Frequently Asked Questions

Functionality

Yes. Be sure to study the accompanying blog post, the video description of the work to be performed during the lab, and the slides provided with each lab.

All Labs consists of two sections: an initial series of review points on Lab concepts followed by challenge questions and a hands-on exercise, during which you will enter actual Kubernetes commands to get specified results. Both sections are approximately 30 minutes long. Your time may vary depending on your level of expertise.

An individual incremental step in a Lab. A challenge comes with a concrete assignment. You must complete the challenge to continue to the next step.

Quizzes are a great way to test the knowledge you acquired by reading the background material from the challenge. A quiz will suggest several possible answers and requires a correct answer before you can continue to the next challenge. Note that more than 1 answer may be correct.

No, but we recommend that you start from Lab 1, which will help you understand basic Kubernetes concepts.  The labs are structured to build upon each other, so following them in order is a good idea.

Labs should be followed through to completion in one sitting. If you leave the lab and the timer expires, you will lose progress in the lab. All the labs are timed for approximately 1 hour. You can always pick up where you left off within this time.

Make sure you complete the lab by clicking on the Finish button in the final step. Once you complete the Lab, check the badges you have received in your profile section of the learning site.

If you encounter a technical issue, please contact our Support Team at learning@kasten.io.

If you are stuck on a challenge question, please click on the notes icon on the top right corner and go through the precursory notes to see if you have missed any concepts.

If you are in the hands-on section of a lab, make sure you have not missed any steps in the lab instructions.

If you are still struggling, please send us an email learning@kasten.io to clarify any doubts about the concepts.

You can also use the skip function to move forward with the Labs.

System Requirements

  • Knowledge of basic Linux commands and navigation
  • Exposure to VMs
  • A laptop with 4 GB of memory and 20 GB of drive space available
  • Window 10 Pro, macOS, Ubuntu for your favorite Linux distribution

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Additional Resources

Please go to the "Resources" tab of the learning.kasten.io site to access a variety of other Kubernetes learning resources.

You can always contact us at learning@kasten.io or join our Slack community.

We are producing new and interesting labs frequently; subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

If you like reading, navigate to the resources section of the kasten.io website to get informational ebooks, whitepapers and much more.

https://www.kasten.io/kubernetes/resources

You will be awarded a unique badge once you complete a Lab. You can view and share this badge on social media by navigating to the Available Badges section on the learning site’s user profile: https://learning.kasten.io/profile/.

You can start learning about K10 backups with our hands-on lab for Application consistency (Lab 4). Once you have completed the Lab, use the Kasten K10 documentation to learn more about Kasten K10 backups: https://docs.kasten.io/latest/usage/configuration.html

The Labs are running on limited resources and are designed to work within the constraints of the Lab instructions.

Lab Concepts

Kasten K10 provides enterprise operations teams with an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure system for backup/restore, disaster recovery, and mobility of Kubernetes applications. 

Policies: To protect an application with Kasten K10, you must create a policy. Policies center around the execution of actions, and to protect an application, you have to define a snapshot action in “Create New Policy” in the “Policies” section of Kasten K10.

Profiles: Kasten K10 usually invokes protection operations such as snapshots within a cluster, without additional credentials. This might be sufficient on a major public cloud but the actions are limited to a single cluster. Profiles provide ways to configure external storage, enabling cross-cluster migrations.


Kasten K10 support multiple external storage providers:

  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Azure Storage
  • Amazon S3
  • S3 Compatible storage
  • NFS storage

Exported backups are created by backup policy export action. The export action is part of the policy and is executed following a backup action. The location of the exported backups is configured using location profiles.

Kanister is an OpenSource extensible framework for application-level data management on Kubernetes. It allows domain experts to define application-specific data management workflows through Kubernetes API extensions. Kanister makes it easy to integrate your application's data with your storage infrastructure.

Kanister is an extensible open-source framework developed by Veeam, and the Kasten K10 platform uses it. It allows domain experts to capture application-specific data management tasks in blueprints that can be easily shared and extended.

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