PLEASE NOTE: This document applies to v0.8 version and not to the latest stable release v1.9


    This guide will walk you through the manual steps to upgrade the software in a Rook cluster from one version to the next. Rook is a distributed software system and therefore there are multiple components to individually upgrade in the sequence defined in this guide. After each component is upgraded, it is important to verify that the cluster returns to a healthy and fully functional state.

    This guide is just the beginning of upgrade support in Rook. The goal is to provide prescriptive guidance and knowledge on how to upgrade a live Rook cluster and we hope to get valuable feedback from the community that will be incorporated into an automated upgrade solution by the Rook operator.

    We welcome feedback and opening issues!

    Supported Versions

    The supported version for this upgrade guide is from a 0.7 release to a 0.8 release. Build-to-build upgrades are not guaranteed to work. This guide is to test upgrades only between the official releases.

    For a guide to upgrade previous versions of Rook, please refer to the version of documentation for those releases.

    Patch Release Upgrades

    The changes in patch releases are scoped to the minimal changes necessary and are expected to be straight forward to upgrade. For upgrades of 0.8 patch releases such as 0.8.0 to 0.8.1, see the patch release upgrade guide.


    With this manual upgrade guide, there are a few notes to consider:

    • WARNING: Upgrading a Rook cluster is a manual process in its very early stages. There may be unexpected issues or obstacles that damage the integrity and health of your storage cluster, including data loss. Only proceed with this guide if you are comfortable with that.
    • This guide assumes that your Rook operator and its agents are running in the rook-system namespace. It also assumes that your Rook cluster is in the rook namespace. If any of these components is in a different namespace, search/replace all instances of -n rook-system and -n rook in this guide with -n <your namespace>.
      • New Ceph specific namespaces (rook-ceph-system and rook-ceph) are now used by default in the new release, but this guide maintains the usage of rook-system and rook for backwards compatibility. Note that all user guides and examples have been updated to the new namespaces, so you will need to tweak them to maintain compatibility with the legacy rook-system and rook namespaces.


    In order to successfully upgrade a Rook cluster, the following prerequisites must be met:

    • The cluster should be in a healthy state with full functionality. Review the health verification section in order to verify your cluster is in a good starting state.
    • dataDirHostPath must be set in your Cluster spec. This persists metadata on host nodes, enabling pods to be terminated during the upgrade and for new pods to be created in their place. More details about dataDirHostPath can be found in the Cluster CRD readme.
    • All pods consuming Rook storage should be created, running, and in a steady state. No Rook persistent volumes should be in the act of being created or deleted.

    The minimal sample v0.7 Cluster spec that will be used in this guide can be found below (note that the specific configuration may not be applicable to all environments):

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Namespace
      name: rook
    apiVersion: rook.io/v1alpha1
    kind: Cluster
      name: rook
      namespace: rook
      dataDirHostPath: /var/lib/rook
        useAllNodes: true
        useAllDevices: true
          storeType: bluestore
          databaseSizeMB: 1024
          journalSizeMB: 1024

    Health Verification

    Before we begin the upgrade process, let’s first review some ways that you can verify the health of your cluster, ensuring that the upgrade is going smoothly after each step. Most of the health verification checks for your cluster during the upgrade process can be performed with the Rook toolbox. For more information about how to run the toolbox, please visit the Rook toolbox readme.

    Pods all Running

    In a healthy Rook cluster, the operator, the agents and all Rook namespace pods should be in the Running state and have few, if any, pod restarts. To verify this, run the following commands:

    kubectl -n rook-system get pods
    kubectl -n rook get pod

    If pods aren’t running or are restarting due to crashes, you can get more information with kubectl describe pod and kubectl logs for the affected pods.

    Status Output

    The Rook toolbox contains the Ceph tools that can give you status details of the cluster with the ceph status command. Let’s look at some sample output and review some of the details:

    > kubectl -n rook exec -it rook-ceph-tools -- ceph status
        id:     fe7ae378-dc77-46a1-801b-de05286aa78e
        health: HEALTH_OK
        mon: 3 daemons, quorum rook-ceph-mon0,rook-ceph-mon1,rook-ceph-mon2
        mgr: rook-ceph-mgr0(active)
        osd: 1 osds: 1 up, 1 in
        pools:   1 pools, 100 pgs
        objects: 0 objects, 0 bytes
        usage:   2049 MB used, 15466 MB / 17516 MB avail
        pgs:     100 active+clean

    In the output above, note the following indications that the cluster is in a healthy state:

    • Cluster health: The overall cluster status is HEALTH_OK and there are no warning or error status messages displayed.
    • Monitors (mon): All of the monitors are included in the quorum list.
    • OSDs (osd): All OSDs are up and in.
    • Manager (mgr): The Ceph manager is in the active state.
    • Placement groups (pgs): All PGs are in the active+clean state.

