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You install the OpenShift API for Data Protection (OADP) with Microsoft Azure by installing the OADP Operator. The Operator installs Velero 1.9.

Starting from OADP 1.0.4, all OADP 1.0.z versions can only be used as a dependency of the MTC Operator and are not available as a standalone Operator.

You configure Azure for Velero, create a default Secret, and then install the Data Protection Application.

To install the OADP Operator in a restricted network environment, you must first disable the default OperatorHub sources and mirror the Operator catalog. See Using Operator Lifecycle Manager on restricted networks for details.

Installing the OADP Operator

You install the OpenShift API for Data Protection (OADP) Operator on OpenShift Container Platform 4.11 by using Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM).

The OADP Operator installs Velero 1.9.

Prerequisites
  • You must be logged in as a user with cluster-admin privileges.

Procedure
  1. In the OpenShift Container Platform web console, click OperatorsOperatorHub.

  2. Use the Filter by keyword field to find the OADP Operator.

  3. Select the OADP Operator and click Install.

  4. Click Install to install the Operator in the openshift-adp project.

  5. Click OperatorsInstalled Operators to verify the installation.

Configuring Microsoft Azure

You configure a Microsoft Azure for the OpenShift API for Data Protection (OADP).

Prerequisites
Procedure
  1. Log in to Azure:

    $ az login
  2. Set the AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP variable:

    $ AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP=Velero_Backups
  3. Create an Azure resource group:

    $ az group create -n $AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP --location CentralUS (1)
    1 Specify your location.
  4. Set the AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ID variable:

    $ AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ID="velero$(uuidgen | cut -d '-' -f5 | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]')"
  5. Create an Azure storage account:

    $ az storage account create \
        --name $AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ID \
        --resource-group $AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP \
        --sku Standard_GRS \
        --encryption-services blob \
        --https-only true \
        --kind BlobStorage \
        --access-tier Hot
  6. Set the BLOB_CONTAINER variable:

    $ BLOB_CONTAINER=velero
  7. Create an Azure Blob storage container:

    $ az storage container create \
      -n $BLOB_CONTAINER \
      --public-access off \
      --account-name $AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ID
  8. Obtain the storage account access key:

    $ AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ACCESS_KEY=`az storage account keys list \
      --account-name $AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ID \
      --query "[?keyName == 'key1'].value" -o tsv`
  9. Create a custom role that has the minimum required permissions:

    AZURE_ROLE=Velero
    az role definition create --role-definition '{
       "Name": "'$AZURE_ROLE'",
       "Description": "Velero related permissions to perform backups, restores and deletions",
       "Actions": [
           "Microsoft.Compute/disks/read",
           "Microsoft.Compute/disks/write",
           "Microsoft.Compute/disks/endGetAccess/action",
           "Microsoft.Compute/disks/beginGetAccess/action",
           "Microsoft.Compute/snapshots/read",
           "Microsoft.Compute/snapshots/write",
           "Microsoft.Compute/snapshots/delete",
           "Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts/listkeys/action",
           "Microsoft.Storage/storageAccounts/regeneratekey/action"
       ],
       "AssignableScopes": ["/subscriptions/'$AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID'"]
       }'
  10. Create a credentials-velero file:

    $ cat << EOF > ./credentials-velero
    AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID=${AZURE_SUBSCRIPTION_ID}
    AZURE_TENANT_ID=${AZURE_TENANT_ID}
    AZURE_CLIENT_ID=${AZURE_CLIENT_ID}
    AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET=${AZURE_CLIENT_SECRET}
    AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP=${AZURE_RESOURCE_GROUP}
    AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ACCESS_KEY=${AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ACCESS_KEY} (1)
    AZURE_CLOUD_NAME=AzurePublicCloud
    EOF
    1 Mandatory. You cannot back up internal images if the credentials-velero file contains only the service principal credentials.

    You use the credentials-velero file to create a Secret object for Azure before you install the Data Protection Application.

