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Known limitations


Known limitations identify platforms, devices, or functions that are not supported by this release of the product, or that do not interoperate correctly with it. Review these limitations carefully.

The same cluster cannot be managed by two Astra Control Center instances

If you want to manage a cluster on another Astra Control Center instance, you should first unmanage the cluster from the instance on which it is managed before you manage it on another instance. After you remove the cluster from management, verify that the cluster is unmanaged by executing this command:

oc get pods n -netapp-monitoring

There should be no pods running in that namespace or the namespace should not exist. If either of those are true, the cluster is unmanaged.

Astra Control Center cannot manage two identically named clusters in the same cloud

If you try to add a cluster with the same name of a cluster that already exists in your cloud, the operation will fail. This issue most often occurs in a standard Kubernetes environment if you have not changed the cluster name default in Kubernetes configuration files.

As a workaround, do the following:

  1. Edit your kubeadm-config ConfigMap:

    kubectl edit configmaps -n kube-system kubeadm-config
  2. Change the clusterName field value from kubernetes (the Kubernetes default name) to a unique custom name.

  3. Edit kubeconfig (.kube/config).

  4. Update cluster name from kubernetes to a unique custom name (xyz-cluster is used in the examples below). Make the update in both clusters and contexts sections as shown in this example:

    apiVersion: v1
    - cluster:
        certificate-authority-data: ExAmPLERb2tCcjZ5K3E2Njk4eQotLExAMpLEORCBDRVJUSUZJQ0FURS0txxxxXX==
        server: https://x.x.x.x:6443
      name: xyz-cluster
    - context:
        cluster: xyz-cluster
        namespace: default
        user: kubernetes-admin
      name: kubernetes-admin@kubernetes
    current-context: kubernetes-admin@kubernetes

Clones of apps installed using pass by reference operators can fail

Astra Control supports apps installed with namespace-scoped operators. These operators are generally designed with a "pass-by-value" rather than "pass-by-reference" architecture. The following are some operator apps that follow these patterns:

Note that Astra Control might not be able to clone an operator that is designed with a “pass-by-reference” architecture (for example, the CockroachDB operator). During these types of cloning operations, the cloned operator attempts to reference Kubernetes secrets from the source operator despite having its own new secret as part of the cloning process. The clone operation might fail because Astra Control is unaware of the Kubernetes secrets in the source operator.

Cluster is in removed state although cluster and network are otherwise working as expected

If a cluster is in removed state yet cluster and network connectivity appears healthy (external attempts to access the cluster using Kubernetes APIs are successful), the kubeconfig you provided to Astra Control might no longer be valid. This can be due to certificate rotation or expiration on the cluster. To correct this issue, update the credentials associated with the cluster in Astra Control using the Astra Control API:

  1. Run a POST call to add an updated kubeconfig file to the /credentials endpoint and retrieve the assigned id from the response body.

  2. Run a PUT call from the /clusters endpoint using the appropriate cluster ID and set the credentialID to the id value from the previous step.

After you complete these steps, the credential associated with the cluster is updated and the cluster should reconnect and update its state to available.

OLM-enabled and cluster-scoped operator deployed apps not supported

Astra Control Center does not support apps that are deployed with Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM)-enabled operators or cluster-scoped operators.

Cloning apps can only be done with same K8s distribution

If you clone an app between clusters, the source and destination clusters must be the same distribution of Kubernetes. For example, if you clone an app from an OpenShift 4.7 cluster, use a destination cluster that is also OpenShift 4.7.

S3 buckets in Astra Control Center do not report available capacity

Before backing up or cloning apps managed by Astra Control Center, check bucket information in the ONTAP or StorageGRID management system.

metalLB 0.11.0 is not supported

metalLB 0.11.0 is not a supported load balancer for Astra Control Center. For more information regarding supported load balancers, see Astra Control Center requirements.

Apps deployed with Helm 2 are not supported

If you use Helm to deploy apps, Astra Control Center requires Helm version 3. Managing and cloning apps deployed with Helm 3 (or upgraded from Helm 2 to Helm 3) is fully supported. For more information, see Astra Control Center requirements.

Astra Control Center does not validate the details you enter for your proxy server

Ensure that you enter the correct values when establishing a connection.

Data protection for Astra Control Center as app not yet available

This release does not support the ability to manage Astra as an app using snapshot, backup, or restore options.

Unhealthy pods affect app management

If a managed app has pods in an unhealthy state, Astra Control can't create new backups and clones.

Existing connections to a Postgres pod causes failures

When you perform operations on Postgres pods, you shouldn't connect directly within the pod to use the psql command. Astra Control requires psql access to freeze and thaw the databases. If there is a pre-existing connection, the snapshot, backup, or clone will fail.

Trident isn't uninstalled from a cluster

When you unmanage a cluster from Astra Control Center, Trident isn't automatically uninstalled from the cluster. To uninstall Trident, you'll need to follow these steps in the Trident documentation.