[DRBD-user] DRBD 8 - 9 Upgrade Planning

Roland Kammerer roland.kammerer at linbit.com
Mon Sep 6 08:19:47 CEST 2021

On Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 12:31:08PM +0000, Dingwall, James wrote:
> Hi,
> We are planning an upgrade from drbd 8.4 to 9.1 at the moment.  Our
> usage of drbd is backing storage for virtual machines running on Xen
> where we support live migration by temporarily running dual primary
> when required.  In a typical upgrade we change one side of the cluster
> and then wait a few days before completing the second side.  We have
> read through section 4.7 of the user guide relating to upgrading
> clusters but didn't see any information on the behaviour we should
> expect while the cluster is running mixed versions.  The closest
> statement we have found (which we don't read as authoratitive as it
> isn't a linbit resource) is [1]:
> "a drbd node on 8.4 can replicate to a node with drbd 9.0 , BUT NOT
> We are building a test cluster at the moment to make our own checks
> but it would be very useful if we knew what we should expect.

9.1 removed the 8.4 compat. So if you really want to do that kind of
upgrade you have to go from 8.4 to 9.0 first.

All in all, if possible, just test 9.1 in a test-cluster and if you
trust it then the easiest way is to just put both sides into standby,
down the resources, load the new module, convert the meta-data, and up

Regards, rck

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