This is the 2nd article on F5 series and today we are going to learn how to upgrade F5 Big-IP software version. In this example are going to upgrade from 11.x to 13.x. So, let’s get started.

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How to upgrade F5 Big-IP software version
Before upgrading, i am going to refer few articles which will help us to plan the up-gradation.

It is also recommended to check the release notes before doing the up-gradation to any version.

F5 BIG-IP LTM up-gradation:

First of all, go to System >> Software Management. By clicking these, you will be able to see current software. In my case it is “11.6.0.0.0.401”. Now click “Import…” to upload new image.

Software Import

Choose a new software image and click Import. It will start uploading.

Software uploading

After completing the full upload, you will see a new software in Software Management section along with old one.

All software images

Now, select new software and click Install.

Software Install

A new pop-up will open. Here you have to select your desired HD location and volume. In my case, i have only one HD. So, i am selecting HD1 and Volume 2.

Software Install in HD1

You will be able to see, the progress of upgrading just like below image.

Software Install in Progress

An auto reboot will be there. Login again and go to System > Software Management >> Boot Locations. Select your new boot location where you have done the installing. In my case, it is HD1.2.

Boot Location Selection

Now, a new pop-up will open. This section is really important. This is where current configuration will be loaded into new software. You will be able to see Boot Location, Product, Version, Build which is auto selected to the new version. You have to choose “YES” for Install configuration section and have to specify from which column you want to install this configure.

Boot Location Selection and configuration

It will boot again with configuration. Now, re-login and go to System > Software Management >> Boot Locations, you will see new software being now active.

Installation Check

This is how we upgrade F5 software version. Let me know if you have any questions or facing any issue during the up-gradation.

Written by Rajib Kumer Das

I am Rajib Kumer Das, a network engineer with 7+ years of experience in multi-vendor environment. In my current company, I am responsible to take care critical projects and it's support cases. I do have several vendor certificates and have plans to go further.

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