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When Do You Back Up and Restore a Kubernetes Cluster?

Fortunately, there are many options for backing up and restoring a Kubernetes cluster. Here are some things to consider before attempting to perform a backup. Backup and restoration are critical operations that require centralized management. This article will discuss how to back up and restore a Kubernetes cluster and issues with custom scripts.


To back up and restore a Kubernetes cluster, follow these steps. First, create a backup using a filesystem snapshot. You should back up all the objects and their state, including the Kubernetes containers. You can also use a bind-mounted directory or NFS-mounted file system. Backups with snapshots are more consistent than file-level backups. Using third-party tools for Kubernetes cluster backup can also help you protect your data.

Once you have a backup of your cluster, you can restore it by cloning the resources into another cluster. This process is called cluster reconciliation. After cloning the resources, you must schedule them and start them on the target cluster. You can also use substitution rules to match a set of resources. For example, you can use the backup all workload option to roll back a particular workload. You can also use the restore all workload option to roll back a single workload selectively.


When a cluster runs on a shared storage platform, such as etcd, it is critical to back up the data stored there. It is especially true if you are running stateful containers that don’t lose memory when restarting. To make sure you can restore your cluster to the state it was in before the cluster failure, etcd, it has a built-in backup mechanism. 

If you’re using Kubeadm to manage your cluster, there are two options for backing up data: one is to use a local disk, and another is to use a remote backup server. You can use either option – the latter is recommended if you don’t have a local backup server. Either way, you’ll need to copy the backup file and initiate the control plane. If the backup is too large, you can also simulate a failed control plane by deleting a VM and formatting the disk.

Problems with custom scripts

If you have runtime Fabric in your Kubernetes cluster, you can use it to restore the cluster. However, the cluster contains all the data associated with the application, including configurations and services. Therefore, whenever possible, please back up your cluster automatically, preferably hourly, and store it on external storage. When backing up your cluster, be sure to back up the custom resources of the application, such as the application name and URL and the configuration of the applications.

Custom scripts may cause issues. If you have a custom script, it’s possible to overwrite existing resources. It’s not uncommon for the restored data to be incompatible with the previously backed-up data. If you run these scripts, you may encounter problems. First of all, you might have naming conflicts in your scripts. For example, if you name your resources with finalizers, this could cause your handler to fail to find the corresponding resources.

Need for centralized control over the entire backup and recovery system of the entire organization

There are three backup systems: individually constructed systems operated by individuals or organizations, central-type constructed systems operated by the government or private enterprises, and link-type constructed systems operated by individuals or groups. In both of these scenarios, the main operation of the backup system would be a medical organization or an individual. In addition, centralized backup systems provide robust management structures that can reduce the time and expense involved in recovering from an emergency.

Because data lives in many locations, enterprise-wide backup and recovery systems are difficult to implement. Organizations must deal with data fragmentation due to siloed hardware and lack of visibility into the data. It can waste valuable resources and limit the ability to innovate. Centralizing the entire backup and recovery system allows a single provider to manage a single backup environment across multiple locations.