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Release Note: BIG-IP PEM 11.5.2
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 02/17/2015

Summary:

This release note documents the version 11.5.2 release of BIG-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM).

Contents:

- Supported platforms
- Configuration utility browser support
- User documentation for this release
- Fixes in 11.5.2
- Fixes in 11.5.1
- Fixes in 11.5.0
- New in 11.5.2
- New in 11.5.1
- New in 11.5.0
- Supported high availability configuration for Policy Enforcement Manager
- Installation overview
     - Installation checklist
     - Installing the software
     - Post-installation tasks
     - Installation tips
- Known issues
- Contacting F5 Networks
- Legal notices

Supported platforms

This version of the software is supported on the following platforms:

Platform name Platform ID
BIG-IP 5000s, 5050s, 5200v, 5250v C109
BIG-IP 7000s, 7050s, 7200v, 7250v D110
BIG-IP 12250v (requires 11.6.0 HF2) D111
BIG-IP 10350N (requires 11.6.0 HF2) D112
BIG-IP 10000s, 10050s, 10200v, 10250v D113
VIPRION B2100 Blade (for evaluation only) A109
VIPRION B2150 Blade A113
VIPRION B2250 Blade A112
VIPRION B4200, B4200N Blade (for evaluation only) A107, A111
VIPRION B4300, B4340N Blade A108, A110
VIPRION C2200 Chassis D114
VIPRION C2400 Chassis F100
VIPRION C4400, C4400N Chassis J100, J101
VIPRION C4480, C4480N Chassis J102, J103
VIPRION C4800, C4800N Chassis S100, S101
Virtual Edition (VE) Z100

These platforms support various licensable combinations of product modules. This section provides general guidelines for module support.

Most of the support guidelines relate to memory. The following list applies for all memory levels:

  • PEM supported platforms
    • VIPRION B2100, B2150, B2250, B4300, B4340N
    • BIG-IP 5x00v(s), 7x00v(s), 10x00v(s)
    • BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) (Not including Amazon Web Service Virtual Edition) (3 GB, 10 GB production and combination lab models)
    • PEM may be provisioned on the VIPRION B4200, but it is not recommended for production, only for evaluation. PEM may be provisioned on the VIPRION B2100, but it is not recommended for production, only for evaluation. Use the B4300 or B4340N instead.

Memory: 12 GB or more

All licensable module-combinations may be run on platforms with 12 GB or more of memory, and on VE guests provisioned with 12 GB or more of memory. Note that this does not mean that all modules may be simultaneously provisioned on all platforms with 12 GB or more of memory. The BIG-IP license for the platform determines which combination of modules are available for provisioning.

Memory: 8 GB

The following guidelines apply to the BIG-IP 2000s, 2200s, 3900, 6900 platforms, to the VIPRION B4100 and B4100N platforms, and to VE guests configured with 8 GB of memory.

  • No more than three modules should be provisioned together.
  • On the 2000s and 2200s, Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) can be provisioned with only one other module.

Memory: Less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB

The following guidelines apply to platforms, and to VE guests provisioned with less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB of memory.

  • No more than three modules (not including AAM) should be provisioned together.
  • Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM can only be provisioned standalone.
  • Analytics (AVR) counts towards the two module-combination limit (for platforms with less than 6.25 GB of memory).

Memory: 4 GB or less

The following guidelines apply to the BIG-IP 1600 and 3600 platforms, and to VE guests provisioned with 4 GB or less of memory.

  • No more than two modules may be configured together.

Configuration utility browser support

The BIG-IP Configuration Utility supports these browsers and versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.x, 11.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 27.x
  • Google Chrome 32.x

User documentation for this release

For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the BIG-IP PEM / VE11.5.2 Documentation page.

Fixes in 11.5.2

There are no known fixes in this release.

Fixes in 11.5.1

ID number Description
432950 The BIG-IP GUI and QoS model uses uplink, downlink, total terminology which corresponds to input, output and total terms respectively, defined by RFC 4006.

Fixes in 11.5.0

ID number Description
403154 When updating signatures,/classification_base.conf is now manually updated from the tmsh.
404047 The BIG-IP system comes with a publisher called local-db-publisher. This publisher can now be used as hsl endpoint for reporting.
406311 Wait for 2 or more flows for the connection to not reset while dropping. After that, the user will not see any resets on that specific connection.
408153 Now, diameter messages (CCR and RAA messages) generated by the BIG-IP system, have the P bit (proxy-able) set.
419729 The auto-sync works for syncing the custom-created SPM (PEM) profiles with PEM policies.
422993 PEM is now listed as a module and can be provisioned in platform B4340N.
425821 No crash occurs when invalid classification ID is skipped.

New in 11.5.2

There are no new features specific to Policy Enforcement Manager.

New in 11.5.1

There are no new features specific to Policy Enforcement Manager.

New in 11.5.0

Gy Support and Quota Management

This release provides support for quota management and prepaid charging per subscriber, or application with PEM and communication with the OCS in the mobile network using the 3GPP Gy interface. This is a license-based feature.

Dynamic Service Chaining

The dynamic service chaining feature makes the service chain intelligent and flexible with these abilities:
  • The ability to add/skip different VAS endpoints through policy-based, forwarding endpoint selection.
  • Perform header insertion/removal per leg of the VAS chain depending on the policy.
  • The ability to include a sideband VAS in the service chain using ICAP as the protocol (multiple ICAP sideband connection per service chain).

Classify IP protocols

This feature includes support for several non-TCP/non-UDP protocols like IPsec, GRE, IPinIP, ICMP and SCTP. When upgrading from a previous release, the virtual server for all protocols does not include the IPOther profile.

Steering on Response

This feature supports the ability to analyse the response message and apply steering policy action for the flow, or for transaction when the policy decision cannot be made based on only the request message, and it requires both the request and response messages.

Statistics and Debuggability

This feature adds improvements to the debuggability, health monitoring, and troubleshooting features in previous releases. This release includes subscriber-level stats, more Gx stats, Gy stats, RADIUS stats, and HSL stats. Statistics for specific subscribers is available for detailed troubleshooting to show flows, classification results, policy, and action.

Transactional Classification and Policy Enforcement

The transactional classification feature enables moving from flow-based classification to transaction-based classification. The traffic is classified after the first transaction; a policy action is assigned each time the classification result changes and matches a different policy. This increases granularity of traffic policing and visibility.
Note:
This feature is only applicable to HTTP applications.

URL Categorization

This feature provides the ability to enforce policies configured as part of the subscriber profile based on the URL category type. The URL categorization is obtained by querying an internal repository. Also, the URL categorization is transaction-aware and is a licensed feature.

Supported high availability configuration for Policy Enforcement Manager

Policy Enforcement Manager is supported in an active-standby and active-active configuration with two BIG-IP systems only.

Installation overview

This document covers very basic steps for installing the software. You can find complete, step-by-step installation and upgrade instructions in BIG-IP Systems: Upgrading Active-Standby Systems and BIG-IP Systems: Upgrading Active-Active Systems, and we strongly recommend that you reference these documents to ensure successful completion of the installation process.

Installation checklist

Before you begin:

  • Use BIG-IP iHealth to verify your configuration file. For more information, see SOL12878: Generating BIG-IP diagnostic data using the qkview utility (10.x - 11.x).
  • Update/reactivate your system license, if needed, to ensure that you have a valid service check date.
  • Ensure that your system is running version 10.1.0 or later and is using the volumes formatting scheme.
  • Download the .iso file (if needed) from F5 Downloads to /shared/images on the source for the operation. (If you need to create this directory, use the exact name /shared/images.)
  • Configure a management port.
  • Set the console and system baud rate to 19200, if it is not already.
  • Log on as an administrator using the management port of the system you want to upgrade.
  • Boot into an installation location other than the target for the installation.
  • Save the user configuration set (UCS) in the /var/local/ucs directory on the source installation location, and copy the UCS file to a safe place on another device.
  • Log on to the standby unit, and only upgrade the active unit after the standby upgrade is satisfactory.
  • Turn off mirroring.
  • If you are running Application Acceleration Manager, set provisioning to Minimum.
  • If you are running Policy Enforcement Manager, set provisioning to Nominal.
  • If you are running Advanced Firewall Manager, set provisioning to Nominal.

Installing the software

You can install the software at the command line using the Traffic Management shell, tmsh, or in the browser-based Configuration utility using the Software Management screens, available in the System menu. Choose the installation method that best suits your environment.
Installation method Command
Install to existing volume, migrate source configuration to destination tmsh install sys software image [image name] volume [volume name]
Install from the browser-based Configuration utility Use the Software Management screens in a web browser.

Sample installation command

The following command installs version 11.2.0 to volume 3 of the main hard drive.

tmsh install sys software image BIGIP-11.2.0.2446.0.iso volume HD1.3

Post-installation tasks

This document covers very basic steps for installing the software. You can find complete, step-by-step installation and upgrade instructions in BIG-IP Systems: Upgrading Active-Standby Systems and BIG-IP Systems: Upgrading Active-Active Systems, and we strongly recommend that you reference these documents to ensure successful completion of the installation process.

After the installation finishes, you must complete the following steps before the system can pass traffic.
  1. Ensure the system rebooted to the new installation location.
  2. Use BIG-IP iHealth to verify your configuration file. For more information, see SOL12878: Generating BIG-IP diagnostic data using the qkview utility (10.x - 11.x).
  3. Log on to the browser-based Configuration utility.
  4. Run the Setup utility.
  5. Provision the modules.
  6. Convert any bigpipe scripts to tmsh. (Version 11.x does not support the bigpipe utility.)
Note: You can find information about running the Setup utility and provisioning the modules in the BIG-IP TMOS implementations Creating an Active-Standby Configuration Using the Setup Utility and Creating an Active-Active Configuration Using the Setup Utility.

Installation tips

  • The upgrade process installs the software on the inactive installation location that you specify. This process usually takes between three minutes and seven minutes. During the upgrade process, you see messages posted on the screen. For example, you might see a prompt asking whether to upgrade the End User Diagnostics (EUD), depending on the version you have installed. To upgrade the EUD, type yes, otherwise, type no.
  • You can check the status of an active installation operation by running the command watch tmsh show sys software, which runs the show sys software command every two seconds. Pressing Ctrl + C stops the watch feature.
  • If installation fails, you can view the log file. The system stores the installation log file as /var/log/liveinstall.log.

Known issues

ID number Description
397397 When multiple static subscriber information is loaded from a .csv file, the subscriber information is lost if enter or CRLF is not entered at the end of each record line. To workaround this issue, press the Enter key or insert the CRLF character at the end of each row in the .csv file.
398416 In this release, volume threshold is supported. However, time threshold does not qualify for Gx reporting as it is not specified in the standard. To workaround this issue, do not use time threshold.
398922 Only a single instance of the diameter-endpoint profile is supported in this release: the system-supplied default gx-endpoint profile. As a result, diameter-endpoint profiles cannot be created or deleted in the GUI or in tmsh.
399119 If a policy rule matched with flow filters drop or redirect the traffic, that traffic will not match other policy rules that use classification filters.
400372 The protocol msn_video is used by MSN Messenger for video conversations and is supported for MSN Messenger 8 and earlier.
400893 The .csv file for uploading static subscribers has multiple lines with Mac end-of-line. To work around this issue, convert the file into WIN file format and upload from the GUI or tmsh. This resolves the issue.
403374 On rare occasions, when a policy is installed with 15 rules and reporting is configured on them, only 14 of the reports are generated when multiple flows (traffic) are sent matching all of them. Maximum usage reports per subscriber is supported.
406311 If gate status disabled action is enforced while using profile FastL4, the client will see unwanted connection resets. To work around this issue, set the srDB using the db var tmm.pem.srdb.entry.step to 240.
406349 If the dynamic_spm_bwc_policy is not created, dynamic PCC rules are not applied. To work around this issue, ensure that the dynamic_spm_bwc_policy is configured with proper parameters prior to getting dynamic PCC rules from the PCRF.
409201 If you change the SPM (PEM) profile of a virtual during a certain flow, the flow will not get policy reevaluation. Instead, only new flows will be using the new policies that are attached to the profile.
410763 If the monitoring key is longer than 1053 characters, an error message is issued. To work around this issue, use monitoring keys fewer than 1053 characters.
417139 Modifying Session state through iRules may cause issues over Gx. To work around this issue, do not modify the session state if session is active.
427429 No statistics are available for troubleshooting with the new "show pem irule" stats command.
427844 Any tunneling traffic such IPsec, GRE, and IPIP cannot be steered by the BIG-IP system to a different endpoint. This is because the traffic is encapsulated and targets only the destination endpoint.
428178 All IP addresses that are identified as frequent are not stored in the database, and thus are not categorized.
428420 Some IP addresses are categorized as unknown on the BIG-IP system, even though they are categorized in the cloud database of webroot.
430344 A URL categorization limitation is that a small set of URLs are categorized as unknown on the BIG-IP system, even though they may get categorized in the cloud database of webroot.
435596 The CEC hitless upgrade does not sync files between active-standby setup, using device group. To work around this issue, change standby to active to do CEC hitless upgrade.
438549 If you turn on the SNAT pool or SNAT Automap on IPOther virtual, no traffic passes through in most cases. In some cases, the traffic passes but the out stats (packets and bytes) is zero. To workaround this, do not turn on SNAT pool or SNAT Automap on IPOther virtual that processes IPsec traffic.

Contacting F5 Networks

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Fax: (206) 272-6802
Web: http://support.f5.com
Email: support@f5.com

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