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How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

 
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JorisK
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How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Hi!

I want to upgrade our Brocade 4/12 SAN switches firmware. I was expecting to find a single binary file with the firmware but i see this:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=nl&prodNameId=3185341&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3185340&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=54#290

Firmware bundles of 300MB each.... I downloaded the proper version and when unzipping it contains a lot of content but no update instructions.

How do i upgrade our firmware?

Regards,
Joris Kemperman
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Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Just put all the files on an FTP server and point to this during the update. The firmware will match and get the needed files automagically.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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JorisK
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Thanks Torsten, but i need to specify a filename in the management software, and i have no idea which one...
Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Filename?

What is your current version???





Example:

Exampleof an interactive firmware download

switch:admin> firmwareDownload
Server Name or IP Address: 10.1.2.3
User Name: userfoo
File Name: /userfoo/firmware/v6.4.0
Network Protocol(1-auto-select, 2-FTP, 3-SCP) [1]: 2
Password:
Checking system settings for firmwareDownload...
Trying address-->AF_INET IP: 10.1.2.3, flags : 2
System settings check passed.
You can run firmwaredownloadstatus to get the status
of this command

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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JorisK
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

We run 5.0.5.

When logging on to the Web management portal, i goto admin > Firmware and see a dialogbox where i can specify an FTP IP address, username, password and filename.
Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Looks very, very old ... what version did you download?

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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JorisK
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Well 5.3.0d, this version shipped with the switches we bought a few months ago. I want to sync the firmware of my old switches to the new switches.

There's a version 6 but they are also huge in download (600MB) and i still need to specify a "filename". I called HP support but the guy on the phone couldn't help me out aswell...
Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

As you can see in my example you must be enter the path only:

File Name: /userfoo/firmware/v6.4.0

where v6.4.0 is a directory.

This changed many years ago. Before there must be specified a plist file (cannot remember the version when this changed), but now only the directory is needed.

You may consider to update step by step to the current 6.2.xy version.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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JorisK
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Thanks Torsten! I'll take a look at it tomorrow night!
Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

This should always work:

- perform a switchshow
...
swd77:admin> switchshow
switchName: switch001
switchType: 32.0
...

Note the type (32).

Now specify the path:

/firmware/v6.4.0/SWBD32/release.plist

or maybe it was

/firmware/v6.4.0/release.plist

file - I don't remember at the moment.

But I think it was

/firmware/v6.4.0/release.plist


As said, since several years the path (/firmware/v6.4.0/) is enough.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Remember, to reach the newest version you must upgrade step by step, e.g.

5.3.x
6.0.x
6.1.x
6.2.x

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Torsten.
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Re: How to upgrade Brocade 4/12 firmware?

Finally I found an older document:

switch:admin> firmwaredownload
Server Name or IP Address: 10.22.127.127
FTP User Name: JohnDoe
File Name: /pub/5.1.x/release.plist
FTP Password:
You can run firmwaredownloadstatus to get the status
of this command.
This command will cause the switch to reset and will
require that existing telnet, secure telnet or SSH
sessions be restarted.
Do you want to continue [Y]:y

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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