How to: Upgrade BIG-IP Next on rSeries from BIG-IP Next Central Manager


This document describes how to upgrade BIG-IP Next on an rSeries from BIG-IP Next Central Manager.


  • Before upgrading, you must import the new software image to the rSeries chassis as a Tenant Image. For more information, refer to the rSeries Systems documentation.

  • 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.


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

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

  3. On the top right of the screen, click Actions and select Upgrade.

  4. From the Provider list, select F5 RSERIES.

  5. In the Chassis Partition IP Address or FQDN field, enter the IP address or FQDN of the rSeries chassis on which the BIG-IP Next instance software image is located, and then click the Authenticate button.

  6. Enter the username and password for the rSeries chassis partition and click Submit.

  7. After BIG-IP Next Central Manager authenticates this instance, in the Tenant field type a name for the tenant.

  8. In the Image field, type or paste the name of the BIG-IP Next image you uploaded to rSeries.

    Note: The target image must be uploaded prior to triggering the instance upgrade in BIG-IP Next Central Manager.

  9. To upload the image, first log in to the rSeries WebUI.

  10. Click on Target Images from the menu on the left side of the screen.

  11. Click on Import.

  12. Enter the required info for the tenant image, then click Add Image.

  13. Wait until the images grid shows three related files (image bundle file, image file and image deployment file).

  14. All files should have status Replicated.

  15. Click the Upgrade button.


BIG-IP Next Central Manager upgrades the software for this BIG-IP Next instance.

If you plan to backup your instance files, you need to delete the large image files on the BIG-IP Next instance. See How to: Back up managed BIG-IP Next instances to BIG-IP Next Central Manager’s local drive instantly or on a schedule for more information.