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Check for a new version of PeerGFS

Overview

You can check to see whether a new version of PeerGFS has been released by using the Check for Updates functionality within Peer Management Center.  If a minor update is available, you can proceed to immediately install the new version.  If a major upgrade is available, you must first obtain a new license by submitting the Peer Global File Service Upgrade Form.  You should also back up your PeerGFS configuration before installing a major upgrade.

See Peer Software Lifecycle Policy to learn more about Peer Software major and minor releases.

Update versus upgrade

Although update and upgrade are often used interchangeably in the technology world, an update (or patch) is typically an enhancement to the current version of the software, while an upgrade is typically a whole new version of the software.  Overall, the processes for updating and upgrading are very similar;  however, an upgrade requires a new version license and a few additional steps.

See the Step-by-step guide section for detailed instructions for checking for a new version of PeerGFS.  Instructions for installing the new version are provided in the following knowledge base articles:

Step-by-step guide

You can configure Peer Management Center to automatically check for and download minor updates.  If configured, Peer Management Center checks for updates every evening at 11 p.m. local time.  Only minor updates are automatically downloaded; if a major update is available, a notification is displayed.  Major releases require a new license and can be requested by submitting the Peer Global File Service Upgrade Form.

See Software Updates in the PeerGFS User Guide for instructions on setting up PMC to automatically check for and download updates.

To check for a new version of PeerGFS:

  1. Open Peer Management Center.
  2. From the Help menu, select Check for Updates.


    The Check for Updates dialog appears.  The information displayed varies depending on whether a new version is available. 

    Minor update available

    If a minor update is available, the dialog identifies the new version (and your current version) and provides a link to the release notes.

    Major upgrade available

    If a major upgrade is available, the dialog presents a link to an announcement page on the Peer Software website. 

    Minor and major release available

    If both a major and a minor release are available, the dialog displays information about about both.  You can download and install the minor release.  If you want to upgrade to the major release, submit the Peer Global File Service Upgrade Form.

    No update available

    If no updates are available, the dialog displays the following message:

  3. (Optional) Click Release Notes to to learn more about the changes in the new version.
  4. If a new version of PeerGFS is available, continue with the appropriate process:

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