Upgrade the CN-Series Firewall

Upgrade the CN-Series firewalls in your Kubernetes cluster.
The CN-MGMT pods (management plane) and the CN-NGFW pods (data plane) must always be on the same PAN-OS version. There are two ways to upgrade or downgrade your CN-Series firewall deployment. For either method, you must schedule the upgrade or downgrade during a planned maintenance window.
  • —You cannot upgrade the CN-Series from PAN-OS 10.0.x to PAN-OS 10.1.x; instead, you must redeploy the CN-Series. Additionally, you cannot upgrade directly from a CN-Series as a DaemonSet deployment to a CN-Series as a Service deployment. You must redeploy the CN-Series to move from one deployment method to another.
  • —Use the new version to upgrade an existing CN-MGMT statefulset by modifying the image in pan-cn-mgmt.yaml or by using the kubectl command, and then upgrading the CN-NGFW pods.
  • —Delete your existing CN-Series firewall deployment and replace the existing deployment completely. In this workflow, you must plan for a longer maintenance window because all the firewalls will be offline at the same time, and all the secured application traffic will be impacted until the firewalls pods are up again.
The Redeploy and Rolling update with Additional CN-MGMT StatefulSet methods create a new serial number for the CN-MGMT pods, and you must install the dynamic content updates for the subscriptions you have purchased. Review the Release Notes for the PAN-OS version to verify the minimum content version that is required and install it on the CN-MGMT pods.

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