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VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Apart from having "fresh slate" and removing old gremlins, are there any other possible reasons to chose fresh install + vsx_util reconfigure over straight CPUSE upgrade on VSX? File system remains the same.. I would prefer simpler approach (CPUSE) unless someone can provide convincing arguments against it 🙂

 

 

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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

I would use cdt 1.6. for upgrading VSX

 

https://sc1.checkpoint.com/documents/CDT/v1.6/html_frameset.htm

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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Thanks Martin but we're not that big to run centralised upgrades 🙂 three clusters...

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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

You don't need to do it in bulk, you can upgrade just one vsx cluster..at time, i just take care about 99 % of things which you need to do manually 😉

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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Kaspars,

 

I did an upgrade like this less than a month ago, you read all about it in this post 12600 with VSX low on memory.

One is now with CPUSE and one is clean install, first thing I ran into is that the upgraded machine has an issue with the cluster state of the management interface. Second issue I found was that CCP was set to broadcast on the upgraded system but was set to auto on the clean install, ending up in broadcast/unicast setting.

VS0 is acting up due to the Cluster interface mis-configuration, state is active/down.

Identity Awareness is not working from a VS when it is running on the clean install system, the AD account gets locked within minutes. Move the IA using VS to the upgraded system and reset the lock and IA works just fine.

My customer is not really happy to execute the recommendation from TAC, to do a clean install (for the interface issues) on the other machine as well, as they fear that IA won't work at all anymore.

 

So it really depends, a clean install will set all R80.20 defaults, that are done below the VSX reconfiguration levels. An upgrade will keep the system as is, which in some cases is what you want/need.

 

Regards, Maarten

Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Thanks for feedback Maarten! Appreciated as always! 🙂 We have custom scripts that "survive" CPUSE of course and save 15mins of my life restoring them 🙂
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Alex_Gilis
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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

I used CPUSE from R77.30 to R80.20 without any issues for VSX, as you say the FS remains the same on gateways. I thought of fresh install but time and logistical constraints made me go first to try the in-place upgrade and if it failed anyway I would have spent the rest of the day running around DC's imaging appliances.

So as much I like clean installs between major versions, I can't say I found relics or unexpected behaviors other than linked to the new OS itself, solved with the latest hotfix. 🙂

I had less joy with R80.30 where all VS disappeared when running commands in expert mode (vsx stat and the like) but would still show up in CLISH. Upon restoring them by the means of multiple reboots and VS push from the I had to push a policy on every single machine to restore HA.

In-place upgrade of R80.20 to R80.30 for an SMS also failed, upon reboot, everything was gone and I had to resort to a new install with migrate export/import.

 

TL;DR: All good with R80.20.

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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Thanks Alex! We are sticking with R80.20 for now so should be ok. We did CPUSE for 77.30 > 80.10 so might keep it that way
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Re: VSX upgrade R80.10 to R80.20 - CPUSE or fresh install

Just found the issue with IA, the default for IA is to NOT use NTLMv2, which needs to be changed by 'adlogconfig a' on a per VS base.
Regards, Maarten
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