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!

This article was posted by Matty on 2009-04-29 12:01:00 -0400 EDT