How to upgrade Brocade Ironware

Hi guys,

If like me, you begin in Brocade world and must quickly upgrade a Brocade device such as a CER2000, you can find here some (stupid) tips.

You must upgrade this device in two parts :

  • Upgrade your ironware
  • Upgrade your PBIF (FGPA)

Yo upgrade your ironware :

In my example, I have make the choice to put the ironware on secondary flash. For thus of you which come from Cisco world, it is not seen such a disk, where you can copy what you want.

SSH@you_cer# copy tftp flash 5.5.5.5 ce05200f.bin secondary
SSH@you_cer# conf t
SSH@you_cer(conf)#
SSH@you_cer# boot system flash secondary

To upgrade your PBIF :

SSH@you_cer# copy tftp fpga-pbif 5.5.5.5 pbifmetro_05200f.bin

/!\  You will advertised by your device that you must wait.  Ok. this part can take some minutes. You must be patient. /!\

After this :

SSH@you_cer# reload

Ok, now your router is reloaded :

SSH@you_cer# sh flash 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Code Flash - Type MT28F256J3, Size 64 MB
  o IronWare Image (Primary)
    Version 5.2.0T183, Size 13669945 bytes, Check Sum a4b5
    Compiled on Jun 12 2011 at 09:16:48 labeled as ce05200
  o IronWare Image (Secondary)
    Version 5.2.0fT183, Size 13756815 bytes, Check Sum e663
    Compiled on Jul 20 2012 at 17:24:00 labeled as ce05200f
  o Monitor Image
    Version 5.1.0T185, Size 445715 bytes, Check Sum 36ab
    Compiled on Aug 11 2010 at 14:08:06 labeled as ceb05100
  o Startup Configuration
    Size 11500 bytes, Check Sum 8941
    Modified on 20:54:21 GMT+01 Thu Aug 09 2012

Boot Flash - Type MX29LV040C, Size 512 KB
  o Boot Image
    Version 5.1.0T185, Size 445715 bytes, Check Sum 36ab
    Compiled on Aug 11 2010 at 14:08:06 labeled as ceb05100
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SSH@you_cer# show version
System: NetIron CER (Serial #: 1P0525G012,  Part #: 40-1000617-01)
License: RT_SCALE (LID: GrFKHKiFGH)
Boot     : Version 5.1.0T185 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Aug 11 2010 at 14:08:06 labeled as ceb05100
 (445715 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.1.0T185 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Aug 11 2010 at 14:08:06 labeled as ceb05100
 (445715 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.2.0fT183 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jul 20 2012 at 17:24:00 labeled as ce05200f
 (13756815 bytes) from Secondary
CPLD Version: 0x00000010
Micro-Controller Version: 0x0000000d
Extended route scalability
PBIF Version: 0x0153800 MHz Power PC processor 8544 (version 8021/0022) 400 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (MX29LV040C), 64 MB Code Flash (MT28F256J3)
2048 MB DRAM
System uptime is 13 hours 33 minutes 32 seconds
SSH@you_cer#

Have fun during your maintenance window 😉

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