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Migrating from Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7

As an operator, you can migrate a deployment of Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 to Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0. The steps to do so apply to any deployment environment, and there are specific instructions for environments deployed with Helm.

Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 extends Grafana Mimir. Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 extends Cortex. Grafana Mimir includes significant changes that simplify the deployment and continuous operation of a horizontally scalable, multi-tenant time series database with long-term storage.

The following changes make Grafana Mimir easy to run:

  • Removed configuration parameters that don’t require tuning
  • Renamed some parameters so that they’re more easy to understand
  • Updated the default values of some existing parameters to work out of the box

The Grafana Mimirtool (mimirtool) automates configuration conversion for you. It provides a simple migration by generating a Grafana Mimir configuration from a Cortex configuration. It can also generate a Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 configuration from a Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 configuration.

Before you begin

  • Ensure that you are running Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7.X.

    If you are running an older version of Grafana Enterprise Metrics, upgrade to 1.7.0 before proceeding with the migration.

  • Ensure that you have installed the Grafana Mimir monitoring mixin rules.

    The monitoring mixin has both alerting and recording rules to install in either Prometheus or Grafana Enterprise Metrics. The rules replace the Cortex monitoring mixin rules and work for monitoring both Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 and Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0. To upload rules to the ruler using Grafana Mimirtool, refer to Grafana Mimirtool rules.

  • Ensure that you have installed the Grafana Mimir monitoring mixin dashboards.

    The dashboards replace the Cortex monitoring mixin dashboards and work for monitoring both Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 and Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0. Alternatively, update the Grafana Enterprise Metrics plugin to automatically install the latest self monitoring dashboards.

Notable changes

Note: For a full list of changes, refer to the Grafana Mimir CHANGELOG.

  • By default, Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 enables enterprise authentication. To continue using the Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 default named trust, use -auth.type=trust.

  • The Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 HTTP server defaults to listening on port 8080; previous versions defaulted to listening on port 80. The enterprise-metrics Helm chart already used port 8080 and is unaffected by this change.

  • Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 uses anonymous as the default tenant ID where -auth.multitenancy=false. Previous versions used fake as the default tenant ID where -auth.enabled=false. Use where -auth.multitenancy=false, to match the default tenant ID of previous versions.

  • Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 removes the legacy HTTP prefixes.

    • Query endpoints

    • Distributor endpoints

      Legacy endpointCurrent
    • Ingester endpoints

    • Ruler endpoints

      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/api/v1/rules (see below)
      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/{namespace}/api/v1/rules/{namespace} (see below)
      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/{namespace}/{groupName}/api/v1/rules/{namespace}/{groupName} (see below)
      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/{namespace}/api/v1/rules/{namespace} (see below)
      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/{namespace}/{groupName}/api/v1/rules/{namespace}/{groupName} (see below)
      /<legacy-http-prefix>/rules/{namespace}/api/v1/rules/{namespace} (see below)

      Note: The /api/v1/rules/** endpoints are considered deprecated with Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0.0 and will be removed in Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.2.0. After upgrading to 2.0.0, we recommend switching to the equivalent /<prometheus-http-prefix>/config/v1/** endpoints that Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0.0 introduces.

    • Alertmanager endpoints


Generating configuration for Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0

Grafana Mimirtool provides the mimirtool config convert --gem command for converting a Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 configuration into a Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 configuration. It can convert both flags and configuration files.

Downloading Grafana Mimirtool

Download the appropriate release asset for your operating system and architecture, and make it executable. For Linux with the AMD64 architecture:

curl -fLo mimirtool
chmod +x mimirtool

Using Grafana Mimirtool

Note: To ensure that the Grafana Enterprise Metrics specific configuration isn’t removed from the output, you must use the --gem flag.

The tool removes any configuration parameters that are no longer available in Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0, and it renames any configuration parameter that has a new name. If you have explicitly set configuration parameters to a value that matches the Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 default, by default, mimirtool config convert doesn’t update the value. To have mimirtool config convert --gem update explicitly set values from the Grafana Enterprise Metrics 1.7 defaults to the new Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 defaults, provide the --update-defaults flag. For more information about using mimirtool for configuration conversion, refer to the Grafana Mimirtool configuration command named convert.

Migrating to Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 with Helm

Grafana Enterprise Metrics 2.0 uses the Grafana Mimir mimir-distributed Helm chart. You can update to the mimir-distributed Helm chart from the enterprise-metrics Helm chart.

Before you begin

  • Ensure that you are running the v1.8.1 release of the enterprise-metrics Helm chart.

To migrate to the mimir-distributed Helm chart:

  1. Update your Helm repositories.

    helm repo update
  2. Convert your existing Grafana Enterprise Metrics configuration in your Helm values file.

    a. Remove the config member at the top level of your Helm values file. The mimir-distributed chart uses a string configuration at the key mimir.config instead.

    b. Enable enterprise configuration by setting enterprise.enabled to true and enterprise.legacyLabels to true. The value enterprise.legacyLabels installs resources using the same labels as the enterprise-metrics Helm chart.

    In your Helm values file:

      enabled: true
      legacyLabels: true

    c. If you’re using the enterprise-metrics chart MinIO for object storage, set the minio.accesskey to enterprise-metrics

    In your Helm values file:

      accesskey: "enterprise-metrics"

    d. Extract the updated default configuration from the mimir-distributed Helm chart into the mimir-distributed.yaml file. The following command requires the Go yq tool.

    helm template <RELEASE NAME> -f <VALUES FILE> grafana/mimir-distributed | yq 'select( == "<RELEASE NAME>-enterprise-metrics-config") | .data."mimir.yaml"' | base64 -d > mimir-distributed.yaml

    e. Extract the Grafana Enterprise Metrics configuration from the deployed Grafana Enterprise Metrics Secret and write the output to the enterprise-metrics.yaml file.

    kubectl get secret <RELEASE>-enterprise-metrics -o json | jq -r '.data."enterprise-metrics.yaml"' | base64 -d > enterprise-metrics-1.7.yaml

    If using an external configuration Secret, replace <RELEASE>-enterprise-metrics with the name of your Secret.

    f. Use mimirtool to convert the configuration, writing the output YAML to the enterprise-metrics-2.0.yaml file.

    mimirtool config convert --gem --yaml-file enterprise-metrics-1.7.yaml --yaml-out enterprise-metrics-2.0.yaml

    g. Merge the converted enterprise-metrics-2.0.yaml into the mimir-distributed.yaml defaults into the config.yaml file. The following command requires the Go yq tool.

    yq '. *= load("enterprise-metrics-2.0.yaml")' mimir-distributed.yaml > config.yaml

    h. In config.yaml, set activity_tracker.filepath to /data/metrics-activity.log. The mimir-distributed chart uses a different writable data directory to the enterprise-metrics chart.

    i. In config.yaml, set frontend.cache_results to false and frontend.results_cache.backend to ''. The query-frontend results cache isn’t yet available in the mimir-distributed Helm chart.

    j. In your Helm values file, add the contents of the config.yaml file as the value for the mimir.config key.

    Note: The Grafana Mimir Helm chart expects the configuration as a string value. You can provide a literal block string with the | symbol.

    In your Helm values file:

      config: |
  3. Run the Helm upgrade with the mimir-distributed chart.

    During the upgrade, requests to the gateway fail for a short period of time. Prometheus and Grafana Agent retry failed write requests to avoid data loss.

    Note: The name of the release must match your enterprise-metrics Helm chart release.

    helm upgrade <RELEASE> grafana/mimir-distributed -f <VALUES FILE> --set-file 'license.contents=<LICENSE FILE>' [-n <NAMESPACE>]

To verify that the cluster is operating correctly, use the self monitoring or monitoring mixin dashboards installed in Grafana.