This document will show you how to create snapshots of Portworx volumes and how you can clone those snapshots to use them in pods.
Note: The suggested way to manage snapshots on Kuberenetes is to use STORK. If you are looking to create Portworx snapshots using PVC annotations, you will find instructions here.
This requires that you already have STORK installed and running on your Kubernetes cluster. If you fetched the Portworx specs from https://install.portworx.com and used the default options, STORK is already installed.
With local snapshots, you can either snapshot individual PVCs one by one or snapshot a group of PVCs by using a selector or a group ID.
Creating PVCs from snapshots
When you install STORK, it also creates a storage class called stork-snapshot-sc. This storage class can be used to create PVCs from snapshots.
To create a PVC from a snapshot, you would add the
snapshot.alpha.kubernetes.io/snapshot annotation to refer to the snapshot name.
For the above snapshot, the spec would like this:
apiVersion: v1 kind: PersistentVolumeClaim metadata: name: mysql-snap-clone annotations: snapshot.alpha.kubernetes.io/snapshot: mysql-snapshot spec: accessModes: - ReadWriteOnce storageClassName: stork-snapshot-sc resources: requests: storage: 2Gi
Once you apply the above spec you will see a PVC created by STORK. This PVC will be backed by a Portworx volume clone of the snapshot created above.
$ kubectl get pvc NAMESPACE NAME STATUS VOLUME CAPACITY ACCESS MODES STORAGECLASS AGE default mysql-data Bound pvc-f782bf5c-20e7-11e8-931d-0214683e8447 2Gi RWO px-mysql-sc 2d default mysql-snap-clone Bound pvc-05d3ce48-2280-11e8-98cc-0214683e8447 2Gi RWO stork-snapshot-sc 2s
If you had taken snapshots of a group of PVCs, the process is the same as above. So corresponding to each volumesnapshot, you will create a PVC.