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Release Note: Local Installation: Upgrading from BIG-IP software versions 9.x through 9.2.0 to BIG-IP software version 9.2.3
Release Note

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.


- Minimum system requirements and supported browsers
- Supported platforms
- About the BIG-IP version 9.2.3 local upgrade
- Installing the upgrade

Minimum system requirements and supported browsers

The minimum system requirements for this release are:

  • Intel® Pentium® III 933Mhz processor
  • Hard drive
  • 768MB RAM

The supported browsers for the Configuration utility are:

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer TM, version 6.x and later
  • Netscape® Navigator TM, version 7.1, and other browsers built on the same engine, such as Mozilla TM, Firefox TM, and Camino TM.
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Supported platforms

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.

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About the BIG-IP version 9.2.3 local upgrade

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.

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Installing the upgrade

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.

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Saving and backing up existing 9.x BIG-IP configuration data

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.

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Downloading the installation IM package from F5 Networks

After you save the existing configuration, download the installation file from For details about downloading the IM package, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.

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Copying the local install package to the BIG-IP system

After you save the existing 9.x configuration and download the local install package, you need to copy the 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.

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Extracting the installation files and running the installation script

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.

To extract the installation software

  1. Extract the local-install script from the IM package using the following command:
  2. To run the local-install script and complete the installation, type the following command:

    The local install script prompts you for the following information:
    Terminal type? [vt100]
  3. Press Enter to continue, or type the terminal type you are using. We recommend that you use vt100.

    A number of messages scroll by and then the installation starts. Once the installation starts, you can use the arrow and Tab keys to navigate the options. You can use the Enter key or highlighted letter key to select an option from a menu, or the Spacebar to toggle select boxes on or off.
  4. The installer prompts you for the following information.

    • When prompted to choose an installation image, select the version 9.2.3 installation image.
    • After you choose the installation image, you are then prompted for the installation location on which you want to install the software. An installation location is a portion of a drive with adequate space required for an installation. If the hardware supports multiple installation locations, you can create more than one installation by installing the software on each location. At boot time, you can select the installation that you want to boot. To install on multiple slots, follow the on-screen instructions.
    • You then have the option to roll forward the supported configurations (config.ucs files) found on the system. If you are installing this software on a system that contains a 9.x version of BIG-IP software, you should have already saved a UCS in with the procedure Save existing 9.x BIG-IP configuration data.
  5. After you have completed the prompts for the installer, review the installation options you have selected. Select Yes on the final BIG-IP install screen to begin the install.
    After the installation is complete, the BIG-IP system reboots and you lose connectivity to the BIG-IP system.
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