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Archived Release Note: BIG-IP Link Controller version 4.6.4 Release Note
Release Note

Software Release Date: 06/15/2005
Updated Date: 03/05/2007

This article has been archived, and is no longer maintained.

Summary:

This release note documents version 4.6.4 of the Link Controller® software. You can apply the software upgrade to version 4.5 and later. For information about installing the software, please refer to the instructions below.

F5 now offers both maintenance-only and new feature releases. Version 4.6.4 is a feature release that is based on version 4.5.12 code. This release includes all features and fixes included in versions 4.5.12 and 4.6.2. For more information on our new release polices, please see New Versioning Schema for F5 Software Releases.

Warning: This is a feature release, not a maintenance release. Unless you need specific features that are new to this feature release, please upgrade to the latest maintenance release instead.

Contents:

     - Minimum system requirements and supported browsers
     - Installing the software
     - Activating the license
     - New features in this release
     - New fixes in this release
     - Fixes and features in prior releases
     - Known issues


Minimum system requirements and supported browsers

The minimum system requirements for this release are:

  • Intel® Pentium® III 550MHz processor
  • 512MB disk drive or CompactFlash® card
  • 256MB RAM

The supported browsers for the Configuration utility are:

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5, and 6.0
  • Netscape® Navigator 4.7x
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Installing the software

Important:  If you are upgrading a Link Controller redundant system, you must upgrade both units. We do not support running different versions on a Link Controller redundant system. Additionally, if you are updating the Link Controller module on a BIG-IP system, refer to the BIG-IP version 4.6.4 note for instructions on installing the upgrade.

Important:  If you are upgrading an IP Application Switch or a Link Controller unit that uses a CompactFlash® media drive, use the installation instructions here.

Note:  If you have installed prior releases, this installation does not overwrite any configuration changes that you made for prior releases.

The following instructions explain how to install the BIG-IP Link Controller software version 4.6.4 onto existing systems running version 4.5 and later. The installation script saves your current configuration.

  1. Go to the Downloads site and locate the BIG-IP 4.6.4 upgrade file, BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im.

  2. Download the software image and the BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.md5 file.

    For information about how to download software, refer to SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.

  3. If you downloaded the image file to a directory other than /var/tmp, copy the image file to the /var/tmp/ directory on your BIG-IP system.

  4. Check the md5 of the upgrade file by typing the following command:

    md5 BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im
    cat BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.md5

    The two md5 values should be identical.

  5. Install the IM by typing the following command:

    im BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im

    The Link Controller automatically reboots once it completes installation.

To upgrade an IP Application Switch or a CompactFlash media drive, use the following process.

  1. Create a memory file system, by typing the following:

    mount_mfs -s 200000 /mnt

  2. Go to the Downloads site and locate the BIG-IP 4.6.4 upgrade file, BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im.

  3. Download the software image and the BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.md5 file.

    For information about how to download software, refer to SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.

  4. If you downloaded the image file to a directory other than /mnt, copy the image file to the /mnt directory on your BIG-IP system.

  5. Check the md5 of the upgrade file by typing the following command:

    md5 BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im
    cat BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.md5

    The two md5 values should be identical.

  6. On the BIG-IP unit, run the im upgrade script:

    im /mnt/BIGIP_4.6.4_Upgrade.im

    The Link Controller automatically reboots once it completes installation.

Note:  This procedure provides over 90MB of temporary space on /mnt.  The partition and the im package file are deleted upon rebooting.

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Activating the license

Once you install the upgrade and connect the unit to the network, you need a valid license certificate to activate the software. To gain a license certificate, you need to provide two items to the license server: a registration key and a dossier.

The registration key  is a 25-character string. You should have received the key by email. The registration key lets the license server know which F5 products you are entitled to license.

The dossier  is obtained from the software, and is an encrypted list of key characteristics used to identify the platform.

You can obtain a license certificate using one of the following methods:

  • Automatic license activation

    You perform automatic license activation from the command line or from the web-based Configuration utility of an upgraded unit. This method automatically retrieves and submits the dossier to the F5 license server, as well as installs the signed license certificate. In order for you to use this method, the unit must be installed on a network with Internet access.

  • Manual license activation

    You perform manual license activation from the Configuration utility, which is the software user interface. With this method, you submit the dossier to, and retrieve the signed license file from, the F5 license server manually. In order for you to use this method, the administrative workstation must have Internet access.

Note:  You can open the Configuration utility with Netscape Navigator version 4.7x, or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0, 5.5, or 6.0.

