Resetting a Machine
From time to time, it may be beneficial to reset a Talos machine to its “original” state. Bear in mind that this is a destructive action for the given machine. Doing this means removing the machine from Kubernetes, Etcd (if applicable), and clears any data on the machine that would normally persist a reboot.
WARNING: Running a
talosctl reseton cloud VM’s might result in the VM being unable to boot as this wipes the entire disk. It might be more useful to just wipe the STATE and EPHEMERAL partitions on a cloud VM if not booting via
talosctl reset --system-labels-to-wipe STATE --system-labels-to-wipe EPHEMERAL
The API command for doing this is
There are a couple of flags as part of this command:
Flags: --graceful if true, attempt to cordon/drain node and leave etcd (if applicable) (default true) --reboot if true, reboot the node after resetting instead of shutting down --system-labels-to-wipe strings if set, just wipe selected system disk partitions by label but keep other partitions intact keep other partitions intact
graceful flag is especially important when considering HA vs. non-HA Talos clusters.
If the machine is part of an HA cluster, a normal, graceful reset should work just fine right out of the box as long as the cluster is in a good state.
However, if this is a single node cluster being used for testing purposes, a graceful reset is not an option since Etcd cannot be “left” if there is only a single member.
In this case, reset should be used with
--graceful=false to skip performing checks that would normally block the reset.
Another way to reset a machine is to specify
talos.experimental.wipe=system kernel parameter.
If the machine got stuck in the boot loop and you access to the console you can use GRUB to specify this kernel argument.
Then when Talos boots for the next time it will reset system disk and reboot.
Next steps can be to install Talos either using PXE boot or by mounting an ISO.