OKD 4 introduces architectural changes and enhancements. The procedures that you used to manage your OKD 3 cluster might not apply to OKD 4.
It is not possible to upgrade your existing OKD 3 cluster to OKD 4. You must start with a new OKD 4 installation. Tools are available to assist in migrating your control plane settings and application workloads.
With OKD 3, administrators individually deployed Fedora hosts, and then installed OKD on top of these hosts to form a cluster. Administrators were responsible for properly configuring these hosts and performing updates.
OKD 4 represents a significant change in the way that OKD clusters are deployed and managed. OKD 4 includes new technologies and functionality, such as Operators, machine sets, and Fedora CoreOS (FCOS), which are core to the operation of the cluster. This technology shift enables clusters to self-manage some functions previously performed by administrators. This also ensures platform stability and consistency, and simplifies installation and scaling.
Beginning with OKD 4.13, FCOS now uses Fedora 9.2 packages. This enhancement enables the latest fixes and features as well as the latest hardware support and driver updates. For more information about how this upgrade to RHEL 9.2 might affect your options configuration and services as well as driver and container support, see the RHCOS now uses RHEL 9.2 in the OpenShift Container Platform 4.13 release notes.
For more information, see OpenShift Container Platform architecture.
OKD 4 uses Fedora CoreOS (FCOS), which is designed to run containerized applications, and provides efficient installation, Operator-based management, and simplified upgrades. FCOS is an immutable container host, rather than a customizable operating system like Fedora. FCOS enables OKD 4 to manage and automate the deployment of the underlying container host. FCOS is a part of OKD, which means that everything runs inside a container and is deployed using OKD.
In OKD 4, control plane nodes must run FCOS, ensuring that full-stack automation is maintained for the control plane. This makes rolling out updates and upgrades a much easier process than in OKD 3.
For more information, see Fedora CoreOS (FCOS).
Operators are a method of packaging, deploying, and managing a Kubernetes application. Operators ease the operational complexity of running another piece of software. They watch over your environment and use the current state to make decisions in real time. Advanced Operators are designed to upgrade and react to failures automatically.
For more information, see Understanding Operators.
To install OKD 3.11, you prepared your Fedora hosts, set all of the configuration values your cluster needed, and then ran an Ansible playbook to install and set up your cluster.
In OKD 4, you use the OpenShift installation program to create a minimum set of resources required for a cluster. After the cluster is running, you use Operators to further configure your cluster and to install new services. After first boot, Fedora CoreOS (FCOS) systems are managed by the Machine Config Operator (MCO) that runs in the OKD cluster.
For more information, see Installation process.
In OKD 3.11, you installed your cluster on infrastructure that you prepared and maintained. In addition to providing your own infrastructure, OKD 4 offers an option to deploy a cluster on infrastructure that the OKD installation program provisions and the cluster maintains.
For more information, see OpenShift Container Platform installation overview.
In OKD 3.11, you upgraded your cluster by running Ansible playbooks. In OKD 4, the cluster manages its own updates, including updates to Fedora CoreOS (FCOS) on cluster nodes. You can easily upgrade your cluster by using the web console or by using the
oc adm upgrade command from the OpenShift CLI and the Operators will automatically upgrade themselves. If your OKD 4 cluster has Fedora worker machines, then you will still need to run an Ansible playbook to upgrade those worker machines.
For more information, see Updating clusters.
Review the changes and other considerations that might affect your transition from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4.
Review the following storage changes to consider when transitioning from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4.
Local storage is only supported by using the Local Storage Operator in OKD 4. It is not supported to use the local provisioner method from OKD 3.11.
For more information, see Persistent storage using local volumes.
The FlexVolume plugin location changed from OKD 3.11. The new location in OKD 4 is
/etc/kubernetes/kubelet-plugins/volume/exec. Attachable FlexVolume plugins are no longer supported.
For more information, see Persistent storage using FlexVolume.
Persistent storage using the Container Storage Interface (CSI) was Technology Preview in OKD 3.11. OKD 4 ships with several CSI drivers. You can also install your own driver.
For more information, see Persistent storage using the Container Storage Interface (CSI).
OpenShift Container Storage 3, which is available for use with OKD 3.11, uses Red Hat Gluster Storage as the backing storage.
Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation 4, which is available for use with OKD 4, uses Red Hat Ceph Storage as the backing storage.
For more information, see Persistent storage using Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation and the interoperability matrix article.
Support for the following persistent storage options from OKD 3.11 has changed in OKD 4:
GlusterFS is no longer supported.
CephFS as a standalone product is no longer supported.
Ceph RBD as a standalone product is no longer supported.
If you used one of these in OKD 3.11, you must choose a different persistent storage option for full support in OKD 4.
For more information, see Understanding persistent storage.
OKD 4 is migrating in-tree volume plugins to their Container Storage Interface (CSI) counterparts. In OKD 4, CSI drivers are the new default for the following in-tree volume types:
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Block Storage (EBS)
Google Cloud Platform Persistent Disk (GCP PD)
As of OKD 4.13, VMware vSphere is not available by default. However, you can opt into VMware vSphere.
All aspects of volume lifecycle, such as creation, deletion, mounting, and unmounting, is handled by the CSI driver.
For more information, see CSI automatic migration.
Review the following networking changes to consider when transitioning from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4.
The default network isolation mode for OKD 3.11 was
ovs-subnet, though users frequently switched to use
ovn-multitenant. The default network isolation mode for OKD 4 is controlled by a network policy.
If your OKD 3.11 cluster used the
ovs-multitenant mode, it is recommended to switch to a network policy for your OKD 4 cluster. Network policies are supported upstream, are more flexible, and they provide the functionality that
ovs-multitenant does. If you want to maintain the
ovs-multitenant behavior while using a network policy in OKD 4, follow the steps to configure multitenant isolation using network policy.
For more information, see About network policy.
In OKD 3.11, OpenShift SDN was the default networking plugin in Red Hat OpenShift Networking. In OKD 4, OVN-Kubernetes is now the default networking plugin.
For information on migrating to OVN-Kubernetes from OpenShift SDN, see Migrating from the OpenShift SDN network plugin.
Review the following logging changes to consider when transitioning from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4.
OKD 4 provides a simple deployment mechanism for OpenShift Logging, by using a Cluster Logging custom resource.
For more information, see Installing OpenShift Logging.
You cannot transition your aggregate logging data from OKD 3.11 into your new OKD 4 cluster.
For more information, see About OpenShift Logging.
Some logging configurations that were available in OKD 3.11 are no longer supported in OKD 4.
For more information on the explicitly unsupported logging cases, see Maintenance and support.
Review the following security changes to consider when transitioning from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4.
In OKD 3.11, an unauthenticated user could access the discovery endpoints (for example,
/apis/*). For security reasons, unauthenticated access to the discovery endpoints is no longer allowed in OKD 4. If you do need to allow unauthenticated access, you can configure the RBAC settings as necessary; however, be sure to consider the security implications as this can expose internal cluster components to the external network.
Configuration for identity providers has changed for OKD 4, including the following notable changes:
The request header identity provider in OKD 4 requires mutual TLS, where in OKD 3.11 it did not.
The configuration of the OpenID Connect identity provider was simplified in OKD 4. It now obtains data, which previously had to specified in OKD 3.11, from the provider’s
For more information, see Understanding identity provider configuration.
Newly created OAuth HTTP bearer tokens no longer match the names of their OAuth access token objects. The object names are now a hash of the bearer token and are no longer sensitive. This reduces the risk of leaking sensitive information.
restricted security context constraints (SCC) in OKD 4 can no longer be accessed by any authenticated user as the
restricted SCC in OKD 3.11. The broad authenticated access is now granted to the
restricted-v2 SCC, which is more restrictive than the old
restricted SCC. The
restricted SCC still exists; users that want to use it must be specifically given permissions to do it.
For more information, see Managing security context constraints.
Review the following monitoring changes when transitioning from OKD 3.11 to OKD 4. You cannot migrate Hawkular configurations and metrics to Prometheus.
The default alert that triggers to ensure the availability of the monitoring structure was called
DeadMansSwitch in OKD 3.11. This was renamed to
Watchdog in OKD 4. If you had PagerDuty integration set up with this alert in OKD 3.11, you must set up the PagerDuty integration for the
Watchdog alert in OKD 4.
For more information, see Applying custom Alertmanager configuration.