Manual Chapter : CE file all upgrade concepts (was "before you upgrade")

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.0.0
Manual Chapter

CE file all upgrade concepts (was "before you upgrade")

Tasks
Additional information
Re-activate the BIG-IQ licenses.
You must reactive the license on each BIG-IQ in the HA configuration. For specific instructions about how to reactivate a license, refer to the
F5 BIG-IQ® Central Management: Licensing and Initial Setup
guide.
Re-activate the BIG-IQ licenses.
You must reactive the license for each data collection device in the cluster. For specific instructions about how to reactivate a license, refer to the
F5 BIG-IQ® Central Management: Licensing and Initial Setup
guide.
Create a backup of the user configuration set (UCS) for the devices in the DCD cluster's and store it on a remote server.
The UCS file includes: system-specific configuration files, license, user account and password information, and SSL certificates and keys. You can use this backup in the event you want to restore to a previous software version.
Decide which disk volume you want to install the BIG-IQ software on. You must have at least two volumes to upgrade BIG-IQ.
If the BIG-IQ you are upgrading doesn't have two volumes, refer to:
K17406: Using the tmsh utility to create a new software volume for installing a new image or hotfix on the BIG-IQ system
at: https://support.f5.com/csp/article/K17406
Decide which disk volume you want to install the BIG-IQ software on. You must have at least two volumes to upgrade BIG-IQ.
If the BIG-IQ you are upgrading doesn't have two volumes, you must create one using a
CLI
command. The upgrade task provides options for either case.
Deploy any staged configuration changes to your managed BIG-IP devices.
When addressing configuration conflicts for each BIG-IP device, F5 recommends you use BIG-IP to override the configuration settings stored on BIG-IQ.
Required information
For my configuration
You'll need to create a passphrase for the Master Key. The passphrase must contain:
  • At least 16 characters
  • At least 1 capital letter
  • At least 1 lower case letter
  • At least 1 number
  • At least 1 special character
    You must use the same Master Key Passphrase for each BIG-IQ in an HA pair and every device in a DCD cluster. The upgrade will complete without it, but the BIG-IQ HA or DCD configuration will not function if the pass phrases don't match.
Get the discovery address you specified on the BIG-IQ during setup. This is the same IP address that the peers in a high availability confirmation use to communicate. You can find this IP address on the BIG-IQ HA screen.
Get your BIG-IQ administrator and root passwords.
Get the name for the each BIG-IQ in an HA configuration.

BIG-IQ without a data collection device cluster

BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Upgrading from Version 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.0.x, 6.1 without a Data Collection Device Cluster to Version 7.0
This example represents a BIG-IQ in a high availability configuration. During the upgrade, the BIG-IQ suspends BIG-IP device management. This can result in a downtime of services. The amount of downtime depends on the size of your system's setup. BIG-IQ services resume when the active BIG-IQ is upgraded and restarted.

BIG-IQ with a data collection device cluster

BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Upgrading Version 5.4 or 6.0.x with a Data Collection Device Cluster to Version 7.0
This example represents a BIG-IQ a high-availability (HA) configuration with a data collection device (DCD) cluster. During the upgrade, all devices in the DCD cluster are deactivated until they are all upgraded. Data collected from the managed BIG-IP devices resume only after all devices in the DCD cluster are upgraded and restarted.

BIG-IQ includes a data collection device cluster with minimal downtime

BIG-IQ Centralized Management: Upgrading Version 6.0.x System with a Data Collection Device Cluster to BIG-IQ 7.0 with Minimal Downtime
This figure represents BIG-IQ in a high-availability (HA) configuration with a data collection device (DCD) cluster. The DCD cluster continues to collect data until you start the upgrade process. Data collection for all BIG-IP devices resumes only after all devices in the DCD cluster are upgraded and restarted. For this example, there are three data collection devices: one has already completed the upgrade to version 7.0, one is undergoing an upgrade to version 7.0, and one is collecting data as version 6.0.x.
This upgrade procedure with minimal downtime supports BIG-IQ configuration that include a minimum of three data collection devices.