Splunk® IT Service Intelligence

Install and Upgrade Manual

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Before you upgrade IT Service Intelligence

Perform the steps in this topic before you upgrade IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) to the latest release. Splunk Cloud customers must work with Splunk Support to coordinate upgrades to ITSI. Version 4.9.x supports upgrading from version 4.6.x or later. To upgrade from earlier versions, perform intermediary upgrades.

Enable new entity discovery saved searches

As of version 4.9.0, the Splunk App for Infrastructure (SAI) will no longer be packaged with ITSI. You will no longer be able to integrate or import entities from SAI to ITSI, or receive any new updates to the SAI entities. You must enable saved searches from the Searches and Reports page in order to continue discovering entities imported from SAI. The steps to enable this search are documented in Use the ITSI entity discovery search. You must also update your macros and any additional configurations to use the itsi_im_metrics index instead of the em_metrics index.

If you have integrated alerts from SAI that generate notable events in ITSI, these alerts will continue to work as-is. You can still continue to use SAI and remaining SAI configurations remain as-is.


Make sure no service templates are syncing

If any service templates are syncing when you upgrade ITSI, the upgrade fails. Check the sync status of service templates by clicking Configuration > Service Templates from the ITSI main menu.

Check admin role inheritance

Make sure the Splunk admin role inherits from the itoa_admin role. The default settings for admin role inheritance for ITSI are contained in authorize.conf. Problems can occur when these settings have been modified in a local version of the file.

Check KV store size limits

The limit of a single batch save to a KV store collection is 500 MB. Check the total amount of data that your services contain, and, if necessary, increase the KV store size limit in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/SA-ITOA/local/limits.conf. This setting controls the maximum size, in megabytes (MB), of the results that are returned for a single query to a collection.

Prerequisites

  • Only users with file system access, such as system administrators, can increase the KV store size limit.
  • Review the steps in How to edit a configuration file in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.

Never change or copy the configuration files in the default directory. The files in the default directory must remain intact and in their original location.

Steps

  1. Open or create a local limits.conf file in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/SA-ITOA/local/.
  2. Increase the max_size_per_result_mb value in the [kvstore] stanza:
    [kvstore]
    max_size_per_result_mb = [new value]
    

Review known issues and changes

Review the following topics before you upgrade ITSI:

  1. Compatible versions of the Splunk platform. See Splunk Enterprise system requirements.
  2. Hardware requirements. See Planning your hardware requirements.
  3. Known issues with the latest release of IT Service Intelligence. See Known issues in Splunk IT Service Intelligence in the Release Notes.
  4. Removed features in the latest release of IT Service Intelligence. See Removed features in the Release Notes.

Recommendations for upgrading IT Service Intelligence

Upgrade both the Splunk platform and IT Service Intelligence in the same maintenance window. See the Splunk Enterprise system requirements to verify which versions of Splunk ITSI and Splunk Enterprise are supported with each other.

If you're upgrading to the Python 3 release of Splunk Enterprise (version 8.x), you must upgrade ITSI and all other apps before upgrading Splunk Enterprise. For more information, see Python 3 migration with ITSI.

  1. Upgrade Splunk Enterprise to a compatible version.
  2. Upgrade Splunk platform instances.
  3. Upgrade Splunk IT Service Intelligence.
  4. Review, upgrade, and deploy add-ons.
  5. See Version-specific upgrade notes for post-installation tasks.

Upgrading ITSI deployed on a search head cluster is a multi-step process. The procedure is detailed in Upgrade IT Service Intelligence in a search head cluster environment in this manual.

Last modified on 05 May, 2021
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® IT Service Intelligence: 4.9.1, 4.9.2, 4.9.3


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