How To Upgrade From Fedora 20 To Fedora 21 Using FedUp

Today, we will see how to upgrade to Fedora 21 from Fedora 20 using FedUp utility. As you may know, FedUP,Fedora UPgrader, is a tool that can be used to upgrade your Fedora systems to the next available version. Since Fedora 18, FedUP replaced the old traditional upgrade methods like DVD or PreUpgrade. Compared to the older methods, FedUp makes the upgradation method quite easy. This method is same for all flavors like Workstation, Server, and Cloud.

Before going to upgrade, make sure you’ve done the the following things.

  • First of all backup your important data to any extenal CD/DVD or USB drive;
  • Remove all third party repositories;
  • Make sure you have uninterrupted power supply and stable and fast Internet connection.

Step 1: Update your system

Here is my current system (Fedora 20) desktop details. Execute all commands with root privileges.

cat /etc/redhat-release

Sample output:

Fedora release 20 (Heisenbug)

Or,

cat /etc/*-release

Sample output:

Fedora release 20 (Heisenbug)
NAME=Fedora
VERSION="20 (Heisenbug)"
ID=fedora
VERSION_ID=20
PRETTY_NAME="Fedora 20 (Heisenbug)"
ANSI_COLOR="0;34"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:20"
HOME_URL="https://fedoraproject.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugzilla.redhat.com/"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT="Fedora"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT_VERSION=20
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT="Fedora"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT_VERSION=20
Fedora release 20 (Heisenbug)
Fedora release 20 (Heisenbug)

Update your system using the following command:

yum update

Reboot your system to apply the changes.

Step 2: Install And Update FedUP

Install FedUP and fedora-release packages using the following command from the Terminal.

yum install fedup

Update fedup utility:

yum update fedup fedora-release

Step 3: Start Upgrade

We can upgrade in three methods.

The first one is network upgrade, and it is the recommended one. Using a network source is the easiest method of upgrading and will pull in updates while upgrading – eliminating the potential issue if your current system has a newer kernel version than the Fedora release to which you are upgrading.

fedup --network 21 --product=[workstation][server][cloud]

The second method is using ISO file. Download the Fedora 21 ISO appropriate to your current architecture, and start the upgradation.

fedup --iso /root/Fedora.iso --product=[workstation][server][cloud]

The third one is similar to ISO method, but we will use DVD instead of ISO file. Burn the downloaded ISO to a DVD, and start the upgradation process.

fedup --device /mnt/cdrom/ --product=[workstation][server][cloud]

Now, upgrade Fedora 20 to Fedora 21 using command:

In my case, I am going to upgrade to Fedora 21 server using fedora mirror, so my command would be:

fedup --network 21 --product=server

The FedUP will start to fetch the latest packages. This will take quite a long time depending upon your Internet connection speed. So be patient.

root@server_012

After downloading all packages, you will be asked to reboot your system.

root@server_013

Reboot system. In the boot menu, select System Upgrade.

Fedora-20-server-Running-Oracle-VM-VirtualBox_014

Now, your system will start to install the downloaded packages.

Fedora-20-server-Running-Oracle-VM-VirtualBox_015

After installing all packages, you will be redirected to the the log in page. There you go. Your system is got upgraded to Fedora 21.

Fedora-20-server-Running-Oracle-VM-VirtualBox_016

Also, you can check the version using the following command:

cat /etc/redhat-release

Sample output:

Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)

Or,

cat /etc/*-release

Sample output:

Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)
NAME=Fedora
VERSION="21 (Twenty One)"
ID=fedora
VERSION_ID=21
PRETTY_NAME="Fedora 21 (Twenty One)"
ANSI_COLOR="0;34"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:21"
HOME_URL="https://fedoraproject.org/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugzilla.redhat.com/"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT="Fedora"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT_VERSION=21
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT="Fedora"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT_VERSION=21
Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)
Fedora release 21 (Twenty One)

Now. clean up the post upgrade using the following commands:

rpm --rebuilddb
yum distro-sync --setopt=deltarpm=0

That’s it. Enjoy!

Cheers!!

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