Finding the Software Version and Feature Set
The Cisco IOS image is stored as a bin file in a directory that is named with the Cisco IOS release. A subdirectory contains the files needed for web management. The image is stored on the compact flash memory card.
You can use the show version privileged EXEC command to see the software version that is running on your switch. The second line of the display shows the version.
You can also use the dir filesystem : privileged EXEC command to see the directory names of other software images that you might have stored in flash memory.
Deciding Which Files to Use
The upgrade procedures in these release notes describe how to perform the upgrade by using a combined tar file. This file contains the Cisco IOS image file and the files needed for the embedded Device Manager. You must use the combined tar file to upgrade the switch through Device Manager. To upgrade the switch through the command-line interface (CLI), use the tar file and the archive download-sw privileged EXEC command.
Table 1 lists the filenames for this software release.
If you download the IP services image and plan to use Layer 3 functionality, you must use the Switch Database Management (SDM) routing template. To see which template is currently active template, enter the show sdm prefer privileged EXEC command. If necessary, change the SDM template to the routing template by entering the sdm prefer routing global configuration command. You will be prompted to reload the switch to activate the new template.
Note The switch must be running Cisco IOS Release 12.2(52)SE or later to configure the routing template.
Table 1 Cisco IOS Software Image Files
Cisco IE 3000 cryptographic image file and Device Manager files with Layer 2+, Kerberos, and SSH features.
Cisco IE 3000 IP services cryptographic image and Device Manager files with Kerberos, SSH, Layer 2+, and full Layer 3 features.
Archiving Software Images
As a best practice for any upgrade, you should first archive copies of the current Cisco IOS release and the new Cisco IOS release before you upgrade to new software. You should keep these archived images until you have upgraded all devices in the network to the new Cisco IOS image and until you have verified that the new Cisco IOS image works properly in your network.
Cisco routinely removes old Cisco IOS versions from Cisco.com. See Product Bulletin 2863 for more information:
You can copy the bin software image file on the flash memory to the appropriate TFTP directory on a host by using the copy flash: tftp: privileged EXEC command.
Note Although you can copy any file on the flash memory to the TFTP server, it is time consuming to copy all of the HTML files in the tar file. We recommend that you download the tar file from Cisco.com and archive it on an internal host in your network.
You can also configure the switch as a TFTP server to copy files from one switch to another without using an external TFTP server by using the tftp-server global configuration command. For more information about the tftp-server command, see the “Basic File Transfer Services Commands” section of the Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Command Reference, Release 12.2 :
Upgrading a Switch by Using the CLI
This procedure is for copying the combined tar file to the switch. You copy the file to the switch from a TFTP server and extract the files. You can download an image file and replace or keep the current image.
Note Make sure that the compact flash card is inserted into the switch before downloading the software.
To download software, follow these steps:
Step 1 Use Table 1 to identify the file that you want to download.
Step 2 Download the software image file:
a. If you are a registered customer, go to this URL and log in.
b. Navigate to Switches > Industrial Ethernet Switches.
c. Navigate to your switch model.
d. Click IOS Software, then select the latest IOS release.
e. Download the image you identified in Step 1.
Step 3 Copy the image to the appropriate TFTP directory on the workstation, and make sure that the TFTP server is properly configured.
For more information, see the Cisco IE 3000 Switch Software Configuration Guide.
Step 4 Log into the switch through the console port or a Telnet session.
Step 5 (Optional) Ensure that you have IP connectivity to the TFTP server by entering this privileged EXEC command:
Switch# ping tftp-server-address
For more information about assigning an IP address and default gateway to the switch, see the software configuration guide for this release.
Step 6 Download the image file from the TFTP server to the switch. If you are installing the same version of software that is currently on the switch, overwrite the current image by entering this privileged EXEC command:
Switch# archive download-sw /overwrite /reload tftp:[[//location]/directory]/image-name.tar
The /overwrite option overwrites the software image in flash memory with the downloaded one.
The /reload option reloads the system after downloading the image unless the configuration has been changed and not saved.
For // location, specify the IP address of the TFTP server.
For / directory / image-name .tar, specify the directory (optional) and the image to download. Directory and image names are case sensitive.
This example shows how to download an image from a TFTP server at 184.108.40.206 and to overwrite the image on the switch:
Switch# archive download-sw /overwrite tftp://220.127.116.11/image-name.tar
You can also download the image file from the TFTP server to the switch and keep the current image by replacing the /overwrite option with the /leave-old-sw option.