[j-nsp] How to upgrade M20 RE's with least downtime

Bill Petrisko billp at wjp.net
Fri Nov 12 19:34:00 EST 2004

On Fri, Nov 12, 2004 at 03:27:33PM -0800, Harry Reynolds wrote:
> *If* this is within a major version, I have heard that you can get great
> results by:
> 1. Enable Graceful restart to minimize/eliminate forwarding plane
> disruption
> 2. Upgrade backup RE
> 3. Manually switch (here is where graceful restart comes in)
> 4. Upgrade primary RE
> 5. If step 3 worked well, switch back
> HTHs. Please note Juniper does not claim support for hitless upgrades,
> but this procedure has been known to result in pretty much that. All
> bets are off if you are crossing major JUNOS software revisions. You
> also need to enable graceful restart on peer nodes for it to buy you
> anything.

Ok, this is going from 5.6 (no graceful anything) to 6.3.

I assume I can still follow the above procedure, but will take
a hit when forcing a RE switchover?

What is the hit time?  (Not including the time for BGP/ISIS/etc
to reconverge.)


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