Splunk® IT Essentials Work

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Upgrade Splunk IT Essentials Work on a search-head cluster

Follow these steps to upgrade Splunk IT Essentials Work (ITE Work) on cluster members. ITE Work supports upgrades from up to three minor versions prior to the version you're upgrading to. If you are upgrading from a version lower than 3 minor versions from the version you want to upgrade to, you have perform step upgrades.

Before upgrading

  • Perform all prerequisite steps specified before upgrading ITE Work. See Before you upgrade IT Essentials Work.
  • Ensure stable and optimal connectivity between the deployer and search head cluster members, such as minimal network latency, no dropped packets, and so on. Problems with network connectivity during an shcluster bundle push of a new version of ITE Work might leave ITSI in an inconsistent state and require further steps to resolve.
  • If upgrading to a Python 3 release of Splunk (version 8.x), you must upgrade IT Service Intelligence and all other apps before upgrading Splunk Enterprise. For more information, see Python 3 migration with ITSI.
  • ITSI supports upgrades from up to three versions prior.

Confirm the cluster is in a healthy state

Confirm that the cluster is in a healthy state before you begin the upgrade:

splunk show shcluster-status

Check the following criteria:

  1. Locate the current search head captain and use it as the target when running the splunk apply shcluster-bundle.
  2. Make sure the search head cluster is fully functional and that there are no pending replication updates.

For information on health check criteria, see Health check output details.

Deploy the new version to the cluster members

Use the deployer to distribute the new version of ITE Work to search-head cluster members, the same way you initially deployed ITE Work on the search-head cluster. A migration script runs on the captain after upgrading. The upgrade then propagates to all other cluster members.

  1. Log in to splunk.com with your Splunk.com ID.
  2. Download the latest Splunk IT Essentials Work product.
  3. Untar the ITE Work installation package into $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/shcluster/apps/. For example:
    tar -xvf splunk-it-service-intelligence_<latest_version>.spl -C $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/shcluster/apps/

    On Windows, rename the file extension from .spl to .tgz first and use a third-party utility like 7-Zip to perform the extraction.

  4. Run the splunk apply shcluster-bundle command on the deployer:
    splunk apply shcluster-bundle -target <URI>:<management_port> -auth <username>:<password>
    At the end of the bundle push, a rolling restart occurs if necessary. During a rolling restart, approximately 10% of the members restart at a time, until all have restarted. Note that if you're using options to disable rolling restarts, you need to trigger one manually. For instructions and more information, see Use the deployer to distribute apps and configuration updates.
  5. Start your Splunk software.
    cd $SPLUNK_HOME/bin
    ./splunk start
  6. The first time you go to ITE Work after installing the new files, a migration screen steps you through the upgrade process. For Skip over localized failures, choose whether to skip over the following types of failures:
    • Missing dependencies in service KPIs, such as a missing macro
    • Multiple entity split or filter fields in KPI base searches
    • Missing dependencies in KPI base searches
    • Missing dependencies in correlation searches
    • Duplicate services

    Skipping over these failures means the problematic objects aren't migrated. You'll receive a list of skipped objects when the upgrade completes.

  7. Click Start Upgrade. The migration script runs to migrate existing ITE Work knowledge objects to the new version.
  8. When the upgrade completes, open the ITE Work homepage.

To check migration related logs, run the following Splunk search:

index=_internal "[itsi.migration]"

Upgrade indexers

For non-clustered distributed environments, copy the SA-IndexCreation file to $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps on each indexer in your deployment.

If you have an indexer cluster, use the configuration bundle method to replicate SA-IndexCreation across all peer nodes. On the master node, place a copy of SA-IndexCreation in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/master-apps/. For information about updating peers in an indexer cluster, and for CLI instructions, see Manage app deployment across all peers in the Splunk Enterprise Managing Indexers and Clusters of Indexers manual.

Upgrade ITSI license components

When you upgrade ITE Work, you have to also upgrade SA-ITSI-Licensechecker and SA-UserAccess on any license master in a distributed or search-head cluster environment.

If one of the search heads in your environment is also a license master, the license master components are upgraded when you upgrade ITE Work on the search heads.

Validate the upgrade

The ITE Work upgrade process is now complete. Objects disabled during the upgrade process are automatically reenabled. ITE Work shows the following message: IT Service Intelligence upgrade has completed successfully.

  1. In Splunk Web, click Help > About to verify that the upgrade was successful.
  2. Clear the browser cache of the browser you use to access Splunk Web. If you don't clear the browser cache, some pages might fail to load.

You can also check the installed version, latest version, and previous version by running the following search:

| rest splunk_server=local /services/apps/local/itsi | stats values(version) as itsi_installed_version | join [|inputlookup itsi_migration_check]

After upgrading

If the upgrade fails, see Roll back an upgrade of Splunk IT Essentials Work.

Last modified on 08 December, 2021
Upgrade Splunk IT Essentials Work on a single instance
Roll back an upgrade of Splunk IT Essentials Work

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® IT Essentials Work: 4.12.0 Cloud only

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