Updated Date: 01/06/2010
This technical note documents the process of performing a clean installation of the BIG-IP® software 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:
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 the BIG-IP software.
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 only 512 MB of memory.
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 browser-based 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:
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.
Important: A valid service contract is required to complete this installation.
Warning: You must reactivate the license on the BIG-IP system you intend to upgrade before you begin the installation. This is because the license check date in the software is verified against the service check date in the license file. For more information, see SOL7727: License activation may be required prior to software upgrade.
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: We recommend that you run the MD5 checksum on any ISO image or IM upgrade file you download. For information about MD5 checksums, see the section Verifying the MD5 checksum of the installation file in the appropriate installation release note.
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.
Note: We recommend installing Global Traffic Manager or Link Controller on the hard drives of BIG-IP systems. Although installation on some CompactFlash® drives is supported in most cases, it is not recommended.
The process of upgrading 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 the F5 Networks downloads site. For details about downloading the ISO image, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
Note: Before you continue, 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]
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.
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./p>
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.
Note: Always-On Management (AOM) version 1.0 does not include the netboot/PXE boot option. For information about this issue, see SOL9599: AOM version 1.0 does not include the netboot / PXE boot option.
bigpipe db boot.netreboot enable reboot
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 reboot
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 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).
For additional information, please visit http://www.f5.com