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Latest Stable Version of Code?

Curious about what is the lastest proven stable version of code for 7210 controllers?  Currently on 6.4.3.5. Seen several security alerts lately, but don't want to upgrade to anything too current without it baking for awhile.  Thanks!

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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

RyanNetEng,

 

Are you running a version currently without issues?  If yes, that is your stable code.  If you are having issues, you need to find a version that has the fix for your issues, so contact TAC to report your issue and see if there is a fix for it.  Stable means different things to different people.

 

If you are asking others if they see any problems with the latest version of code for the 7210, you will  probably see their posts below.



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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

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I think Aruba should take the approach that Cisco does, which is actually suggest to its customers what is currently the best version to go to based on TAC calls, known issues, etc. (See the attached screenshot below). I don't want to wait for things to break to find out I'm no longer stable. There is solid, stable code or there isn't, and as every good engineer knows, you don't upgrade to the current release that just came out 2 hours ago. You take an outage to do the original upgrade and then whoops, there's another patch...then another, then another. Cisco does it right and I think Aruba should be a little more proactive.

 

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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

Feel Free to leave that in the ideas portal here:  https://arubanetworkskb.secure.force.com/cp/ideas/ideaList.apexp



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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

I am assuming that you have seen that ArubaOS has General Availability vs Early Deployment code:os2.JPG

 



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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

*warning - personal experience here.  May not apply to you.*

 

I had to rollback an upgrade (6.4.2.X > 6.4.3.6) due to 2 sigificant issues that TAC couldn't explain.  Within 24 hours, we had to revert back.  Many 7210s were affected.  I don't recall if other models were affected.  We should've tested the code first, but we our lab isn't setup yet. I would highly recommend testing your upgrades.

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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?


thecompnerd wrote:

*warning - personal experience here.  May not apply to you.*

 

I had to rollback an upgrade (6.4.2.X > 6.4.3.6) due to 2 sigificant issues that TAC couldn't explain.  Within 24 hours, we had to revert back.  Many 7210s were affected.  I don't recall if other models were affected.  We should've tested the code first, but we our lab isn't setup yet. I would highly recommend testing your upgrades.


I am assuming that the lesson here is to test code that you want to upgrade to in your own environment first, regardless.  Without knowing if it was a code, configuration or an issue specific to your environment, test in your lab first is the best way to go.



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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

Thanks for the link to make suggestions...just posted to it. Yes, I'm aware of the early deployment/general availability section. Cisco does the same thing. If a particular code is extremely buggy, or susceptible to newer security threats, then sometimes the ED version is the play. But I'd like Aruba to suggest that instead of being the guinea pig. Make sense?
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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

I also would add that it's an anomoly to have a 7210 laying around to test with.  Most often the only controllers people have to work with are production.  Hence the need for an Aruba-suggested stable version.

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Re: Latest Stable Version of Code?

Precisely!  Lesson learned for me - test upgrades first in a lab.  Also, TAC said they'd never seen our issues before so it may have been environment specific.

 

Creating a lab can be difficult based on time availablility, money, etc. In regards to the money issue, see if your SE will work with you on lab gear pricing.  I've had success there.  If you don't have the time to build a lab, maybe you can perform the upgrade during non-production hours to see if anything pops up.  Our issue would've been seen immediately if we tested off-hours, but may not necessarily be the case for you.

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