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Manual Chapter: Upgrading BIG-IP System Software
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About upgrading BIG-IP system software

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 administrative tasks.

Important: Before you can apply a hot fix, you must have installed the base software image to which the hotfix is associated.

Downloading software images

Download software images for new installations, upgrades, or hot fixes to managed physical and virtual devices with just a few clicks.

  1. Browse to the F5 Downloads site, https://downloads.f5.com, and locate the image you want to download.
  2. Log in to BIG-IQ Device with the administrator user name and password.
  3. At the top of the screen, click Provisioning.
  4. Hover over the Images header, and click the + icon when it appears, and then click New Software Image.
  5. Click the Choose File button and navigate to the shared images directory and click on the software image you want to download to BIG-IQ Device. The software image appears in the Images panel.
The software image is now available for you to install on a managed device.

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.
After you download a new software image, you can upgrade a managed BIG-IP device from version 11.3.0 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 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. From the Software Version list, select the software image to which you want to upgrade this device.
  6. Click the Check button. This initiates a check to ensure that the device is available for upgrade by verifying connectivity.
  7. 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.
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.
  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 a version prior to 11.3.0.
  5. In the Admin User Name and Admin Password fields, type the administrator's user name and password.
  6. In the Root User Name and Root Password fields, type the user name and password for the root user.
  7. From the Software Version list, select the software image to which you want to upgrade this device.
  8. Click the Check button. This initiates a check to ensure that the device is available for upgrade by verifying connectivity.
  9. Click the Upgrade button to upgrade the device.
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