Terraform – Upgrading AKS Kubernetes version does not upgrade node pools

If you experience during an AKS Kubernetes version upgrade that only the control plane got upgraded, you are certainly using the Terraform Azure provider in version 1.40.0 or higher.

-> https://github.com/terraform-providers/terraform-provider-azurerm/issues/5541

A current workaround is a null_resource with a trigger on the Kubernetes version and running a Bash script with the local-exec provisioner. So, you do not have to upgrade the node pools manually.

...
resource "null_resource" "aks" {
  triggers = {
    aks_kubernetes_version = azurerm_kubernetes_cluster.aks.kubernetes_version
  }
  provisioner "local-exec" {
    command     = "./cluster-upgrade-fix.sh ${var.name} ${azurerm_resource_group.aks.name}"
    working_dir = path.module
  }
}
...

The script compares the Kubernetes version of the control plane and node pools. Differs the version it upgrades each node pool in the cluster accordingly.

#!/bin/bash
CLUSTER_NAME=$1
RESOURCE_GROUP=$2
CLUSTER_VERSION=$(az aks show --name $CLUSTER_NAME --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP | jq -r .kubernetesVersion)
NODE_POOLS=$(az aks nodepool list --cluster-name $CLUSTER_NAME --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP --query '[].name' -o tsv)
for NODE_POOL in $NODE_POOLS; do
    NODE_VERSION=$(az aks nodepool show --cluster-name $CLUSTER_NAME --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP --name $NODE_POOL | jq -r .orchestratorVersion)
    if [[ $CLUSTER_VERSION != $NODE_VERSION ]]; then
        az aks nodepool upgrade --kubernetes-version $CLUSTER_VERSION --cluster-name $CLUSTER_NAME --resource-group $RESOURCE_GROUP --name $NODE_POOL --verbose
    fi
done

You find my updated Terraform AKS module on GitHub.

-> https://github.com/neumanndaniel/terraform/tree/master/modules/aks

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