    If your ceph status output has deviations from the general good health described above, there may be an issue that needs to be investigated further. There are other commands you may run for more details on the health of the system, such as ceph osd status.

    Pod Version

    The version of a specific pod in the Rook cluster can be verified in its pod spec output. For example, for the monitor pod mon0, we can verify the version it is running with the below commands:

    MON0_POD_NAME=$(kubectl -n rook get pod -l mon=rook-ceph-mon0 -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
    kubectl -n rook get pod ${MON0_POD_NAME} -o jsonpath='{.spec.containers[0].image}'

    All Pods Status and Version

    The status and version of all Rook pods can be collected all at once with the following commands:

    kubectl -n rook-system get pod -o jsonpath='{range .items[*]}{.metadata.name}{"\n\t"}{.status.phase}{"\t"}{.spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}{end}'
    kubectl -n rook get pod -o jsonpath='{range .items[*]}{.metadata.name}{"\n\t"}{.status.phase}{"\t"}{.spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}{end}'

    Rook Volume Health

    Any pod that is using a Rook volume should also remain healthy:

    • The pod should be in the Running state with no restarts
    • There shouldn’t be any errors in its logs
    • The pod should still be able to read and write to the attached Rook volume.

    Upgrade Process

    The general flow of the upgrade process will be to upgrade the version of a Rook pod, verify the pod is running with the new version, then verify that the overall cluster health is still in a good state.

    In this guide, we will be upgrading a live Rook cluster running v0.7.1 to the next available version of v0.8.

    Let’s get started!

    Upgrading a Build From Master

    It is strongly recommended that you use official releases of Rook, as unreleased versions from the master branch are subject to changes and incompatibilities that will not be supported in the official releases. Builds from the master branch can have functionality changed and even removed at any time without compatibility support and without prior notice.

    If you have a cluster that is running a master build, please see the appendix for special steps to manually upgrade the ceph.rook.io CRDs in your cluster.


    The Rook agents are deployed by the operator to run on every node. They are in charge of handling all operations related to the consumption of storage from the cluster. The agents are deployed and managed by a Kubernetes daemonset. Since the agents are stateless, the simplest way to update them is by deleting them and allowing the operator to create them again.

    Delete the agent daemonset and permissions:

    kubectl -n rook-system delete daemonset rook-agent
    kubectl delete clusterroles rook-agent
    kubectl delete clusterrolebindings rook-agent

    Now when the operator is recreated, the agent daemonset will automatically be created again with the new version.

    Operator Access to Clusters

    No longer is the operator given privileges across every namespace. The operator will need privileges to manage each Ceph cluster that is configured. The following service account, role, and role bindings are included in cluster.yaml when creating a new cluster. Save the following yaml as cluster-privs.yaml, modifying the namespace: attribute of each resource if you are not using the default rook or rook-system namespaces.

    apiVersion: v1
    kind: ServiceAccount
      name: rook-ceph-cluster
      namespace: rook
    kind: Role
    apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
      name: rook-ceph-cluster
      namespace: rook
    - apiGroups: [""]
      resources: ["configmaps"]
      verbs: [ "get", "list", "watch", "create", "update", "delete" ]
    # Allow the operator to create resources in this cluster's namespace
    kind: RoleBinding
    apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
      name: rook-ceph-cluster-mgmt
      namespace: rook
      apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
      kind: ClusterRole
      name: rook-ceph-cluster-mgmt
    - kind: ServiceAccount
      name: rook-ceph-system
      namespace: rook-system
    # Allow the pods in this namespace to work with configmaps
    kind: RoleBinding
    apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1
      name: rook-ceph-cluster
      namespace: rook
      apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
      kind: Role
      name: rook-ceph-cluster
    - kind: ServiceAccount
      name: rook-ceph-cluster
      namespace: rook

    Now create the objects in the cluster:

    kubectl create -f cluster-privs.yaml


    The Rook operator is the management brains of the cluster, so it should be upgraded first before other components. In the event that the new version requires a migration of metadata or config, the operator is the one that would understand how to perform that migration.

    Since the upgrade process for this version includes support for storage providers beyond Ceph, we will need to start up a Ceph specific operator. Let’s delete the deployment for the old operator and its permissions first:

    kubectl -n rook-system delete deployment rook-operator
    kubectl delete clusterroles rook-operator
    kubectl delete clusterrolebindings rook-operator

    Now we need to create the new Ceph specific operator.

