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berndgsflinux
01-Oct-2019, 16:38
Hi,
i have a two-node HA-Cluster(pacemaker, corosync) with SLES 12 SP4.
I'm thinking of upgrading to SLES 15 SP1 because of the more recent pacemaker and corosync Software.
I'd like to avoid a fresh install because it takes considerable time. On the other hand i always preferred fresh installations and only upgraded from SPx to SPy, but never to a new Major Release. What are your experiences ? Suse itself isn't certain what to do. They recommend to do a fresh installation for a new Major Release, but the Upgrade-Path from 12 SP4 to 15 SP1 is supported. Does anyone tried a Upgrade installation ?

Thanks.

Bernd

strahil-nikolov-dxc
04-Oct-2019, 03:30
Due to the differences in the corosync/pacemaker stack I would recommend a fresh install.
Theoretically it could work with an upgrade, but as Clusters host critical applications - you never want to deal with unexpected migration side-effects.

I was thinking about a rolling upgrade - but I'm not sure if the new stack can connect to the old one. Still, you can test that on a test cluster and give feedback.
Maybe your app is custom and will work without any modification on both SLES 12 & SLES 15. In such case that is also possible (if the old corosync can talk to the new one) and will reduce downtime (just a resource/group failover).