CSM Replication module consists of two components:

  • CSM Replication sidecar (installed along with the driver)
  • CSM Replication controller

Those two components should be upgraded separately. When upgrading them ensure that you use the same versions for both sidecar and controller, because different versions could be incompatible with each other.

Note: While upgrading the module via helm, the replicas variable in myvalues.yaml can be at most one less than the number of worker nodes.

Updating CSM Replication sidecar

To upgrade the CSM Replication sidecar that is installed along with the driver, the following steps are required.

Note: These steps refer to the values file and csi-install.sh script that was used during the initial installation of the Dell CSI driver.


  1. Update the controller.replication.image value in the values files to reference the new CSM Replication sidecar image.
  2. Run the csi-install script with the option --upgrade by running:
    cd ../dell-csi-helm-installer && ./csi-install.sh --namespace <your-namespace> --values ./myvalues.yaml --upgrade
  3. Run the same command on the second Kubernetes cluster if you use multi-cluster replication topology

For more information on upgrading the CSI driver, please visit the CSI driver upgrade page.


On PowerScale systems, an additional step is needed when upgrading to CSM Replication v1.4.0 or later. Because the SyncIQ policy created on the target-side storage array is no longer used, it must be deleted for any existing DellCSIReplicationGroup objects after performing the upgrade to the CSM Replication sidecar and PowerScale CSI driver. These steps should be performed before the DellCSIReplicationGroup objects are used with the new version of the CSI driver. Until this step is performed, existing DellCSIReplicationGroup objects will display an UNKNOWN link state.

  1. Log in to the target PowerScale array.
  2. Navigate to the Data Protection > SyncIQ page and select the Policies tab.
  3. Delete disabled, target-side SyncIQ policies that are used for CSM Replication. Such policies will be distinguished by their names, of the format <prefix>-<kubernetes namespace>-<IP of replication destination>-<RPO duration>.

Updating CSM Replication controller

Make sure the appropriate release branch is available on the machine performing the upgrade by running:

git clone -b v1.6.0 https://github.com/dell/csm-replication.git

Upgrading with Helm

This option will only work if you have previously installed replication via Helm chart, available since version 1.1. If you used simple manifest or repctl please use upgrading with repctl


  1. Update the image value in the values files to reference the new CSM Replication controller image or use a new version of the csm-replication Helm chart.

  2. Run the install script with the option --upgrade by running:

    cd ./scripts && ./install.sh --values ./myvalues.yaml --upgrade
  3. Run the same command on the second Kubernetes cluster if you use multi-cluster replication topology.

Note: Upgrade won’t override currently existing ConfigMap, even if you change templated values in myvalues.yaml file. If you want to change the logLevel - edit ConfigMap from within the cluster using bash kubectl edit cm -n dell-replication-controller dell-replication-controller-config

Upgrading with repctl

Note: These steps assume that you already have repctl configured to use correct clusters, if you don’t know how to do that please refer to installing with repctl


  1. Find a new version of deployment manifest that can be found in deploy/controller.yaml, with newer image pointing to the version of CSM Replication controller you want to upgrade to.

  2. Apply said manifest using the usual repctl create command like so:

    ./repctl create -f ../deploy/controller.yaml

    The output should have this line Successfully updated existing deployment: dell-replication-controller-manager

  3. Check if everything is OK by querying your Kubernetes clusters using kubectl using a kubectl get:

    kubectl get pods -n dell-replication-controller`

    Your pods should be READY and RUNNING.

Replication CRD version update

CRD dellcsireplicationgroups.replication.storage.dell.com has been updated to version v1 in CSM Replication v1.4.0. To facilitate the continued use of existing DellCSIReplicationGroup CR objects after upgrading to CSM Replication v1.4.0 or later, an init container will be deployed during upgrade. The init container updates the existing CRs with necessary steps for their continued use.

Note: Do not update the CRD as part of upgrade. An init container included in the replication controller pod takes care of updating existing CRD and CR versions.

Starting from CSM Replication v1.6.0, the init container has been removed. Therefore, when upgrading from versions older than v1.4.0 to v1.6.0 or any later versions, it is mandatory to perform an intermediate upgrade to either v1.4.0 or v1.5.0 before proceeding with any further upgrades.