About backup and snapshot locations and their secrets

You specify backup and snapshot locations and their secrets in the DataProtectionApplication custom resource (CR).

Backup locations

You specify S3-compatible object storage, such as Multicloud Object Gateway, Noobaa, or Minio, as a backup location.

Velero backs up OpenShift Container Platform resources, Kubernetes objects, and internal images as an archive file on object storage.

Snapshot locations

If you use your cloud provider’s native snapshot API to back up persistent volumes, you must specify the cloud provider as the snapshot location.

If you use Container Storage Interface (CSI) snapshots, you do not need to specify a snapshot location because you will create a VolumeSnapshotClass CR to register the CSI driver.

If you use Restic, you do not need to specify a snapshot location because Restic backs up the file system on object storage.

Secrets

If the backup and snapshot locations use the same credentials or if you do not require a snapshot location, you create a default Secret.

If the backup and snapshot locations use different credentials, you create two secret objects:

  • Custom Secret for the backup location, which you specify in the DataProtectionApplication CR.

  • Default Secret for the snapshot location, which is not referenced in the DataProtectionApplication CR.

The Data Protection Application requires a default Secret. Otherwise, the installation will fail.

If you do not want to specify backup or snapshot locations during the installation, you can create a default Secret with an empty credentials-velero file.

Creating a default Secret

You create a default Secret if your backup and snapshot locations use the same credentials or if you do not require a snapshot location.

The default name of the Secret is cloud-credentials-azure.

The DataProtectionApplication custom resource (CR) requires a default Secret. Otherwise, the installation will fail. If the name of the backup location Secret is not specified, the default name is used.

If you do not want to use the backup location credentials during the installation, you can create a Secret with the default name by using an empty credentials-velero file.

Prerequisites
  • Your object storage and cloud storage, if any, must use the same credentials.

  • You must configure object storage for Velero.

  • You must create a credentials-velero file for the object storage in the appropriate format.

Procedure
  • Create a Secret with the default name:

    $ oc create secret generic cloud-credentials-azure -n openshift-adp --from-file cloud=credentials-velero

The Secret is referenced in the spec.backupLocations.credential block of the DataProtectionApplication CR when you install the Data Protection Application.

Creating secrets for different credentials

If your backup and snapshot locations use different credentials, you must create two Secret objects:

  • Backup location Secret with a custom name. The custom name is specified in the spec.backupLocations block of the DataProtectionApplication custom resource (CR).

  • Snapshot location Secret with the default name, cloud-credentials-azure. This Secret is not specified in the DataProtectionApplication CR.

Procedure
  1. Create a credentials-velero file for the snapshot location in the appropriate format for your cloud provider.

  2. Create a Secret for the snapshot location with the default name:

    $ oc create secret generic cloud-credentials-azure -n openshift-adp --from-file cloud=credentials-velero
  3. Create a credentials-velero file for the backup location in the appropriate format for your object storage.

  4. Create a Secret for the backup location with a custom name:

    $ oc create secret generic <custom_secret> -n openshift-adp --from-file cloud=credentials-velero
  5. Add the Secret with the custom name to the DataProtectionApplication CR, as in the following example:

    apiVersion: oadp.openshift.io/v1alpha1
    kind: DataProtectionApplication
    metadata:
      name: <dpa_sample>
      namespace: openshift-adp
    spec:
    ...
      backupLocations:
        - velero:
            config:
              resourceGroup: <azure_resource_group>
              storageAccount: <azure_storage_account_id>
              subscriptionId: <azure_subscription_id>
              storageAccountKeyEnvVar: AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_ACCESS_KEY
            credential:
              key: cloud
              name: <custom_secret> (1)
            provider: azure
            default: true
            objectStorage:
              bucket: <bucket_name>
              prefix: <prefix>
      snapshotLocations:
        - velero:
            config:
              resourceGroup: <azure_resource_group>
              subscriptionId