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TZ670 Renew Services or Upgrade

I have a TZ670 for 3 years that I need to renew the essential package and looking at the 3 year plan for renewal.

I see in promotions that I can do a secure upgrade from a TZ670 to a TZ670. The price for the package for doing an upgrade is $100 less than just renewing.

is there advantage to doing the secure upgrade instead of just renewing?

Here is the link on the upgrade.

https://www.sonicwall.com/medialibrary/en/datasheet/datasheet-customer-loyalty-program.pdf

thanks

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    ArkwrightArkwright All-Knowing Sage ✭✭✭✭

    How much is your time worth to you? If it's $0, then you are being paid $100 to accept a spare set of hardware :)

    You would have a cold-spare box with no services on it, ready for emergency use, or for "lab" testing. TZ670 has 2x power inlets so you'd have a second PSU.

    If you don't care about the time you'd spend on doing the swap [and it's really a pretty low-risk swap], then it seems like a bit of a no-brainer.

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    LarryLarry All-Knowing Sage ✭✭✭✭

    Another aspect to consider is the current version of your existing TZ670's firmware.

    In all likelihood, newly manufactured TZ670s will have 7.1.1, and all the associated birthing problems.

    If you are running 7.0.1, my suggestion is you stay there and renew your subscription. You can always upgrade later after SonicWall provides consistent device stability.

    As @Arkwright asked: How much is your time worth?

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    RinconmikeRinconmike Newbie ✭

    thanks. I am still on SonicOS 7.0.1-5111-R4251. Been holding off on 7.1.1. I need to update to the latest 7.0.1 but have not had issues for a while.

    For a swap, is it just setup and activate the new one and then import the settings using an export of the old one?

    Should I make sure both are on the same FW version, meaning whichever the FW of the new one is make sure the old one is the same?

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    LarryLarry All-Knowing Sage ✭✭✭✭

    SonicWall states that you should update the firmware to the latest version right after you get it out of the box and activated (no telling how long it was on the shelf, nor what transpired).

    And absolutely, you must make certain the two devices are at the same level of firmware.

    If both are at 7.0.1, then an export-import should work.

    Again, I do not know if new devices are shipping with 7.1.1, and I don't know if there is any way to confirm with distribution or SonicWall Sales.

    But if the new device comes with 7.1.1, you must use the Migration Tool to adjust your settings accordingly.

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    RinconmikeRinconmike Newbie ✭

    Thanks. So if the new unit comes with 7.1.1 and I want to go to 7.1.1, can I just update the old unit to the same current 7.1.1 and export the configuration and import it in the new one?

    Also, if the new unit comes with 7.1.1 and I want to go to 7.0.1 can I just factory reset the new unit and update (or downgrade) to 7.0.1?

    Another thing is I have 8 SSLVPN. I really need only two but would like at least four (for furture) so I rather not lose any. Last time I upgraded from a 2650 to the 670 they did not transfer the six vpn I had on the 2650. All these are from previous upgrades (2400 to 2600 to 2650) and I never bought. On the previous upgrades they always transferred and added the two free ones that came with the new unit. Going to the 670 the system would not transfer the six I had. I had reached out to SonicWALL and after a whole, they finally give them back since a sales rep at the time told me they should transfer over. They stated now with upgrade the “free” licenses don’t transfer anymore.

    The sonicwall is a hobby for me I have been using since a SOHO or SOHO2 (I forget) at home and some small construction sites but now only have the TZ670 at home so I only mess with it on setting it up when I get a new one or doing the updates or making some changes (new devices, port forwarding, etc…). Last time I went from 2650 to the TZ670 and for that just set everything up since at the time I read that is better and did not think I could import from the NSA to 670 (so I did not try). I have a bunch of port forwarding, use SSLVPN, and other things. It has been a year or so since I did my last update so I need to update to the latest 7.0.1 at a min. And then I need to deal with expiring services.

    My current TZ670 has been up for 441 Days.

    Firmware Version SonicOS 7.0.1-5111
    ROM Version 7.0.0.9

    I see the current 7.01 is Version 7.0.1-5151 March 2024 and at a min I think I should update to that and may do this weekend.

    thanks again.

    Mike

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    LarryLarry All-Knowing Sage ✭✭✭✭

    So if the new unit comes with 7.1.1 and I want to go to 7.1.1, can I just update the old unit to the same current 7.1.1 and export the configuration and import it in the new one?

    Yes.

    Also, if the new unit comes with 7.1.1 and I want to go to 7.0.1 can I just factory reset the new unit and update (or downgrade) to 7.0.1?

    I don't think that's possible, although I would not try because all my devices must be covered by SW warranty…

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    ArkwrightArkwright All-Knowing Sage ✭✭✭✭

    Is it actually impossible to downgrade from 7.1 to 7.0, or just a case of needing to factory after doing so?

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