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 Windows host installation procedure. For information about installing the software, please refer to the instructions below.
The minimum system requirements for running the BIG-IP Configuration utility (GUI) this release are:
The supported browsers for the Configuration utility are:
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 (LC), Global Traffic Manager (GTM), 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 9.4. 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: 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, initiate 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.
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 9.4, using the following procedure.
The process of upgrading to BIG-IP version 9.4 requires:
The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.
Before you upgrade to BIG-IP version 9.4, you need to save your version 9.2.x configuration data. In addition, this prevents loss of data if, for any reason, the version 9.4 upgrade is not successful.
Collect and archive the version 9.2.x configuration files, by typing the following command. Note that config.ucs is the name you must use for the UCS file, and the file must be saved in the / partition.
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 9.0 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 9.2.x configuration data.
Before you begin the installation process, you may need to download the installation CD-ROM ISO image from https://downloads.f5.com. For details about downloading the installation software, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.
After you save the existing 9.2.x configuration and download the local install package, you need to 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 9.4 software. Use the following procedure.