Manual Chapter : Create a bootable USB flash drive

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BIG-IP APM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP Analytics

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP LTM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP AFM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP PEM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP DNS

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3

BIG-IP ASM

  • 16.0.0, 15.1.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 12.1.4, 12.1.3
Manual Chapter

Create a bootable USB flash drive

You can create a bootable USB flash drive that contains an
F5®
software ISO image using either an existing
F5
system that is running a recent an
F5
software release or a Linux workstation that is running a recent Linux distribution.
  1. Log in to the command line of the system using an account with root access.
  2. Mount the installation as a loopback device, using one of these methods:
    • If you have an
      F5
      system with the
      F5
      ISO image located in the
      /shared/images
      directory:
      • Create a new directory:
        mkdir /mnt/iso
      • Mount the ISO image:
        mount –o loop BIGIP-
        version
        .iso /mnt/iso
    • If you have a DVD drive attached to the system that contains a valid
      F5
      software image, insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
  3. Insert a 2 GB or larger flash drive into a USB port on the
    F5
    system or Linux workstation.
  4. Change to the root directory to the mounted image.
    cd /mnt/iso
  5. Start the
    mkdisk
    script.
    ./mkdisk
  6. Respond to the series of questions that display by choosing the appropriate options for your configuration.
    1. Specify the
      F5
      system that you plan to use as the target for USB flash drive installation.
    2. Specify the device to be used by
      mkdisk
      (that is, the USB flash drive that you are creating).
    3. Confirm that you want to continue by typing
      y
      .
    4. Specify the product to transfer (for example,
      BIG-IP®
      version 11.6.0) or type
      y
      if there is only one product.
    The script checks for the required tools and creates the flash drive. The flash drive creation process might take several minutes.
  7. When the process is complete, unmount the ISO image.
    umount /mnt/iso
You can now remove the USB flash drive and use it to boot other
F5
systems, as needed.