Updated Date: 05/16/2006
This technical note documents upgrading to BIG-IP software version 9.2.3 from BIG-IP software versions 9.0 through 9.1.0, using the local install procedure. 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 that contain hard drives:
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 copy an installation manager (IM) file of the BIG-IP software to the hard drive of the unit you want to upgrade to version 9.2.3. You can perform a local upgrade if you have direct access to the system. We recommend using the local upgrade if you have a direct connection to the unit you want to upgrade.
Warning: You can only apply this upgrade to BIG-IP version 9.x systems.
Warning: A valid service contract is required to complete this upgrade.
Warning: You must reactivate the license on the BIG-IP system you intend to upgrade before you begin the upgrade.
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.
If the BIG-IP system is currently running version 9.0 through 9.1.0, you can upgrade directly to version 9.2.3, using the following procedure.
The process of upgrading to BIG-IP version 9.2.3 requires that you:
The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.
Before you upgrade to BIG-IP version 9.2.3, you need to save your version 9.x configuration data. This prevents loss of data if, for any reason, the version 9.2.3 upgrade is not successful.
Collect and archive the version 9.x configuration files, by typing the following command.
bigpipe config save /config.ucs
Note: If you are upgrading a system that is using zone files with named, you must manually back up all necessary zone files and save them to a remote location. After the upgrade is complete, you can place them on 9.2.3 system. There is a new location on the 9.0 system for these files: /var/named/config/namedb.
Important: It is critical that you back up the archived configuration files to a remote location. In the event this process fails, you may need to use the remotely-stored file in order to restore your 9.x configuration data.
After you save the existing configuration, download the installation local-install-126.96.36.199.8.im file from http://tech.f5.com. For details about downloading the IM package, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
After you save the existing 9.x configuration and download the local install package, you need to copy the local-install-188.8.131.52.8.im file to the /var/tmp directory on the BIG-IP system that you want to upgrade. The following example shows how you would use the scp command to copy the file to the BIG-IP system, where <local_install>.im is the name of the local install IM, and the <bigipsystem> is the BIG-IP system to which you want to copy the IM file.
scp <local_install>.im root@<bigipsystem>:/var/tmp .
After you copy the local install IM file to the BIG-IP system you want to upgrade, you can run the im command to extract the installation files from the local install IM file.
Now that you have copied the local install package to the target system, you are ready to install the 9.2.3 software. On the BIG-IP system, use the im command to extract the installation files from the IM package. After you extract the installation packages, you can run the installation script.
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