Upgrade path from Zonedirector to SmartZone

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Is there any upgrade path to go from a Zonedirector to a SmartZone? Any way we can export our AP groups and WLAN groups and get them into a SmartZone 100?

We're looking at upgrading but re-provisioning all our AP's from scratch would be painful to say the least.

Google doesn't bring up anything and digging on the support KB doesn't either.
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Dave Watkins

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Sean

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You can import ZD config.
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Dave Watkins

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Thanks Sean. I've been going through the admin guide but it doesn't seem to cover migration at all, and since it's a different OS I was worried that wouldn't be an option.

Can anyone share an upgrade story? I'm wondering if it makes more sense to simple put the setup SZ 100's on the same IP's as the ZD's currently are and just reboot all the AP's, then they will auto connect, replace their firmware and should work, or it I should migrate to the new controller son new IP addresses.

I'm' also curious about how failover of the controllers work, the SZ 100's run an active/active cluster as far as I've read, does that mean a forced failover event results in no loss of connection on the clients?
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I am on holiday so wont be able to give you any insight until I get back too work (1 weeks time)
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After a chat with Ruckus Support, it seems like the best way to do it will be to bring up the new controllers on new IP's, import the ZD config, enable the various discovery options on the SZ's and update the DHCP option 43 to point to the new controllers, reboot all the AP's and get them with the new firmware, then factory reset them to remove any legacy settings that didn't get wiped by the firmware upgrade.

So I'll need to script the reboots and factory resets for about 130 AP's, but that shouldn't be too painful
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Hi Dave,

Sorry for taking my time getting back to you, but I have been busy on other things :)

OK, so after a bit of testing I have found that you have to factory reset.

What I was able to do though, was use the fw force command to push firmware to the AP's that were on a ZD, and I was also successful at getting then to migrate to a SZ, but the radio interfaces would not come up

This was due to an rpm issue - this is why we need to factory reset!

In terms of migration and factory reset you could adopt the following process:

1. Deny auto AP join on your ZD
2. Enable DHCP server on your ZD
3. Set up an FTP server and put the Base 100 firmware along with an rcks file in the default directory - below is an example of a migrate.rcks file:
[rcks_fw.main]
192.168.0.2
zf7363_100.1.0.0.194.BL7
7233536
Note: Ensure that the rcks file has the correct image name and file size and the IP address of your FTP server.

4. SSH in to the ZD cli and from the debug menu issue the following fw commands:
rksap_cli -A "fw set host 192.168.0.2"
rksap_cli -A "fw set proto ftp"
rksap_cli -A "fw set user username"
rksap_cli -A "fw set password password"
rksap_cli -A "fw set control migrate.rcks"
rksap_cli -A "set director ip del old.ipa.ddr.ess"
rksap_cli -A "set director ip new.ipa.ddr.ess"
rksap_cli -A "fw force-update"
Note: The above commands will force the AP's on the ZD to take the new base 100 image firmware and also make them talk to the new SZ.

5. Open your ZD AP config window on ZD UI and download the AP information in to a csv file

6. From the same menu select all AP's and delete - this will stop them from rejoining as the AP's hold old director IP addresses.

7. Wait until all of your AP's are updated and on the new SZ.

8. Copy the mac addresses of your AP's from your csv file to the below SZ script:

https://app.box.com/s/bf0y901pg47fwmkfr3pvtn58th4fdnk0

Note: only select the cells that have data in for pasting to SZ cli

9.SSH in the cli of the SZ and right click to paste the cell values from 8 above.

Based on auto discovery the AP's should just come back on to the SZ after factory reboot.

Note: Do a single AP first to test the water to make sure you are comfortable before taking the plunge.

Good Luck
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AP managed ZD must be factory reset. If aps are many, it's very painful.

Migration'method must be modified for easy migration.

Regards.
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I might have had a breakthrough on being able to get the rpm keys to survive when migrating from the ZD to the SCG; I have already been successful today with a T300 and R500 (moved from 9.10 ZD code to 3.1.1.406 SCG Code).

After I do more testing I'll be sure to create a post to let the community know the best way of doing this.

Note: Ruckus are working on an official method which will be available in 3.5.