Redis implements rolling updates for software upgrades in Kubernetes deployments. The upgrade process consists of two steps:

  1. Upgrade the Redis Enterprise operator
  2. Upgrade the Redis Enterprise cluster (REC)

Before upgrading

Review the following warnings before starting your upgrade.

OpenShift clusters running 6.2.12 or earlier

Due to a change in the SCC, on OpenShift clusters running version 6.2.12 or earlier upgrading to version 6.2.18 or later, where node:1 is not the master node, the upgrade might get stuck.

You might have a pod that doesn’t become fully ready and start seeing restarts. In the ServicesRigger log, you’ll see this error: - ERROR - couldn't update pod <POD NAME> labels
... pods <POD NAME> is forbidden: unable to validate against any security context constraint

To prevent this, set node:1 as the master node.

oc exec -it <rec-pod-name> -- rladmin cluster master set 1

This may also affect OpenShift clusters containing two RECs running different versions, if one is running version 6.2.12 or earlier and the other is running 6.2.18 or later.

This is a newly discovered issue and more information will be available soon. If you have already encountered the error and need it fixed immediately, contact Redis support.

RHEL7-based images

When upgrading existing Redis Enterprise clusters running on RHEL7-based images, make sure to select a RHEL7-based image for the new version. See release notes for more info.

Invalid license

Verify your license is valid before upgrading your REC. Invalid licenses will cause the upgrade to fail.

Use kubectl get rec and verify the LICENSE STATE is valid on your REC before you start the upgrade process.

Large clusters

On clusters with more than 9 REC nodes, running versions 6.2.18-3 through 6.2.4-4, a Kubernetes upgrade can render the Redis cluster unresponsive in some cases.

A fix is available in the 6.4.2-5 release. Upgrade your Redis cluster to 6.4.2-5 before upgrading your Kubernetes cluster.

Upgrade the operator

Download the bundle

Make sure you pull the correct version of the bundle. You can find the version tags by checking the operator releases on GitHub or by using the GitHub API.

You can download the bundle for the latest release with the following curl command:

VERSION=`curl --silent | grep tag_name | awk -F'"' '{print $4}'`
curl --silent -O$VERSION/bundle.yaml

For OpenShift environments, the name of the bundle is openshift.bundle.yaml, and so the curl command to run is:

curl --silent -O$VERSION/openshift.bundle.yaml

If you need a different release, replace VERSION in the above with a specific release tag.

Apply the bundle

Apply the bundle to deploy the new operator binary. This will also apply any changes in the new release to custom resource definitions, roles, role binding, or operator service accounts.

If you are not pulling images from Docker Hub, update the operator image spec to point to your private repository. If you have made changes to the role, role binding, RBAC, or custom resource definition (CRD) in the previous version, merge them with the updated declarations in the new version files.

Upgrade the bundle and operator with a single command, passing in the bundle YAML file:

kubectl apply -f bundle.yaml

If you are using OpenShift, run this instead:

kubectl apply -f openshift.bundle.yaml

After running this command, you should see a result similar to this: configured
serviceaccount/redis-enterprise-operator configured configured configured configured
deployment.apps/redis-enterprise-operator configured

Reapply the admission controller webhook

If you have the admission controller enabled, you need to manually reapply the ValidatingWebhookConfiguration.


Version 6.4.2 uses a new ValidatingWebhookConfiguration resource to replace redb-admission. To use the 6.4.2 releases, delete the old webhook resource and apply the new file.

  1. Delete the existing ValidatingWebhookConfiguration on the Kubernetes cluster (named redb-admission).

    kubectl delete ValidatingWebhookConfiguration redb-admission
  2. Apply the resource from the new file.

    kubectl apply -f deploy/admission/webhook.yaml
  1. Verify the admission-tls secret exists .

     kubectl get secret admission-tls

    The output will look similar to

     NAME            TYPE     DATA   AGE
     admission-tls   Opaque   2      2m43s
  2. Save the certificate to a local environment variable.

