Upgrading HP Aruba Switch Firmware
Guide for upgrading HP Aruba (formerly ProCurve) switch firmware.
- HP Aruba Switch
1. Start built-in
tftp server on your Mac
tftp server will enable file transfers between macOS and Aruba switch.
Run the following command in Terminal:
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
tftp source folder to some other folder in your home directory that you have full control over:
sudo rm -rf /private/tftpboot mkdir /Users/username/tftpboot sudo ln -s /Users/username/tftpboot /private/tftpboot
tftp server for changes to take effect:
sudo launchctl unload -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
2. Backup current switch configuration
Before downloading configuration from switch, you have to create empty file and give proper permissions so your switch can write the configuration over it.
Create config file:
cd /Users/username/tftpboot touch switch.conf chmod 766 switch.conf
Save startup configuration to file:
write memory copy startup-config tftp 192.168.100.100 switch.conf
Don’t forget to change the permissions back after successful file transfer.
3. Check current firmware version
In this example,
WB.16.02.0012 firmware uses
WB.16.03 boot ROM. It is upgraded automatically from the firmware image to the version that is required.
Make sure that you are upgrading from supported version. Sometimes you may need to install incremented backups to keep the configuration intact.
Check current flash:
HP-2920# show flash Image Size (bytes) Date Version ----------------- ------------ -------- -------------- Primary Image : 14233321 01/26/17 WB.16.02.0012 Secondary Image : 14233321 01/26/17 WB.16.02.0012 Boot ROM Version : WB.16.03 Default Boot : Primary
4. Download the latest firmware from HP
Copy downloaded firmware to your
cp Downloads/WB_16_04_0009.swi /Users/username/tftpboot
5. Upload and flash the firmware on secondary image
Primary Image: Default storage for switch software image.
Secondary Image: Additional storage for either a redundant or an alternate switch software image.
With the Primary/Secondary flash option, you can test a new image in your system without having to replace a previously existing image. It is recommended to upgrade secondary image while booted into primary and after the upgrade boot into secondary to test if everything works well.1
Copy firmware to the secondary image:
copy tftp flash 192.168.100.100 WB_16_04_0009.swi secondary
You should see “The Secondary OS Image will be deleted, continue [y/n]?”. Respond to the warning message by pressing
Now you should see “Validating and Writing System Software to Flash…”
Wait for the process to finish and reboot the switch to the new firmware:
boot system flash secondary
Check if everything is working well and no configuration is lost with the new firmware.
6. Upload and flash the firmware on primary image
Repeat the same commands from Step 5, using primary instead of secondary.
copy tftp flash 192.168.100.100 WB_16_04_0009.swi primary boot system flash primary
7. Validate the new firmware versions
HP-2920# sh flash Image Size (bytes) Date Version ----------------- ------------ -------- -------------- Primary Image : 16495314 10/13/17 WB.16.04.0009 Secondary Image : 16495314 10/13/17 WB.16.04.0009 Boot ROM Version ---------------- Primary Boot ROM Version : WB.16.03 Secondary Boot ROM Version : WB.16.03 Default Boot Image : Primary Default Boot ROM : Primary
The system has been updated to the newest version!