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Contributor I
Posts: 62
Registered: ‎12-02-2013

IAP-105 upgrade path

Currently running 6.4.2.6-4.1.1.11. Running the online check for new firmware version indicates no new firmware available, but I received e-mail from Aruba stating that version 6.4.4.4-4.2.3.0 is available as early release software patch.

 

My question is, does it make sense to install EA software as opposed to General Availability software and, if so, do I need to install 6.4.3.x before going to 6.4.4.4?  6.4.3.x is not a General Availability release - EA only.

MVP
Posts: 418
Registered: ‎11-04-2011

Re: IAP-105 upgrade path

As a generic rule of thumb: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

 

So unless, you are looking for specific features, fixes, or platform support (some newer AP's don't run with the recommended 4.1.1.x Instant AP firmware), there is no reason to upgrade to an Early Availability (EA) release in production enviroments.

 

If you have issues in your enviroment, it may be useful to check if those issues are resolved in the newer version; all EA run through a complete Quality Assurance (QA) cycle, so they have been thoroughly tested before release, just not at many customers in production enviroments. If there is any doubt, please work with Aruba TAC for a custom advise in your environment.

 

Having said that, I try to run the latest firmware myself all the time, and do not run into many issues while doing that. However as an HPE Aruba SE I don't run a production enviroment, and I see is as part of my job to run the latest versions (or even beta firmware) to make sure IF there are issues, I see them first before they hit our customers.

 

Does this give you some guidance?

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Contributor I
Posts: 62
Registered: ‎12-02-2013

Re: IAP-105 upgrade path

Thanks for your response - I'll go with that rule of thumb! I just didn't want to get too far behind on upgrades so that the next time we really do have to do one we won't have to install multiple prerequisite versions first.


Herman Robers wrote:

As a generic rule of thumb: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

 

So unless, you are looking for specific features, fixes, or platform support (some newer AP's don't run with the recommended 4.1.1.x Instant AP firmware), there is no reason to upgrade to an Early Availability (EA) release in production enviroments.

 

If you have issues in your enviroment, it may be useful to check if those issues are resolved in the newer version; all EA run through a complete Quality Assurance (QA) cycle, so they have been thoroughly tested before release, just not at many customers in production enviroments. If there is any doubt, please work with Aruba TAC for a custom advise in your environment.

 

Having said that, I try to run the latest firmware myself all the time, and do not run into many issues while doing that. However as an HPE Aruba SE I don't run a production enviroment, and I see is as part of my job to run the latest versions (or even beta firmware) to make sure IF there are issues, I see them first before they hit our customers.

 

Does this give you some guidance?


 

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