Versioning Sensu Go installation
When dealing with software installation, we want to pin the versions of our components as tightly as possible. In the first part of this guide, we will look at how we can pin the Sensu Go version when using Ansible. We will focus our attention on updates in the second part of this guide.
The backend and agent roles both use the install role for installing required components. And the installation Ansible role consults three variables when determining what component version to install: version, build, and channel.
In the vast majority of scenarios, we can set the version variable and leave the build and channel variables set to their default values:
- name: Install, configure and run Sensu agents hosts: agents become: true tasks: - name: Install agent include_role: name: sensu.sensu_go.agent vars: version: 6.1.4
When we run the previous playbook, Ansible will install the latest 6.1.4 version build from the stable channel. And since stable channel only contains one package build per released version, we pinned down the Sensu Go version to a single package.
Unstable versions of Sensu Go can have more than one build associated with them. In scenarios where we are dealing with prerelease versions, we can use the build variable to make installation predictable or use an older package build:
- name: Install, configure and run Sensu agents hosts: agents become: true tasks: - name: Install agent include_role: name: sensu.sensu_go.agent vars: channel: testing version: 6.2.0 build: 3881
The installation role ignores both the channel and the build variables values when installing the Sensu Go agent on Windows. For the time being, Windows users can only install stable versions with the Sensu Go agent role.
We can also install the latest available version if we omit the version
variable or set it to
latest. But we strongly advise against this approach
since we may inadvertently update our Sensu Go version when all we wanted to
do is update our configuration file.
Updating existing installation
If you think updating our Sensu Go installation is as simple as bumping the version number and rerunning the playbook, you are almost right. Ansible will update and restart the updated Sensu Go backend or agent services, but it will not run any version-specific migration tasks.
Thankfully, for most updates, restarting services is all that is needed. For the rest of the cases, update instructions are usually straightforward. You can find them all in the Sensu Go documentation.
The Sensu Go Ansible Collection does not support downgrades. You might be able to install an older version of Sensu Go, but there are no guarantees that your installation will still work.