Downloading and installing the Cisco FC switch NX-OS software

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You must download the switch operating system file and RCF file to each switch in the MetroCluster fabric configuration.

This task requires file transfer software, such as FTP, TFTP, SFTP, or SCP, to copy the files to the switches.

These steps must be repeated on each of the FC switches in the MetroCluster fabric configuration.

You must use the supported switch software version.

The outputs shown are for Cisco IP switches; however, these steps are also applicable for Cisco FC switches.
  1. Download the supported NX-OS software file.

  2. Copy the switch software to the switch:

    +copy sftp://root@server-ip-address/tftpboot/NX-OS-file-name bootflash: vrf management+

    In this example, the nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin file is copied from SFTP server 10.10.99.99 to the local bootflash:

    IP_switch_A_1# copy sftp://root@10.10.99.99/tftpboot/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin bootflash: vrf management
    root@10.10.99.99's password: password
    sftp> progress
    Progress meter enabled
    sftp> get   /tftpboot/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin  /bootflash/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin
    Fetching /tftpboot/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin to /bootflash/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin
    /tftpboot/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin                 100%  666MB   7.2MB/s   01:32
    sftp> exit
    Copy complete, now saving to disk (please wait)...
  3. Verify on each switch that the switch NX-OS files are present in each switch’s bootflash directory:

    dir bootflash

    The following example shows that the files are present on IP_switch_A_1:

    IP_switch_A_1# dir bootflash:
                      .
                      .
                      .
      698629632    Jun 13 21:37:44 2017  nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin
                      .
                      .
                      .
    
    Usage for bootflash://sup-local
     1779363840 bytes used
    13238841344 bytes free
    15018205184 bytes total
    IP_switch_A_1#
  4. Install the switch software:

    install all system bootflash:nxos.version-number.bin kickstart bootflash:nxos.version-kickstart-number.bin

    IP_switch_A_1#  install all system bootflash:nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin kickstart bootflash:nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin
    Installer will perform compatibility check first. Please wait.
    
    Verifying image bootflash:/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin for boot variable "kickstart".
    [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    
    Verifying image bootflash:/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin for boot variable "system".
    [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    
    Performing module support checks.                                                                                                            [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    
    Verifying image type.
    [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    
    Extracting "system" version from image bootflash:/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin.
    [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    
    Extracting "kickstart" version from image bootflash:/nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin.
    [####################] 100% -- SUCCESS
    ...

    The switch reboot automatically after the switch software has installed.

  5. Wait for the switch to reload and then log in to the switch.

    After the switch has rebooted the login prompt is displayed:

    User Access Verification
    IP_switch_A_1 login: admin
    Password:
    Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) Software
    TAC support: http://www.cisco.com/tac
    Copyright (C) 2002-2017, Cisco and/or its affiliates.
    All rights reserved.
    .
    .
    .
    MDP database restore in progress.
    IP_switch_A_1#
    
    The switch software is now installed.
  6. Verify that the switch software has been installed:

    show version

    The following example shows the output:

    IP_switch_A_1# show version
    Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) Software
    TAC support: http://www.cisco.com/tac
    Copyright (C) 2002-2017, Cisco and/or its affiliates.
    All rights reserved.
    .
    .
    .
    
    Software
      BIOS: version 04.24
      NXOS: version 7.0(3)I4(6)   **<<< switch software version**
      BIOS compile time:  04/21/2016
      NXOS image file is: bootflash:///nxos.7.0.3.I4.6.bin
      NXOS compile time:  3/9/2017 22:00:00 [03/10/2017 07:05:18]
    
    
    Hardware
      cisco Nexus 3132QV Chassis
      Intel(R) Core(TM) i3- CPU @ 2.50GHz with 16401416 kB of memory.
      Processor Board ID FOC20123GPS
    
      Device name: A1
      bootflash:   14900224 kB
      usb1:               0 kB (expansion flash)
    
    Kernel uptime is 0 day(s), 0 hour(s), 1 minute(s), 49 second(s)
    
    Last reset at 403451 usecs after  Mon Jun 10 21:43:52 2017
    
      Reason: Reset due to upgrade
      System version: 7.0(3)I4(1)
      Service:
    
    plugin
      Core Plugin, Ethernet Plugin
    IP_switch_A_1#
  7. Repeat these steps on the remaining three FC switches in the MetroCluster fabric configuration.