Amazon CloudWatch
User Guide

Updating the CloudWatch Agent Container Image

If you need to update your container image to the latest version, use the steps in this section.

To update your container image

  1. Apply the latest cwagent-serviceaccount.yaml file by entering the following command.

    kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aws-samples/amazon-cloudwatch-container-insights/master/k8s-yaml-templates/cwagent-kubernetes-monitoring/cwagent-serviceaccount.yaml
  2. This step is necessary only for customers who upgraded their containerized CloudWatch agent from a version earlier than 1.226589.0, which was released on August 20, 2019.

    In the Configmap file cwagentconfig, change the keyword structuredlogs to logs

    1. First, open the existing cwagentconfig in edit mode by entering the following command.

      kubectl edit cm cwagentconfig -n amazon-cloudwatch

      In the file, if you see the keyword structuredlogs, change it to logs

    2. Enter wq to save the file and exit edit mode.

  3. Apply the latest cwagent-daemonset.yaml file by entering the following command.

    kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/aws-samples/amazon-cloudwatch-container-insights/master/k8s-yaml-templates/cwagent-kubernetes-monitoring/cwagent-daemonset.yaml

You can achieve rolling updates of the CloudWatch agent DaemonSet anytime that you change your configuration in cwagent-configmap.yaml. To do so, you must make sure the .spec.template section in the cwagent-daemonset.yaml file has changes. Otherwise, Kubernetes treats the DaemonSet as unchanged. A common practice is to add the hash value of the ConfigMap into .spec.template.metadata.annotations.configHash, as in the following example.

yq w -i cwagent-daemonset.yaml spec.template.metadata.annotations.configHash $(kubectl get cm/cwagentconfig -n amazon-cloudwatch -o yaml | sha256sum)

This adds a hash value into the cwagent-daemonset.yaml file, as in the following example.

spec: selector: matchLabels: name: cloudwatch-agent template: metadata: labels: name: cloudwatch-agent annotations: configHash: 88915de4cf9c3551a8dc74c0137a3e83569d28c71044b0359c2578d2e0461825

Then if you run the following command, the new configuration is picked up.

kubectl apply -f cwagent-daemonset.yaml

For more information about yq, see yq.