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BIG-IQ Centralized Management
Upgrading BIG-IQ Overview
Upgrading BIG-IQ to the latest version
What BIG-IQ setup does this upgrade process support?
What happens during a BIG-IQ upgrade
Tasks to complete before you start the upgrade process
Download the latest BIG-IQ software image and Pre-upgrade Check tool from the F5 Downloads site.
To ensure that the pre-upgrade script runs correctly, make sure you always download the latest version of the tool from
Prepare your statistics for the upgrade process
See Prepare statistics for upgrade. If your BIG-IQ CM is in an HA pair, ensure that this process is completed on each node.
Run the pre-upgrade check script on the primary BIG-IQ by typing the following commands:
This script verifies the following for BIG-IQ:
For additional detail about this script, refer to the AskF5 article K15988343 on
Depending on the version of BIG-IQ software you are upgrading from, the connectivity requirements for your system may be different in the version you are upgrading to. Refer to the AskF5 Knowledge Center article
K15612: Connectivity requirements for the BIG-IQ systemon
support.f5.comto confirm that the ports you need are configured correctly.
Additional information on network connectivity requirements is available in the
Planning and Implementing a BIG-IQ Deploymenton
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.
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 systemat: https://support.f5.com/csp/article/K17406
If you are currently using a self-IP address for device discovery, make a note of that IP address.
You'll need to enter that IP address when you perform setup after you upgrade and reboot the BIG-IQ system.
Upgrade all managed BIG-IP devices to version 12.1 or later.
For you to manage BIG-IP devices from BIG-IQ Centralized Management, the BIG-IP devices must be running version 12.1 or later.
Run the following command to view all daemons running on the BIG-IQ, and their status:
admin@(ip-10-1-1-4)(cfg-sync Standalone)(Active)(/Common)(tmos)# show /sys service.
Make a note of the daemons running on BIG-IQ and their status. After the upgrade, verify that all daemons are running as expected.
Summary of tasks to upgrade BIG-IQ to the latest version
- Remove standby BIG-IQ from active BIG-IQ.
- Upgrade the primary BIG-IQ.
- Upload the BIG-IQ software image to the standby BIG-IQ and upgrade it.
- Add the secondary BIG-IQ to the active BIG-IQ to re-establish the HA configuration.
- Upgrade the BIG-IP framework on your managed devices.
- Rediscover your BIG-IP devices, and re-import their services.
- If you have a VMware service scaling group configured, you'll need to re-install the vCenter host root certificate on BIG-IQ.