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How to upgrade Observer
 
Page Contents
How to retrieve a list of available Observer versions
How to download a version of Observer
How to install a version of Observer
Upgrade settings
Version numbering
Created: 2014-07-30   Revised: 2018-10-02
New and past versions of Observer software are made available to you directly from VIAVI. Use the Observer upgrade tool to check for, download, or install a version of Observer.
Internet access to update.viavisolutions.com (port 80) is required on the system interacting with the VIAVI upgrade repository. This includes checking for upgrades and downloading upgrades.
Only if your application or appliance is managed by OMS, LAN access to the OMS system over port 8008 (default) is required for downloading upgrades.
Proxy settings can be used if direct Internet access is unavailable.
The Observer upgrade tool allows you to:
Check the VIAVI upgrade repository for old and new versions of Observer.
Download any available version of Observer for offline installation.
Install any available version of Observer without needing to leave the Observer interface.
 
 
How to retrieve a list of available Observer versions
Created: 2014-07-28   Revised: 2018-09-29
A listing of Observer software versions to upgrade or downgrade to is available directly in Observer. Connect to the VIAVI upgrade repository to retrieve the latest listing of available versions.
Note: Interacting with the upgrade repository requires web connectivity over TCP port 80 or 8008 (by default) on the Observer system. This can be achieved with direct connectivity from OMS to the web or by configuring a proxy in the proxy configuration settings of OMS for downloads. The upgrade repository is hosted by VIAVI and no public mirrors are used.
To ensure your product is using the latest code available, always check the in-product update capability even if you have recently installed. It is strongly recommended that all product updates and upgrade are performed using the in-product update methods instead of installing the executable using Windows File Explorer.
To retrieve a list of available versions, click System > Update .
To retrieve a list of available versions:
1. Click the File tab, and click Info > Update Observer.
 
Observer connects to the upgrade repository and displays the versions available for download. Release notes for each version are available for viewing.
 
How to download a version of Observer
Created: 2014-07-28   Revised: 2018-09-30
New or old versions of Observer can be downloaded from the upgrade repository. Observer is not automatically installed after downloading a version using this method. Instead, this method is suitable for scheduled installation or installation from Windows Explorer.
Tip! It is strongly recommended that you perform product updates using the in-product update method instead of installing with Windows File Explorer.
To download an available version of software for later installation, visit the repository and download any self-extracting setup executable:
1. Click the File tab, and click Info > Update Observer.
2. (Optional) Click the check for updates icon .
Example: (Optional) Doing this ensures all available versions are shown.
3. Select an item by clicking it.
4. Click the download icon .
If not previously downloaded, the download begins, and you can view its transfer progress.
 
You successfully downloaded a software upgrade.
 
How to install a version of Observer
Created: 2014-07-31   Revised: 2017-09-27
Installing a software upgrade downloads the self-extracting setup executable and immediately installs the upgrade.
Note: Firmware updates to the capture card are bundled with Observer software upgrades. During installation of an Observer software upgrade, any firmware updates available to your capture card will be applied.
To install a software upgrade:
1. Click the File tab, and click Info > Update Observer.
2. Select an item by clicking it.
3. Click the install icon .
The download begins, and you can view its transfer progress.
After the download completes, the software upgrade begins installing.
 
You successfully installed the selected software upgrade. A notification appears if any errors occur during the upgrade.
 
Upgrade settings
Created: 2014-11-15
There are several settings that change the behavior of version upgrades.
 
Automatically check for upgrades
If selected, Observer periodically checks for upgrades. Scheduled transfers and installs rely on knowing if new versions exist.
If cleared, users must manually check for available upgrades before any scheduled transfers or installs can occur.
Show downgrade options
If selected, any available downgrade versions are displayed in the available versions list.
It is recommended to leave this cleared (disabled) if downgrading to previous versions is not desirable.
Preferred speed (Kbps)
Sets the preferred maximum transfer speed in kilobits per second.
Use the value '0' to disable this bandwidth restriction.
Use proxy server
If selected, a proxy server is used for downloading upgrade versions.
Type
Sets which type of proxy server to connect to.
Address
The IP address or DNS name of the proxy server.
Port
The port number accepting connections to the proxy server.
Username
Sets the user name expected by the proxy server for authentication.
Leave this box empty if authentication is not required.
Password
Sets the password used to authenticate with the proxy server.
Leave this box empty if authentication is not required.
Edit Download Schedule
Schedules the download of available upgrade versions.
Downloaded versions will not automatically install unless an installation schedule or upgrade policy allows it.
Edit Install Schedule
Schedules the installation of downloaded version upgrades.
This setting affects version upgrades that are downloaded both automatically or manually.
 
Version numbering
Created: 2016-03-04   Revised: 2018-10-16
Observer Platform products use a four-field decimal scheme for product versions.
 
Figure 5: Version numbering scheme
Version numbering scheme imageVersion numbering scheme image
Portion of version number
Some defining characteristics1
(17.1.3.2) — Major
Major version indicator. Full platform version. Moving past this number requires a new license for your product (or products).
(17.1.3.2) — Minor
Minor version indicator. New core functionalities, communication libraries, bug fix roll-ups, and more.
(17.1.3.2) — Build
Build version indicator. Bug fixes and minor feature enhancements.
(17.1.3.2) — R&D Use Only
Used for R&D purposes only, should generally be 0.

1 These are representative examples only. No development efforts are restricted to just the examples shown.