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Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

 
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Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

We have two distinct fabrics with two of these Brocade 4100 switches each. We would like to know the correct upgrade patch including the interim versions that need to be installed along the way. How much time will we need to plan to make this happen? Thanks much!

Brad
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Consider to do step by step 5.3.x; 6.0.x; 6.1.x; 6.2.x; 6.3.0c. It takes ~ 15min per step.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Torsten,

Does it matter which .x versions I choose? Do you no where I can get a 6.0.x version as I don't see that listed on HP's download site? Thanks for the quick reply.

Brad
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Hello Brad,

yes. For the update process it's indifferent if you use a 5.3.2 or 5.3.0. You can download the firmware packages on the Brocade or IBM homepage. Try a search in the ITRC forum. Links to the archives are posted in other threads.

Regards,
Patrick
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Patrick
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Thanks. What is the purpose for the steps? Is it to allow communications and compatibility with the previous version? We have two fabrics with only two switches on each fabric. If we move all activity (file cluster) to a single fabric, is there any reason we can't just load the latest firmware on the other two switches without stepping through since they don't need to communicate during the upgrade? Would there then be any problem then failing over all the production activity from the fabric that is at 5.2.0 to the fabric that is at 6.3.0?

Thanks again,
Brad
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Hello Brad,

Brocade has stopped support for such operations. They want that you load each major release onto the switch, so that changes in the configuration, caused by the firmware update, are successfull migrated to the new version.

This is now the only supported firmware update process. I can feel the pain, I've done this the last weeks a few times. :(

Regards,
Patrick
Best regards,
Patrick
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Thanks!
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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Here is the interim 6.0x release. It is only for upgrading to 6.1 or higher, not for production.

ftp://dloadhp:11wert@15.192.32.69


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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

@Terri:

Why is there no 6.0.x version on hp.com among all the countless other versions?

Hope this helps!
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Torsten.

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Re: Upgrade San Switch 4/32 from v5.2.0a to v6.3.0c

Torsten,

Older fw gets pulled off the web. Sometimes it is a disconnect between technical support and those responsible for HP web content.