Preparation for the Manager upgrade

This guide primarily provides information on how to upgrade your McAfee® Network Security Platform setup to the latest 9.2 release from the following versions:

  • 8.1
  • 9.1

Important Notes:

  • If you have any Sensors on 7.1 or later software, you can directly upgrade those Sensors from 7.1 to 8.1. However, before you upgrade the 7.1 Sensors to 8.1, you must first upgrade the Manager to 8.1. For related information, refer to McAfee Network Security Platform 8.1 Upgrade Guide. When both the Manager and the Sensors are on a required version of 8.1, you can begin the 9.2 upgrade process.
  • In case of Network Security Platform 8.0, first upgrade to a supported version of 8.1 or 8.3 to upgrade to the latest version of Network Security Platform.
  • If you are on a software version with 1024-bit RSA keys on ports 8501, 8502, and 8503, see Migration from SHA1 to SHA256 signing algorithm before you upgrade.
  • The Network Security Platform 9.2 release is specific to the Central Manager, Manager, NS-series Sensors, Virtual IPS Sensors, M-series Sensors, Mxx30-series Sensors, Network Threat Behavior Analysis (NTBA) devices, and XC Cluster devices.
  • As with any upgrade, McAfee strongly recommends that you always first try the upgrade in a test environment.
  • The current version of 9.2 Manager software can be used to configure and manage the following appliances:
    • NS-series Sensors on 8.1, 9.1, and 9.2 software.
    • Virtual IPS Sensors on 8.1, 9.1, and 9.2 software.
    • M-series Sensors on 8.1, 9.1, and 9.2 software.
    • XC Cluster appliances on 8.1, 9.1, and 9.2 software.
    • NTBA Appliances (physical and virtual) on 8.1, 9.1, and 9.2 software.
  • The upgrade involves the following phases that you must complete in the same order:
    1. If applicable, McAfee® Network Security Central Manager upgrade.
    2. McAfee® Network Security Manager upgrade.
    3. McAfee® Network Security M-series, NS-series Sensor, or Virtual IPS Sensor software upgrade.
    4. If applicable, XC-240 Load Balancer and M-8000XC Sensor upgrade.
    5. If applicable, NTBA Appliance upgrade.
  • No software is released for I-series and N-series (NAC-only) Sensors as part of Network Security Platform 9.2.

You need the following documents during the upgrade process:

  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2 Manager Administration Guide
  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2 IPS Administration Guide
  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2 AWS Deployment Guide
  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2 CLI Guide
  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2 NTBA Administration Guide
  • McAfee Network Security Platform 9.2Troubleshooting Guide

It is also strongly recommended that you read the Release Notes for the associated product before you upgrade because this document makes references to several of the new features.