Upgrading Brocade firmware

I recently purchased a Brocade 3200 for my lab, and wanted to upgrade the switch to the latest stable version of firmware. Brocade comes with the “firmwaredownload” command, which can be used to retrieve and load a firmware image from a remote FTP or RSH server:

Switch:admin> firmwaredownload

Server Name or IP Address [host]: 192.168.1.5
User Name [user]: matty
File Name [/usr/switch/firmware]: /firmware/v3.2.1c
Protocol (RSHD or FTP) [rshd]: ftp
Password: 
110336+6408+131212, csum ad9a
................................................
writing flash 0 ................................................
writing flash 1 ................................................
download complete



Once the firmware image has been downloaded and applied, you can verify the version with the “version” command:

Switch:admin> version

Kernel:     5.4
Fabric OS:  v3.2.1c
Made on:    Wed Jun 20 13:21:52 PDT 2007
Flash:      Wed Jun 20 13:26:05 PDT 2007
BootProm:   Tue Oct 30 10:24:38 PST 2001



I really dig Brocade switches, and am amazed that a switch this old performs so well!

3 thoughts on “Upgrading Brocade firmware”

  1. The process Iike to do when upgrading switches is: 1) run supportsave 2) run configupload 3) run errclear 4) firmwaredownload 5) firmwareshow 6) firmwaredownloadstatus 7) version 8) nsshow 9) fabricshow 10) firmwareshow 11) configupload

  2. Hey Alex,

    Your process is definitely one that should be used on production switches. The switch I was updating resides in my home lab, so I wasn’t too worried about gathering all the information you listed. Great tip though!

    – Ryan

  3. i wonder if you could tell me where can i find the latest firmware of this model because i have to perfrom an upgrade but y cannot get with this firmware. Thanks and regards

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