|Re-activate the BIG-IQ system license. You must do this on both the active and the standby BIG-IQ if they are running in an HA pair.||For specific instructions about how to reactivate a license, refer to the F5® BIG-IQ® Central Management: Licensing and Initial Setup guide.|
|Create a UCS backup of the BIG-IQ system's current configuration and store it on a remote server.||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 5.1.|
|Decide which disk volume you want to install the upgrade on. You must have at least two volumes to upgrade BIG-IQ.||If you are running BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and you don't have two volumes, refer to: 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 managed BIG-IP devices to version 11.5.2 or later.||SOL14592: Compatibility between BIG-IQ and BIG-IP releases at https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/14000/500/sol14592.html|
|To make sure you've deployed all pending changes that you want to keep after upgrade,
for each functional area:
||For more information about this process, review the documentation associated with the functionality you're deploying changes for.|
After you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 5.1, some collected data and reports might not be compatible with the new version of BIG-IQ. You'll need to reconfigure some settings for certain functionality that was not retained during the upgrade process. Refer to the section titled, After you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 5.1.
To upgrade F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management from BIG-IQ version 4.5 or 4.6 to version 5.1, you perform these procedures.
Upload the BIG-IQ version 5.1 software image to make it available for this upgrade.
You need at least two volumes to upgrade BIG-IQ® Centralized Management. If you are running BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and don't have two volumes, refer to: SOL17406: Using the tmsh utility to create a new software volume for installing a new image or hotfix on the BIG-IQ system at support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/17000/400/sol17406.htmlBefore upgrading BIG-IQ, download the BIG-IQ version 5.1 .iso image from the F5 downloads site.
The upgrade process involves installing the new version of the software, booting into that new version, and reviewing the settings on the setup screens.
To properly communicate, BIG-IQ® Centralized Management and BIG-IP® devices need to be running compatible versions of the REST framework. If the REST frameworks are incompatible, BIG-IQ displays a yellow triangle next to the device in the BIG-IP Device inventory. It might take a few minutes for BIG-IQ to check the framework on all the BIG-IP devices.
After all of your devices are in an active and running state, you should upgrade the secondary BIG-IQ system. Refer to the Upgrade the Secondary BIG-IQ topic.
After you upgrade the primary BIG-IQ® Centralized Management system to version 5.1 and discover and import services for your managed devices, you can upgrade the secondary BIG-IQ system in a HA configuration. You must have command-line access to upgrade the secondary BIG-IQ system.You need at least two volumes to upgrade BIG-IQ. If you are running BIG-IQ Virtual Edition and you don't have two volumes, refer to: SOL17406: Using the tmsh utility to create a new software volume for installing a new image or hotfix on the BIG-IQ system at support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/17000/400/sol17406.html
Some settings and configurations are not compatible between F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management version 4.5 or 4.6, and version 5.1. After you upgrade to BIG-IQ version 5.1, you need to re-specify configuration settings for any of the (following, listed) functionality that you were using before you upgraded.
Global User Settings