How to: Upgrade a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager with automatic failover


  • Upgrade the BIG-IP Next instances to the latest version before upgrading BIG-IP Next Central Manager.

    For example, if your BIG-IP Next Central Manager is version 20.0.2 and BIG-IP Next instance is version 20.0.2, first upgrade the BIG-IP Next instances from 20.0.2 to version 20.1.0 using the 20.0.2 BIG-IP Next Central Manager, and then upgrade the BIG-IP Next Central Manager from 20.0.2 to 20.1.0. version.


Use this procedure to upgrade the software for a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager using the automatic failover method. For this procedure, BIG-IP Next Central Manager upgrades both nodes with no intervention required from you.

Note: For information about how to perform this procedure using the manual failover method, see Upgrade a BIG-IP Next HA instance on VE from BIG-IP Next Central Manager with manual failover.

  1. Log in to MyF5 Downloads.

  2. Accept the EULA and click Next.

  3. Under Group, select BIG-IP_Next.

  4. Under Product Line, select Virtual Edition.

  5. Under Select a product container, choose the appropriate version.

  6. Under Select a download file select the appropriate tgz file and the (if required) sig file(s).

  7. Under Download locations, select the appropriate location.

  8. Click Download. The file is downloaded to your local system and can take up to an hour because of the size of these files.

  9. Log in to BIG-IP Next Central Manager as admin, click the Workspace icon next to the F5 logo, and click Infrastructure.

  10. Select the checkbox next to the BIG-IP Next HA instance you want to upgrade.

  11. At the top right of the screen, click Actions and select Upgrade.

  12. Click the Upgrade button.

  13. Click Upload file and the Browse link to navigate to the location you downloaded the image tgz and sig (if required) file(s).

  14. Click the Open button. These files are large, so upload can take some time.

  15. After the file(s) upload, click the Upgrade button and confirm the upgrade by clicking the Upgrade button on the confirmation message. BIG-IP Next Central Manager initiates the upgrade. After the upgrade process, the BIG-IP Next HA instance displays with the new version on the My Instances page.