Upgrade Guide - Scylla Monitoring 1.x to Scylla Monitoring 2.x

This document is a step by step procedure for upgrading Scylla Monitoring Stack from version 1.x to 2.x

Scylla monitoring stack uses Prometheus as its metrics database. The main differences between Scylla Monitoring 1.x and 2.x are moving from Prometheus version 1.x to Prometheus 2.x. Since Prometheus is not backward compatible between these two versions, the upgrade procedure consists of running the two monitoring stack, old and new, in parallel, allowing the new stack to read metrics from the old one. This procedure will enable you to migrate your Scylla monitoring stack without losing historical metric data in the process. Once the Prometheus retention time has passed, you can safely remove the old stack.

Upgrade Procedure

1. Upgrade to the latest 1.x version

Before starting the upgrade procedure, make sure you are running the latest 1.x version

2. Install the new monitoring stack

  1. Download the 2.x version from the release page.

  2. Unzip it into a different directory. This is important, as Prometheus is not backward compatible and would not be able to use the old data.

  3. You can use the server definitions from the old monitoring stack by copying the target files from the old stack to the new one, located on the prometheus/ directory:

    • scylla_servers.yml

    • scylla_manager_servers.yml

    • node_exporter_servers.yml

  4. Start the new monitoring stack. If you are using Docker, make sure you are using -g -p and -m to specify different ports than the old monitoring stack. For example:

./ -g 3001 -p 9091 -m 9094 -d /new-prometheus-data-path


Make sure to use the -d option, letting Prometheus keep its data outside the Docker container. Fail to do so will result in loss of historical data in case you restart the monitoring stack.

While the old monitoring stack keeps working, you can take the new stack up and down to make sure everything works correctly. Note that if you are using non-default ports setting, you should use the same for stopping the stack:

./ -g 3001 -p 9091 -m 9094


Make sure the new monitoring stack is working before moving to 2.x as your main system. See that the graphs return data, and nodes are reachable.

3. Alerting Rules

Note that alerting rules moved to a yml file format. Make sure that all defined rules are taken.

4. Moving to Prometheus 2.x

Monitoring stack Version 2.0 upgrade the Prometheus version from 1.8 to 2.3. This upgrade is not backward compatible. Prometheus Migration is cover here. Note that when using the docker containers, besides the data migration, the docker permissions were changed. This means that the permissions of the data directory will no longer work.

Do the following to allow the Prometheus in the new monitoring stack to read historical metrics from the old Prometheus:

a. Set the old system

The following steps will stop the old monitoring stack from reading new metrics while exposing an API for the new monitoring stack to read historical metrics from.

  • In the old Prometheus prometheus.yml.template file, remove the alerting, scrape_configs, and rule_files sections, keeping only the external_labels section.

  • Restart the old monitoring stack with, followed by with command line flag -b "-web.listen-address=:9111".


After this phase, the old monitoring stack will not be updated with new metrics. It will only serve as a data source of historical data for the new stack

b. Set the new system

The following step will allow the new monitoring system to read historical metrics from the old system.

  • In the Prometheus prometheus.yml.template file add the following at the end:

  - url: "http://{ip}:9111/api/v1/read"

Where {ip} is the ip of the old system.

  • restart the new stack

Validate the upgrade

You should be able to see the graphs on the new stack. Make sure you see the graphs’ history. By default, the Prometheus retention period is 15 days, so after that period, it is safe to take down the old system and remove the remote_read from the new Prometheus configuration.


In the upgrade procedure, you set up a second monitoring stack. The old monitoring stack continues to work in parallel. To rollback, add back the Prometheus targets in the old system, and take down the new system.