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BeeGFS on NetApp with E-Series Storage

Update the HA cluster and BeeGFS

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Use Ansible to update BeeGFS and the HA cluster.


BeeGFS is versioned following a major.minor.patch versioning scheme and BeeGFS HA Ansible roles are provided for each supported BeeGFS major.minor version (for example beegfs_ha_7_2 and beegfs_ha_7_3). Each of the HA roles is pinned to the latest BeeGFS patch version at the time the Ansible collection was released.

Ansible should be used for all BeeGFS upgrades, including moving between major, minor, and patch versions of BeeGFS. To update BeeGFS you will first need to update the BeeGFS Ansible collection, which will also pull in the latest fixes and enhancements to the deployment/management automation and underlying HA cluster. Even after updating to the latest version of the collection, BeeGFS will not be upgraded until ansible-playbook is ran with the -e "beegfs_ha_force_upgrade=true" set.

Note For more information on BeeGFS versions see the BeeGFS Upgrade documentation.

Tested Upgrade Paths

Each version of the BeeGFS collection is tested with specific versions of BeeGFS to ensure interoperability between all components. Testing is also performed to ensure upgrades can be performed from the BeeGFS version(s) supported by the last version of the collection, to those supported in the latest release.

Original Version Upgrade Version Multirail Details




Upgrading beegfs collection from v3.0.1 to v3.1.0, multirail added




Upgrading beegfs collection from v3.0.1 to v3.1.0




Upgrade using beegfs collection v3.1.0, multirail added




Upgrade using beegfs collection v3.1.0

BeeGFS Upgrade Steps

The follow sections provide the steps to update the BeeGFS Ansible collection and BeeGFS itself. Pay special attention to any extra step(s) for updating BeeGFS major or minor versions.

Step 1: Upgrade BeeGFS Collection

For collection upgrades with access to Ansible Galaxy, run the following command:

ansible-galaxy collection install netapp_eseries.beegfs --upgrade

For offline collection upgrades, download the collection from Ansible Galaxy by clicking on the desired Install Version` and then Download tarball. Transfer the tarball to your Ansible control node and run the following command.

ansible-galaxy collection install netapp_eseries-beegfs-<VERSION>.tar.gz --upgrade

See Installing Collections for more information.

Step 2: Update Ansible Inventory

Make any required or desired updates to your cluster's Ansible inventory files. See the Version Upgrade Notes section below for details about your specific upgrade requirements. See the Use Custom Architectures section for general information on configuring your BeeGFS HA inventory.

Step 3: Update Ansible Playbook (when updating major or minor versions only)

If you are moving between major or minor versions, in the playbook.yml file used to deploy and maintain the cluster, update the name of the beegfs_ha_<VERSION> role to reflect the desired version. For example, if you wanted to deploy BeeGFS 7.3 this would be beegfs_ha_7_3:

- hosts: all
  gather_facts: false
  any_errors_fatal: true
    - netapp_eseries.beegfs
    - name: Ensure BeeGFS HA cluster is setup.
      ansible.builtin.import_role:  # import_role is required for tag availability.
        name: beegfs_ha_7_3

For more details on the contents of this playbook file see the Deploy the BeeGFS HA cluster section.

Step 4: Run the BeeGFS Upgrade

To apply the BeeGFS update:

ansible-playbook -i inventory.yml beegfs_ha_playbook.yml -e "beegfs_ha_force_upgrade=true" --tags beegfs_ha

Behind the scenes the BeeGFS HA role will handle:

  • Ensure the cluster is in an optimal state with each BeeGFS service located on its preferred node.

  • Put the cluster in maintenance mode.

  • Update the HA cluster components (if needed).

  • Upgrade each file node one at a time as follows:

    • Place it into standby and failover its services to the secondary node.

    • Upgrade BeeGFS packages.

    • Fallback back services.

  • Move the cluster out of maintenance mode.

Version Upgrade Notes

Upgrading from BeeGFS version 7.2.6 or 7.3.0

Changes to Connection Based Authentication

BeeGFS versions released after 7.3.1 will no longer allow services to start without either specifying a connAuthFile or setting connDisableAuthentication=true in the service's configuration file. It is highly recommended to enable connection based authentication security. See BeeGFS Connection Based Authentication for more information.

By default the beegfs_ha* roles will generate and distribute this file, also adding it to the Ansible control node at <playbook_directory>/files/beegfs/<beegfs_mgmt_ip_address>_connAuthFile. The beegfs_client role will also check for the presence of this file and supply it to the clients if available.

Warning If the beegfs_client role was not used to configure clients, this file will need to be manually distributed to each client and the connAuthFile configuration in the beegfs-client.conf file set to use it. When upgrading from a previous version of BeeGFS where connection based authentication was not enabled, clients will loose access unless connection based authentication is disabled as part of the upgrade by setting beegfs_ha_conn_auth_enabled: false in group_vars/ha_cluster.yml (not recommended).

For additional details and alternate configuration options see the step to configure connection authentication in the Specify Common File Node Configuration section.