Upgrade Guide - Scylla 4.3 to 2021.1 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or CentOS 7¶
This document is a step by step procedure for upgrading from Scylla 4.3 to Scylla Enterprise 2021.1, and rollback to 4.3 if required.
This guide covers upgrading Scylla from the following versions: 4.3.x to Scylla Enterprise version 2021.1.y, on the following platforms:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, version 7 and later
CentOS, version 7 and later
No longer provide packages for Fedora
Before upgrading to 2020.1, make sure to use Scylla Monitoring 3.3 or newer for the 2020.1 Dashboards.
Execute the following commands one node at the time, moving to the next node only after the upgrade procedure completed successfully.
If you are using CDC and upgrading Scylla 4.3 to 4.4, please review the API updates in querying CDC streams and CDC stream generations. In particular, you should update applications that use CDC according to CDC Upgrade notes before upgrading the cluster to 4.4.
If you are using CDC and upgrading from pre 4.3 version to 4.3, note the upgrading from experimental CDC.
A Scylla upgrade is a rolling procedure which does not require full cluster shutdown. For each of the nodes in the cluster, serially (i.e. one at a time), you will:
Check cluster schema
Drain node and backup the data
Backup configuration file
Download and install new Scylla packages
Validate that the upgrade was successful
Apply the following procedure serially on each node. Do not move to the next node before validating the node is up and running with the new version.
During the rolling upgrade it is highly recommended:
Not to use new 2021.1 features
Not to run administration functions, like repairs, refresh, rebuild or add or remove nodes. See here for suspending Scylla Manager scheduled or running repairs.
Not to apply schema changes
Make sure that all nodes have the schema synched prior to upgrade, we won’t survive an upgrade that has schema disagreement between nodes.
Before any major procedure, like an upgrade, it is recommended to backup all the data to an external device. In Scylla, backup is done using the
nodetool snapshot command. For each node in the cluster, run the following command:
nodetool drain nodetool snapshot
Take note of the directory name that nodetool gives you, and copy all the directories having this name under
/var/lib/scylla to a backup device.
When the upgrade is complete (all nodes), the snapshot should be removed by
nodetool clearsnapshot -t <snapshot>, or you risk running out of space.
for conf in $( rpm -qc $(rpm -qa | grep scylla) | grep -v contains ); do sudo cp -v $conf $conf.backup-4.3; done
sudo systemctl stop scylla-server
Before upgrading, check what version you are running now using
rpm -qa | grep scylla-server. You should use the same version in case you want to rollback the upgrade. If you are not running a 4.3.x version, stop right here! This guide only covers 4.3.x to 2021.1.y upgrades.
Update the Scylla RPM Enterprise repo to 2021.1
sudo yum clean all sudo rm -rf /var/cache/yum sudo yum remove scylla\* sudo yum install scylla-enterprise for conf in $( rpm -qc $(rpm -qa | grep scylla) | grep -v contains ); do sudo cp -v $conf.backup-4.3 $conf; done
sudo systemctl start scylla-server
Check cluster status with
nodetool statusand make sure all nodes, including the one you just upgraded, are in UN status.
curl -X GET "http://localhost:10000/storage_service/scylla_release_version"to check scylla version.
journalctl _COMM=scyllato check there are no new errors in the log.
Check again after 2 minutes, to validate no new issues are introduced.
Once you are sure the node upgrade is successful, move to the next node in the cluster.
Execute the following commands one node at the time, moving to the next node only after the rollback procedure completed successfully.
The following procedure describes a rollback from Scylla Enterprise release 2021.1.x to 4.3.y. Apply this procedure if an upgrade from 4.3 to 2021.1 failed before completing on all nodes. Use this procedure only for nodes you upgraded to 2021.1
Scylla rollback is a rolling procedure which does not require full cluster shutdown. For each of the nodes rollback to 4.3, you will:
Drain the node and stop Scylla
Retrieve the old Scylla packages
Restore the configuration file
Validate the rollback success
nodetool drain sudo systemctl stop scylla-server
Remove the old repo file.
sudo rm -rf /etc/yum.repos.d/scylla.repo
Update the Scylla RPM repo to 4.3
sudo yum clean all sudo yum remove scylla\* sudo yum install scylla
for conf in $( rpm -qc $(rpm -qa | grep scylla) | grep -v contains ); do sudo cp -v $conf.backup-4.3 $conf; done
sudo systemctl start scylla-server
Check upgrade instruction above for validation. Once you are sure the node rollback is successful, move to the next node in the cluster.