PAN-OS Upgrade Path from 8.0/8.1 to 9.0

PAN-OS Upgrade Path from 8.0/8.1 to 9.0

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Created On 08/02/19 10:36 AM - Last Updated 08/05/19 08:28 AM


Environment
First lets understand the PAN-OS versions naming:
 
Release TypeWhat it offersHow to identify
MajorFeatures & fixes8.0.0
MinorFeatures & fixes8.1.0
MaintenanceFixes8.1.1

We will address PAN-OS upgrade from 8.0.X to 9.0.X and also the same from 8.1.X to 9.0.X where X is maintenance release version that is is not 0.


Procedure
From PAN-OS 8.0.X to 9.0.N : 
  • Prerequisite : Firewall is running 8.0.0 or 8.0.X where X is maintenance release version that is is not 0.

1- Download 8.1.0 (To go from Major/Minor release to another Major/Minor release (Ex. from 8.0.X to 8.1.X) you need the firewall to already have Major release base image which has Y.Z.X where X is 0.)
2- Download and install 8.1.n where n is the latest Maintenance release version available for example at the day 5th of July 2019 the latest Maintenance release was 8.1.9. 
  • Note: Its best practice to go to the latest Maintenance release as explained in step 2 but it can work fine by downloading and installing 8.1.0 and skipping step 2. 
3- Reboot the firewall.
4- Download 9.0.0 as we explained in step 1
5- Download 9.0.N where N is the targeted maintenance release version.

From PAN-OS 8.1.X to 9.0.N : 
  • Prerequisite : Firewall is running 8.1.0 or 8.1.X where X is maintenance release version that is is not 0.
1- Download 9.0.0 (To go from Major/Minor release to another Major/Minor release (Ex. from 8.1.X to 9.0.X) you need the firewall to already have Major release base image which has Y.Z.X where X is 0.)
2- Download 9.0.N where N is the targeted maintenance release version.

 


Additional Information
For PAN-OS upgrade best practice refer to below article:

https://knowledgebase.paloaltonetworks.com/KCSArticleDetail?id=kA10g000000ClRrCAK


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