PA - 3020 recommended version and how to upgrade from PAN - OS from 8.0.4

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PA - 3020 recommended version and how to upgrade from PAN - OS from 8.0.4

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Hi All,


I would like to know what's a recommended version for PA - 3020? 


The current running version is 8.0.4.


Suppose, I want to install 8.1.8 released OS, do I need to follow below path?


Go to device software -> download and Install OS version 8.1.0 -> Restart to install new version 8.1.0

Go to device software -> download and install OS version 8.1.8 -> Restart to install new version 8.1.8


please advise, whether I can go directly from PAN-OS 8.0.4 to 8.1.8 or I have to follow the method which I mentioned above. 


Thank you for your support. 





Hi BatLD,


Thank you for the clarification. I was thinking too to install the 8.1.0 to make it easier instead of just download.


I will go with OS 8.1.9-h4 and see the behaviour. I will provide an update soon about how I go with it. 


Thank you. 




Hi BatD,


Regards to dynamic content update, is there any limitation to run on OS?


Example: current Apps + Threats latest version requires minimum 7.1.0 OS version. Can current Apps+Threats version installed on 6.1.0 version? OR it has to be minimum supported version specify in release notes.  


I think in theory there should not be, and the advise is always to upgrade to the lates content version. However in my experience, the new 4digit content failed to install on older PanOS, which are now out of support (e.g. 5.0. or 6.0.). It only worked when installing older content, however there is no official option to download older content versions. 

I think that 6.1.0 should be fine, because it went out of support after the 4 digit content release. Just make sure that you first install the latest 6.1.x bugfix. If you are stuck, you can open a support ticket and ask for older content version. 

Hi BatD,


Thanks for the quick respose, appreciated!

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