    IMPORTANT: Ensure that you are using the latest manifests from the release-0.8 branch. If you have custom configuration options set in your old rook-operator.yaml manifest, you will need to set those values in the new Ceph operator manifest below.

    Navigate to the new Ceph manifests directory, apply your custom configuration options if you are using any, and then create the new Ceph operator with the command below. Note that the new operator by default uses by rook-ceph-system namespace, but we will use sed to edit it in place to use rook-system instead for backwards compatibility with your existing cluster.

    cd cluster/examples/kubernetes/ceph
    cat operator.yaml | sed -e 's/namespace: rook-ceph-system/namespace: rook-system/g' | kubectl create -f -

    After the operator starts, after several minutes you may see some new OSD pods being started and then crash looping. This is expected. This will be resolved when you get to the OSD section.

    Operator Health Verification

    To verify the operator pod is Running and using the new version of rook/ceph:v0.8.0, use the following commands:

    OPERATOR_POD_NAME=$(kubectl -n rook-system get pods -l app=rook-ceph-operator -o jsonpath='{.items[0].metadata.name}')
    kubectl -n rook-system get pod ${OPERATOR_POD_NAME} -o jsonpath='{.status.phase}{"\n"}{.spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}'

    Once you’ve verified the operator is Running and on the new version, verify the health of the cluster is still OK. Instructions for verifying cluster health can be found in the health verification section.

    Possible Issue: PGs unknown

    After upgrading the operator, the placement groups may show as status unknown. If you see this, go to the section on upgrading OSDs. Upgrading the OSDs will resolve this issue.

    kubectl -n rook exec -it rook-tools -- ceph status
        pgs:     100.000% pgs unknown
                 100 unknown


    The toolbox pod runs the tools we will use during the upgrade for cluster status. The toolbox is not expected to contain any state, so we will delete the old pod and start the new toolbox.

    kubectl -n rook delete pod rook-tools

    After verifying the old tools pod has terminated, start the new toolbox. You will need to either create the toolbox using the yaml in the release-0.8 branch or simply set the version of the container to rook/ceph-toolbox:v0.8.0 before creating the toolbox. Note the below command uses sed to change the new default namespace for the toolbox from rook-ceph to rook to be backwards compatible with your existing cluster.

    cat toolbox.yaml | sed -e 's/namespace: rook-ceph/namespace: rook/g' | kubectl create -f -


    The Rook API service has been removed. Delete the service and its deployment with the following commands:

    kubectl -n rook delete svc rook-api
    kubectl -n rook delete deploy rook-api


    There are multiple monitor pods to upgrade and they are each individually managed by their own replica set. For each monitor’s replica set, you will need to update the pod template spec’s image version field to rook/ceph:v0.8.0. For example, we can update the replica set for mon0 with:

    kubectl -n rook set image replicaset/rook-ceph-mon0 rook-ceph-mon=rook/ceph:v0.8.0

    Once the replica set has been updated, we need to manually terminate the old pod which will trigger the replica set to create a new pod using the new version.

    kubectl -n rook delete pod -l mon=rook-ceph-mon0

    After the new monitor pod comes up, we can verify that it’s in the Running state and on the new version:

    kubectl -n rook get pod -l mon=rook-ceph-mon0 -o jsonpath='{.items[0].status.phase}{"\n"}{.items[0].spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}'

    At this point, it’s very important to ensure that all monitors are OK and in quorum. Refer to the status output section for instructions. If all of the monitors (and the cluster health overall) look good, then we can move on and repeat the same upgrade steps for the next monitor until all are completed.

    NOTE: It is possible while upgrading your monitor pods that the operator will find them out of quorum and immediately replace them with a new monitor, such as mon0 getting replaced by mon3. This is okay as long as the cluster health looks good and all monitors eventually reach quorum again.

    Object Storage Daemons (OSDs)

    The OSDs have gone through major changes in the 0.8. While the upgrade steps will seem very disruptive, we feel confident that this will keep your cluster running. The critical changes to the OSDs include (see also the design doc):

    • Each OSD will run in its own pod. No longer will a DaemonSet be deployed to run OSDs on all nodes, or ReplicaSets to run all the OSDs on individual nodes.
    • Each OSD is manged by a K8s Deployment
    • A new “discovery” DaemonSet is running in the rook system namespace that will identify all the available devices in the cluster
    • The operator will analyze the available devices, provision the desired OSDs with a “prepare” pod on each node where devices will run, then start the deployment for each OSD

    When the operator starts, it will automatically detect all the OSDs that had been configured previously and start the OSD pods with the new design. These new pods will crash loop until you delete the DaemonSet or ReplicaSets from the 0.7 release as follows. After they are deleted, the OSD pods should then start up with the same configuration and your data will be preserved.

