License activation may be required prior to software upgrade for the BIG-IP or Enterprise Manager system

SOURCE: https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/7000/700/sol7727.html
http://lab.piszki.pl/big-ip-f5-reactivate-license-before-upgrade/

1. Check License Date

Product Version License Check Date
(yyyy/mm/dd)
BIG-IP 11.6.0 2014-08-05
BIG-IP 11.5.2 2015-02-17
BIG-IP 11.5.1 2013-12-05
BIG-IP 11.5.0 2013-12-05
BIG-IP 11.4.1 2013-04-23
BIG-IP 11.4.0 2013-04-23
BIG-IP 11.3.0 2012-10-25
BIG-IP 11.2.1 2012-08-20
BIG-IP 11.2.0 2012-04-25
BIG-IP 11.1.0 2011-11-01
BIG-IP 11.0.0 2011-07-11
BIG-IP 10.2.4 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.3 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.2 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.1 2010-06-05
BIG-IP 10.2.0 2009-11-24
BIG-IP 10.1.0 2009-11-24
BIG-IP 10.0.1 2009-04-24
BIG-IP 10.0.0 2009-01-02
BIG-IP 9.6.0 – 9.6.1 2007-12-05
BIG-IP 9.4.8 2009-05-27
BIG-IP 9.4.6 – 9.4.7 2008-09-15
BIG-IP 9.4.5 2008-05-01
BIG-IP 9.4.4 2007-12-07
BIG-IP 9.4.2 – 9.4.3 2007-09-18
BIG-IP 9.4.0 – 9.4.1 2006-10-02
BIG-IP 9.3.1 2007-10-09
BIG-IP 9.3.0 2007-03-23
BIG-IP 9.2.0 – 9.2.5 2005-08-24
Enterprise Manager 3.1.1 2012-08-20
Enterprise Manager 3.1.0 2012-08-20
Enterprise Manager 3.0.0 2012-04-25
Enterprise Manager 2.0.0 – 2.3.0 2009-11-16
Enterprise Manager 1.8.0 2006-10-02
Enterprise Manager 1.7.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.6.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.4.1 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.4.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.2 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.1 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.1 2006-10-02
Enterprise Manager 1.2.0 2005-08-24
Product Version License Check Date
(yyyy/mm/dd)
BIG-IP 11.6.0 2014-08-05
BIG-IP 11.5.2 2015-02-17
BIG-IP 11.5.1 2013-12-05
BIG-IP 11.5.0 2013-12-05
BIG-IP 11.4.1 2013-04-23
BIG-IP 11.4.0 2013-04-23
BIG-IP 11.3.0 2012-10-25
BIG-IP 11.2.1 2012-08-20
BIG-IP 11.2.0 2012-04-25
BIG-IP 11.1.0 2011-11-01
BIG-IP 11.0.0 2011-07-11
BIG-IP 10.2.4 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.3 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.2 2010-10-01
BIG-IP 10.2.1 2010-06-05
BIG-IP 10.2.0 2009-11-24
BIG-IP 10.1.0 2009-11-24
BIG-IP 10.0.1 2009-04-24
BIG-IP 10.0.0 2009-01-02
BIG-IP 9.6.0 – 9.6.1 2007-12-05
BIG-IP 9.4.8 2009-05-27
BIG-IP 9.4.6 – 9.4.7 2008-09-15
BIG-IP 9.4.5 2008-05-01
BIG-IP 9.4.4 2007-12-07
BIG-IP 9.4.2 – 9.4.3 2007-09-18
BIG-IP 9.4.0 – 9.4.1 2006-10-02
BIG-IP 9.3.1 2007-10-09
BIG-IP 9.3.0 2007-03-23
BIG-IP 9.2.0 – 9.2.5 2005-08-24
Enterprise Manager 3.1.1 2012-08-20
Enterprise Manager 3.1.0 2012-08-20
Enterprise Manager 3.0.0 2012-04-25
Enterprise Manager 2.0.0 – 2.3.0 2009-11-16
Enterprise Manager 1.8.0 2006-10-02
Enterprise Manager 1.7.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.6.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.4.1 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.4.0 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.2 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.1 2006-08-18
Enterprise Manager 1.2.1 2006-10-02
Enterprise Manager 1.2.0 2005-08-24

#cd /config
# grep “Service check date” bigip.license
Service check date : 20150000
Reference the license check date table previously listed in this article, and verify that the Service check date listed is after the license check date listed for the version you are upgrading.

If the service check date in your bigip.license file is earlier than the license check date for the software version you are attempting to install, you must reactivate the system’s license before upgrading.

Reactivation can be done in two ways, the traditional method via the web
GUI:
(System-> license-> Reactivate)
requires us to return to the previous version of the software (on the cli switch back using the switchboot command). When F5 has access to the Internet, the web gui method is fully automatic.
#grep -i “Registration Key” /config/bigip.license
#get_dossier –b ABCDE-ABCDE-ABCDE-ABCDE-ABCDEFG (our key)

The value of the dossier paste on https://secure.f5.com/Infopage/index.jsp webpage.
Turned content paste to file /config/bigip.license (overwrite the contents, it is worth to make a copy of this file).

Finally, issue the following command:
#reloadlic

After reactivation, we can re-check license:
# grep “Service check date” bigip.license
Service check date : 20150110

This is higher date than that from the table, the upgrade can be performed without problem

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