[Gluster-users] upgrade best practices

Soumya Koduri skoduri at redhat.com
Sun Mar 31 17:31:58 UTC 2019

On 3/29/19 10:39 PM, Poornima Gurusiddaiah wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 10:03 PM Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com 
> <mailto:jim.kinney at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Currently running 3.12 on Centos 7.6. Doing cleanups on split-brain
>     and out of sync, need heal files.
>     We need to migrate the three replica servers to gluster v. 5 or 6.
>     Also will need to upgrade about 80 clients as well. Given that a
>     complete removal of gluster will not touch the 200+TB of data on 12
>     volumes, we are looking at doing that process, Stop all clients,
>     stop all glusterd services, remove all of it, install new version,
>     setup new volumes from old bricks, install new clients, mount
>     everything.
>     We would like to get some better performance from nfs-ganesha mounts
>     but that doesn't look like an option (not done any parameter tweaks
>     in testing yet). At a bare minimum, we would like to minimize the
>     total downtime of all systems.

Could you please be more specific here? As in are you looking for better 
performance during upgrade process or in general? Compared to 3.12, 
there are lot of perf improvements done in both glusterfs and esp., 
nfs-ganesha (latest stable - V2.7.x) stack. If you could provide more 
information about your workloads (for eg., large-file,small-files, 
metadata-intensive) , we can make some recommendations wrt to configuration.


>     Does this process make more sense than a version upgrade process to
>     4.1, then 5, then 6? What "gotcha's" do I need to be ready for? I
>     have until late May to prep and test on old, slow hardware with a
>     small amount of files and volumes.
> You can directly upgrade from 3.12 to 6.x. I would suggest that rather 
> than deleting and creating Gluster volume. +Hari and +Sanju for further 
> guidelines on upgrade, as they recently did upgrade tests. +Soumya to 
> add to the nfs-ganesha aspect.
> Regards,
> Poornima
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