    To move to this new design, you will need to delete the previous DaemonSets and ReplicaSets.

    # If you are using the DaemonSet (useAllNodes: true)
    kubectl -n rook delete daemonset rook-ceph-osd
    # If you are using the ReplicaSets (useAllNodes: false), you will need to delete the replicaset for each node
    kubectl -n rook delete replicaset rook-ceph-osd-<node>

    Now that the 0.7 OSD pods have been deleted, soon you should see the new 0.8 OSD pods in the Running state. It may take a few minutes until Kubernetes retries starting the pods. Once they have all been started, you will see the pods running. If they do not start in a timely manner, you can delete the pods and their K8s deployment will immediately create new pods to replace them.

    $ kubectl -n rook get pod -l app=rook-ceph-osd
    NAME                                  READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
    rook-ceph-osd-id-0-5675d6f5f8-r5b2g   1/1       Running   6          6m
    rook-ceph-osd-id-1-69cc6bd8f6-59tcn   1/1       Running   6          6m
    rook-ceph-osd-id-2-74b7cf67c5-mtl92   1/1       Running   6          6m
    rook-ceph-osd-id-3-757b845567-bk259   1/1       Running   6          6m
    rook-ceph-osd-id-4-6cccb5f7d8-wxl2w   1/1       Running   6          6m
    rook-ceph-osd-id-5-5b8598cc9f-2pnfb   1/1       Running   6          6m

    Ceph Manager

    The ceph manager has been renamed in 0.8. The new manager will be started automatically by the operator. The old manager and its secret can simply be deleted.

    To delete the 0.7 manager, run the following:

    kubectl -n rook delete deploy rook-ceph-mgr0
    kubectl -n rook delete secret rook-ceph-mgr0

    Legacy Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs)

    During this upgrade process, the new Ceph operator automatically migrated legacy custom resources to their new rook.io/v1alpha2 and ceph.rook.io/v1beta1 types. First confirm that there are no remaining legacy CRD instances:

    kubectl -n rook get clusters.rook.io
    kubectl -n rook get objectstores.rook.io
    kubectl -n rook get filesystems.rook.io
    kubectl -n rook get pools.rook.io
    kubectl -n rook get volumeattachments.rook.io

    After confirming that each of those commands returns No resources found, it is safe to go ahead and delete the legacy CRD types:

    kubectl delete crd clusters.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd filesystems.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd objectstores.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd pools.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd volumeattachments.rook.io

    After the legacy CRDs are deleted, you will see some errors in the operator log since the operator was trying to watch the legacy CRDs. To run with a clean log, restart the operator again by deleting the pod.

    kubectl -n rook-system delete pod -l app=rook-ceph-operator

    Optional Components

    If you have optionally installed either object storage or a shared file system in your Rook cluster, the sections below will provide guidance on how to update them as well. They are both managed by deployments, which we have already covered in this guide, so the instructions will be brief.

    Object Storage (RGW)

    If you have object storage installed, first edit the RGW deployment to use the new image version of rook/ceph:v0.8.0:

    kubectl -n rook set image deploy/rook-ceph-rgw-my-store rook-ceph-rgw-my-store=rook/ceph:v0.8.0

    To verify that the RGW pod is Running and on the new version, use the following:

    kubectl -n rook get pod -l app=rook-ceph-rgw -o jsonpath='{range .items[*]}{.metadata.name}{" "}{.status.phase}{" "}{.spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}{end}'

    Shared File System (MDS)

    If you have a shared file system installed, first edit the MDS deployment to use the new image version of rook/ceph:v0.8.0:

    kubectl -n rook set image deploy/rook-ceph-mds-myfs rook-ceph-mds-myfs=rook/ceph:v0.8.0

    To verify that the MDS pod is Running and on the new version, use the following:

    kubectl -n rook get pod -l app=rook-ceph-mds -o jsonpath='{range .items[*]}{.metadata.name}{" "}{.status.phase}{" "}{.spec.containers[0].image}{"\n"}{end}'


    At this point, your Rook cluster should be fully upgraded to running version rook/ceph:v0.8.0 and the cluster should be healthy according to the steps in the health verification section.

