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Jan 30, 2012

My first BIG-IP upgrade

Hi guys/gals,

 

 

I have a change upgrading some LTMs from 10.2.0 to 10.2.3

 

 

I'm having a bit of issue wrapping my head around the concept and I don't want to mess this up. This is VERY important to my customer.

 

 

From what I understand I have to :

 

1.Copy the new image to /sharred/images

 

2.Check md5

 

2.Check partioning with "switchboot -l" and make sure i have a free partiton

 

3.If necessary make new partition with image2disk

 

4."b software" command to install a new image.

 

5.Boot new image as default

 

6.Reboot

 

 

What I still have issue with (if what I described above is correct) is how to do it on active/redundant pair ?

 

Do I have to check how they are peered i.e network/serial and turn of high-avalability during change because different BIG-IP versions don't support redundancy ?

 

If I do it on standby first how can I test to make sure it is ok before moving to the active ?

 

 

Any advice is welcome.

 

 

 

18 Replies

  • The virtual is a .ova file which I got running in Virtual Box. Only problem is I can;t upgrade it. I tried both the 10.2.3 .iso and .ova files but with no luck. I looked at a VE edition manual and it says to upgrade from 10 VE to 11 VE you need to download the .iso. I didn;t get that ,did you upload iso file to /shared/images and upgrade using webui, bigpipe or tmsh command?
  • Okay , just discovered one more thing.

     

    I have MD instead of HD volumes.

     

     

    What sort of behavior should I expect ?

     

     

    Can I just create a new volume , install on it and make it primary ?

     

    I noticed there are issues to downgrading, i.e sol11414. What about upgrading ? Can I keep both new and old versions ?
  • this is procedure.

    sol11215: Upgrading an active/standby BIG-IP high availability pair

    http://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/11000/200/sol11215.html

    this is how to install software using command line.

    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b version|grep -iA 1 version
    BIG-IP Version 10.2.0 1707.0
    Final Edition
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software
    SOFTWARE
    +-> SOFTWARE STATUS
    |   Key   Slot Product Version Build  Active Status
    |   MD1.1    0 BIG-IP  10.2.0  1707.0 yes    complete
    |   MD1.2    0 none    none    none   no     complete
    |   MD1.3    0 none    none    none   no     complete
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software images
    SOFTWARE - Images:
    +-> SOFTWARE IMAGE "BIGIP-10.2.3.112.0.iso"
        |     BIG-IP 10.2.3 Build 112.0   Size: 882 MB
        |     Checksum: 53b2bf21a656c135d6de61f8e5fea660   verified
        |     Build date: Fri Sep 30 00:04:48 PDT 2011
        |     Last modified: Fri Feb 10 06:22:11 PST 2012
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software desired MD1.3 product BIG-IP version 10.2.3 build 112.0
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software
    SOFTWARE
    +-> SOFTWARE STATUS
    |   Key   Slot Product Version Build  Active Status
    |   MD1.1    0 BIG-IP  10.2.0  1707.0 yes    complete
    |   MD1.2    0 none    none    none   no     complete
    |   MD1.3    0 BIG-IP  10.2.3  112.0  no     installing 0.000 pct
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software
    SOFTWARE
    +-> SOFTWARE STATUS
    |   Key   Slot Product Version Build  Active Status
    |   MD1.1    0 BIG-IP  10.2.0  1707.0 yes    complete
    |   MD1.2    0 none    none    none   no     complete
    |   MD1.3    0 BIG-IP  10.2.3  112.0  no     installing 45.000 pct
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software
    SOFTWARE
    +-> SOFTWARE STATUS
    |   Key   Slot Product Version Build  Active Status
    |   MD1.1    0 BIG-IP  10.2.0  1707.0 yes    complete
    |   MD1.2    0 none    none    none   no     complete
    |   MD1.3    0 BIG-IP  10.2.3  112.0  no     complete
    
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  b software desired MD1.3 active enable
    [root@B8900-R12-S34:Active] config  Feb 10 06:30:02 local/B8900-R12-S34 emerg overdog[4612]: 01140043:0: Ha feature software_update reboot requested.
    
  • @nitass

     

    Thank you for your response.

     

    I noticed sol11215 before , but I can't do Step 4 for Network Failover TMM (Temporarily set the Redundancy State Preference setting of both units to None.) I will upgrade the Standby and failover to the Standby , test and then do the active.

     

     

    Also , do you need to configure volume mirroring in any way ? Or do I just create a new volume (mine MD1.1-1.3 are full with 10.2.0) and install as you did ?
  • Also , do you need to configure volume mirroring in any way ? Or do I just create a new volume (mine MD1.1-1.3 are full with 10.2.0) and install as you did ?hard disk mirroring is done automatically. what we have to do is to just install to an empty or a new slot. for example, when we run "b software desired MD1.4 product BIG-IP version 10.2.3 build 112.0", bigip will create MD1.4 on the fly and install 10.2.3 software for us.

     

     

    by the way, the latest hotfix for 10.2.3 now is hotfix1. i suggest applying the latest hotfix if possible.

     

     

    cheer!
  • @nitass

     

    Thank you :)

     

    HOTFIX is not approved by the customer , so another time.

     

    Remind me to buy you and Aaron/Hoolio a beer.