I'm running 10.2.2HF3 in HA.
Manually I've changed /config/bigip*.conf, specifically, removed references and configuration of non-Common Partitions.
There's a known fault in pre-10.2.3 that prevents "b import" and I guess it applies to "b load", so, I know that won't work. However, my understanding is that "bigstart stop/start" or reboot should reload using /config/bigip*.conf, but it doesn't!! The reloaded configuration still looks like old-configuration (ie. with Partitions), even though "grep -i partition /config/bipip*.conf" shows nothing except Common!!
Where is LTM getting its configuration?
What error do you get when running 'b load'? That should work to force a reload of the config from file into memory.
Else, you can remove the binary config file cache (this requires an outage though):
sol13030: Forcing the mcpd process to reload configuration
SOL6622: Change in Behavior: Beginning in version 9.4, BIG-IP loads its configuration from binary image files instead of text-based files at system startup
> What error do you get when running 'b load'? That should work to force a reload of the config from file into memory.
I believe (and F5 support engineer tentatively agreed) that SOL11933: "A VLAN cannot be moved between partitions during a single configuration file import operation" is not limited to just the import but also to "b load" and "b verify load".
Just for completeness:
> you can remove the binary config file cache (this requires an outage though)
or (as per sol13030) "touch /service/mcpd/forceload" will also do it.