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Life cycle policies and planning

To plan an upgrade, review the Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS update life cycle. The life cycle page includes release definitions, support and upgrade requirements, installation policy information and life cycle dates.

Upgrading a ROSA cluster

There are three methods to upgrade Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) clusters:

For steps to upgrade a ROSA cluster that uses the AWS Security Token Service (STS), see Upgrading ROSA clusters with STS.

Upgrading with the rosa CLI

You can upgrade a Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS cluster manually by using the rosa CLI.

This method schedules the cluster for an immediate upgrade, if a more recent version is available.

Prerequisites
  • You have installed and configured the latest ROSA CLI on your installation host.

Procedure
  1. To verify the current version of your cluster, enter the following command:

    $ rosa describe cluster --cluster=<cluster_name|cluster_id> (1)
    1 Replace <cluster_name|cluster_id> with the cluster name or the ID of the cluster.
  2. To verify that an upgrade is available, enter the following command:

    $ rosa list upgrade --cluster=<cluster_name|cluster_id>

    The command returns a list of versions to which the cluster can be upgraded, including a recommended version.

  3. To upgrade a cluster to the latest available version, enter the following command:

    $ rosa upgrade cluster --cluster=<cluster_name|cluster_id>

    The cluster is scheduled for an immediate upgrade. This action can take an hour or longer, depending on your workload configuration, such as pod disruption budgets.

    You will receive an email when the upgrade is complete. You can also check the status by running rosa describe cluster again from the rosa CLI or view the status in OpenShift Cluster Manager console.

Scheduling individual upgrades through the OpenShift Cluster Manager console

You can schedule upgrades for a Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS cluster manually one time by using OpenShift Cluster Manager console.

Procedure
  1. Log in to OpenShift Cluster Manager.

  2. Select a cluster to upgrade.

  3. Click the Settings tab.

  4. In the Update strategy pane, select Individual Updates.

  5. Select the version you want to upgrade your cluster to. Recommended cluster upgrades appear in the UI.

  6. If you select an update version that requires approval, provide an administrator’s acknowledgment and click Approve and continue.

    For information about administrator acknowledgment, see Administrator acknowledgment when upgrading to OpenShift 4.9.

  7. In the Node draining pane, select a grace period interval from the list. The grace period enables the nodes to gracefully drain before forcing the pod eviction. The default is 1 hour.

  8. In the Update strategy pane, click Save to apply your update strategy.

  9. In the Update status pane, review the Update available information and click Update.

    The Update button is enabled only when an upgrade is available.

  10. In the Select version dialog, choose a target upgrade version and click Next.

  11. In the Schedule update dialog, schedule your cluster upgrade.

    • To upgrade within an hour, select Update now and click Next.

    • To upgrade at a later time, select Schedule a different time and set a time and date for your upgrade. Click Next to proceed to the confirmation dialog.

  12. After reviewing the version and schedule summary, select Confirm update.

    The cluster is scheduled for an upgrade to the target version. This action can take an hour or longer, depending on the selected upgrade schedule and your workload configuration, such as pod disruption budgets.

    The status is displayed in the Update status pane.

Scheduling recurring upgrades for your cluster

You can schedule recurring, automatic upgrades for z-stream patch versions for your Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS cluster through the OpenShift Cluster Manager console.

Procedure
  1. Log in to OpenShift Cluster Manager.

  2. Select a cluster to upgrade.

  3. Click the Settings tab.

  4. In the Update strategy pane, select Recurring updates.

  5. Select a preferred day of the week and start time for the upgrade, when updates are available.

  6. Provide an administrator’s acknowledgment and click Approve and continue. OpenShift Cluster Manager does not start scheduled y-stream updates for minor versions without receiving an administrator’s acknowledgment.

    For information about administrator acknowledgment, see Administrator acknowledgment when upgrading to OpenShift 4.9.

  7. In the Node draining pane, select a grace period interval from the list. The grace period enables the nodes to gracefully drain before forcing the pod eviction. The default is 1 hour.

  8. In the Update strategy pane, click Save to apply your update strategy.

    When upgrades are available, they are automatically applied to the cluster on the preferred day of the week and start time.