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katabey
Explorer

Major upgrade and Hot fix order best practice

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Hello,

I will be upgrading a couple of 2200 appliance clusters(active-standby) from 77.30 to 80.30. I will be doing the gateway upgrades. Central management is already updated to the latest 80.30.  I will also install Jumbo Hotfix 227 for 80.30.

My question is which method is correct/best practice?

Should I do like

-major upgrade of the standby unit

-Let the guys in HQ do the procedure on the manager.

-major upgrade of the primary unit

-When upgrades are complete and everything is fine, install the hotfix to both appliances.

Or

- Major upgrade the standby unit

-After the appliance boots up without doing anything install the jumbo hotfix

-Let the guys do the procedure on the manager

-Major upgrade of the primary unit and install hotfix again.

 

Best Regards.

 

 

 

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Boaz_Orshav
Employee
Employee

Hi

  I recommend using Blink package which includes both the version 80.30 and the Jumbo as well.

  It is faster and easier - only one package which means one reboot, no need to check the machine twice (once after 80.30 and once after the Jumbo), the package is smaller than GA + Jumbo separately.

  Using CDT is a good idea too as it would do some things for you. You need to keep the package only on the management (CDT will pass it to the GWs), cluster version will be changed to 80.30 by CDT and more.

  Please take latest CDT version from SK111158 and if there are any questions you can contact me directly at boazo@checkpoint.com

 

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Maarten_Sjouw
Champion
Champion

In my upgrades I always use the second method, that way I only have 1 failover to the new version and one back to the original primary member.

Regards, Maarten
Vincent_Bacher
Advisor

I would use cdt, it does everything automatically and you just have to watch. CDT is included starting from R80.30 at management. It is meant for the simultaneous upgrade of many gateways but why not use it if you have the possibility?  🙂

CDT prepares policy for R80.30, installs major upgrade on standby, reboots, install hf on standby, syncs sessions, performs failover, then upgrade and hf on master. 

Easy going 

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Boaz_Orshav
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Employee

Hi

  I recommend using Blink package which includes both the version 80.30 and the Jumbo as well.

  It is faster and easier - only one package which means one reboot, no need to check the machine twice (once after 80.30 and once after the Jumbo), the package is smaller than GA + Jumbo separately.

  Using CDT is a good idea too as it would do some things for you. You need to keep the package only on the management (CDT will pass it to the GWs), cluster version will be changed to 80.30 by CDT and more.

  Please take latest CDT version from SK111158 and if there are any questions you can contact me directly at boazo@checkpoint.com

 

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Vincent_Bacher
Advisor

Hi Boaz,

yes, blink is another option. As i did not not yet dealt intensively with Blink, only read about it in the sk, I would like to ask if i understood right, that the effort using blink for upgrading a single cluster may be bit too high in comparison to using cdt which is editing just the CentralDeploymentTool.xml and a deployment plan?

 

Cheers

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Tsahi_Etziony
Employee
Employee

If the options are either Blink or CDT, let me suggest the best of both - use CDT with Blink 😊

CDT can use Blink for its upgrades, so CDT will take care of the cluster and the management object, while Blink will upgrade directly to the desired version and hotfix. You can use Blink just like any other CPUSE upgrade package in the deployment plan.

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katabey
Explorer

Hello Boaz,

 

Thanks for the advice. I couldn't write earlier since I was on the road for two weeks for these upgrades. Blink is the best option as you suggested, single step, clean and fast.

I did my first cluster with 2 step upgrade, it took 1 hour for each upgrade, thus a total of 4 hours for a single site. Blink package reduced this to 50 minutes per device. CDT was not an option, because of the limited bandwidth of the sites. Only thing was DA agent (CPUSE) was a very old one so I had to use the manual installation method. Let me leave it here.

-go to sk92449 and download agent

-upload it to gateway 

Follow the procedure in Expert mode. (Does not require restart)

# tar -xvzf DeploymentAgent_XXXXXX.tgz
# rpm -Uhv --force CPda-00-00.i386.rpm
Restart all clishd daemons:
# killall -v clish clishd
Restart confd daemon
# tellpm process:confd
# tellpm process:confd t
Start CPUSE agent manually:
# $DADIR/bin/dastart

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