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Status Under review
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 19, 2022

Splitting Software Update package upload and pre-check steps

When doing Software Upgrade, ie. when pressing the "transfer" button in Datastudio, idaa server runs a list of 5 steps.

The first step is the transfer of upgrade package of 20+GB. This could take long if the package does not locate on USS (some customers do not have a USS drive of big enough size), so it could take them a few hours to upload the package.

Step number 5 is db2diag preliminary check to make sure the appliance is on a good shape for upgrade. When the preliminary check fails, it fails the complete package transfer as well, ie. all the 4 steps before will be rolled back, the uploaded package is removed, etc.

On one production appliance, one customer experienced at least 4-5 times of a pre-check failure, and each time the package has to be re-transferred. Due to their small USS size and slow upload speed, it took them 3 attempts (on three individual planned weekends) to upgrade the ONE appliance.

The idea is to

  • separate the 5 steps, so that if the preliminary check fails, the package transfer won't be repeated.

Knut suggested:

  • keep the transferred (unverified) packages in some sort of staging area

  • introduce some validation of the transferred packages and in case they are good, skip re-transferring the packages again?

Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)