Kubernetes Upgrades

How do I start a Kubernetes Version Upgrade?

To upgrade to a more recent Kubernetes version you have to press the "Upgrade Kubernetes" button in the cluster's context menu. Afterwards choose the Kubernetes version you want to upgrade to and press "Upgrade" in the modal to start the upgrade.


What will be upgraded?

On the master node(s)

On master and worker node(s)

Also the cluster services in kube-system namespace will be upgraded.

How is the Upgrade performed?

The nodes are upgraded one by one. It will start with the master node(s). Afterwards the worker nodes of the default-worker nodegroup are upgraded. After that all the extra worker nodegroups are upgraded.

Important: Each node will be drained during the upgrade, which means that all the pods on a node are evicted and rescheduled. Make sure to have enough resources left in your cluster so that pods can be rescheduled quickly on other nodes.

How long will the upgrade take?

The Upgrade takes 5 to 10 minutes per node.

Where can I get help for Kubernetes upgrades?

You should always consider to get a MyEngineer involved if you upgrade one of your NWS Kubernetes clusters, especially on production clusters. Our support can help you to detect breaking changes you will run into when upgrading. With the help of MyEngineer you can keep upgrade related downtimes as low as possible.

Operating System Updates

To configure automatic OS Upgrades for your Kubernetes nodes, you have to click on "Update Operating System" in the cluster's context menu.

The upgrades are orchestrated by zincati. You get to choose between immediate, periodic and lock-based upgrades. Keep in mind that your nodes will be rebooted if an upgrade takes place. Take a look at the zincati documentation for further explanations.

We maintain our own FCOS updates graph to be able to test the official releases before making them available to you.

Revision #10
Created 21 October 2022 06:59:27 by Sebastian Saemann
Updated 6 March 2023 16:06:51 by Dominik Seidel