'Internal error occurred: failed calling webhook "validate.nginx.ingress.kubernetes.io"' error when upgrading Rancher immediately after performing a local cluster Kubernetes upgrade

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Rancher v2.6.x
An RKE1 or RKE2 local cluster


The Rancher upgrade task is launched immediately after upgrading the underlying local cluster. The Rancher upgrade fails with the following error:


Before running a Rancher upgrade, check that ingress-nginx Pods in the local cluster are running. If the Rancher upgrade task is executed in an automated fashion, a delay should be introduced between the cluster upgrade and the Rancher helm upgrade.

The commands below will enable you to validate that the ingress-nginx pods are running before performing the Rancher helm upgrade. The flag "timeout" ensures the command exits with an error on a timeout, rather than waiting indefinitely, e.g. --timeout=2m.
  • RKE1
kubectl rollout status daemonset -n ingress-nginx nginx-ingress-controller --timeout=x

kubectl wait --for=condition=Available -n ingress-nginx nginx-ingress-controller
  • RKE2
kubectl rollout status daemonset -n kube-system rke2-ingress-nginx-controller  --timeout=x

kubectl wait --for=condition=Available -n kube-system rke2-ingress-nginx-controller 



The 'helm upgrade --install` task for Rancher was invoked before the ingress-nginx pods in the cluster were in a running state, following the cluster upgrade. As a result, the ingress-nginx validating webhook could not be satisfied, resulting in these errors when helm attempted to patch the Rancher ingress resource.

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  • Document ID:000021315
  • Creation Date: 29-Dec-2023
  • Modified Date:05-Feb-2024
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