A key feature of BIG-IQ® Device is the ability to centrally upgrade your
managed BIG-IP® devices. Central management of software images means that
you can perform upgrades without having to log in to each individual device. Software images
can contain new software, upgrades, or hot fixes.
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. While the software image runs, you can continue to perform other
Important: Before you can apply a hot fix, you must have installed the base software image to which the hotfix is associated.
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
Before you can manage a legacy device, you must first upgrade it. Legacy devices
are BIG-IP® devices running software versions 10.2.0 - 11.2.x.
Log in to BIG-IQ Device with your administrator user name and password.
At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
Hover on the Devices panel header, click the + sign when
it appears, and then click Upgrade Legacy Device.
In the IP Address field, type the IP address for the
legacy device that you want to upgrade from a version prior to 11.3.0.
In the Admin User Name and Admin
Password fields, type the administrator's user name and
In the Root User Name and Root
Password fields, type the user name and password for the root
From the Software Version list, select the software
image to which you want to upgrade this device.
Click the Check button.
This initiates a check to ensure that the device is available for upgrade by
Click the Upgrade button to upgrade the device.