To automatically activate a license from the command line for first time installation

  1. Type the user name root and the password default at the logon prompt.

  2. At the prompt, type license. The following prompts display:

    IP:
    Netmask:
    Default Route:
    Select interface to use to retrieve license:


    The unit uses this information to make an Internet connection to the license server.

  3. After you type the Internet connection information, continue to the following prompt:

    The Registration Key should have been included with the software or given when the order was placed. Do you have your Registration Key? [Y/N]:

    Type Y, and the following prompt displays:

    Registration Key:

  4. Type the 25-character registration key you received. If you received more than one key, enter all of the keys, separating each with a space.

    The dossier is retrieved and sent to the F5 license server, and a signed license file is returned and installed. A message displays indicating the process was successful.

  5. You are asked to accept the End User License Agreement.

    The system is not fully functional until you accept this agreement.

  6. You are prompted to reboot the system. Press Enter to reboot.

    The system is not fully functional until you reboot.

To automatically activate a license from the command line for upgrades

  1. Type your user name and password at the logon prompt.

  2. At the prompt, type setup.

  3. Choose menu option L.

  4. The following prompt displays:

    Number of keys: 1

    If you have more than one registration key, enter the appropriate number.

  5. The following prompt displays:

    Registration Key:

    Type the 25-character registration key you received. If you received more than one key, enter all of the keys, separating each with a space.

    The dossier is retrieved and sent to the F5 license server, and a signed license file is returned and installed. A message displays indicating the process was successful.

  6. When you are finished with the licensing process, type the following command to restart the services on the system:

    bigstart restart

To manually activate a license using the Configuration utility

  1. Open the Configuration utility according to the type of BIG-IP unit you are licensing:

    • If you are licensing a previously configured BIG-IP unit, open the Configuration utility using the configured address.

    • If you are licensing a new BIG-IP unit, from the administrative workstation, open the Configuration utility using one of the following addresses: https://192.168.1.245 or https://192.168.245.245. These are default addresses on the units local area network.
  2. Type the user name and password, based on the type of BIG-IP unit you are licensing:

    • If you are licensing a previously configured BIG-IP unit, type your user name and password at the logon prompt.

    • If you are licensing a new BIG-IP system, type the user name root, and the password default at the logon prompt.
    The Configuration utility menu displays.

  3. Click License Utility to open the License Administration screen.

  4. In the Registration Key box, type the 25-character registration key that you received. If you have more than one key to install, click Enter More Keys to install multiple keys. Once you have entered all registration keys, click Manual Authorization.

  5. At the Manual Authorization screen, retrieve the dossier using one of the following methods:

    • Copy the entire contents of the Product Dossier box.

    • Click Download Product Dossier, and save the dossier to the hard drive.
  6. Click the link in the License Server box.

    The Activate F5 License screen opens in a new browser window.

  7. From the Activate F5 License screen, submit the dossier using one of the following methods:

    • Paste the data you just copied into the Enter your dossier box, and click Activate.

    • At the Product Dossier box, click Browse to locate the dossier on the hard drive, and then click Activate.
    The screen returns a signed license file.

  8. Retrieve the license file using one of the following methods:

    • Copy the entire contents of the signed license file.

    • Click Download license, and save the license file to the hard drive.
  9. Return to the Manual Authorization screen, and click Continue.

  10. At the Install License screen, submit the license file using one of the following methods:

    • Paste the data you copied into the License Server Output box, and click Install License.

    • At the License File box, click Browse to locate the license file on the hard drive, and then click Install License.
    The License Status screen displays status messages, and Process complete appears when the licensing activation is finished.

  11. Click License Terms, review the EULA, and accept it.

  12. At the Reboot Prompt screen, select when you want to reboot the platform.

    License activation is complete only after rebooting.

To automatically activate a license using the Configuration utility

  1. Open the Configuration utility according to the type of BIG-IP unit you are licensing:

    • If you are licensing a previously configured BIG-IP unit, open the Configuration utility using the configured address.

    • If you are licensing a new BIG-IP unit, from the administrative workstation, open the Configuration utility using one of the following addresses: https://192.168.1.245 or https://192.168.245.245. These are default addresses on the units local area network.
  2. Type the name and password, based on what type of BIG-IP unit you are licensing:

    • If you are licensing a previously configured BIG-IP unit, type your user name and password at the logon prompt.

    • If you are licensing a new BIG-IP unit, type the user name root, and the password default at the logon prompt.
    The Configuration utility menu displays.

  3. Click License Utility to open the License Administration screen.

  4. In the Registration Key box, type the 25-character registration key that you received. If you have more than one key to install, click Enter More Keys to install multiple keys. Once you have entered all registration keys, click Automated Authorization. The License Status screen displays status messages, and Process complete appears when the licensing activation is finished.

