Updated Date: 09/21/2010
This technical note documents performing a clean install of the BIG-IP software version 9.4 using a CD mounted on an installation server. For information about installing the software, please refer to the instructions below.
The minimum system requirements for this release are:
The supported browsers for the Configuration utility are:
This installation method is supported only on the following platforms:
Warning: If you plan to upgrade a system licensed for Link Controller (LC), Global Traffic Manager (GTM), or a combination Local Traffic Manager and Global Traffic Manager system, the BIG-IP unit you intend to upgrade must have a minimum of 768 MB of RAM. Originally, the BIG-IP 1000 (D39) and BIG-IP 2400 (D44) platforms were shipped with 512 MB of memory only.
If you are unsure which platform you have, look at the sticker on the back of the chassis to find the platform number.
This technical note describes how to create a clean install of the BIG-IP software to version 9.4.
Warning: A valid service contract is required to complete this installation.
Warning: You must reactivate the license on the BIG-IP system on which you intend to install before you begin the installation.
Important: You should perform the installation on the standby system in a redundant system. If you are satisfied with the results, failover and apply the upgrade to the other unit in the redundant system.
Important: Each unit in a redundant system must be running the same version of the software.
Important: If you are upgrading from 9.2.x, and you have a Global Traffic Manager unit that belongs to a sync group, you must remove the unit from the sync group before you install the software or apply the upgrade. Failure to do so may cause irrevocable damage to the units in the sync group that are running older versions of the software. Once you have upgraded all units to the same version, you can then re-create the sync group. For details on removing a unit from a sync group, see the product documentation. Once you have removed the unit from the sync group, you can proceed with the installation or upgrade. Note that this is for upgrades from 9.2.x only.
Use these procedures to install the version 9.4 software.
The process of installing the BIG-IP version 9.4 software requires:
The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.
Before you begin the installation process, you may need to download the installation CD-ROM ISO image from https://downloads.f5.com. For details about downloading the installation software, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
Before you perform a network boot from a CD, you must designate and configure a remote host to be a Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) server. This remote host must meet all the following criteria:
Note: You must connect the installation server to the same network to which the management port on the BIG-IP unit is connected.
Note: If you are installing the software on a BIG-IP 1500 (C36), BIG-IP 3400 (C62), BIG-IP 6400 (D63), BIG-IP 6800 (D68), BIG-IP 8400 (D84) platform by directly connecting the unit to the installation server, you must use an Ethernet cross-over cable to directly connect to the management interface. If you are installing the software on a BIG-IP 1000 (D39), BIG-IP 2400 (D44), BIG-IP 5100 or 5110 (D51) by directly connecting to the installation server, you can use a standard Ethernet cable to directly connect to the management interface.
Once you have designated a host, complete the following steps:
Select terminal type? [vt100]
Press Enter to use vt100 emulation, or type the name of the terminal emulator you are using.
Maintenance OS Options
Serve Provide network installation services
Install Install software onto hard disk
Reboot Reboot to your current system
Exit Exit to maintenance shell
Use existing DHCP server on subnet [no]?
IP network [10.1.10]?
IP address of server 10.1.10[n] ?
Lower range for clients 10.1.10.[n] ?
Upper range for clients 10.1.10.[n] ?
Note: When you enter the IP address of the server, you need to enter only the last octet. When completing the lower and upper ranges for the clients, enter the network number(s) where the clients are situated.
After you designate and configure a remote host to be a installation server, you are ready to perform the network boot from the console of the platform on which you wish to install the software.
Note: You must connect the installation server directly to the management port on the BIG-IP unit, or to the network to which the management interface is connected.
bigpipe db boot.netreboot enable
rebootYou may receive the following message after you type the reboot command:
The requested operation is not supported by the hardware.If you see this error message, use a paperclip to push the RESET button on the front panel of the IP Application Switch. Then, within ten seconds, use a paperclip to push the NETboot button.
bigpipe db boot.netreboot enable
Press M or Control-SPACE to view menu.Let the timer count down to auto-select the installation options. After the timer counts down, the installer presents the terminal type.
Terminal type? [vt100]Press Enter to continue, or type the terminal type you are using. We recommend that you use vt100.
Note: The syslog option is not present when the controlling terminal is the console. You see this option only when you are performing the installation through an SSH connection.
The software takes only a few minutes to install. Once the installation is complete, the unit reboots to the installation in slot 0 or CF (compact flash). You can use the switchboot utility to specify which installation you want to boot by default. For more information about the switchboot utility, see the BIG-IP version 9.4 release notes.
After you complete the installation of the software, and before you license the software, run the config command to configure an IP address, net mask, and gateway on the management port (MGMT). The config command is a command line utility created for this purpose. You can run the config command from the serial console you used during installation.
To run the config command, type the following command:
After you run this utility and add an IP address, net mask, and gateway to your management port, you can log in to the Configuration utility (graphical user interface), and license the unit.
Before you can convert your configuration files or configure the system, you must license the version 9.4 software. To activate the license for the system, you must have a base registration key. The registration key is a 27-character string that lets the license server know which F5 products you are entitled to license. If you do not already have a registration key, you can obtain one using the dossier from a licensed 4.5x system (http://license.f5.com).