Apache Ambari Upgrade
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Perform Express Upgrade

  1. Ambari checks that your cluster meets prerequisites. A dialog displays the results:

    1. If any required prerequisites are not met, the result displays an error.

      You cannot proceed with the upgrade until you make the appropriate corrections and return to Perform Upgrade again.

    2. If any optional prerequisites are not met, the result displays a warning.

      You may proceed with the upgrade.

    3. Ambari displays a list of configuration changes that occur during the upgrade.

  2. When the prerequisite checks complete, the upgrade starts. The time required to perform the upgrade depends on many factors. As part of the upgrade process, each component in the cluster restarts in a serial fashion. The stop/start times contribute to the total upgrade time.

  3. The upgrade process includes the following stages. Some stages require that you complete an action during normal operation.

    If any stage fails, the upgrade stops and prompts you for action.



    Action Required

    Prepare Upgrade

    You should stop all YARN queues, all long-running applications on Slider, and deactivate & kill all running Storm topologies.

    Perform the actions to prepare for the upgrade.

    Stop Components for High-Level Services

    This will stop all components for High-Level Services. This includes all master components except those of HDFS, HBase, ZooKeeper and Ranger.


    Perform Backups

    This step prompts you to confirm that you have taken proper backups before proceeding.

    You must acknowledge the prompt for database backups.

    Stop Components for Core Service

    Stops all components with HDFS, HBase, ZooKeeper and Ranger.


    Update Target Stack

    Updates the stack version in Ambari to the target version. There is no downgrade past this point.


    Update Service Configs

    Updates (i.e. transfers or replaces) any configurations that are necessary for the upgrade.


    Restart Components

    Restarts all core components such as ZooKeeper, Ranger, HDFS, YARN, MapReduce2 and various Clients (Tez, Pig, Sqoop).


    All Service Checks

    All Service Checks are performed against the cluster.

    Any service check that fails prompts you to Ignore and Continue, Downgrade or Retry. If you selected the Skip all Service Check failures option, you will only be prompted when all Service Checks complete.

    Restart Components

    Restarts the remaining components such as Oozie, Falcon, Hive, Spark and others.


    Set Version on All HostsSets the HDP version on all hosts to the target HDP version.None

    Finalize Upgrade Pre-Check

    Checks if any hosts were not upgraded, either because the host was in Maintenance Mode, or one or more components on the host failed to upgrade (and were skipped).

    Click the list that displays # hosts for details on the hosts (and their components) that are not upgraded. You can Pause Upgrade, delete the hosts and return to finalize.

    Finalize Upgrade

    The component upgrades are complete. You are presented the option to Finalize, which when selected, completes the upgrade process + saves the cluster state.

    Prompted to Finalize or Finalize Later or Downgrade.

  4. When the rolling upgrade stages complete, may choose to Finalize the upgrade, to Finalize Later or to Downgrade. Finalizing later gives you a chance to perform more validation on the cluster. Downgrade moves the cluster version back to the previous version (basically: reverses the upgrade process stages). Once finalized, you cannot downgrade back to the previous version.


    If you choose to finalize later, both versions will be listed on the Stack and Versions tab with the starting version displaying as Current. It is not until you finalize that Ambari makes the target version the current version. Also, until you finalize, you will not be able to perform operational changes to the cluster (such as move components, change configurations, etc).

  5. Click Finalize to complete the express upgrade process.

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