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Firmware Update process

  • 18 June 2020
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Hi,

I’m upgrading some VDX6740’s soon, and this will be the first time upgrading Brocade for me and I would like to clarify some confusion I’ve got from the documentation.

The release notes and the upgrade guide talks about running the firmware download command on the individual switches in logical cluster mode but what is giving me grief is the file option. The documentation in many examples quote the file to download as release.plist. I’ve gone looking for release.plist and it’t buried in sub-directories  SWBD1000,SWBD1001,SWBD1002,SWBD1004,SWBD1005,SWBD1006 . . . . . etc.

 

So which directory am I to specify in my download “directory /” firmware download command?

 

firmware download logical-chassis scp host x.x.x.x user ****** password ******** directory /VDX6740-Firmware/?????? file ????? rbridge-id 3,5

 

Thanks.

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Best answer by Yulia Abitbul 18 June 2020, 14:11

Hi Russ

Check this article, for clarification: https://gtacknowledge.extremenetworks.com/articles/Q_A/How-to-upgrade-VDX-firmware

 

If you upgrade with ftp, you can mark “nos7.2.0” as root folder on ftp, in this case you can only use “/” for directory and command will look like that:

firmware download ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory / coldboot

or

firmware download default-config ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory /

 

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Userlevel 1

Hi Russ,

just state the Directory of the firmeware version you try to upgrade too.

in the example below upgrade to   nos7.2.0b

firmware download logical-chassis scp host x.x.x.x user ****** password ******** directory /VDX6740-Firmware/nos7.2.0b rbridge-id 3,5 

 

Regards

 

Michael

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Hi Russ,

If you use the directory option in the firmware download command there is no need to specify a file. As long as the directory points to the root directory of unzipped the firmware.

The command as per your syntax is simply:

firmware download logical-chassis scp host x.x.x.x user ****** password ******** directory <directory containing firmware> rbridge-id 3,5

Also if you are upgrading a major version i.e. NOS 5.x to NOS 6.x or NOS 6.x to NOS 7.x etc. you will need to specify the coldboot option in the firmware download command.

Userlevel 3

Hi Russ

Check this article, for clarification: https://gtacknowledge.extremenetworks.com/articles/Q_A/How-to-upgrade-VDX-firmware

 

If you upgrade with ftp, you can mark “nos7.2.0” as root folder on ftp, in this case you can only use “/” for directory and command will look like that:

firmware download ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory / coldboot

or

firmware download default-config ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory /

 

That’s fantastic thank you all.

Have one more question, I need to upgrade from 7.0.1x to 7.4.x. Can I make the jump in one firmware upgrade or I should incrementally go through the releases to get to 7.4.x?

 

Thanks, 

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To preserve configuration:

  • NOS7.0.1x to NOS7.1.0b with “coldboot” (reload) option
  • NOS7.1.0b to NOS7.2.0d with “coldboot” (reload) option
  • NOS7.2.0d to NOS7.3.0a with “coldboot” (reload) option
  • NOS7.3.0a to NOS7.4.0a with “coldboot” (reload) option
  • NOS7.4.0a to NOS7.4.1 with “coldboot” (reload) option

firmware download ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory / coldboot  
 

With default-config option you can jump from 7.0.1 to 7.4  

firmware download default-config ftp host 1.1.1.1 user username password password directory /   

If you have big cluster check this article:  https://gtacknowledge.extremenetworks.com/articles/How_To/How-to-perform-VCS-Fabric-Multi-Version-Upgrade  

Thanks for you help and advice all.

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