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Chef Automate and Infra Server Critical Update for AWS RDS January 2022

IMPORTANT PRODUCT UPGRADE NOTICE: A CRITICAL UPDATE FOR AUTOMATE WAS RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, AND SHOULD BE APPLIED BY MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022, FOR ANY CUSTOMERS USING CHEF AUTOMATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AWS RDS TO ENSURE SERVICE IS NOT DISRUPTED.   

Chef Automate and Chef Infra Server utilize PostgreSQL as their primary databases. PostgreSQL 9.6 is at end-of-life and as a result Amazon will be automatically migrating all customers using Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022. 

We are providing updates to migrate Chef Automate and Chef Infra Server customers using external PostgreSQL in AWS RDS.  

Support for PostgreSQL 13 was initially added to Chef Infra Server in 14.8 (Aug 2021).


WHO IS AFFECTED 


Customers should assess whether this critical update applies in their environments: 

  1. Customers running Chef Automate with PostgreSQL 9.6 in AWS RDS* 
  2. Customers running Chef Infra Server versions prior to Chef Infra Server 14.8 (versions 14.8 and later support AWS RDS and PostgreSQL 13) 

WHAT IS THE IMPACT 

Customers that fail to take action and are running PostgreSQL 9.6 in AWS RDS may be impacted with an unscheduled outage due to automatic upgrades by the service provider. 

WHAT ACTIONS NEED TO BE TAKEN

Impacted customers should update their AWS RDS databases using the tools included in the Chef Automate 2 release 20220103112354 issued on January 5. Documentation to perform the upgrade is available on the Chef Documentation site, and additional details will be provided in Chef support channels. 


FUTURE RELEASE FOR CHEF-MANAGED, EMBEDDED POSTGRESQL 

After this critical update for customers using AWS RDS, a Chef Automate milestone release will be available for customers using embedded PostgreSQL 9.6 to migrate to version 13 on their own migration timelines. Details on Automate 2.1 will be communicated in January. 

The urgency of this critical update for AWS RDS customers is due to a forced upgrade from the service provider. 

Customers with questions should contact their Chef team. 

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Aaron Kraft

Aaron Kraft is the VP of Engineering for Chef at Progress

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