etcd is a fast, reliable and fault-tolerant key-value database. It is at the heart of Kubernetes and is an integral part of its control-plane. It is quite important to have the experience to back up and restore the operability of both individual nodes and the whole entire etcd cluster.


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Heh, I didn't found any solution suitable to me so I wrote my own.

I would say that it is most elegant solution for bare-metal deployments as it very simple. It uses PXE-booting feature for the physical servers and containerized Kubernetes control-plane.

You can prepare your own server-image with all software you need just simple using Dockerfile. Right now it is Ubuntu based but in the future it's planned to be distro agnostic.

To bootstrap new cluster you just need to pass parameters and install Helm-chart.

examples/ directory contains many usable examples including dual-stack networking case with the cilium.

Please take a look at

Kubernetes is a great platform both for container orchestration and everything else. Recently, Kubernetes has gone far ahead in terms of functionality, security and resilience. The Kubernetes architecture allows you to easily survive various kinds of failures and always stay afloat. …

Some time after writing the first article, where I cleverly use jsonnet and gitlab, I realized that pipelines are certainly good, but unnecessarily difficult and inconvenient.

In most cases, a typical task is need: “to generate YAML and put it in Kubernetes”. …

Hi, recently I faced across an interesting task to setup a storage server for backup of a large number of block devices.

Every week we back up all virtual machines in our cloud, so there is a need to be able handle thousands of backups and do it as fast…

Not so far ago, I was faced with a quite unusual task of configuring routing for MetalLB. All would be nothing, since MetalLB usually does not require any additional configuration from user side, but in our case there is a fairly large cluster with a quite simple network configuration.


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Recently, many cool automation tools have been released both for building Docker images and for deploying to Kubernetes. In this regard, I decided to play with the Gitlab a little, study its capabilities and, of course, configure the pipeline.

The source of inspiration for this work was the site…

Let me tell you how you can safely store SSH keys on a local machine, for not having a fear that some application can steal or decrypt them. …

I had a need to show dashboard with monitoring information on several screens in the office. There are several old Raspberry Pi Model B+ and a hypervisor with a virtually unlimited amount of resources.

Apparently the Raspberry Pi Model B+ does not have enough power to keep the browser running…

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