MAAS doesn't yet include specific tools to help with the backup and restoration of a working MAAS environment. As MAAS servers are obviously no different to the majority of other Linux-based servers, it's likely your current backup and disaster recovery solution will already include your MAAS environment.
However, as it's important to know which elements of MAAS are critical when restoring a previous deployment, we're going to briefly outline the process and its requirements below.
The following MAAS components on each region and rack controller need to be backed-up and restored to recreate a working environment:
- The PostgreSQL database
- The configuration files in
- The configuration files in
/var/lib/maas/boot-resources can safely be excluded as this contains images
easily re-downloaded within MAAS.
Other configuration files, such as those used by your network configuration
/etc/network/interfaces, for example) will need to be backed-up and restored
according to your specific deployment requirements.
This procedure assumes the region and rack controllers are on the same machine, that MAAS is installed on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial) and restoration will be to identical hardware, including the network configuration.
To backup your PostgreSQL database to a file called
dump.sql in your home
directories, enter the following:
sudo -u postgres pg_dumpall -c > ~/dump.sql
If you run the above
pg_dumpall process in the background, you can ensure
this has completed and that there are no other established sessions with the
sudo -u postgres psql -c "SELECT * FROM pg_stat_activity"
Running sessions, such as pg_dumpall, will appear in the
column of the output alongside
psql running the above
query. Excepting psql, if
application_name is empty you can safely stop
the database service.
Stop critical services
To avoid conflicting updates during a backup, stop the following services with
sudo systemctl stop <service> command:
Note: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty) users need to use Upstart's
service command rather than Systemd's
systemctl command for managing services.
Archive configuration files
Archive the database and the required configuration files with a command similar to the following:
sudo tar -cvpzf ~/backup.tgz /etc/maas /var/lib/maas ~/dump.sql
Make sure you move the resulting
backup.tgz to some external storage you can access when
restoring the system.
We've now backed-up all the components necessary to recreate a MAAS deployment, which we'll cover now.
With a fresh and updated installation of Ubuntu on identical hardware, where
MAAS has already been installed (
sudo apt install maas), stop the following
services (PostgreSQL needs to stay running):
Copy the backup file to the new machine and untar its contents (
sudo tar xvf
To restore the state of the database, enter the following from the backup directory:
sudo -u postgres psql -f dump.sql postgres
Next, copy across the old configuration files to their new locations, taking care to move the originals aside just in case:
sudo mv /etc/maas /etc/_maas; mv /var/lib/maas /var/lib/_maas sudo cp -rf etc/maas /etc/; cp -rf var/lib/maas /var/lib/
Note: Ensure the correct permissions are preserved when restoring files and directories.
If you have additional stand-alone rack controllers and a fresh installation
has regenerated the
/var/lib/maas/secret file, you'll need to make sure this
secret is updated on each rack controller to allow them to re-connect to the
newly restored region controller.
Now either restart your system(s) or the stopped services. You'll find your MAAS deployment fully restored.