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How to upgrade the IPv4 and IPv6 location databases

From time to time we include an update of the IPv4 and IPv6 location databases with a new BalanceNG release.

If you need to update the location databases before you may always do this by your own as follows:

Download the following two files from http://software77.net/geo-ip/ :

  1. IpToCountry.csv – IPv4 database (choose “IPv4 CSV” either .gz or .zip)
  2. IpToCountry.6R.csv – IPv6 database (choose “IPv6 RANGE (gz)”)

These two files need then to be moved to /opt/BalanceNG.

The BalanceNG commands “ipdb” and “ipdb6” (with no arguments) will then load (or reload) the databases from this default location.

If you run a BalanceNG VRRP cluster, we recommend to install the new databases on the current backup node first, and then on the other node after initiating a failover. Here a summary of these steps:

  1. Install both IP database files on the current backup node.
  2. Restart the backup with “bng restart”.
  3. Initiate a failover by executing “bng stop” on the current master node.
  4. Install both IP database files on the now stopped previous master.
  5. Start this node with “bng start”.

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