    CERT=`kubectl get secret admission-tls -o jsonpath='{.data.cert}'`
  3. Create a patch file for the Kubernetes validating webhook.

    sed 's/NAMESPACE_OF_SERVICE_ACCOUNT/demo/g' admission/webhook.yaml | kubectl create -f -
    cat > modified-webhook.yaml <<EOF
    - name: redisenterprise.admission.redislabs
        caBundle: $CERT
      admissionReviewVersions: ["v1beta1"]
  4. Patch the webhook with the certificate.

    kubectl patch ValidatingWebhookConfiguration \
      redis-enterprise-admission --patch "$(cat modified-webhook.yaml)"

If installing or upgrading to a release before 6.4.2-4, use this command instead:

  kubectl patch ValidatingWebhookConfiguration \
    redb-admission --patch "$(cat modified-webhook.yaml)"

Releases prior to 6.4.2 use the ValidatingWebhookConfiguration named redb-admission.

Reapply the SCC

If you are using OpenShift, you will also need to manually reapply the Security context constraints file (scc.yaml).

oc apply -f openshift/scc.yaml

Verify the operator is running

You can check your deployment to verify the operator is running in your namespace.

kubectl get deployment/redis-enterprise-operator

You should see a result similar to this:

NAME                        READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
redis-enterprise-operator   1/1     1            1           0m36s
Warning -
We recommend upgrading the REC as soon as possible after updating the operator. After the operator upgrade completes, the operator suspends the management of the REC and its associated REDBs, until the REC upgrade completes.

Upgrade the Redis Enterprise cluster (REC)

Warning -

Verify your license is valid before upgrading. Invalid licenses will cause the upgrade to fail.

Use kubectl get rec and verify the LICENSE STATE is valid on your REC before you start the upgrade process.

The Redis Enterprise cluster (REC) can be updated automatically or manually. To trigger automatic upgrade of the REC after the operator upgrade completes, specify autoUpgradeRedisEnterprise: true in your REC spec. If you don’t have automatic upgrade enabled, follow the below steps for the manual upgrade.

Before beginning the upgrade of the Redis Enterprise cluster, check the K8s operator release notes to find the Redis Enterprise image tag. For example, in Redis Enterprise K8s operator release 6.0.12-5, the Images section shows the Redis Enterprise tag is 6.0.12-57.

After the operator upgrade is complete, you can upgrade Redis Enterprise cluster (REC).

Edit redisEnterpriseImageSpec in the REC spec

  1. Edit the REC custom resource YAML file.

    kubectl edit rec <your-rec.yaml>
  2. Replace the versionTag: declaration under redisEnterpriseImageSpec with the new version tag.

        imagePullPolicy:  IfNotPresent
        repository:       redislabs/redis
        versionTag:       <new-version-tag>
  3. Save the changes to apply.

Monitor the upgrade

You can view the state of the REC with kubectl get rec.

During the upgrade, the state should be Upgrade. When the upgrade is complete and the cluster is ready to use, the state will change to Running. If the state is InvalidUpgrade, there is an error (usually relating to configuration) in the upgrade.

$ kubectl get rec
rec    3       6.2.10-107   Upgrade   Valid         Valid           4              2022-07-16T13:59:00Z      92m

To see the status of the current rolling upgrade, run:

kubectl rollout status sts <REC_name>

Upgrade databases

After the cluster is upgraded, you can upgrade your databases. The process for upgrading databases is the same for both Kubernetes and non-Kubernetes deployments. For more details on how to upgrade a database, see the Upgrade an existing Redis Enterprise Software deployment documentation.

Note that if your cluster redisUpgradePolicy or your database redisVersion are set to major, you won’t be able to upgrade those databases to minor versions. See Redis upgrade policy for more details.

How does the REC upgrade work?

The Redis Enterprise cluster (REC) uses a rolling upgrade, meaning it upgrades pods one by one. Each pod is updated after the last one completes successfully. This helps keep your cluster available for use.

To upgrade, the cluster terminates each pod and deploys a new pod based on the new image. Before each pod goes down, the operator checks if the pod is a primary (master) for the cluster, and if it hosts any primary (master) shards. If so, a replica on a different pod is promoted to primary. Then when the pod is terminated, the API remains available through the newly promoted primary pod.

After a pod is updated, the next pod is terminated and updated. After all of the pods are updated, the upgrade process is complete.