HiveOS on 6.1r3 - Can AP be firmware 6.1r3b

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ok, I have a customer with on-premise HM of version 6.1r3.  Can I have APs running 6.1r3b, or strictly speaking do they need to not be higher than the version of HiveOS?
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Posted 4 years ago

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Stefan van der Wal, Champ

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The short answer, Yes. 6.1r3b can be run with a Hivemanager 6.1r3 since it is not a higher version, but more like a revision. However I would advise on going to Hivemanager 6.1r5 due to bugfixes etc. in the Hivemanager firmware.
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Hello Michael,

As a general rule, the letter following the release version numbering is unimportant when determining compatibility. So 6.1r3b HiveOS can be managed by HiveManager 6.1r3 or 6.1r3a as Stefan mentioned. Obviously lower major/minor versions of the same release of HiveManager cannot manage higher versions of HiveOS (example: HiveManager 5.1r5 cannot manage HiveOS 6.1r3). However, Higher major minor version of the same release of HiveManager can manage lower versions of HiveOS (example: HiveManager 6.1r5 can manage HiveOS 6.1r3b).

It is always recommended to keep your HiveManager up to date for the latest bug fixes and patches. So even if you have AP330s for which the highest released version of HiveOS is 6.1r3b (which will change with the imminent 6.1r6 release), it is recommended to manage them with HiveManager version 6.1r5.

There are exceptions to these rules, such as the AP370/390 which run 6.0r2e. The difference here is that HiveManager 6.0r2 cannot manage an AP370 running 6.0r2e as this line of APs was not released when this version of HiveManager was developed. The lowest version of HiveOS that can manage HiveOS 6.0r2e is actually 6.1r2. Think of HiveOS 6.0r2e as more of a fork of HiveOS 6.0r2; while other APs are no longer receiving updates to this version, we just released 6.0r2e last week with additional critical bug fixes for the platform (see the 6.0r2e Release Notes for more details) Of course, as mentioned in the guidelines above, 6.0r2e can be managed by HiveManager 6.1r5 or 6.1r6.

Hopefully my explanation didn't confuse things more than they already were!
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And thats the long answer :)
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Brian Ambler

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Long, but hopefully helpful. I figured this question would come up with the release of 6.0r2e, so I thought I would try and preempt it :)