Backup and Restore CLI


Backing up and restoring your cluster using the CLI

You can use the CLI to create and restore backups of your cluster.


IMPORTANT: See the Limitations section of Backup and Restore.

Backing up a cluster

Backups are stored on the local file system of the master node. The backup state is maintained by a service running in the cluster, and backup/restore operations are initiated by hitting this service directly.

  1. Create a backup and assign it a meaningful label. The label has the following restrictions:

    • It must be between 3 and 25 characters in length.
    • It cannot start with ...
    • It must be composed of the following characters: [A-Za-z0-9_.-].
    dcos backup create --label=<backup-label>
  2. Verify that your backup has been created.

    dcos backup list

    Or use the following command to restrict your search results to the label you used when you created the backup.

    dcos backup list [label]

    The backup will initially transition into the STATUS_BACKING_UP state, and should eventually arrive at STATUS_READY. If something goes wrong, it will show a state of STATUS_ERROR. Use dcos backup show <backup-id> to discover why Marathon errored out during the course of the backup.

  3. Use the ID produced by dcos backup list to refer to your backup in subsequent commands. A backup ID will resemble <backup-label>-ea6b49f5-79a8-4767-ae78-3f874c90e3da.

Deleting a backup

Delete an unneeded backup.

dcos backup delete <backup-id>

Restoring a cluster

  1. List the available backups, choose the backup you want to restore to, and make a note of the backup ID.

    dcos backup list
  2. Restore from the selected backup.

    dcos backup restore <backup-id>
  3. Monitor the status of the restore operation.

    dcos backup show <backup-id>

    The restores.component_status.marathon parameter of the JSON output will show STATUS_RESTORING, and then STATUS_READY.