Operational procedures

This section describes common operations to be performed on operational clusters.

Reboot procedures

The general procedure to reboot a service is as follows:

The method for checking health is different for each service type, you can find a list of those methods here.

The method to reset a service is the same for most services, except for restund, for which the procedure is different, and can be found here.

For other (non-restund) services, the procedure is as follows:

Assuming in this example you are trying to reboot a minio server, follow these steps:

First, check the health of the services.

Second, reboot the services:

ssh -t <ip of minio node> sudo reboot

Third, wait until the service is up again by trying to connect to it via SSH :

ssh -o 'ConnectionAttempts 3600' <ip of minio node> exit

(ConnectionAttempts will make it so it attempts to connect until the host is actually Up and the connection is succesful)

Fourth, check the health of the service again.

Health checks

This is a list of the health-checking procedures currently documented, for different service types:

To check the health of different services not listed here, see the documentation for that specific project, or ask your Wire contact.


If a service is running inside a Kubernetes pod, checking its health is easy: if the pod is running, it is healthy. A non-healthy pod will stop running, and will be shown as such.

Draining pods from a node for maintainance

You might want to remove («drain») all pods from a specific node/server, so you can do maintainance work on it, without disrupting the entire cluster.

If you want to do this, you should follow the procudure found at: https://kubernetes.io/docs/tasks/administer-cluster/safely-drain-node/

In short, the procedure is essentially:

First, identify the name of the node you wish to drain. You can list all of the nodes in your cluster with

kubectl get nodes

Next, tell Kubernetes to drain the node:

kubectl drain <node name>

Once it returns (without giving an error), you can power down the node (or equivalently, if on a cloud platform, delete the virtual machine backing the node). If you leave the node in the cluster during the maintenance operation, you need to run

kubectl uncordon <node name>

afterwards to tell Kubernetes that it can resume scheduling new pods onto the node.