Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Upgrade from Fedora 16 to Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)

Insure that your system has more than 600MB of RAM, The upgrade requires this.(1GB or more is recommended)

First change to root user

su -

Upgrading To Fedora 17 (Desktop)
First upgrade your rpm package:

yum update rpm

Install the latest updates:

yum -y update

Clean the yum cache:

yum clean all

If a new kernel got installed during yum -y update, you should reboot the system


After the reboot, su back to root

su -

Install preupgrade...  (preupgrade will also take care of your RPMFusion packages)

yum install preupgrade

run preupgrade


The preupgrade wizard will then start on your desktop. Select Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle). Your system will then prepare for the upgrade.

At the end, of the prepartion click on the Reboot Now button.
During the next boot make sure to catch the boot loader and select
Upgrade to Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle).
During the reboot, your system will upgrade. This can take a  very long time, so please be patient.
(My system took about 4 hours)

That's it, Once Complete you can log into your new Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle). system

To do the same on a Server that does not have X server (GUI) installed

Follow the same steps as above but run preupgrade with the following option


preupgrade will show you a list of releases that you can upgrade to. included in that list will be
Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle) 

[root@server1 ~]# preupgrade-cli
Loaded plugins: blacklist, langpacks, whiteout
No plugin match for: rpm-warm-cache
No plugin match for: remove-with-leaves
No plugin match for: auto-update-debuginfo
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
please give a release to try to pre-upgrade to
valid entries include:
   "Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)"
[root@server1 ~]#

To upgrade, append the release string to the preupgrade-cli command:

preupgrade-cli "Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)"

Preupgrade will also take care of your RPMFusion packages, so all you have to do after preupgrade has finished is to reboot:


catch the boot loader and select Upgrade to Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle).

that's it, your Done.

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