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Restore Data from PV

This document describes how to restore the TiDB cluster data backed up using TiDB Operator on Kubernetes. PVs in this documentation can be any Kubernetes supported PV types. This document shows how to restore data from NFS to TiDB.

The restore method described in this document is implemented based on CustomResourceDefinition (CRD) in TiDB Operator. For the underlying implementation, BR is used to restore the data. BR stands for Backup & Restore, which is a command-line tool for distributed backup and recovery of the TiDB cluster data.

Usage scenarios

After backing up TiDB cluster data to PVs using BR, if you need to recover the backup SST (key-value pairs) files from PVs to a TiDB cluster, you can follow steps in this document to restore the data using BR.

Step 1: Prepare the restore environment

Before restoring backup data on PVs to TiDB using BR, take the following steps to prepare the restore environment:

  1. Download backup-rbac.yaml.

  2. Execute the following command to create the role-based access control (RBAC) resources in the test2 namespace:

    kubectl apply -f backup-rbac.yaml -n test2
  3. Make sure that the NFS server is accessible from your Kubernetes cluster.

  4. For a TiDB version earlier than v4.0.8, you also need to complete the following preparation steps. For TiDB v4.0.8 or a later version, skip these preparation steps.

    1. Make sure that you have the SELECT and UPDATE privileges on the mysql.tidb table of the target database so that the Restore CR can adjust the GC time before and after the restore.

    2. Create the restore-demo2-tidb-secret secret to store the account and password to access the TiDB cluster:

      kubectl create secret generic restore-demo2-tidb-secret --from-literal=user=root --from-literal=password=<password> --namespace=test2

Step 2: Restore the backup data to a TiDB cluster

  1. Create the Restore custom resource (CR), and restore the specified data to your cluster:

    kubectl apply -f restore.yaml

    The content of the restore.yaml file is as follows:

    --- apiVersion: kind: Restore metadata: name: demo2-restore-nfs namespace: test2 spec: # backupType: full br: cluster: demo2 clusterNamespace: test2 # logLevel: info # statusAddr: ${status-addr} # concurrency: 4 # rateLimit: 0 # checksum: true # # Only needed for TiDB Operator < v1.1.10 or TiDB < v4.0.8 # to: # host: ${tidb_host} # port: ${tidb_port} # user: ${tidb_user} # secretName: restore-demo2-tidb-secret local: prefix: backup-nfs volume: name: nfs nfs: server: ${nfs_server_if} path: /nfs volumeMount: name: nfs mountPath: /nfs

    When configuring restore.yaml, note the following:

    • The example above restores data from the local://${.spec.local.volume.nfs.path}/${.spec.local.prefix}/ directory on NFS to the demo2 TiDB cluster in the test2 namespace. For more information about PV configuration, refer to Local storage fields.

    • Some parameters in are optional, such as logLevel, statusAddr, concurrency, rateLimit, checksum, timeAgo, and sendCredToTikv. For more information about, refer to BR fields.

    • For v4.0.8 or a later version, BR can automatically adjust tikv_gc_life_time. You do not need to configure the field in the Restore CR.

    • For more information about the Restore CR fields, refer to Restore CR fields.

  2. After creating the Restore CR, execute the following command to check the restore status:

    kubectl get rt -n test2 -owide


If you encounter any problem during the restore process, refer to Common Deployment Failures.

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