I am about to upgrade my 2.4.4-p3 installs to 2.4.5-p1. Like a good IT pro I read the docs - ‘Installing and Upgrading’ sections. There I see I should have the old version installation just in case the update fails miserably. However, I haven’t got it and I can’t download it. So, what do do?
(TLDR) the docs say, preinstallation tasks #1 and #2 should be done before attempting an upgrade:
- Take a configuration a backup
- Have a fall-back plan - if the worst happens
- Do the upgrade, with note taken of old to new version specifics
I have no problem with #1 and #3. However, #2 is not so simple (or I misread it).
From the pfSense docs:
“Downgrading a full installation to previous releases directly in-place is not supported. Very rarely is it desirable or necessary to go back to a prior release. Should that be necessary, the previous version must be reinstalled and a configuration backup from that version must be restored. Configurations from newer versions cannot be restored to older versions.”
I don’t have the 2.4.4-p3 installation media still, and now I find I can’t download it. I have searched the Netgate forums - I found a post from the forum admins when someone else asked how to get old versions, saying they remove the old version downloads when a new one is released (as they don’t want to allow access to a version with known vulnerabilities).
I agree its a bad idea to install any version other than the current release for a new firewall build - but what should I do about having a fall-back plan, should the worst happen to the CE installation I use at home? I can put in an SG1100 I guess, but not too happy with losing the extras I get from the CE install to a PC with the crypto CPU extensions.
I have requested the old install USB image for my two Netgate SG1100 appliances (and received it, thanks to Netgate support responding on a Sunday). What about the community edition installation?
Maybe the gods are telling me to out try Untangle?
If anyone has the AMD64 2.4.4-p3 CE USB install media (serial or VGA), PM me a (https://send.firefox.com?) download link?