Updated Date: 09/21/2010
This technical note documents the process of performing a clean install of the BIG-IP software version 9.4.1 using a CD mounted on an installation server. For information about installing the software, please see the instructions below.
The minimum system requirements for this release are:
Note: The 520/540 platform must meet certain requirements in order to support this version of the BIG-IP software. For more information, including memory requirements, see 520/540 Platform: Installing BIG-IP version 9.4.1.
The supported browsers for the BIG-IP Configuration utility are:
Note that we recommend that you leave the browser cache options at the default settings.
Important: Popup blockers and other browser add-ons or plug-ins might affect the usability of the Configuration utility. If you experience issues with navigation, we recommend that you disable these types of browser plug-ins and add-ons.
This installation method is supported only on the following platforms:
Warning: If you plan to upgrade a system licensed for Link Controller, Global Traffic Manager, 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 9.4.1.
Important: 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 unit 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.
If the BIG-IP system is currently running version 9.2.x or later, you can upgrade directly to version 9.4.1, using the following procedure.
The process of installing BIG-IP version 9.4.1 requires completing the following steps:
The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.
Before you begin the installation process, download the installation CD-ROM ISO image from http://support.f5.com. For details about downloading the installation software, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
Note: Before continuing, we recommend downloading the associated MD5 checksum file and performing the MD5 checksum operation to ensure that the file downloaded correctly. For more information about running the MD5 checksum, see Verifying the MD5 checksum of the installation file.
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), or BIG-IP 8800 (D88) 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 the Enter key 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 specify the IP address of the server, you need to enter only the last octet. When completing the lower and upper ranges for the clients, type the network numbers where the clients are situated.
If the settings displayed are correct, type yes. If they are not, type no to have the system prompt you to re-enter the addresses.
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
You might 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. Then, within ten seconds, use a paperclip to push the NETboot button.
bigpipe db boot.netreboot enable
For detailed information about the Lights-Out Management system, see the BIG-IP Network and System Management Guide chapter, Lights-Out Management.
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 prompts you for the terminal type.
Terminal type? [vt100]
Press the Enter key to continue, or specify the terminal type you are using. We recommend that you use vt100.
The system posts a number of messages, and then installation starts. Once installation starts, you can use the arrow and Tab keys to navigate the presented options. You can select an option from a menu using the Enter key or the highlighted character key, and you can toggle select boxes on or off using the spacebar.
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 (CompactFlash®). You can use the switchboot utility to specify which installation you want to boot by default. For more information about the switchboot utility, see Using the switchboot utility.
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 on 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 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 4.5.x or 4.6.x system (http://license.f5.com).