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Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Hello,
We are looking at upgrading our existing Checkpoint 2 x 4800 Firewalls from R76 to R77.30.
I've written steps for the process and I would appreciate it if you can advise please since I've never done an upgrade on CP begore.

Before upgrade process I will create a snapshot Image of both FWs to roll back in case things don't go according to plan.


Steps for upgrading:

1- On Standby CP 

Gaia > Software Updates > Status and Actions > Select R77.30 Fresh Installand Upgrade from R75.4x/R75.40VS/R76

2- Go through Installation process

3- Reboot

4- Continue with installation process if there is

All the above work was done on the Standby. Now, on the active CP:

1- Run cphastop to swap between Active and Standby

2- Check that Standby with R77.30 is now the Active FW

3- Follow the same process on above on the new Standby R76 FW

Many thanks,

H

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Because you can upgrade direct from R76 to R77.30 without having to jump through an intermediate release, I think you'll find the following very helpful for upgrading a cluster:

Connectivity Upgrade Best Practices --> Check Point Software Technologies: Download Center

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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hi,

I think the best way to get a review of this is to open a SR for Check Point support. They have the experience and knowledge to help you out.

Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Because you can upgrade direct from R76 to R77.30 without having to jump through an intermediate release, I think you'll find the following very helpful for upgrading a cluster:

Connectivity Upgrade Best Practices --> Check Point Software Technologies: Download Center

--

My book "Max Power: Check Point Firewall Performance Optimization"

now available via http://maxpowerfirewalls.com

"IPS Immersion Training" Self-paced Video Class
Now Available at http://www.maxpowerfirewalls.com

Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Hi Tim,


Thank you for your reply. That link is very useful!

I'm planning to do the upgrade through Gaian > Software Updates > Status and Actions

In there I have a Major Versions tab, I have the below listed in the options:
R77.30 Fresh Install and Upgrade from R75.4X / R75.40VS /R76


Based on your experience, would doing the upgrade this way get rid of any existing configuration (Since it says Fresh Install), or will it be a straight forward upgrade where existing configuration will be preserved and not needing to export, and then re-add any Licensing, routing, policies, .. etc?

Many thanks,
H

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Doing the upgrade that way will preserve the existing configuration (although taking a snapshot first is always a good idea just in case), the "Fresh Install and Upgrade" terminology just means that same software image can be used for both fresh installs or upgrades.

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Perfect!
Thanks and much appreciated..

Smiley Happy

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Hi Tim,
Just have another quick question, hope you don't mind please!

With regards to upgrading both Firewalls, I am also looking at installing a Jumbo Hot fix on both as part of the upgrade process.

Is it a better practice to upgrade one, install hotfix, and then do the same with the other one?
Or
Upgrade both to R77.30, and then install hotfix on both?

So, do I do the upgrade and install separately/individually, or upgrade both to R77.30, and then go through the hotfix upgrade again?

Many thanks,

H

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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I don't think it really matters which way you do it, when upgrading a cluster I always upgrade the code on one member, apply the jumbo hotfix and then fail over onto the upgraded member. 

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Re: Upgrade process from R76 to R77.30

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Hi Tim,
Just wanted to update you that the upgrade went very well without any issues.
Many thanks for your advise.
H

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