Installing K10 on VMware vSphere


Before installing K10 on VMware vSphere, please ensure that the install prerequisites are met.

Persistent Volumes must be provisioned using the vSphere CSI provisioner or one of the other supported storage providers.

Installing K10

$ helm install k10 kasten/k10 --namespace=kasten-io

Creation of a vSphere Infrastructure Profile is required to backup volumes provisioned by the vSphere CSI driver. Additional information related to the management of vSphere volumes is also found in the same section.

If a Veeam Repository will be used to export snapshot data of vSphere CSI volumes then configuring Change Tracking on the nodes would enable more efficient incremental backups. Refer to this or later Knowledge Base articles for details.

Validating the Install

To validate that K10 has been installed properly, the following command can be run in K10's namespace (the install default is kasten-io) to watch for the status of all K10 pods:

$ kubectl get pods --namespace kasten-io --watch

It may take a couple of minutes for all pods to come up but all pods should ultimately display the status of Running.

$ kubectl get pods --namespace kasten-io
NAMESPACE     NAME                                    READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
kasten-io     aggregatedapis-svc-b45d98bb5-w54pr      1/1     Running   0          1m26s
kasten-io     auth-svc-8549fc9c59-9c9fb               1/1     Running   0          1m26s
kasten-io     catalog-svc-f64666fdf-5t5tv             2/2     Running   0          1m26s

In the unlikely scenario that pods that are stuck in any other state, please follow the support documentation to debug further.

Validate Dashboard Access

By default, the K10 dashboard will not be exposed externally. To establish a connection to it, use the following kubectl command to forward a local port to the K10 ingress port:

$ kubectl --namespace kasten-io port-forward service/gateway 8080:80

The K10 dashboard will be available at

For a complete list of options for accessing the Kasten K10 dashboard through a LoadBalancer, Ingress or OpenShift Route you can use the instructions here.