Reset a Kubernetes cluster using Kubespray

Reset a Kubernetes cluster using Kubespray

Sometimes you have those “Ooopppssss” moments, when you realize what you did, wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I had that this morning, when I wanted to get rid of a failed Kubernetes installation of Kubestone, since the latest release had a bug.

My intention was to delete the clusterrolebindings that were created by the kubestone installation, for which I used the following command:

kubectl delete -n kubestone-system --all

When used for pods for example, this will delete all pods in the namespace kubestone-system, however clusterrolebindings are global… So executing this command removed all clusterrolebindings in my Kubernetes cluster, including those required by Kubernetes itself.


In the past I might just have thrown away the cluster and deployed a new one, however just for fun I wanted to see if I could do that easier.

Kubespray reset

After a bit of reading through Google, I found an article referencing the Kubespray reset.yml playbook. This will basically reset all nodes, remove all config and allow you to redeploy Kubernetes.

So I first executed the reset.yml playbook as follows:

ansible-playbook -i inventory/remko/hosts.yaml reset.yml --become --become-user=root

And then redeployed Kubernetes using the cluster.yml playbook.

ansible-playbook -i inventory/remko/hosts.yaml cluster.yml --become --become-user=root

After that I was back in action! Although I should note, that all pod, deployments, etc in the cluster were gone. However since this was a dev cluster, that didn’t matter much to me.

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