Upgrade a Cluster Centrally on Panorama with an Internet Connection

WildFire appliances in a cluster can be upgraded in parallel when they are managed by Panorama. If Panorama has a direct connection to the Internet, you can check and download new releases directly from Panorama.
Panorama can only manage WildFire appliances and appliance clusters operating the same software version or a later software version.
  1. Upgrade Panorama to an equal or later release than the target software release you want to install on the WildFire cluster.
    For information on upgrading Panorama, refer to: Install Content and Software Updates forPanorama
  2. Temporarily suspend sample analysis.
    1. Stop firewalls from forwarding any new samples to the WildFire appliance.
      1. Log in to the firewall web interface.
      2. Select Device > Setup > WildFire and edit General Settings.
      3. Clear the WildFire Private Cloud field.
      4. Click OK and Commit.
    2. Confirm that analysis for samples the firewalls already submitted to the appliance is complete:
      1. Log in to the Panorama web interface.
      2. Select Panorama > Managed WildFire Clusters and View the cluster analysis environment Utilization.
      3. Verify that the Virtual Machine Usage does not show any sample analysis in progress.
      If you do not want to wait for the WildFire appliance to finish analyzing recently-submitted samples, you can continue to the next step. However, consider that the WildFire appliance then drops pending samples from the analysis queue.
  3. Install the latest WildFire appliance content update.
    These updates equip the appliance with the latest threat information to accurately detect malware.
    You must install content updates before installing software upgrades. Refer to the Release Notes for the minimum content release version you must install for a Panorama release.
    1. Download the WildFire content update:
      1. Select Panorama > Device Deployment > Dynamic Updates.
      2. Select a WildFire content update release package and click Download.
    2. Click Install.
    3. Select the WildFire cluster(s) or individual appliances that you want to upgrade.
    4. Click OK to start the installation.
  4. Download the PAN-OS software version to the WildFire appliance.
    You cannot skip any major release version when upgrading the WildFire appliance. For example, if you want to upgrade from PAN-OS 6.1 to PAN-OS 7.1, you must first download and install PAN-OS 7.0.
    1. Download the WildFire software upgrade:
      1. Select Panorama > Device Deployment > Software.
      2. Click Check Now to retrieve an updated list of releases.
      3. Select the WildFire release that you wish to install and click Download.
      4. Click Close to exit the Download Software window
    2. Click Install.
    3. Select the WildFire cluster(s) that you want to upgrade.
    4. Select an install mode:
      • (8.0.2 and later) Select Reboot device after install.
      • (8.0.1 and later) Select Upload only.
    5. Click OK to start the installation.
    6. (Optional) Monitor installation progress on Panorama.
    7. (8.0.1 only) After the upgrade package finishes uploading, install the upgrade on each node:
      1. admin@WF-500 (passive-controller)> request system software install version 8.0.2
      2. Confirm that the upgrade is complete. Run the following command and look for the job type Install and status FIN:
        admin@WF-500(passive-controller)> show jobs all
        Enqueued Dequeued ID Type Status Result Completed
        14:53:15 14:53:15 5 Install FIN    OK   14:53:19
      3. Gracefully restart the appliance:
        admin@WF-500(passive-controller)> request cluster reboot-local-node
        The upgrade process could take 10 minutes or over an hour, depending on the number of samples stored on the WildFire appliance.
      4. Repeat for each WildFire worker node in the cluster.
  5. (Optional) View the status of the reboot tasks on the WildFire controller node.
    On the WildFire cluster controller, run the following command and look for the job type Install and Status FIN:
    admin@WF-500(active-controller)> show cluster task pending
  6. Check that the WildFire appliance is ready to resume sample analysis.
    1. Verify that the sw-version field shows 8.0.1:
      admin@WF-500(passive-controller)> show system info | match sw-version
    2. Confirm that all processes are running:
      admin@WF-500(passive-controller)> show system software status
    3. Confirm that the auto-commit (AutoCom) job is complete:
      admin@WF-500(passive-controller)> show jobs all

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