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!

Changing the IP address on a Brocade 3200

I purchased a used Brocade 3200 for my home lab, and needed to update the network information to allow myself to login remotely. To view the existing network configuration, I serial consoled in and ran the ipAddrShow command:

Switch:admin> ipAddrShow
Ethernet IP Address: 10.1.1.48
Ethernet Subnetmask: 255.255.255.0
Fibre Channel IP Address: none
Fibre Channel Subnetmask: none
Gateway Address: 10.1.1.1

Once I checked the existing settings, I ran the ipAddrSet command to update the network settings:

Switch:admin> ipAddrSet
Ethernet IP Address [10.192.40.148]: 192.168.1.2
Ethernet Subnetmask [255.255.240.0]: 255.255.255.0
Fibre Channel IP Address [none]:
Fibre Channel Subnetmask [none]:
Gateway Address [10.192.47.254]: 192.168.1.1

I really dig Brocade, and their command set is simple and easy to use.