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Manual Chapter: Updating a BIG-IP VE Virtual Machine
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Updating a BIG-IP VE virtual machine

BIG-IP VE updates are installed in the same manner as updates to BIG-IP software already installed on BIG-IP hardware. You do not need to reinstall BIG-IP VE in the hypervisor guest environment to upgrade your system. To update a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, you can use the Software Management tool in the Configuration utility, or you can upgrade the software from the command line. The following procedure uses the Software Management tool to perform the upgrade. line. The update procedure uses the Software Management tool.

To update the BIG-IP VE system on a Microsoft® Hyper-V®, you perform the following tasks:
  • Download and import the version's base and update ISO files.
  • Install the update on the BIG-IP VE virtual machine.
  • Reboot the BIG-IP VE system.

Downloading and importing a BIG-IP VE update

  1. In a browser, open the F5 Downloads page (https://downloads.f5.com).
  2. Download the version's base ISO file, such as 10.2.1, and its associated MD5 checksum file.
    Important: The BIG-IP VE base ISO file for the associated hotfix version must be in the /shared/images directory of the BIG-IP VE virtual machine before any updates can apply.
  3. Download the update ISO file, such as Hotfix-BIGIP-10.2.1-511.0-HF3.iso, and its associated MD5 checksum file.
  4. Save the four files to the BIG-IP VE virtual machine in the /shared/images directory.
    Attention: Before you perform the installation, F5 recommends that you test the integrity of the ISO files to verify that you have downloaded clean copies. Use an MD5 verification program to ensure that the downloaded ISO files checksums match the values in their corresponding MD5 files.
  5. On the Main tab, expand System, and click Software Management. The Software Management screen opens.
  6. At the right side of the screen, click Import. The Import Software Image screen opens.
  7. Click Browse to navigate to the downloaded installation file.
  8. When the image name appears in the Software Image field, click Import to begin the operation.
    Important: If you navigate away from this screen before the operation completes, the system might not import the image successfully. Therefore, F5 recommends that you wait for the operation to complete before continuing with any other work on the BIG-IP VE system.
    The system presents a progress indicator during the operation.

Installing a BIG-IP VE update

After you download the software installation image and import the software image to the /shared/images directory on the BIG-IP VE system, you can initiate the installation operation. The destination you specify for installation must represent a hard drive volume or partition on the BIG-IP system.
  1. On the Main tab of the navigation pane, expand System, and click Software Management. The Software Management screen opens.
  2. From the Available Images table, click the link representing the software image you want to install. The image properties screen opens.
  3. In the Installation Targets column, select the check box associated with the location where you want to install.
  4. Click Install. The installation confirmation screen opens.
  5. To begin the installation operation, click Install. The Installation Status screen opens.
  6. To watch the progress of the installation operation, click the Refresh button, or specify a value for the Auto Refresh setting. The upgrade process installs the software on the inactive installation location that you specify. This process usually takes between three and seven minutes.
    Tip: If there is a problem during installation, you can use log messages to troubleshoot a solution. The system stores the installation log file as /var/log/liveinstall.log.
When the installation operation is complete, the system removes the refresh options. When that occurs, you can safely reboot the newly installed volume or partition.

Rebooting after a BIG-IP VE update

When the installation operation is complete, the system removes the refresh options. When that occurs, you can safely reboot into the newly installed volume or partition.
  1. On the Main tab of the navigation pane, expand System, and click Software Management. The Software Management screen opens.
  2. On the menu bar, click Boot Locations. The Boot Locations screen opens.
  3. In the Boot Partition column, click the link representing the boot location you want to activate. The properties screen for the boot location opens.
  4. Click Activate. A confirmation screen opens.
  5. Click OK to initiate the reboot operation. The system presents progress messages during the restart operation.
When the BIG-IP VE system reboot is complete, the system presents the login screen. To configure the system, log in using an account that has administrative permissions.
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