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Upgrade in Elasticsearch

What is it

Upgrade refers to migrating your Elasticsearch version to a newer version. An upgrade of an existing cluster can be done in two ways: through a rolling upgrade and through a  full cluster restart. The benefit of a rolling upgrade is having zero downtime.

Commos problems and important points
  • The major problem with upgrades is version incompatibility between upgrades. Elasticsearch supports rolling upgrades only between minor versions. You need to make sure to go through the official documentation to see if your cluster can support a rolling upgrade, otherwise a complete reindexing is required.
    Once you upgrade an Elasticsearch node, a rollback can not be done. You need to make sure to take data backups before an upgrade.
  • Elasticsearch continuously removes or deprecates some of the features with every release, so  keep an eye on the change logs of each version before planning an upgrade. 
  • While doing a rolling upgrade, it is important to disable shard allocation before stopping a node and enable the shard allocation when node is upgraded and restarted. This process helps in avoiding unnecessary IO load in the cluster.

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