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This release note documents the version 11.6.1 release of BIG-IP Analytics (AVR). You can apply the software upgrade to systems running software versions 11.x.
- Platform support
- Configuration utility browser support
- BIG-IQ – BIG-IP compatibility
- User documentation for this release
- Maintenance release fixes, behavior changes, and known issues
- New in 11.6.1
- Installation overview
- Upgrading from earlier versions
- About changing the resource provisioning level of the Application Security Manager
- Contacting F5 Networks
- Legal notices
This version of the software is supported on the following platforms:
|Platform name||Platform ID|
|BIG-IP 2000s, BIG-IP 2200s||C112|
|BIG-IP 4000s, BIG-IP 4200v||C113|
|BIG-IP 5000s, 5050s, 5200v, 5250v||C109|
|BIG-IP 7000s, 7050s, 7055, 7200v, 7250v, 7255||D110|
|BIG-IP 10150s-NEBS, 10350v (AC), 10350v-NEBS (requires 12.0.0 HF1), 10350v-FIPS (requires 11.5.4 HF1)||D112|
|BIG-IP 10000s, 10050s, 10055, 10200v, 10250v, 10255||D113|
|VIPRION B2100 Blade||A109|
|VIPRION B2150 Blade||A113|
|VIPRION B2250 Blade||A112|
|VIPRION B4200, B4200N Blade||A107, A111|
|VIPRION B4300, B4340N Blade||A108, A110|
|VIPRION C2200 Chassis||D114|
|VIPRION C2400 Chassis||F100|
|VIPRION C4400, C4400N Chassis||J100, J101|
|VIPRION C4480, C4480N Chassis||J102, J103|
|VIPRION C4800, C4800N Chassis||S100, S101|
|Virtual Edition (VE)||Z100|
These platforms support various licensable combinations of product modules. This section provides general guidelines for module support.
Most of the support guidelines relate to memory. The following list applies for all memory levels:
- vCMP supported platforms
- VIPRION B2100, B2150, B2250, B4200
- VIPRION B4300 blades in the 4400(J100)/4480(J102) and the 4800(S100)
- BIG-IP 5200v, 5250v, 7200v, 7250v, 10200v, 10250v, 10350v, 12250v
Memory: 12 GB or more
All licensable module-combinations may be run on platforms with 12 GB or more of memory, and on VE and vCMP guests provisioned with 12 GB or more of memory. Note that this does not mean that all modules may be simultaneously provisioned on all platforms with 12 GB or more of memory. The BIG-IP license for the platform determines which combination of modules are available for provisioning.
Memory: 8 GB
The following guidelines apply to the BIG-IP 2000s, 2200s, 3900, 6900 platforms, to the VIPRION B4100 and B4100N platforms, and to VE guests configured with 8 GB of memory. (A vCMP guest provisioned with 8 GB of memory has less than 8 GB of memory actually available and thus does not fit in this category.)
- No more than three modules should be provisioned together.
- On the 2000s and 2200s, Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) can be provisioned with only one other module.
- In the case of Access Policy Manager (APM) and SWG together, no module other than LTM may be provisioned, and LTM provisioning must be set to None.
Memory: Less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB
The following guidelines apply to platforms, and to VE and vCMP guests provisioned with less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB of memory. (A vCMP guest provisioned with 8 GB of memory has less than 8 GB of memory actually available and thus fits in this category.)
- No more than three modules (not including AAM) should be provisioned together.
- Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM can only be provisioned standalone.
- Analytics (AVR) counts towards the two module-combination limit (for platforms with less than 6.25 GB of memory).
Memory: 4 GB or less
The following guidelines apply to the BIG-IP 1600 and 3600 platforms, and to VE and vCMP guests provisioned with 4 GB or less of memory.
- No more than two modules may be configured together.
- AAM should not be provisioned, except as Dedicated.
- ASM can be provisioned with this amount of memory, but a sizing exercise should be performed to ensure that it does not hit capacity issues.
vCMP memory provisioning calculations
The amount of memory provisioned to a vCMP guest is calculated using the following formula: (platform_memory- 3 GB) x (cpus_assigned_to_guest/ total_cpus).
As an example, for the B2100 with two guests, provisioned memory calculates as: (16-3) x (2/4) ~= 6.5 GB.
