Getting Started with Azure Managed Kubernetes - Upgrade your application in AKS

In the previous article we deployed a core 2.0 api app in AKS (Azure Managed Kubernetes). Now lets quickly look into how to upgrade the application when there is a change in code. Please make sure you read the previous article to follow through this one.

Let's start with a code change in our previously created controller class, just altered the position of the concatenated output from the 2nd Get method, moved machine name at the end.
return Ok(ListOfQuotes.OrderBy(_ => r.Next(ListOfQuotes.Length)).Take(count).Select(x => $"{x}-{Environment.MachineName}"));
Once the controller is updated let's create a new docker image locally with a new tag (consider this as new version). Once done, you should be able to see the new image created with tag 'linuxV2'.
// Build the image
docker build -t .

// Validate the new image is created
docker images

Now let's publish the same in our previously created Azure Container Registry (ACR). Make sure you are authenticated.
// Authenticate to ACR, you may need az login before this if cached credentials are cleared by now
az acr login --name sanjaysrepo

// Push new image to ACR
docker push

// Validate we have both the images (linux + linuxV2) in ACR
az acr repository show-tags --name sanjaysrepo --repository quotesgenerator --output table

Cool! It's time to update our Kubernetes cluster deployment with this new image. Before we start validate that you still have a deployment with 5 pods (spread across 2 VMs). To ensure maximum up-time, multiple instances of the application pod must be running, else as you can guess your app will go into offline more as the only one pod is getting upgraded. Scale-up your pods (as you saw in the previous article) if you don't have more than one instance of the service running.
Now to upgrade your application please execute the following command. Also while the pods are being updated you can check the status of the pods by 'kubectl get pods' command. You can see how the pods restart themselves. At the end after few moments all pods will be up and running again with latest image.
// Upgrade image in all the pods of a deployment
kubectl set image deployment quotes

// Monitor the pods
kubectl get pods

While this was in progress quickly fire up fiddler and hit the api url as before 'http://your-public-ip/api/quotes/12', do it multiple times as quickly as possible, you can actually see that a few nodes that are not upgraded are still returning old formatted values, and a few nodes that are already upgraded are returning newly formatted values. This is so cool!
All done! We just successfully updated our code in the existing/running AKS cluster.


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