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Manual Chapter: Before Upgrading to BIG-IQ version 5.0
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What you need to do before you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 5.0

We want your upgrade to go smoothly, so it's important to note a couple things. First, before you start the upgrade process, there are a few tasks you need to do. Once you finish those tasks and are ready to start the upgrade, be sure to follow the process in the order specified.

Note: Although you can upgrade BIG-IQ version 4.5.x (with hotfixes) to version 5.0; we recommend that you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 4.6.x first, (with hotfixes) then to version 5.0.

Required tasks you must complete before you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 5.0

Before you start the process to upgrade the BIG-IQ® system, you must complete each of the following tasks.

Required Task Notes
Reactivate the BIG-IQ license on both the active and standby systems. For specific instructions about how to reactivate a license, refer to the BIG-IQ® Central Management: Licensing and Initial Setup guide.
Create a UCS backup of the BIG-IQ system's current configuration and send it to a remote server for storage.

You can restore this saved backup only to BIG-IQ running version 4.5 or 4.6. You cannot restore a backup file for BIG-IQ version 4.5 or 4.6 onto BIG-IQ running version 5.0.

For specific instructions about how to create a UCS backup, refer to the BIG-IQ® Central Management: Licensing and Initial Setup guide.

Decide which disk volume you want to install the upgrade on. If you are running BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and you don't have at least two volumes, follow these instructions: SOL17406: Using the tmsh utility to create a new software volume for installing a new image or hotfix on the BIG-IQ system at https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/17000/400/sol17406.html.
Upgrade all your managed BIG-IP devices to a version compatible with BIG-IQ version 5.0. See SOL14592: Compatibility between BIG-IQ and BIG-IP releases at https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/14000/500/sol14592.html for details about what BIG-IP versions are compatible with BIG-IQ version 5.0.
To make sure you've deployed all pending changes you want to keep after the upgrade, for each functional area:
  • Create a deployment job.
  • Select all your managed devices.
  • Evaluate the differences.
  • Deploy the changes you want to keep after upgrading.
For more information about this process, review the documentation associated with the functionality you're deploying changes for.
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