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BIG-IP versions 1.x - 4.x
- 4.0 PTF-01
This product temporary fix (PTF) provides fixes for BIG-IP Controller, version 4.0, and it is recommended only for those customers who want the enhancements and fixes listed below.
Note: If you have an unconfigured BIG-IP Controller version 4.0, install the PTF before you configure the controller.
Installing the PTF
Apply the PTF to BIG-IP Controller, version 4.0 using the following process. The install script saves your current configuration.
Warning for users with solid state drives: If you have a BIG-IP Controller with a solid state drive (SSD), do not install this version of the PTF. Please contact F5 Services for a copy of the PTF for solid state drives.
- Click here and follow
the instructions for using the F5 Networks FTP site.
Use FTP in passive mode from the BIG-IP Controller to download the file. To place FTP in passive mode, type pass from the command line before transferring the file.
- Download the correct PTF file to the /var/tmp/ directory on the target BIG-IP Controller.
For crypto controllers, choose PTF-4.0-1-BSD_OS-4.1.im, for no-crypto controllers choose NOCRYPTOPTF-4.0-1-BSD_OS-4.1.im.
- Change your directory to /var/tmp/ by typing:
- Enter the following command to install this PTF:
For crypto, enter: im PTF-4.0-1-BSD_OS-4.1.im
For no-crypto, enter: im NOCRYPTOPTF-4.0-1-BSD_OS-4.1.im
The BIG-IP Controller will automatically reboot once it completes installation.
Once you have installed the PTF software, please refer to the Configuring and using the updated software.
New features and enhancements
iControl, version 1.0
As of this release, you can use the iControl SDK in conjunction with the BIG-IP Controller. iControl is a complete and cohesive architectural solution for the distribution, delivery, and control of both content and applications; with iControl, you can integrate content delivery solutions and applications into a unified solution that can be centrally managed. For more information on using iControl, refer to the documentation provided in the iControl SDK.
What's fixed in this PTF (PTF-01)
|Auto lasthop||Auto lasthop for non-TCP traffic on a firewall sandwich no longer leads to routing loops.||CR15088|
|Config sync and IP addresses||Config sync is no longer dependent on a peer IP address and its hostname IP address.||CR15017|
|Config sync and uptime||Config sync no longer fails after a week of uptime.||CR15383|
|First-Time Boot utility (web-based)||The Properties page for VLANs in the web-based First-Time Boot utility now displays correctly in Internet Explorer version 4.0.||CR15052|
|Gigabit NICs||The gigabit NIC now functions with older systems (for example, Pentium II).||CR14994|
|L2 forwarding||L2 forwarding can now forward packets to off-interface hosts.||CR15313|
|Lasthop routes and the ipforward cached route||The timing issue that was affecting lasthop routes and the ipforward cached route is now fixed.||CR14012|
|Monitors||Existing monitors are now retained when a "Monitor instance already exists" error occurs.||CR14908|
|Virtual servers||A virtual server with a wildcard service and an HTTP pool with port translation is now enabled.||CR14922|
|VLANs (maximum number)||The maximum number of VLANs allowed is now 256.||CR14798|
|VLAN renaming||An error no longer appears when you rename a VLAN from the Configuration utility.||CR15053|
|Web administrator user account||The default web administrator user account is no longer left available after configuration when using the web-based First-Time Boot Utility.||CR15054|
Configuring and using the updated software
This release provides the following configuration options.
Use the following command to get a list of appropriate media types for an interface.
ifconfig -m <interface name>
Tips on setting the preferred controller in redundant BIG-IP Controller installations
If you are using the force_master flag to set a specific controller to be the preferred active unit, we recommend that you set the force_slave flag on the controller that you want to run primarily as a secondary controller. The force-slave flag must be set if you are using network fail-over. For more information about these flags, see the BIG-IP Reference Guide, v.4.0, Setting a specific controller to be the preferred active unit.
The following issues are known issues with the BIG-IP Controller, version 4.0 PTF-01 as of the release date. For known issues subsequent to the release date, please go to AskF5. Once you have logged in, type "known issues" and click Ask. Select the correct version number and click Ask again.
|3dnsd||For users of the combined BIG-IP Controller and 3-DNS Controller, if you add more than one interface IP address to IIOP HOST (no-crypto) or FSSL HOST (crypto) on the BIG-IP Controller, 3dnsd may become unstable.||CR15392|
|Portal startup||During bigstart boot up, you may see the error message
bigstart: startup portal
bigstart: kill portal 10 seconds expired
The portal starts correctly. You can disregard this message.
|Static routes||Static routes should not be deleted by hand once the controller is up and running or the controller will become unstable. If you need to delete a static route, you must first delete the virtual servers and nodes that use that route.||CR15373|
|winmgmt service memory leaks||There are memory leaks and handle leaks associated with the winmgmt service. As as workaround, the WMI ISAPI Data Gathering agent automatically restarts the winmgmt service every hour. You can customize this restart interval by editing the registry using the following steps: