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Manual Chapter: Software Upgrades for Managed Devices
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About upgrading software for managed devices

A key feature of BIG-IQ Device is the ability to centrally upgrade your managed BIG-IP devices using the Upgrade Advisor.

Upgrades are installed to a new volume, retaining the existing configuration so that if the upgrade does not go as planned, you can boot to the current volume and restore the current configuration.

Upgrading a device

Before you can upgrade a device, you must first download the software image from the F5 Downloads site, https://downloads.f5.com to the Images panel.
Use the Upgrade Advisor to upgrade the software version of your managed BIG-IP device from version 11.4.1 or later.
  1. Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
  3. Click the arrow next to the device group that contains the device that you want to upgrade to expand the group.
  4. Click the gear icon next to the device you want to upgrade, and then click Upgrade Software.
  5. Type the admin and root user names and passwords in the appropriate fields.
  6. From the Software Version list, select the software image to which you want to upgrade this device.
  7. Click the Check button. This initiates a check to ensure that the device is available for upgrade by verifying connectivity.
  8. Click the Upgrade button to upgrade the device.

Upgrading a legacy device

Before you can upgrade a device, you must first download the software image from the F5 Downloads site, https://downloads.f5.com to the Images panel.
Legacy devices are BIG-IP devices running software version 10.2.0 and later. For this process, you use the legacy Upgrade Advisor. This process confirms that the device has a valid configuration, and rolls that configuration forward to the upgraded software version.
  1. Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
  3. Hover on the Devices panel header, click the + sign when it appears, and then click Upgrade Legacy Device.
  4. In the IP Address field, type the IP address for the legacy device that you want to upgrade from version 10.2.0 or earlier.
  5. Type the admin and root user names and passwords in the appropriate fields.
  6. From the Software Version list, select the software image to which you want to upgrade this device.
  7. Click the Check button. This initiates a check to ensure that the device is available for upgrade by verifying connectivity.
  8. Click the Upgrade button to upgrade the device.
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