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Upgrade VSX Cluster from R77 to R77.10 using in-place upgrade Technical Level
Solution

Refer to the main sk97552 (VSX Reconfigure and Upgrade Matrix to R77.10 / R77.20).

 

When to use this procedure

  • Upgrading VSX cluster members from R77 to R77.10 (using in-place upgrade).

 

Part 1 - Upgrade of Security Management Server / Multi-Domain Security Management Server

  1. Backup the involved machines at the same time:

    • Security Management Server / Multi-Domain Security Management Server
    • All VSX cluster members

    Note: Refer to "Related Documentation" section below - "How to Backup".

  2. If required, upgrade your Security Management Server / Multi-Domain Security Management Server to the desired version.

    R77.10 Security Gateways (in Gateway mode and in VSX mode) can be managed by the following Security Management Servers / Multi-Domain Security Management Servers:

    Note: Only features relevant to the version installed on the Security Management Servers / Multi-Domain Security Management Server will be available in SmartDashboard and in 'vsx_util' command.
    Examples:
    • You will not be able to upgrade the VSX cluster configuration from R77 to R77.10, if you manage it with R77 Security Management server.
    • You will not be able to use Mobile Access Blade on VSX R77.10, if you manage it with R76 Security Management server.

 

Part 2 - Upgrade of VSX Cluster

The following references are used in the procedure below:

  • Last upgraded - denotes last member to be upgraded (in HA cluster, this should be the Active member).
  • First upgraded - denotes first member to be upgraded and reconfigured.

Procedure:

  1. Upgrade the configuration of the VSX cluster object to R77.10 version on the Security Management Server / Main Domain Management Server.

    Note: If you do not want new R77.10 features on the VSX Cluster, then skip this step (proceed to Step 2 below).

    Run the 'vsx_util upgrade' command and follow on-screen instructions.
    Select your VSX Cluster and then select the R77.10 version.

    Important Note: On Management Server R77.20 and lower, when 'vsx_util upgrade' operation completes, user is prompted to reconfigure the VSX machines. User must refuse - select "no" - and proceed to Step 2 below.

  2. This step applies only to R77.10 VSX Load Sharing (VSLS) cluster with exactly two members:

    Permanently disable hibernation on both VSX cluster members - set the value of kernel parameter 'fwha_hibernate_single_member' to 0:

    1. Append the following line to the $FWDIR/boot/modules/fwkern.conf file using Vi editor (spaces are not allowed):

      fwha_hibernate_single_member=0

      Note: If this file does not exist, then create is using the 'touch' command.

    2. Do not reboot VSX cluster members at this point.


  3. Stop Check Point services on the first upgraded VSX cluster member:

    [Expert@HostName:0]# cpstop

    Note: In VSX Load Sharing (VSLS) cluster, this will cause a fail-over.

  4. Perform in-place upgrade from R77 to R77.10 on the first upgraded cluster member.

    Refer to R77.10 Release Notes:

    • For upgrade requirements, refer to Chapter 'Installation and Upgrade' - section 'Required Disk Space on Gaia'.
    • For upgrade instructions, refer to Chapter 'Installation and Upgrade' - section 'Upgrading with Legacy CLI'.


  5. On the first upgraded VSX cluster member, verify that this cluster member is ready for fail-over:

    • All Virtual Systems must be up with the correct policy (this may take few minutes):

      [Expert@HostName:0]# vsx stat -v

    • The state of the cluster member must be 'Ready':

      [Expert@HostName:0]# cphaprob state


  6. Stop Check Point services on the last upgraded VSX cluster member (the one still running on old VSX version):

    [Expert@HostName:0]# cpstop

    Note: This will cause a fail-over, and the first upgraded VSX cluster member will become Active.

  7. Perform in-place upgrade from R77 to R77.10 on the last upgraded cluster member.

    Refer to R77.10 Release Notes:

    • For upgrade requirements, refer to Chapter 'Installation and Upgrade' - section 'Required Disk Space on Gaia'.
    • For upgrade instructions, refer to Chapter 'Installation and Upgrade' - section 'Upgrading with Legacy CLI'.


  8. Follow the instructions in sk98352 to enable Mobile Access blade on the upgraded R77.10 Virtual Systems.

 

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