  5. Click License Terms, review the EULA, and accept it.

  6. At the Reboot Prompt screen, select when you want to reboot the platform.

    License activation is complete only after rebooting.
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New features in this release

This release includes no new features. The primary reason we released version 4.6.4 was to fix an issue that existed in version 4.6.3 which, under certain circumstances, caused the system to become unresponsive. The issue has been resolved in version 4.6.4.

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New fixes in this release

Note: In version 4.6.3, we modified the format for displaying CRs for fixes and known issues. So from version 4.6.3 on, the CRs are listed in a table format, with the corresponding solution listed next to the CR. Clicking the solution link directs you to the more detailed solution document that is posted on the AskF5 Technical Support Web Site. We continually update these solution documents on AskF5 as new details become available. If additional known issues are discovered after we release a version, we will update the known issues table with the new CR and solution numbers, with the goal of keeping you current on our known issues.

If you encounter a CR that does not have an active solution link, it is likely that we have not yet had a chance to get the solution posted on AskF5, but please continue to check this table for new content or links.

This release includes the following new fixes.

CR Solution Description
CR47613 SOL4722 SSL sessions might not be closed correctly when SSL persistence is enabled
CR47719 SOL4819 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive when performing delayed binding operations
CR47758 SOL4819 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive when performing delayed binding operations
CR47829 SOL4821 The BIG-IP system might reset HTTP connections that contain a retransmitted response
CR47830 SOL4821 The BIG-IP system might reset HTTP connections that contain a retransmitted response
CR48224 SOL4720 Connections to a Siebel application server might fail due to pipelining protection
CR48262 SOL4583 Some versions of the BIG-IP system are subject to the vulnerability described in VU#222750
CR48301 SOL4718 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive or behave unpredictably when you use header insert
CR48302 SOL4718 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive or behave unpredictably when you use header insert
CR48303 SOL4718 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive or behave unpredictably when you use header insert
CR48313 SOL4583 Some versions of the BIG-IP system are subject to the vulnerability described in VU#222750
CR48314 SOL4720 Connections to a Siebel application server might fail due to pipelining protection
CR48315 SOL4722 SSL sessions might not be closed correctly when SSL persistence is enabled
CR48351 SOL4817 The 3-DNS Controller might corrupt the class field when responding to a AAAA record query
CR48352 SOL4817 The 3-DNS Controller might corrupt the class field when responding to a AAAA record query
CR48353 SOL4819 The BIG-IP system might become unresponsive when using delayed binding features
CR48563 SOL4821 The BIG-IP system might reset HTTP connections that contain a retransmitted response
CR48835 SOL4900 The BIG-IP system might corrupt UDP packets when the packets are accelerated by PVA
CR49011 SOL4900 The BIG-IP might corrupt UDP packets when the packets are accelerated by PVA
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Fixes and features in prior releases

To view fixes and features that were distributed in prior releases, see the previous release notes on AskF5.

Known issues

The following items are known issues in the current release.

CR Solution Description
CR9333 SOL5189 Multiple instances of the Configuration utility may overwrite each other
CR14294 SOL765 3dnsmaint copies iQuery keys twice to BIG-IP/3-DNS combination systems
CR14955 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR14956 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR16971 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR16972 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR16973 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR17173 SOL5078 The Configuration utility allows special characters in configuration object names
CR19648 SOL320 The Configuration utility home screen contains erroneous instructions
CR20183 SOL5179 3dpipe will not allow pool names that consist only of numerals
CR20213 SOL327 QOS values may be changed when you configure QOS as the LB mode for a pool
CR21513 SOL334 The Configuration utility might become unresponsive if a router is configured with multiple self IP addresses
CR22131 SOL327 QOS values may be changed when you configure QOS as the LB mode for a pool
CR23224 SOL5032 The Configuration utility does not correctly modify wide IP names
CR23564 SOL783 Saving a new copy of snmptrap.conf file can create a conflict after an upgrade
CR24687 SOL5277 Link Controller displays available remote Wide IPs as green, rather than gray
CR24734 SOL5230 Auto-configuration may incorrectly set the Unit IDs on 3-DNS redundant pairs
CR24735 SOL5230 Auto-configuration may incorrectly set the Unit IDs on 3-DNS redundant pairs
CR24976 SOL815 The link to the BIG-IP Link Controller Solutions Guide is missing from the Configuration utility
CR25821 SOL816 F5 source addresses are not added to the hosts.allow file when the support account is enabled
CR26154 SOL327 QOS values may be changed when you configure QOS as the LB mode for a pool
CR26610 SOL336 Disabling SNMP traps using the Configuration utility causes an error
CR27037 SOL5186 Changing a self IP address does not change associated bigdb entries
CR27219 SOL5055 3dns_add will run on a Link Controller even when no sync group is configured
CR27260 SOL371 You cannot change the default gateway pools using the config command
CR27486 SOL389 BIG-IP Link Controller provides an unhelpful error when you attempt to add gray virtual servers to a wide IP
CR27501 SOL399 The config command reports an unnecessary error when a copy of 3dnsd is already running
CR27547 SOL298 Ratio settings are not available when ratio is used as the alternate load balancing mode
CR27650 SOL433 You must manually configure Hops factories before hops load balancing works on a BIG-IP Link Controller
CR27791 SOL437 An error is logged to /var/log/3dns when a router is not configured for a datacenter
CR27799 SOL445 An error might be reported when synchronizing iQuery keys
CR28057 SOL461 Changing the port of a virtual server results in multiple virtual server statements
CR28072 SOL467 You can partially remove a link by deleting its self IP address and VLAN
CR28099 SOL486 The 3-DNS Controller still uses BIG-IP systems for probing when all prober factories have been deleted
CR28228 SOL509 The BIG-IP Link Controller might display a 331781 memory error, but not fail the operation that caused the error
CR28529 SOL509 The BIG-IP Link Controller might display a 331781 memory error, but not fail the operation that caused the error
CR29751 SOL3783 The verify command rejects configurations using SNAT connection mirroring
CR29967 SOL2853 The Wide IP Port box can list only pre-configured ports
CR30783 SOL2942 Default gateway entry is converted to a default gateway pool
CR31239 SOL1865 You must use the command line to clear LDNS statistics
CR31946 SOL1902 Must configure a self IP address for a new system before using the 3dnsmaint menu to set up SSH communication
CR32755 SOL573 In rare cases, a BIG-IP system object with an address of 127.0.0.1 might be created
CR32762 SOL591 The random pool load balancing mode distributes connections using a fixed ratio
CR32977 SOL2853 The Wide IP Port box can list only pre-configured ports
CR33161 SOL604 Auto configuration might not add all virtual servers when initially run after configuring the 3-DNS Controller
CR33815 SOL761 The table that contains Nokia NetAct SNMP traps might grow very large and use excessive disk space
CR34267 SOL4717 The BIG-IP system changes the interface media settings after running the Setup utility
CR34599 SOL2325 The gray virtual server status was not documented in the 3-DNS Controller statistics page
CR35019 SOL763 BIG-IP Link Controllers do not display statistics for virtual servers that are not part of a wide IP
CR35320 SOL309 The Telnet and FTP servers are not started when you enable Telnet and FTP
CR36729 SOL764 Wide IPs created in the Link Controller Configuration utility are not included in NameSurfer
CR36811 SOL310 Link statistics are not displayed correctly after links are added or removed
CR37919 SOL676 File locking is not performed when running the 3dns_add and sync_zones scripts
CR38086 SOL145 Copper gigabit switch ports do, but should not, allow manual media settings
CR38087 SOL145 Copper gigabit switch ports do, but should not, allow manual media settings
CR38163 SOL681 Load balancing modes Explicit IP, Return to DNS, None, and Drop Packet do not work correctly
CR38193 SOL688 The hops, RTT, and QOS load balancing modes return a single virtual server if probing is disabled
CR38340 SOL692 Sync groups allow synchronization across versions
CR38491 SOL688 The hops, RTT, and QOS load balancing modes return a single virtual server if probing is disabled
