Upgrade, roll back, or uninstall GCXI
- 1 Supported upgrade strategies
- 2 Timing
- 3 Monitoring
- 4 Preparatory steps
- 5 Back up the meta database
- 6 Rolling Update
- 7 Uninstall
Learn how to upgrade, roll back, or uninstall GCXI.
Supported upgrade strategies
Genesys Customer Experience Insights supports the following upgrade strategies:
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The upgrade or rollback process to follow depends on how you deployed the service initially. Based on the deployment strategy adopted during initial deployment, refer to the corresponding upgrade or rollback section on this page for related instructions.
In scenarios where you have previously deployed GCXI using Helm, use the instructions on this page to upgrade to a newer GCXI release.
A regular upgrade schedule is necessary to fit within the Genesys policy of supporting N-2 releases, but a particular release might warrant an earlier upgrade (for example, because of a critical security fix).
If the service you are upgrading requires a later version of any third-party services, upgrade the third-party service(s) before you upgrade the private edition service. For the latest supported versions of third-party services, see the Software requirements page in the suite-level guide.
Genesys recommends that you upgrade the services methodically and sequentially: Complete the upgrade for one service and verify that it upgraded successfully before proceeding to upgrade the next service. If necessary, roll back the upgrade and verify successful rollback.
Monitor the upgrade process using standard Kubernetes and Helm metrics, as well as service-specific metrics that can identify failure or successful completion of the upgrade (see Observability in Genesys Customer Experience Insights).
Genesys recommends that you create custom alerts for key indicators of failure — for example, an alert that a pod is in pending state for longer than a timeout suitable for your environment. Consider including an alert for the absence of metrics, which is a situation that can occur if the Docker image is not available. Note that Genesys does not provide support for custom alerts that you create in your environment.
Ensure that your processes have been set up to enable easy rollback in case an upgrade leads to compatibility or other issues.
Each time you upgrade a service:
- Review the release note to identify changes.
- Ensure that the new package is available for you to deploy in your environment.
- Ensure that your existing <override>-values.yaml file is available and update it if required to implement changes.
The Helm installation package (IP) has a file name in the format gcxi-<release>.tgz, for example gcxi-100.0.029+0000.tgz.
The following steps provide detailed information about preparing to upgrade GCXI:
- On the Control Plane node, set the current directory to the helm folder, and run the following command to create a subfolder to differentiate this release from others:
- where <folder> is the folder in which to extract the Helm package. For example: 018.00.
- To extract the Helm package, run the following command:
tar xvzf <helm IP file name> -C helm_<folder>
<folder> is the folder you created in the previous step.
<helm IP file name> is the name of the gcxi Helm package you are installing.
- For example:
mkdir helm_018.00; tar xvzf gcxi-9.0.018.00.tgz -C helm_018.00
- From the folder where you deployed the previous release of GCXI using Helm, copy the file values-test.yaml into the new folder.
Back up the meta database
The GCXI upgrade process automatically backs up your meta database before upgrading to the new release of GCXI. However, GCXI also provides additional options to back up the contents of your meta database, including:
- Scheduled backup using the container option BACKUP_HOUR.
- Immediate backup using a Kubernetes job.
- Immediate backup using PostgreSQL tools.
Backup files are stored in the gcxi-shared mount point, which is found in /genesys/gcxi/shared, unless you configure a different location. (By default, backups are stored in a subfolder called backup in /genesys/gcxi/shared).
Back up using the container variable
Genesys recommends that you configure the container option to automatically back up your data. To schedule automatic backups, set the following container variable:
Where <time> digits in 24-hr format instruct the container to perform meta db backup in corresponding hours, for example to back up at 22:00, 6:00, and 15:00 hours:
Back up using the Kubernetes job
You can perform a backup at any time using the included Kubernetes job, gcxi-backup, as follows:
kubectl delete job "gcxi-backup" || true
kubectl apply -f gcxi-backup.yaml
This creates two backup files (that is, service databases): mstr_meta_<tag>.pgdump and mstr_hist_<tag>.pgdump, where <tag> is a timestamp. You can optionally set another value for <tag> using the BACKUP_TAG variable in gcxi-backup job yaml.
Restoring from a backup
Ensure that backup files (pgdump) are present in the gcxi-shared mount location. If they are in another location, you must set the RESTORE_TAG variable in the gcxi-restore.yaml file.
You must stop the GCXI pods before performing a restore operation. Stop the pods using the following command:
kubectl scale --replicas=0 statefulset/gcxi
Execute the following commands to restore the meta database:
kubectl delete job "gcxi-restore" || true
kubectl apply -f gcxi-restore.yaml
Use the following command to restart the pods:
kubectl scale --replicas=1 statefulset/gcxi
Rolling Update: Upgrade
Execute the following command to upgrade <service>:
helm upgrade --install <service> -f <override>-values.yaml <Helm package> -n <namespace>
Tip: If your review of Helm chart changes (see Preparatory Step 3) identifies that the only update you need to make to your existing <override>-values.yaml file is to update the image version, you can pass the image tag as an argument by using the --set flag in the command:
helm upgrade --install <service> -f <override>-values.yaml <Helm package> --set <service>.image.tag=<new service version>
Set the command context by navigating to the new folder you created (see above) and run the following command:
helm upgrade --debug gcxi-helm gcxi/ --namespace gcxi --create-namespace -f values-test.yaml
Run the following command:
helm upgrade gcxi-raa-lab helmrepo/gcxi-raa --values myvalues.yaml
Rolling Update: Verify the upgrade
Follow usual Kubernetes best practices to verify that the new service version is deployed. See the information about initial deployment for additional functional validation that the service has upgraded successfully.
Rolling Update: Rollback
Execute the following command to roll back the upgrade to the previous version:
helm rollback <service>
or, to roll back to an even earlier version:
helm rollback <service> <revision version>
Alternatively, you can re-install the previous package:
- Revert the image version in the <service>.image.tag parameter in the <override>-values.yaml file. If applicable, also revert any configuration changes you implemented for the new release.
- Execute the following command to roll back the upgrade:
helm upgrade --install <service> -f <override>-values.yaml <old Helm package>
- Tip: You can also directly pass the image tag as an argument by using the --set flag in the command:
helm upgrade --install <service> -f <override>-values.yaml <old Helm package> --set <service>.image.tag=<old service version>
helm rollback gcxi-raa-lab --recreate-pods
Rolling Update: Verify the rollback
Verify the rollback in the same way that you verified the upgrade (see Rolling Update: Verify the upgrade).
Execute the following command to uninstall <service>:
helm uninstall <service> -n <namespace>
Execute the following command to remove GCXI:
helm uninstall gcxi-helm -n gcxi
helm uninstall gcxi-raa-lab