Each Delphix Engine upgrade image contains both Delphix Management software and software for DelphixOS, the operating system that runs Delphix. Once you have uploaded an image, you can see this information in the Server Setup, Upgrade Images view, on the Details tab of the image, as described in Uploading the Upgrade Image.
You can determine which type of upgrades are applicable by looking up your current version of the Delphix Engine (visible in Server Setup > System Upgrade Management) and the version to which you are upgrading in the Upgrade Matrix.
However, the following downtime will still be observed:
The user interface, API and CLI (Command Line Interface) will only be available to the user performing the upgrade (only with basic functionality related to the upgrade).
Policies execution will be delayed until after the upgrade has completed.
dSources will stop refreshing from production.
Replication will be suspended.
Any jobs not pertaining to the upgrade will be cancelled (and resumed after upgrade if supported).
VDBs will not be available during the upgrade window
The length of downtime varies based on a number of factors, including the number of VDBs on the engine, the historical usage of the engine, and the performance of target hosts.
Deferred DelpixOS Upgrade
To check to see if a deferred DelphixOS upgrade is supported, the current OS version must meet the “Minimum OS Version” requirement of your uploaded version. This check can be done in the Upgrade Images view, or in the Command Line Interface (CLI). For example:
delphix system version> list NAME STATUS OSRUNNING BUILDDATE 188.8.131.52 UPLOADED false 2014-06-17T03:12:48.000Z 184.108.40.206 CURRENTLY_RUNNING true 2014-06-10T14:41:28.000Z
Here, the running OS comes from version 220.127.116.11. You want to see if the OS version in 18.104.22.168 meets the minimum requirements for version 22.214.171.124, to which you are upgrading:
delphix system version> select 126.96.36.199 get osVersion 4.0.2014.06.07 delphix system version> select 188.8.131.52 get osVersion 4.0.2014.07.01 delphix system version> select 184.108.40.206 get minOsVersion 4.0.2014.04.24
In this example, although 220.127.116.11 includes a newer version of DelphixOS than what is currently running, the currently running OS meets its minimum OS version requirement.
Once you have verified a deferred upgrade is possible to your uploaded image, you can choose to do a deferred upgrade, which is only supported in the CLI currently. To do this, set the defer property to true in the apply context.
delphix system version> select 18.104.22.168 delphix system version ‘22.214.171.124’> apply delphix system version ‘126.96.36.199’ apply *> set defer=true delphix system version ‘188.8.131.52’ apply *> ls Properties type: ApplyVersionParameters defer: true enableSourcesOnFailure: true ignoreQuiesceSourcesFailures: false quiesceSources: true reboot: true verify: true delphix system version ‘184.108.40.206’ apply *>
Once in this state, run commit to start the deferred upgrade.
After performing a deferred DelphixOS upgrade, the OS version will still be installed, but the system OS will not reboot to that new version. Only the Delphix management software will restart to the new version, but this restart will not result in downtime for VDBs. After that point, the STATUS column of the running version will show DEFERRED instead of CURRENTLY_RUNNING. This indicates that although this version is running, the OS upgrade was deferred.
Later, you can update the OS to the current version by applying the running version again and not setting the defer property. When you do this, the system will reboot to the current version of DelphixOS. This will result in downtime for your VDBs. Note that a system reboot without applying the running version again will not result in an OS update.
Contact Delphix support to determine whether a deferred OS upgrade is appropriate for your Delphix Engine. You should be aware of what changes are included in the new OS version before making this determination.