Cisco Catalyst 6500 Bootflash Update For Supervisor Engines 32 and 720
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Updated:December 8, 2006
Cisco® is increasing the default DRAM for the Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 and the default supervisor bootflash memory for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720 to facilitate software upgrades to newer releases, which come with a set of rich features, including Cisco IOS® Software Modularity.
The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series with Cisco IOS Software Modularity boosts operational efficiency and minimizes downtime through evolutionary software infrastructure advancements. By enabling modular Cisco IOS Software subsystems to run in independent processes, this innovation:
• Minimizes unplanned downtime through self-healing processes
• Simplifies software changes through subsystem In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU)
• Enables process-level, automated policy control by integrating Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
• Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 default DRAM change (both supervisor and MSFC2A)
• Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720 default supervisor bootflash change (starting with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(18)SXE)
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32
The default memory (DRAM) on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 changed for
orders placed starting May 5, 2006. Table 1 gives information about the changes.
The default bootflash memory (sup-bootflash) on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720 changed starting with Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(18)SXE5.* Table 2 gives information about the changes.
Table 2. Default Memory for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720
Supervisor Bootflash Before
Supervisor Bootflash Starting May 5, 2006
The Cisco.com configuration tool allows you to choose the former default flash of 64 MB if a customer chooses to run an older software release. This change is available as of June 2006. This change does not affect the bootflash for the Route Processor (RP).
Upgrading Internal Supervisor Bootflash to Larger Size with Compact Flash for Existing Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720
Use the compact flash memory upgrade kit (WS-CF-UPG=). Table 3 shows upgrade information.
Table 3. Upgrading to a Larger Boot Flash Information
Starting February 2006
Minimum Cisco IOS Software Release
12.2(18)SXE5 and later; 12.2(18)SXF and later
Supervisor Read Only Memory Monitor (ROMMON)
8.4(2) or later (see note)
Number of Units of Upgrade Kit Required
1 per Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720 in the chassis
Upgrade Kit Contents
1 unit of compact flash adapter and 1 unit of 512-MB compact flash, installation guide