thrice-daily --schedule="@every 8h"

To change the default backup service settings:

  1. Check the backup schedules currently configured for the cluster by running the following command:

    velero get schedules
  2. Delete the velero-default schedule by running the following command:

    velero delete schedule velero-default
  3. Replace the default schedule with your custom settings by running the following command:

    velero create schedule velero-default --schedule="@every 24h"

You can also create backup schedules for specific namespaces. Creating a backup for a specific namespace can be useful for clusters running multiple apps operated by multiple teams. For example:

velero create schedule system-critical --include-namespaces=kube-system,kube-public,kommander --schedule="@every 24h"

The Velero command line interface provides many more options worth exploring. You can also find tutorials for disaster recovery and cluster migration on the Velero community site.

Back up on demand

In some cases, you might find it necessary create a backup outside of the regularly-scheduled interval. For example, if you are preparing to upgrade any components or modify your cluster configuration, you should perform a backup immediately before taking that action.

Create a backup by running the following command:

velero backup create BACKUP-NAME

Restore a cluster

Before attempting to restore the cluster state using the Velero command-line interface, you should verify the following requirements:

  • The backend storage, MinIO, is still operational.
  • The Velero platform service in the cluster is still operational.
  • The Velero platform service is set to a restore-only-mode to avoid having backups run while restoring.

To list the available backup archives for your cluster, run the following command:

velero backup get

To set Velero to a restore-only-mode, run the following command:

velero server --restore-only=true

NOTE: This mode is being deprecated and will be removed in Velero in Velero v2.0. Use read-only backup storage locations instead.

Finally, check your deployment to verify that the configuration change was applied correctly:

helm get values -n kommander velero

To restore cluster data on demand from a selected backup snapshot available in the cluster, run a command similar to the following:

velero restore create --from-backup BACKUP-NAME

Restore your Kommander Management Cluster

NOTE: When restoring a backup to the Kommander Management Cluster, you must adjust configuration to avoid restore errors.

Before restoring a backup, ensure the following ResourceQuota setup is not configured on your cluster:

kubectl -n kommander delete resourcequota one-kommandercluster-per-kommander-workspace

When completed, the manually removed ResourceQuota named one-kommandercluster-per-kommander-workspace restores automatically.

Turn off the Workspace validation webhooks. Otherwise, you will not restore Workspaces with pre-configured namespaces. If the validation webhook named kommander-validating is present, it must be modified with the command:

kubectl patch validatingwebhookconfigurations kommander-validating \
  --type json \
  --patch '[
      "op": "remove",
      "path": "/webhooks/0/rules/3/operations/0"

When the backup completes, re-add the removed CREATE webhook rule operation with:

kubectl patch validatingwebhookconfigurations kommander-validating \
  --type json \
  --patch '[
      "op": "add",
      "path": "/webhooks/0/rules/3/operations/0",
      "value": "CREATE"

Backup service diagnostics

You can check whether the Velero service is currently running on your cluster through the Kubernetes dashboard (accessible through the DKP UI on the Kommander Management Cluster), or by running the following kubectl command:

kubectl get all -A | grep velero

If the Velero platform service application is currently running, you can generate diagnostic information about Velero backup and restore operations. For example, you can run the following commands to retrieve, back up, and restore information that you can use to assess the overall health of Velero in your cluster:

velero get schedules
velero get backups
velero get restores
velero get backup-locations
velero get snapshot-locations