hands-on lab

Backup and Restore a Kubernetes Cluster

Up to 40m
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You will perform several cluster management tasks including performing a backup of the cluster and restoring the cluster from the backup in this Lab. You will also learn how to perform tests to verify that everything works as you expect. Even if you intend to use fully-managed Kubernetes clusters, this lab provides you with a deeper understanding of Kubernetes clusters, and helps you decide on the cluster configuration that is best for your requirements.

This lab is valuable to anyone working with Kubernetes, and has been prepared with the topics described in the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Curriculum. Completion of the lab will help you get hands-on experience, which is essential for passing the CKA exam.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Implement backups and restore methodologies
  • Test Kubernetes clusters

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Working with Kubernetes to deploy applications
  • Working at the command line in Linux

The following labs can be used to fulfill the prerequisites for this lab: 


January 19th, 2024 - The cluster upgrade has been moved into a new lab focused exclusively on the upgrade

October 16th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version

June 13th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version

May 24th, 2023 - Resolved package update issue

January 23rd, 2023 - Resolved package update issue

Environment before

Environment after

About the author

Daniel Wood, opens in a new tab
Lab Operations Engineer

Daniel is a Cloud Engineer with experience as an AWS Engineer and Operations Specialist. He holds the AWS DevOps Engineer Professional, AWS Developer Associate, AWS SysOps Administrator Associate, Certified Kubernetes Administrator, Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate, and HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate certifications. Daniel is focused on lab operations and enjoys continuously building his knowledge.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Connecting to the Kubernetes Cluster
Backing Up and Restoring Kubernetes Clusters