Perform an Orchestrated UpgradeΒΆ

You can perform a partially orchestrated Upgrade of a StarlingX system using the CLI and Horizon Web interface. Upgrade and stability of the initial controller node must be done manually before using upgrade orchestration to orchestrate the remaining nodes of the StarlingX.

About this task


Management-affecting alarms cannot be ignored at the indicated severity level or higher by using relaxed alarm rules during an orchestrated upgrade operation. For a list of management-affecting alarms, see StarlingX Fault Management: Alarm Messages. To display management-affecting active alarms, use the following command:

~(keystone_admin)]$ fm alarm-list --mgmt_affecting

During an orchestrated upgrade, the following alarms are ignored even when strict restrictions are selected:

  • 750.006, Generic alarm for any platform-managed applications as they are auto-applied

  • 900.005, Upgrade in progress

  • 900.201, Software upgrade auto apply in progress


See Upgrading All-in-One Duplex / Standard, and perform Steps 1-8, to manually upgrade the initial controller node before doing the upgrade orchestration described below to upgrade the remaining nodes of the StarlingX system.


  1. Select Platform > Software Management, then select the Upgrade Orchestration tab.

  2. Click the Create Strategy button.

    The Create Strategy dialog appears.

  3. Create an upgrade strategy by specifying settings for the parameters in the Create Strategy dialog box.

    Create an upgrade strategy, specifying the following parameters:

    • storage-apply-type:

      serial (default)

      Storage hosts will be upgraded one at a time.


      Storage hosts will be upgraded in parallel, ensuring that only one storage node in each replication group is upgraded at a time.


      Storage hosts will not be upgraded.

    • worker-apply-type:

      serial (default):

      Worker hosts will be upgraded one at a time.


      Worker hosts will be upgraded in parallel, ensuring that:

      • At most max-parallel-worker-hosts (see below) worker hosts will be upgraded at the same time.

      • At most half of the hosts in a host aggregate will be upgraded at the same time.

      • Worker hosts with no application pods are upgraded before worker hosts with application pods.


      Worker hosts will not be upgraded.


      Specify the maximum worker hosts to upgrade in parallel (minimum: 2, maximum: 10).


      For a maximum worker hosts condition in a Standard configuration (50), the value shall be at the maximum 2, which represents the minimum value.


      This option lets you specify how upgrade orchestration behaves when alarms are present.

      You can use the CLI command fm alarm-list --mgmt_affecting to view the alarms that are management affecting.


      The default strict option will result in upgrade orchestration failing if there are any alarms present in the system (except for a small list of alarms).


      This option allows orchestration to proceed if alarms are present, as long as none of these alarms are management affecting.

  4. Click Create Strategy to save the upgrade orchestration strategy.

    The upgrade strategy consists of one or more stages, which consist of one or more hosts to be upgraded at the same time. Each stage will be split into steps (for example, query-alarms, lock-hosts, upgrade-hosts). Following are some notes about stages:

    • Controller-0 is upgraded first, followed by storage hosts and then worker hosts.

    • Worker hosts with no application pods are upgraded before worker hosts with application pods.

    • Pods will be moved off each worker host before it is upgraded.

    • The final step in each stage is one of:


      This waits for a period of time (up to several minutes) and ensures that the system is free of alarms. This ensures that we do not continue to upgrade more hosts if the upgrade has caused an issue resulting in an alarm.


      This waits for a period of time (up to many hours) and ensures that data synchronization has completed after the upgrade of a controller or storage node.

    Examine the upgrade strategy. Pay careful attention to:

    • The sets of hosts that will be upgraded together in each stage.

    • The sets of pods that will be impacted in each stage.


      It is likely that as each stage is applied, application pods will be relocated to worker hosts that have not yet been upgraded. That means that later stages will be migrating more pods than those originally listed in the upgrade strategy. The upgrade strategy is NOT updated, but any additional pods on each worker host will be relocated before it is upgraded.

  5. Apply the upgrade strategy. You can optionally apply a single stage at a time.

    While an upgrade strategy is being applied, it can be aborted. This results in:

    • The current step will be allowed to complete.

    • If necessary an abort phase will be created and applied, which will attempt to unlock any hosts that were locked.

    After an upgrade strategy has been applied (or aborted) it must be deleted before another upgrade strategy can be created. If an upgrade strategy application fails, you must address the issue that caused the failure, then delete/re-create the strategy before attempting to apply it again.

For more information, see: Perform an Orchestrated Upgrade Using the CLI