I am following http://docs.mongodb.org/manual/release-notes/3.0-upgrade/ to upgrade mongodb cluster from 2.6 to 3.0. The downtime is less than 1 second? because it takes less than 1 sec to elect one secondary to become primary. Am I right? I need to double check the whole process and the downtime...



If you follow the upgrade process it is designed to avoid downtime -- for example using rs.stepDown() to gracefully step down the replica set primaries rather than abruptly triggering an election by shutting down the server.

Of course there is no guarantee if something doesn't go to plan, but you should test your upgrade in a QA/staging environment before upgrading production.

  • FYI, another option to consider in future (though probably not free depending on how large your cluster is) would be using the MongoDB Management Service (MMS)'s Automation feature. That changes all the manual steps for upgrading a cluster into a UI (or API) driven edit from your current 2.6.x version to 3.0.x: mms.mongodb.com.
    – Stennie
    Mar 19 '15 at 10:57
  • Thanks @Stennie. Now, I set up one small cluster on my own machine under ubuntu. I am not sure whether MMS can be used in my case. It seems that MMS is used with AWS. In order to monitor my cluster, is there UI tool? Do you have any other suggestions?
    – BAE
    Mar 19 '15 at 13:34
  • While MMS supports provisioning instances on AWS, you can also use it to manage an existing cluster or deploy to your own environment (i.e. AWS is not a requirement): docs.mms.mongodb.com/tutorial/nav/add-servers. There are also other options for monitoring: docs.mongodb.org/manual/administration/monitoring.
    – Stennie
    Mar 19 '15 at 19:15
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    It is to note that a stepdown leads to an election taking place. During an election, which might take up to 3 seconds (iirc), there is no primary and no data can be written. Unless the read preference is at least set to "primary preferred", reads are impossible, too. So there is at least a downtime of (number of data bearing nodes -1) * 3 seconds. Apr 10 '15 at 18:13

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