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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 1:27 PM

Running JunOS 12.1X47 on first gen SRX240H

Michael Dale

So 12.1X47 just came out and no longer supports SRX devices with less than 2GB of ram.

I have a couple of spare Juniper SRX240Hs (so first gen devices with 1GB of ram) and would like to test 12.1X47 in my lab, unfortunately I don't have any 2GB ram devices in my lab.

When trying to install 12.1X47 on the SRX240H you get the following error:

Copying package ...
ERROR: Unsupported platform srx240h for 12.1X47 and higher
ERROR: validate-config: junos/+REQUIRE fails

So I decided to see if I could work around this and trick JunOS into installing on my 240H, I was successful :D

I wouldn't recommend ever using this in production, but I am sure it will work fine for the lab. The only difference between the 240H and the 240H2 is that the H2 has 2GB flash and 2GB ram, CPU is the same.

Now you can actually upgrade the ram in the SRX240H to 2GB, it just uses standard DDR2 PC ram (you just need to find a 2GB stick, I used 800MHz but 667MHz ram should work too).

First Upgrading SRX ram

Take off the SRX case and swap out the ram, easy!

Juniper SRX240H

Old Ram:

Old Ram

New Ram:
New Ram

As you can see the SRX now boots with 2GB of ram:

2GB Ram

Second modifying the installer checks

Unfortunately this isn't enough for 12.1X47 to install, the installer checks the model number not the amount of ram.

Copying package ...
ERROR: Unsupported platform srx240h for 12.1X47 and higher
ERROR: validate-config: junos/+REQUIRE fails
WARNING: Current configuration not compatible with /altroot/cf/packages/install-tmp/junos-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic

So it is time to modify junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic.tgz to work on 240H devices.

I did this on Mac OS but any *nix system will work, it isn't that hard.

  1. Go and download junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic.tgz from Juniper.
  2. Extract junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic.tgz
  3. Now all we need to do is edit 2 files.
    1. In the +INSTALL file: Comment out line: 889 -> Error "Unsupported platform $product_model for 12.1X47 and higher" 
    2. In the +REQUIRE file: Comment out line: 889 -> Error "Unsupported platform $product_model for 12.1X47 and higher" 
      To comment out just add a # at the start of the line.
  4. Now we need to tar this back into a tgz file.
    1. So from the command line cd into the unzipped folder
    2. Now tar gz everything: tar czf ../junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic-fixed.tgz *
    3. Once done I changed junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic-fixed.tgz back to junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic.tgz, not sure if that matters.
  5. Now you can install like any normal firmware upgrade: root> request system software add http://xxx/junos/junos-srxsme-12.1X47-D10.4-domestic.tgz reboot

Done!

 

Now this process still leaves the SRX 240H with only 1GB of flash, but even with a dual root partition there is still 100M+ free space on the primary mount point.

That should be fine for now, you might need to use external logging or a usb flash drive in future though.

Storage on 12.1X47

 

I am interested to know if this process works on 1GB ram devices, as these changes might allow JunOS X47 it install on them. Although I would recommend 2GB ram. 


Comments

On Thu, 18 Dec 2014 at 5:09 AM, J wrote

Thanks for sharing this.

I tried this on a 1Gig SRX210H-POE and it works..but flowd is running pretty hot in CPU utilization.

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On Thu, 14 May 2015 at 1:26 AM, Maurice Z wrote

Awesome article! I was surprised when I tried installing X47 on my 210H's I was about to upgrade to 240H's thinking it would help. You just saved me a 2k!

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On Sun, 17 May 2015 at 3:33 PM, Iain wrote

Thanks for this! It saved me getting a 220H cluster working with a dhcp client interface. Running a cluster on a pair of 1G SRX220H's now with dhcp support! They haven't burned up yet.

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On Fri, 22 May 2015 at 8:59 PM, Blockfish wrote

This same procedure works on a SRX240B2 when upgrading to 12.3X48-D10.3. I upgraded the DRAM to 2GB as outlined by Michael. Note that the line numbers to the files to comment out are different than for version 12.1X47:

+INSTALL: line number 1043
+REQUIRE: line number 1043

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On Thu, 02 Jul 2015 at 8:19 PM, Michael Dale (of michaeldale.com.au) wrote

Thanks for the comments!

I was able to get 12.1X47 working on an SRX100B (512mb ram)! But it was really slow and not recommended.

I'd love to hack a SRX100B into an SRX100H, that should be possible as both have 1GB ram onboard.

I had a quick play with it, I suspect something in the uboot system needs changing though, so a bit more difficult.

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On Wed, 09 Sep 2015 at 3:18 AM, Tony wrote

I just used this method to upgrade my SRX240H-POE to the just-released 12.3X48-D15.4 and it worked. I did have to upgrade the RAM to 2GB as with only 1GB it kept rebooting right before the login prompt.

So far it looks good. My data RAM usage is at 45% (less than it was at 1GB running 12.1X46.D25) and the data CPU utilization is almost nil.

The only thing that looks a little out of whack is I get the following POST errors when it first boots up:

BIST check passed.
PCIe: Initializing port 0
PCIe: Initializing port 1
Boot Media: nand-flash usb
Net: octeth0
BOARD NOT SUPPORTED
BOARD NOT SUPPORTED
Error: Broadcom Mini-Driver Kit Initialization failed
POST Passed

It doesn't seem to affect anything. I've put the firewall through its paces and so far so good. I have 14+ VPNs and five VLANs and it passes traffic as expected.

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On Fri, 20 Nov 2015 at 11:45 PM, michael wrote

Hello.
I try do do this upgrade but it's give me error not a package or cannot open package(error 79)/

can you please specified which version of tar ar you using and specify for dummy command used for this?
Thanks.

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On Sat, 13 Feb 2016 at 8:38 AM, Michael Dale (of michaeldale.com.au) wrote

Hi Guys,

Possible issue to 12.1X46-D35.

With 2GB ram on my SRX240H1 at times I was getting:
panic: Error: Failed to find a valid wired memory profile

Tried this on two different SRX240H1s with 2GB ram and same issue.

So I suspect there is something checking the ram on boot up causing this version of JunOS to fail.

After downgrading back to the original 1GB stick it seems to be working again.

The setup was working fine with X44 so not sure if specifically broken by Juniper or just a bug.

Was an odd bug as only occurred on cold boot up.

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On Tue, 17 Jan 2017 at 3:53 AM, Tony wrote

You can perform this same procedure with a Windows workstation. Just install Notepad++ as it keeps the UNIX formatting when editing the +INSTALL and +REQUIRE files and 7-Zip which will allow you to extract and re-inject the modified files. I just upgraded my SRX240H to 12.3X48-D40.5-domestic.tgz using these and it worked like a champ. You do need the 2GB upgrade though as 1GB will sit in a reboot cycle.

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