Manual Upgrade (2.3.0)

As of August 2020, Sysdig has changed its upgrade procedure.


All on-premises installations and upgrades are now scheduled with and guided by Sysdig technical account managers and professional services division. See Oversight Services Now Offered for All Installs and Upgrades .

For customers, the instructions in this section are for review purposes only.

Sysdig platform on-premise releases are listed here. Each release has a version number and specific Release Notes.

This release has the following significant component changes:

  1. Includes the option of securing Elasticsearch and/or Cassandra with username/password authentication and TLS-encrypted data in transit. This prevents both unauthorized access to the clusters and network eavesdropping. The upgrade instructions below incorporate this new capability when using the Sysdig-provided Cassandra and Elasticsearch components.


    If you are running your own Cassandra or Elasticsearch clusters, you can skip the sections: Elasticsearch and Cassandra Files and Replace Existing Elasticsearch and Cassandra Pods.

  2. Updates of the Postgres database and Anchore engine (if you are running Sysdig Secure).

  3. The following parameter has been renamed in config.yaml: elasticsearch.url to elasticsearch.hostname

    The value of elasticsearch.hostname does not include the protocol (e.g.http://); just use the hostname itself. For example, if you had elasticsearch.url: http://sysdigcloud-elasticsearch, it would now be elasticsearch.hostname: sysdigcloud-elasticsearch.

Download the New Version

Download the new version from Sysdig's GitHub and unzip it.

Note that as of this release, versioning standards have changed from a single build number (e.g. v1929) to semantic versioning (e.g. 2.3.0)

wget<version_number>.tar.gz &&  tar xvf <version_number>.tar.gz

Edit New Files to Match Your Customized Files


It is important to use the latest YAML files for a successful upgrade.

Edit the following files within the sysdigcloud directory to match any customizations you may have made in your existing production system.

Sysdig Cloud Files


Customization involves copying the existing settings from your environment and modifying the files listed in this section.

Update the following files with customizations from your existing environment:

  • sysdigcloud/config.yaml: Pull configurations from your sysdigcloud-config configmap to the downloaded sysdigcloud/config.yaml.

    The following variables are mandatory for Sysdig installations:


    The following variables are optional but commonly modified for Sysdig installations:


    If you have modified the previous config.yaml, copy the modified options such as the external endpoints. You must also check deployment YAML files for CPU/memory settings.

  • Copy configurations from your existing deployment and update the spec.replicas definition in the following files:

    • sysdigcloud/api-deployment.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/collector-deployment.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/worker-deployment.yaml

  • If running Sysdig Secure:


    Please do not edit the image: property.

    • sysdigcloud/anchore-core-config.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/anchore-worker-config.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/anchore-core-deployment.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/anchore-worker-deployment.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/scanning-api-deployment.yaml

    • sysdigcloud/scanning-alertmgr-deployment.yaml

Postgres File (if running Sysdig Secure)

Update the following file with customizations from your existing environment:


Please do not edit the image: property.

  • Modify the storage class name, spec.volumeClaimTemplates[].spec.storageClassName in the datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/postgres/postgres-statefulset.yaml file.

Elasticsearch and Cassandra Files

In version 2.3.0, Elasticsearch and Cassandra yaml configurations have been updated. Update the new files with customizations from your existing environment.


Please do not edit the image: property.

  • elasticsearch-statefulset.yaml - For example, your environment may have customized the values for the number of replicas, resource constraints, amount of storage, and the storage class name:

    spec.replicas and spec.template.spec.containers[elasticsearch].env[ELASTICSEARCH_GOSSIP_NODES_NUM].value
  • cassandra-statefulset.yaml - As with Elasticsearch, your environment may have customized the values for the number of replicas, resource constraints, amount of storage, and the storage class name:


Apply the Files

Run the kubectl commands to apply the relevant files to your cluster.

Note: if you run into an error replacing the statefulsets, you may need to delete the existing one before applying the new configuration. See the Statefulset Deletion and Creation section below.

Upgrade for Sysdig Monitor

kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/config.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/api-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/collector-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/worker-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE replace -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-statefulset.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE replace -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/cassandra/cassandra-statefulset.yaml

Upgrade for Sysdig Secure

kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/anchore-core-config.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/anchore-worker-config.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/anchore-core-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/anchore-worker-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/scanning-alertmgr-service.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/scanning-api-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f sysdigcloud/scanning-alertmgr-deployment.yaml
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/postgres/postgres-statefulset.yaml

Statefulset Deletion and Creation

If you are unable to update the existing statefulsets with the commands above, you may need to delete them before applying the new configuration.

# Elasticsearch
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete statefulset sysdigcloud-elasticsearch
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-statefulset.yaml

# Cassandra
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete statefulset sysdigcloud-cassandra
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/cassandra/cassandra-statefulset.yaml

# Postgres (if running Sysdig Secure)
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete statefulset sysdigcloud-postgresql
kubectl -n $NAMESPACE apply -f datastores/as_kubernetes_pods/manifests/postgres/postgres-statefulset.yaml

Replace Existing Statefulset Pods

The replace command above only replaces the Kubernetes configuration, but not the running pods themselves. For the changes to take effect, perform the following steps:

  1. For Elasticsearch, run:

    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete pod -l role=elasticsearch
    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete pod -l role=cassandra
    # If running Sysdig Secure
    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE delete pod -l role=postgresql
  2. Check that all the new pods come up Ready by running the commands below separately:

    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE get pod -l role=elasticsearch
    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE get pod -l role=cassandra
    # If running Sysdig Secure
    kubectl -n $NAMESPACE get pod -l role=postgresql

    This may take a few minutes.

Next Steps

To secure Elasticsearch and Cassandra (using both authentication and SSL/TLS), follow the instructions below: