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Overview: Updating antivirus and firewall libraries with a Sync-Only device group

This implementation describes how to upload antivirus and firewall libraries from OPSWAT to one BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® device, and to install an antivirus and firewall library to that device, or to multiple devices in a device group.

To download OPSWAT OESIS library updates, you must have an account with OPSWAT, and be able to download software updates.

To synchronize installation between multiple devices, you configure a Sync-Only device group, which includes the devices between which you want to synchronize installation of updates. Device group setup requires establishing trust relationships between devices, creating a device group, and synchronization of settings.

About device groups and synchronization

When you have more than one BIG-IP® device in a local trust domain, you can synchronize BIG-IP configuration data among those devices by creating a device group. A device group is a collection of BIG-IP devices that trust each other and synchronize their BIG-IP configuration data. If you want to exclude certain devices from ConfigSync, you can simply exclude them from membership in that particular device group.

You can synchronize some types of data on a global level across all BIG-IP devices, while synchronizing other data in a more granular way, on an individual application level to a subset of devices.

Important: To configure redundancy on a device, you do not need to explicitly specify that you want the BIG-IP device to be part of a redundant configuration. Instead, this occurs automatically when you add the device to an existing device group.

Before you configure device trust

Before you configure device trust, you should consider the following:

  • Only version 11.x or later systems can join the local trust domain.
  • You can manage device trust when logged in to a certificate signing authority only. You cannot manage device trust when logged in to a subordinate non-authority device.
  • If you reset trust authority on a certificate signing authority by retaining the authority of the device, you must subsequently recreate the local trust domain and the device group.
  • As a best practice, you should configure the ConfigSync and mirroring addresses on a device before you add that device to the trust domain.

Task summary

The configuration process for a BIG-IP® system entails adding the OPSWAT library update to one system, then installing it to that same system, or to a device group. You must pre-configure a device group to install the update to multiple systems.

Establishing device trust

Before you begin this task, verify that:

  • Each BIG-IP® device that is to be part of the local trust domain has a device certificate installed on it.
  • The local device is designated as a certificate signing authority.

You perform this task to establish trust among devices on one or more network segments. Devices that trust each other constitute the local trust domain. A device must be a member of the local trust domain prior to joining a device group.

By default, the BIG-IP software includes a local trust domain with one member, which is the local device. You can choose any one of the BIG-IP devices slated for a device group and log into that device to add other devices to the local trust domain. For example, devices A, B, and C each initially shows only itself as a member of the local trust domain. To configure the local trust domain to include all three devices, you can simply log into device A and add devices B and C to the local trust domain. Note that there is no need to repeat this process on devices B and C.

  1. On the Main tab, click Device Management > Device Trust, and then either Peer List or Subordinate List.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Type an IP address, administrator user name, and administrator password for the remote BIG-IP® device. This IP address can be either a management IP address or a self IP address.
  4. Click Retrieve Device Information.
  5. Verify that the certificate of the remote device is correct.
  6. Verify that the name of the remote device is correct.
  7. Verify that the management IP address and name of the remote device are correct.
  8. Click Finished.
The device you added is now a member of the local trust domain.
Repeat this task for each device that you want to add to the local trust domain.

Adding a device to the local trust domain

Verify that each BIG-IP® device that is to be part of a local trust domain has a device certificate installed on it.
Follow these steps to log in to any BIG-IP® device on the network and add one or more devices to the local system's local trust domain.
Note: Any BIG-IP devices that you intend to add to a device group at a later point must be members of the same local trust domain.
  1. On the Main tab, click Device Management > Device Trust, and then either Peer List or Subordinate List.
  2. In the Peer Authority Devices or the Subordinate Non-Authority Devices area of the screen, click Add.
  3. Type an IP address, administrator user name, and administrator password for the remote BIG-IP® device. This IP address can be either a management IP address or a self IP address.
  4. Click Retrieve Device Information.
  5. Verify that the displayed information is correct.
  6. Click Finished.
After you perform this task, the local device and the device that you specified in this procedure have a trust relationship and, therefore, are qualified to join a device group.

Creating a Sync-Only device group

You perform this task to create a Sync-Only type of device group. When you create a Sync-Only device group, the BIG-IP system can then automatically synchronize certain types of data such as security policies to the other devices in the group, even when some of those devices reside in another network. You can perform this task on any BIG-IP® device within the local trust domain.
  1. On the Main tab, click Device Management > Device Groups.
  2. On the Device Groups list screen, click Create. The New Device Group screen opens.
  3. Type a name for the device group, select the device group type Sync-Only, and type a description for the device group.
  4. For the Members setting, select an IP address and host name from the Available list for each BIG-IP device that you want to include in the device group. Use the Move button to move the host name to the Includes list. The list shows any devices that are members of the device's local trust domain.
  5. For the Automatic Sync setting, select the Enabled check box.
  6. Click Finished.
You now have a Sync-Only type of device group containing BIG-IP devices as members.

Uploading an OPSWAT update to Access Policy Manager

When new updates to OPSWAT antivirus and firewall libraries are made available, you can add these updates to the BIG-IP® system. To upload an update to the BIG-IP system, you must first download an update, using a registered account, from the OPSWAT web site.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates. The Antivirus Check Updates screen displays a list of OPSWAT packages available on the device.
  2. Click the Upload button to add an OPSWAT update. The Upload Package screen appears.
  3. Click Browse and select an OPSWAT package ZIP file to upload.
  4. Select an install option from the list.
    • Select Do Not Install to upload the package to the local device, but without installing the OPSWAT package on the system.
    • Select Install on this device to upload the package to the local device, and then install the OPSWAT package to this device.
    • Select Install on device group to upload the package to the local device, and then install the OPSWAT package on the device group. A list of available device groups appears, and you can select the device group on which to install.
  5. Click OK.
The OPSWAT package file is added to the list on the System > Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates page. You can install or delete OPSWAT packages from this page.

Installing an OPSWAT update on one or more Access Policy Manager devices

After you have uploaded an OPSWAT antivirus and firewall library update to the BIG-IP® system, you can install the update to one or more BIG-IP systems in a device group.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates. The Antivirus Check Updates screen displays a list of OPSWAT packages available on the device.
  2. Double-click an OPSWAT package to view details about the update and included firewall or antivirus libraries.
  3. Select an OPSWAT package and click Install. The Install Package screen opens.
  4. Select Install on device group to upload the package to the local device, and then install the OPSWAT package on the device group. A list of available device groups appears, and you can select the device group on which to install.
  5. Click OK.
The OPSWAT update is installed on the selected systems. You can view the installed and available OPSWAT versions on the Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates screen.

Viewing antivirus and firewall support in the installed OPSWAT version

After you install an OPSWAT update to one or more systems, from the system that performed the update, you can view details of the OPSWAT version, including supported antivirus and firewall features for all supported platforms.
  1. On the Main tab, click System > Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates. The Package Status screen displays a list of OPSWAT packages available on the device.
  2. Click the Device Status button. The Device Status screen appears and shows the installed OPSWAT version.
  3. To select a different device group on which to view the installed OPSWAT version, select the device group from the Local Device/Device Group list.
  4. Under Installed OESIS version, click the version number for which you want to view the OPSWAT features chart. The OPSWAT Integration web page opens in a new browser tab or window. By default, this page shows Antivirus Integration for Windows.
  5. From the list boxes at the top of the screen, select the page to view. You can select Antivirus or Firewall, and you can select to view supported products for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  6. Click the Show button to view the list of supported products for the type and platform you selected.
A page displays all supported products and implemented features for the OPSWAT version you specified.

Implementation result

As a result of the implementation, you have uploaded an OPSWAT update to a BIG-IP® system, and installed it to one or multiple systems in a device group.

You can view the installed and available OPSWAT versions on the Software Management > Antivirus Check Updates screen.

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