Updated Date: 04/26/2007
This technical note documents upgrading to BIG-IP software version 9.3 from BIG-IP software versions 9.0.5 through 9.2.5, using the Windows host installation 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 browser-based Configuration utility are:
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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.
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.
This technical note describes how to use a Microsoft® Windows® host to install the BIG-IP software on the unit you want to upgrade to version 9.3. You can perform a Windows hosted installation if you have direct access from the Windows host to the management interface on the BIG-IP system. If there is a firewall running on the windows server (or between the windows server and the BIG-IP system), the firewall must allow the ports required by the installer and ICMP requests. It should also be noted that the BIG-IP system must be able to communicate back to the windows machine. Two-way network connectivity is required.
Warning: You can only apply this upgrade to BIG-IP version 9.2.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 cannot upgrade to version 9.3 from versions 9.0 through 9.0.4. You must first upgrade to 9.0.5, or a later 9.x release.
Warning: You must turn off mirroring before you attempt to upgrade to version 9.3. We do not support mirroring between units that are not running the same version of the software.
The Windows host you intend to use to perform the Windows hosted installation procedure must meet certain requirements. The requirements for the Windows host are:
Warning: The Windows host cannot be running any version of Windows® Server.
If the BIG-IP system is currently running version 9.2.x, you can upgrade directly to version 9.3, using the following procedure.
The process of upgrading to BIG-IP version 9.3 requires completing the following steps:
The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.
Before you upgrade to this version of the software, you need to save your current configuration data. Backing up your configuration prevents loss of data if, for any reason, the upgrade is not successful.
Collect and archive the existing configuration files, by typing the following command. Note that to have the installer automatically load the configuration file during startup, you must name the file config.ucs and store it in the / partition.
bigpipe config save /config.ucs
Important: 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 the upgraded system. There is a new location on the version 9.x system for these files: /var/named/config/namedb.
Important: It is critical that you back up the archived configuration files to a secure remote location. In the event this process fails, you might need to use the remotely-stored file in order to restore your previous configuration data. For more information about UCS files, see SOL4423: Overview of UCS archives.
Before you begin the installation process, you might need to download the installation CD-ROM ISO image from http://downloads.f5.com. For details about downloading the ISO image, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
After you save the existing configuration and download the local installation package, you must create a CD of the installation CD-ROM ISO image. After you create the CD, you can put it in the CD drive of the Windows host you intend to use for the installation.
Now that you have created a CD of the installation software, you are ready to install the software. Use the following procedure.