CR39381 SOL150 Disabling a link by name in an application object does not work
CR40319 SOL694 An error is displayed if you refresh the Configuration utility after creating a link
CR41799 SOL298 Ratio settings are not available when ratio is used as the alternate load balancing mode
CR41803 SOL2942 Default gateway entry is converted to a default gateway pool
CR41805 SOL309 The Telnet and FTP servers are not started when you enable Telnet and FTP
CR41807 SOL310 Link statistics are not displayed correctly after links are added or removed
CR41810 SOL320 Cannot access the Configuration utility after running the Setup utility
CR41811 SOL327 QOS values may be changed when you configure QOS as the LB mode for a pool
CR41812 SOL328 Ports List screen does not display the ports enabled for a wide IP
CR41814 SOL334 For multi-homed routers, you must configure the 3-DNS Controller with a link to the router that uses a self IP address on each of the multi-homed networks
CR41824 SOL371 You cannot change default gateway pools using the config command
CR41825 SOL389 BIG-IP Link Controller provides an unhelpful error when you attempt to add gray virtual servers to a wide IP
CR41826 SOL399 The config command reports an unnecessary error when a copy of 3dnsd is already running
CR41828 SOL433 You must manually configure hops factories before hops load balancing works on a Link Controller
CR41829 SOL437 An error is logged to /var/log/3dns when a router is not configured for a datacenter
CR41830 SOL445 An error might be reported when synchronizing iQuery keys
CR41832 SOL461 Changing the port of a virtual server results in multiple virtual server statements
CR41833 SOL467 You can partially remove a link by deleting its self IP address and VLAN
CR41834 SOL486 3-DNS Controller still uses BIG-IP systems for probing when all prober factories have been deleted
CR41837 SOL509 The BIG-IP Link Controller might display a 331781 memory error, but not fail the operation that caused the error
CR41844 SOL573 In rare cases, a 3-DNS Controller might create a BIG-IP object with an address of 127.0.0.1
CR41845 SOL591 The random pool load balancing mode distributes connections using a fixed ratio
CR41847 SOL604 Auto configuration might not add all virtual servers when initially run after configuring the 3-DNS Controller
CR41854 SOL676 File locking is not performed when running the 3dns_add and sync_zones scripts
CR41855 SOL681 Load balancing modes Explicit IP, Return to DNS, None, and Drop Packet do not work correctly
CR41856 SOL688 The hops, RTT, and QOS load balancing modes return a single virtual server if probing is disabled
CR41857 SOL692 Sync groups allow synchronization across versions
CR41858 SOL688 The hops, RTT, and QOS load balancing modes return a single virtual server if probing is disabled
CR41860 SOL694 An error is displayed if you refresh the Configuration utility after creating a link
CR41876 SOL2853 The Wide IP Port box can only list pre-configured ports
CR41877 SOL761 The table that contains Nokia NetAct SNMP traps might grow very large and use excessive disk space
CR41878 SOL763 BIG-IP Link Controllers do not display statistics for virtual servers that are not part of a wide IP
CR41882 SOL764 Wide IPs created in the Link Controller Configuration utility are not included in NameSurfer
CR41884 SOL765 3dnsmaint copies iQuery keys twice to BIG-IP/3-DNS combination systems
CR41889 SOL783 Saving a new copy of the snmptrap.conf file can create a conflict after an upgrade
CR41890 SOL815 The link to the BIG-IP Link Controller Solutions Guide is missing from the Configuration utility
CR41891 SOL816 F5 source addresses are not added to the hosts.allow file when the support account is enabled
CR41894 SOL5055 3dns_add will run on a Link Controller even when no sync group is configured
CR41909 SOL1865 You must use the command line, not the Configuration utility, to clear LDNS statistics
CR41912 SOL1902 You must configure a self IP address for a new system before using the 3dnsmaint menu to set up SSH communication
CR42147 SOL4717 The BIG-IP system changes the interface media settings after running the Setup utility
CR46509 SOL4497 Switch appliances do not send an SNMP trap when booting because the switch ports are disabled
CR46906 SOL5150 The default values shown for WideIP load-balancing in on-line help and wideip.conf are incorrect
CR46907 SOL5150 The default values shown for WideIP load-balancing in on-line help and wideip.conf are incorrect
CR47235 SOL4572 The login.conf file might be overwritten during an upgrade
CR47236 SOL4572 The login.conf file might be overwritten during an upgrade
CR47276 SOL4574 The BIG-IP system and 3-DNS Controller do not prevent you from installing unsupported versions on older hardware
CR47330 SOL5219 Auto-configuration is disabled by default for Link Controller
CR47331 SOL5219 Auto-configuration is disabled by default for Link Controller
CR48152 SOL4809 BIG-IP and 3-DNS are vulnerable to CAN-2005-1278, CAN-2005-1279, and CAN-2005-1280
CR48153 SOL4809 BIG-IP and 3-DNS are vulnerable to CAN-2005-1278, CAN-2005-1279, and CAN-2005-1280
CR49272 SOL4532 The BIG-IP system and 3-DNS Controller are vulnerable to CAN-2005-0758, CAN-2005-0988, and CAN-2005-1228
CR49273 SOL4532 The BIG-IP system and 3-DNS Controller are vulnerable to CAN-2005-0758, CAN-2005-0988, and CAN-2005-1228
CR49336 SOL4616 BIG-IP and 3-DNS are vulnerable to CAN-2005-0488
CR49337 SOL4616 BIG-IP and 3-DNS are vulnerable to CAN-2005-0488
CR58321 SOL6551 Changes in US and Canada Daylight Saving Time
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