Updating a cluster

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This page discusses what settings you can update in your admin cluster and user clusters.

Typically, you change a single setting in a configuration file, and then run the gkectl update command with the appropriate parameters. To update multiple settings, change one setting at a time and run the command repeatedly.

The gkectl update command takes one of the following forms, along with the parameters appropriate for the feature you want to update:

What can and cannot be updated in clusters

Many features in both the admin cluster and user clusters cannot be updated after the cluster is created.

To see what settings can be updated for the admin cluster, run:

gkectl update admin --help

To see what settings can be updated for a user cluster, run:

gkectl update cluster --help

Admin cluster updates

You can update various features of your admin cluster.

Allocate additional static IP addresses

If your configuration uses static IP addresses, you must check how many you are using and add additional ones if needed, when you upgrade an admin workstation or admin cluster.

Enable or disable node resizing for the control-plane nodes of a user cluster

You can enable or disable automatic resizing of the control-plane nodes for the user cluster. These nodes are in the admin cluster.

Enable or disable cluster backup

For an admin cluster, you can enable cluster backup or disable cluster backup.

Enable or disable vSphere resource metrics

If you change the value of stackdriver.disableVsphereResourceMetrics in the admin cluster configuration file, run this command to update your configuration:

gkectl update admin --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG --config ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE

Update vCenter certificate reference for the admin cluster

If your vCenter certificate has changed, update the vCenter certificate reference. You must update both the admin cluster and all user clusters.

Enable automatic resizing of addon nodes for the admin cluster (preview)

You can enable or disable automatic resizing of addon nodes for the admin cluster.

Enable or disable automatic node repair for the admin cluster (preview)

You can enable or disable automatic node repair for your admin cluster by changing the appropriate setting in the admin cluster configuration file, and running the gkectl update admin command.

Enable or disable anti-affinity groups (preview)

If you change the value of antiAffinityGroups.enabled in the admin cluster configuration file, run the following command to update your configuration:

gkectl update admin --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG --config ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE

Replace the following:

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG: the path of your kubeconfig file. You can omit this flag if the file is in your current directory and has the name kubeconfig.

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE: the path of your admin cluster configuration file. You can omit this flag if the file is in your current directory and has the name admin-cluster.yaml.

Enable or disable logging to Cloud Audit Logs for the admin cluster

To enable logging to Cloud Audit Logs, fill in the cloudAuditLogging section in your admin cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

To disable logging to Cloud Audit Logs, remove the cloudAuditLogging section from your admin cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

This section is required in the admin cluster if you want to manage the lifecycle of user clusters in the Google Cloud console.

To update your cluster:

gkectl update admin --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG --config ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE

Replace the following:

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG: the path of the admin cluster kubeconfig file.

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE: the path of your admin cluster configuration file.

Enable or disable logging and monitoring for the admin cluster

To enable Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring, fill in the stackdriver section in your admin cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

To disable Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring, remove the stackdriver section from your admin cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

This section is required in the admin cluster if you want to manage the lifecycle of user clusters in the Google Cloud console.

To update your cluster:

gkectl update admin --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG --config ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE

Replace the following:

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG: the path of the admin cluster kubeconfig file.

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE: the path of your admin cluster configuration file.

Register an admin cluster

When you first create an admin cluster, you can register it by filling out the gkeConnect section in the admin cluster configuration file before creating it. If you did not register the cluster at the time of creation, you can subsequently register a cluster by editing the configuration file to add the gkeConnect section and then run the gkectl update admin command.

This section is required in the admin cluster if you want to manage the lifecycle of user clusters in the Google Cloud console.

Rotate a connect-register service account key for the admin cluster

To rotate a connect-register service account key:

  1. Create a new connect-register service account key file.

  2. Edit the gkeConnect.registerServiceAccountKeyPath field in the admin cluster configuration file to point to the path of the new key file.

  3. Run the gkectl update admin command.

User cluster updates

You can update your user clusters by editing the setting in the user configuration file and then running gkectl update cluster with the appropriate parameters. Here are the changes you can make to your user clusters.

Allocate additional static IP addresses

If your configuration uses static IP addresses, you must check how many you are using and add additional ones if needed, when you make one of these changes:

Resize a user cluster by updating the nodePool settings

You can resize a user cluster by updating the replicas value in the nodePools section, and then running the gkectl update cluster command.

Enable or disable vSphere resource metrics

You can enable or disable vSphere resource metrics in the user cluster configuration file, and then run the gkectl update cluster command.

Update vCenter certificate reference for user clusters

If your vCenter certificate has changed, update the vCenter certificate reference. You must update both the admin cluster and all user clusters.

Register a user cluster

When you create a cluster, you can register it by filling out the gkeConnect section in the user cluster configuration file before creating it. If you did not register the cluster at the time of creation, you can subsequently register an existing user cluster by editing the configuration file to add the gkeConnect section and then run the gkectl update cluster command.

Enable or disable logging and monitoring for a user cluster (preview)

To enable logging and monitoring, fill in the stackdriver section in your user cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

To disable logging and monitoring, remove the stackdriver section from your user cluster configuration file, and then update your cluster.

To update your cluster:

gkectl update cluster --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG --config USER_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE

Replace the following:

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG: the path of the admin cluster kubeconfig file.

  • USER_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE: the path of your user cluster configuration file.

Enable or disable automatic node repair for user clusters

You can enable or disable automatic node repair for your user by changing the appropriate setting in the user cluster configuration file, and running the gkectl update cluster command.

Auto-resizing a node in a user cluster

To enable auto-resizing of a node in a user cluster, edit the user cluster configuration file and run the gkectl update command.

Enable or disable cloud audit logging on a user cluster

You can enable cloud audit logging or disable cloud audit logging.

Disable vSphere CSI driver

By default, the vSphere CSI driver is enabled. You can disable the vSphere CSI driver.

Rotate a connect-register service account key for a user cluster

To rotate a connect-register service account key:

  1. Create a new connect-register service account key file.

  2. Edit the gkeConnect.registerServiceAccountKeyPath field in the user cluster configuration file to point to the path of the new key file.

  3. Run the gkectl update cluster command.

Update Windows Server configuration to use containerd and Windows Dataplane V2

If your configuration includes a node pool of Windows Server OS nodes, note that Docker and Flannel will be deprecated in an upcoming release. We recommend that you update your user clusters now to use containerd and Windows Dataplane V2 instead.

Before you begin this update, your vSwitch, specified by network.vCenter.networkName in your user cluster configuration file, must have MAC learning enabled.

To do this update:

  1. Set enableWindowsDataplaneV2 to true in the user cluster configuration file.

  2. Run the gkectl update cluster command.

Update MetalLB configuration

You can update the MetalLB address pools in your user cluster configuration file. You can also enable or disable MetalLB in any node pool by updating the enableLoadBalancer value in the nodePools section. Make the applicable changes in the configuration file, and then call gkectl update cluster:

gkectl update cluster --kubeconfig ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONIFG --config USER_CLUSTER_CONFIG

Replace the following:

  • ADMIN_CLUSTER_KUBECONFIG: the path of the admin cluster kubeconfig file.

  • USER_CLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE: the path of your user cluster configuration file.