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Cisco SSM On-Prem Upgrade procedure

This is another blog post for Cisco SSM On-Prem server where I’m showing the upgrade process. Before any upgrade, it is advised to snap shot the virtual machine to have a working backup installation (see Cisco SSM On-Prem password recovery procedure)

The next step is to verify the version. My test drive installation has the version 8-202010 and I’m going to upgrade to the latest version 8-202108.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Verify installed version 8-202010

Before the upgrade the downloaded files must be moved and extracted on a server which supports SCP (SecureCopy). Typically any Linux server with SSH/SCP enabled (default) will do.

The extracted and files should then copied with scp to the Cisco SSM On-Prem server.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Extracted Upgrade files on Linux Server

After the login to the Cisco SSM On-Prem server the so-called onprem-console should be started. The onprem-console provides some CLI commands to manage the SSM On-Prem server including the command database_backup.

Based on Cisco’s documentation a database backup should be performed when SSM On-Prem server is running as virtual machine. When the database backup is completed, the onprem-console can be exited with the command quit.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Login and database backup

The files and can be copied by SCP from the Linux server to the SSM On-Prem server. The syntax of the SCP command can look like this:

    $ scp [user]@[host]:/[[path_to_file]/file.bin file.bin

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Login and database backup

Ensure the files and are copied to the SSM On-Prem server correctly with ls -l.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Verify upgrade files with ls -l

Become root by entering su plus the password and add the “execute” file attribute to the upgrade files with chmod +x.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Become root and chmod +x upgrade files

Run the script. The script will take between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the virtual environment and virtual machine setup. When the upgrade process is completed, the Cisco SSM On-Prem server should be restarted with the reboot command.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Run script

After the reboot the installed version of Cisco SSM On-Prem should be verified. The version 8-202108 should now be installed.

Cisco SSM On-Prem: Verify installed version 8-202108