    Upgrading Kubernetes

    Rook cluster installations on Kubernetes prior to version 1.7.x, use ThirdPartyResource that have been deprecated as of 1.7 and removed in 1.8. If upgrading your Kubernetes cluster Rook TPRs have to be migrated to CustomResourceDefinition (CRD) following Kubernetes documentation. Rook TPRs that require migration during upgrade are:

    • Cluster
    • Pool
    • ObjectStore
    • Filesystem
    • VolumeAttachment

    Appendix: Upgrading a Build from Master

    As previously mentioned, it is not recommended to run builds from master since they can change and be otherwise incompatible with the official releases. However, this section will attempt to provide the steps needed to upgrade a master build of Rook to the v0.8 release. These steps are provided “as-is” with no guarantees of correctness in all environments.

    NOTE: Do not perform these commands if you are using official release versions of Rook, these steps are only for builds from master.

    First, stop and delete the operator, agents and discover pods:

    kubectl -n rook-ceph-system delete daemonset rook-ceph-agent
    kubectl -n rook-ceph-system delete daemonset rook-discover
    kubectl -n rook-ceph-system delete deployment rook-ceph-operator

    Ensure the cluster finalizer has been removed so the cluster object can be deleted.

    kubectl -n rook-ceph patch clusters.ceph.rook.io rook-ceph -p '{"metadata":{"finalizers": []}}' --type=merge

    Now backup all of the ceph.rook.io/v1alpha1 CRD instances:

    for c in $(kubectl -n rook-ceph get clusters.ceph.rook.io -o jsonpath='{.items[*].metadata.name}'); do kubectl -n rook-ceph get clusters.ceph.rook.io ${c} -o yaml --export > rook-clusters-${c}-backup.yaml; done
    for p in $(kubectl -n rook-ceph get pools.ceph.rook.io -o jsonpath='{.items[*].metadata.name}'); do kubectl -n rook-ceph get pools.ceph.rook.io ${p} -o yaml --export > rook-pools-${p}-backup.yaml; done
    for f in $(kubectl -n rook-ceph get filesystems.ceph.rook.io -o jsonpath='{.items[*].metadata.name}'); do kubectl -n rook-ceph get filesystems.ceph.rook.io ${f} -o yaml --export > rook-filesystems-${f}-backup.yaml; done
    for o in $(kubectl -n rook-ceph get objectstores.ceph.rook.io -o jsonpath='{.items[*].metadata.name}'); do kubectl -n rook-ceph get objectstores.ceph.rook.io ${o} -o yaml --export > rook-objectstores-${o}-backup.yaml; done

    Since they have all been backed up, let’s remove (delete) the instances now:

    kubectl -n rook-ceph delete clusters.ceph.rook.io --all --cascade=false
    kubectl -n rook-ceph delete pools.ceph.rook.io --all --cascade=false
    kubectl -n rook-ceph delete filesystems.ceph.rook.io --all --cascade=false
    kubectl -n rook-ceph delete objectstores.ceph.rook.io --all --cascade=false

    And we also need to delete the CRD types too:

    kubectl delete crd clusters.ceph.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd filesystems.ceph.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd objectstores.ceph.rook.io
    kubectl delete crd pools.ceph.rook.io

    Wait a few seconds to make sure the types have been completely removed, and now start the oeprator back up again:

    kubectl create -f operator.yaml

    After the operator is running, we can restore all the CRD instances as their new ceph.rook.io/v1beta1 types:

    for c in $(ls rook-clusters-*-backup.yaml); do cat ${c} | sed -e 's/ceph.rook.io\/v1alpha1/ceph.rook.io\/v1beta1/g' -e 's/namespace: ""/namespace: rook-ceph/g' | kubectl create -f -; done
    for p in $(ls rook-pools-*-backup.yaml); do cat ${p} | sed -e 's/ceph.rook.io\/v1alpha1/ceph.rook.io\/v1beta1/g' -e 's/namespace: ""/namespace: rook-ceph/g' | kubectl create -f -; done
    for f in $(ls rook-filesystems-*-backup.yaml); do cat ${f} | sed -e 's/ceph.rook.io\/v1alpha1/ceph.rook.io\/v1beta1/g' -e 's/namespace: ""/namespace: rook-ceph/g' | kubectl create -f -; done
    for o in $(ls rook-objectstores-*-backup.yaml); do cat ${o} | sed -e 's/ceph.rook.io\/v1alpha1/ceph.rook.io\/v1beta1/g' -e 's/namespace: ""/namespace: rook-ceph/g' | kubectl create -f -; done

    The ceph.rook.io CRDs should now be upgraded to v1beta1, so you can proceed with the rest of the upgrade process in the operator health verification section.