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Release Note: Local Installation: Upgrading from BIG-IP software versions 9.2.x to BIG-IP software version 9.4
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Updated Date: 09/21/2010


This technical note documents upgrading to BIG-IP software version 9.4 from BIG-IP software versions 9.2.x, 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 9.4 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
  • 768 MB 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:

  • BIG-IP 520 and 540 (D35), for more information, see 520/540 Platform: Installing BIG-IP version 9.4.
  • BIG-IP 1500 (C36)
  • BIG-IP 3400 (C62)
  • BIG-IP 4100 (D46), for standalone Application Security Manager installations only
  • BIG-IP 6400 (D63)
  • BIG-IP 6800 (D68)
  • BIG-IP 8400 (D84)
  • BIG-IP 8800 (D88)

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 9.4 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 9.4. 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 9.2.x systems.

Warning: Version 4.5.x or 4.6.x installation. You cannot upgrade directly from BIG-IP version 4.x to 9.4. You must first upgrade to a 9.2.x version. For details about this installation method, refer to the release notes for one of the 9.2.x releases.

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.

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.

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Installing the upgrade

If the BIG-IP system is currently running version 9.2.x, you can upgrade directly to version 9.4, using the following procedure.

The process of upgrading to BIG-IP version 9.4 requires that you:

The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.

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Saving and backing up existing 9.2.x BIG-IP configuration data

Before you upgrade to BIG-IP version 9.4, you need to save your version 9.2.x configuration data. This prevents loss of data if, for any reason, the version 9.4 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 9.4 system. There is a new location on the 9.2.x 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 9.2.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. For details about downloading the installation software, 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 9.2.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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Running the installation script

Now that you have copied the local install package to the target system, you are ready to install the 9.4 software. On the BIG-IP system, use the im command to run the installation script. Note that in previous versions you had to extract the script. That step is no longer necessary. The im command extracts the script and begins the installation.

To install the software

  1. Start the local-install script from the IM package using the following command:

  2. 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.

  3. The installer prompts you for the following information.

    • When prompted to choose an installation image, select the version 9.4 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 9.2.x version of BIG-IP software, you should have already saved a UCS in with the procedure Save existing 9.2.x BIG-IP configuration data.

  4. 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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