Manual Chapter : Overview: f5optics package and optical transceiver modules

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Manual Chapter

Overview: f5optics package and optical transceiver modules

If an F5 system is not running the latest version of
f5optics
, the system might not include support for newer optical transceiver modules.
Before you use 100GbE and 25GbE optics with your 100G-capable iSeries platforms, VIPRION 4450 blades, or F5OS platforms, you must update the system to the latest version of the
f5optics
package provided by F5.
When you run the
f5optics
installation process, traffic on the system being updated is disrupted. During the installation process, you are prompted to confirm that you are aware of this action before the installation can proceed.
The
f5optics
package is available only on F5 BIG-IP iSeries platforms and VIPRION 4450 blades running BIG-IP TMOS software version 12.1.1 HF2 or later.

Platform support for 100GbE

These platforms support 100G optical transceiver modules.
For detailed specifications for all optics, see
F5 Platforms: Accessories
at F5 Platforms: Accessories.
Platform family
Model
BIG-IP
i15000
VIPRION
B4450
VELOS
BX110

Installation for systems running BIG-IP software on TMOS

Verify the f5optics version on a system running BIG-IP software

You can use
tmsh
to verify the version of the
f5optics
package on your system running BIG-IP software and update it to a newer version, if needed.
  1. Log in to the command line interface (CLI) of the system using an account with root access.
  2. Verify the
    f5optics
    package version.
    tmsh show net f5optics
    This is an example of the output that you might see when you run this command on a BIG-IP system:
    Name : f5optics Relocations: (not relocatable) Version : 1.0.0 Vendor: (none) Release : 60.0 Build Date: Wed 13 May 2020 12:29:48 AM PDT Group : System Environment/Libraries Source RPM: f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.src.rpm Summary : F5 optics configuration Description : f5 Optics Configuration
    This is an example of the output that you might see when you run this command on a VIPRION system:
    === slot 2 addr 192.0.2.11 color green === Name : f5optics Relocations: (not relocatable) Version : 1.0.0 Vendor: (none) Release : 60.0 Build Date: Wed 13 May 2020 12:29:48 AM PDT Group : System Environment/Libraries Source RPM: f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.src.rpm Summary : F5 optics configuration Description : f5 Optics Configuration
If the version of
f5optics
on your system is not the latest available from F5, you need to download the latest version of the
f5optics
package from the F5 Downloads site.

Download the f5optics package

You can download the
f5optics
package from F5 to install updates to F5-branded transceiver modules.
  1. Log in to downloads.f5.com and click
    Find a Download
    .
  2. In the Hardware-Specific area, click
    Platform / EUD
    .
  3. Select
    f5optics - Hardware-Specific
    from the list.
  4. Click the file name
    f5optics
    to start the download.
  5. Read the End User Software License and click
    I Accept
    .
  6. Click the file name
    f5optics-<
    version-and-build-number
    >.im
    to start the download.
  7. Download the corresponding checksum file and README file.
    The corresponding checksum file has the same name as the IM file, except that
    .md5
    is the file extension. After the download completes, verify the integrity of the file by checking the MD5 checksum.
After you download the latest version of the
f5optics
package, you install it onto your system.

Install the f5optics package

Before you can install a new
f5optics
package, you must use SCP to move the
f5optics
IM file to the
/shared/f5optics/images
directory on your BIG-IP or VIPRION system.
You can use
tmsh
to install updates to F5-branded transceiver modules using the
f5optics
package.
When you run the
f5optics
installation process, traffic on the system being updated is disrupted. During the installation process, you are prompted to confirm that you are aware of this action before the installation can proceed.
  1. Connect to the system using the serial console or by opening an SSH session to the management IP address.
  2. Log in to the command line interface (CLI) of the system using an account with admin access.
  3. Open the TMOS Shell (
    tmsh
    ).
    tmsh
  4. Change to the network module.
    net
    The system prompt updates with the module name:
    user@bigip01(Active)(/Common)(tmos.net)#
  5. Install the
    f5optics
    package.
    install f5optics [
    recovery
    ] [
    slot
    [ <
    slot-number
    > |
    all
    ] ]
    The
    slot
    option applies only to chassis-based systems. The
    recovery
    option enables you to recover from a corrupted
    f5optics
    installation by installing the latest version of the
    f5optics
    package that is currently available on the system.
  6. When you are prompted to confirm the installation, type
    y
    .
    A summary similar to this example displays:
    Before installation: f5optics-1.0.0-56.0.i686 f5optics-1.0.0-56.0.x86_64 already installed. Installing f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.i686.rpm f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.x86_64.rpm After installation: f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.i686 f5optics-1.0.0-60.0.x86_64 is installed. Restarting bcm56xxd

Installation for systems running F5OS software

New optical transceiver modules that are released after a F5OS software release might be unrecognized or improperly tuned. At the current time, F5OS systems (including VELOS) require a full platform software upgrade to gain compatibility with new optical transceiver modules.
For information about software installation, see the Software Installation and Upgrade guide for your system at F5OS Knowledge Center.