Upgrading Dell PowerConnect 54xx switch firmware

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This is the procedure we can use to upgrade the firmware of, for example, PowerConnect 5448 and PowerConnect 5424 switches.

You should have set up a tftp server in same network as switch admin ip is.

First, connect to to your switch via ssh or serial cable (COM) and enable privileged commands:

> enable

Copy new firmware from your tftp server:

# copy tftp://tftp_server_ip/switch/powerconnect_54xx-20046.ros image

# copy tftp://tftp_server_ip/switch/powerconnect_54xx_boot-2000.rfb boot

Now, you should view the new firmware image ready, but not active:

Upgrading Dell PowerConnect 54xx switch firmware

Select image-2 as active for the next boot:

# boot system image-2

The image is selected as active for the next system boot (note that the asterisk now is on non active text):

Upgrading Dell PowerConnect 54xx switch firmware

Now, we only have to reload the switch to boot with updgraded image.

# reload

In this way we can upgrade several switches and in all of them the switch configuration will be preserved.

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  1. Upgrading a switch’s firmware (or several of them) in a CED is a common task. But it has to be done correctly, recovering the previous and working configuration, to avoid networking issues that can knock down a whole computer network.

    Read how to upgrade a DELL Powerconnect 54xx switch series on HeelpBook:

    Upgrading Dell PowerConnect 54xx switch firmware – http://heelpbook.altervista.org/2014/upgrading-dell-powerconnect-54xx-switch-firmware/ #howto #upgrade #dell #howto #heelpbook @heelpbook

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