- BIG-IP LTM standalone only
- BIG-IP GTM standalone only
- BIG-IP LTM and GTM combination only
Configuration utility browser support
The BIG-IP Configuration Utility supports these browsers and versions:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.x, 11.x
- Mozilla Firefox 27.x
- Google Chrome 32.x
BIG-IQ – BIG-IP compatibility
SOL14592: Compatibility between BIG-IQ and BIG-IP releases provides a summary of version compatibility for specific features between the BIG-IQ system and BIG-IP releases.
User documentation for this release
For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the BIG-IP Analytics / VE 11.6.1 Documentation page.
Maintenance release fixes, behavior changes, and known issues
For a comprehensive list of fixes, behavior changes, and known issues for this release, refer to the BIG-IP 11.6.1 Release Information page.
Before you begin:
- Use BIG-IP iHealth to verify your configuration file. For more information, see SOL12878: Generating BIG-IP diagnostic data using the qkview utility (10.x - 11.x).
- Update/reactivate your system or vCMP host license, if needed, to ensure that you have a valid service check date. For more information, see SOL7727 - License activation may be required prior to a software upgrade for the BIG-IP or Enterprise Manager system.
- Ensure that your system is running version 10.1.0 or later and is using the volumes formatting scheme.
- Download the .iso file (if needed) from F5 Downloads to /shared/images on the source for the operation. (If you need to create this directory, use the exact name /shared/images.)
- Configure a management port.
- Set the console and system baud rate to 19200, if it is not already.
- Log on as an administrator using the management port of the system you want to upgrade.
- Boot into an installation location other than the target for the installation.
- Save the user configuration set (UCS) in the /var/local/ucs directory on the source installation location, and copy the UCS file to a safe place on another device.
- Log on to the standby unit, and only upgrade the active unit after the standby upgrade is satisfactory.
- Turn off mirroring.
- If you are running Application Acceleration Manager, set provisioning to Minimum.
- If you are running Policy Enforcement Manager, set provisioning to Nominal.
- If you are running Advanced Firewall Manager, set provisioning to Nominal.
- The upgrade process installs the software on the inactive installation location that you specify. This process usually takes between three minutes and seven minutes. During the upgrade process, you see messages posted on the screen. For example, you might see a prompt asking whether to upgrade the End User Diagnostics (EUD), depending on the version you have installed. To upgrade the EUD, type yes, otherwise, type no.
- You can check the status of an active installation operation by running the command watch tmsh show sys software, which runs the show sys software command every two seconds. Pressing Ctrl + C stops the watch feature.
- If installation fails, you can view the log file. The system stores the installation log file as /var/log/liveinstall.log.
Upgrading from earlier versions
Your upgrade process differs depending on the version of software you are currently running.
Upgrading from version 10.1.0 (or later) or 11.x
When you upgrade from version 10.1.0 (or later) or 11.x software, you use the Software Management screens in the Configuration utility to complete these steps. To open the Software Management screens, in the navigation pane of the Configuration utility, expand System, and click Software Management. For information about using the Software Management screens, see the online help.
Upgrading from versions earlier than 10.1.0 11.x
You cannot roll forward a configuration directly to this version from BIG-IP version 4.x, or from BIG-IP versions 9.0.x through 9.6.x. You must be running version 10.1.0 software. For details about upgrading to those versions, see the release notes for the associated release.
Automatic firmware upgrades
If this version includes new firmware for your specific hardware platform, after you install and activate this version, the system might reboot additional times to perform all necessary firmware upgrades.
About changing the resource provisioning level of the Application Security Manager
After upgrading or installing a new version, before you can use the Application Security Manager, you must set the Application Security Manager resource provisioning level to Nominal. You can do this from the command line, or using the Configuration utility.
Setting the Analytics Module resource provisioning level to Nominal from the command line
- Open the command-line interface utility.
- Type the command: tmsh modify sys provision avr level nominal .
- Type the command: tmsh save sys config.
Setting the Analytics Module resource provisioning level to Nominal using the Configuration utility
- On the Main tab, click The Resource Provisioning screen opens. .
- Set the Application Visibility and Reporting (AVR) option to Nominal.
- Click Submit.
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