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Set up the storage location and firmware repository

Created by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret, last modified by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret on Feb 20, 2017

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Before you perform a firmware upgrade operation, you must complete the initial setup. First, you designate a storage location that will contain the firmware images. This feeds the firmware repository in NCM, from which you select images for devices when upgrading.

Step Instructions

Set up the storage location

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click NCM Settings.
  3. In the Firmware Upgrade Storage section, click Storage Location.
  4. Enter the path to the firmware upgrade storage location.

    The storage location cannot be the same as the TFTP or SFTP/SCP root folders.

    For basic installations with one polling engine, you can use a local path on the server where NCM is installed.

    If you have more than one polling engine, use a shared network location. Make sure all polling engines have access to this location, and they are in the same domain.

    Only Windows-based shares are supported by NCM.

  5. Enter credentials to access the storage location, and click Submit.
Populate the firmware repository

Next, populate the storage location with firmware images through the file system. Now you can manage firmware upgrade images in NCM with the Firmware Repository:

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click NCM Settings.
  3. In the Firmware Upgrade Storage section, click Firmware Repository.
  4. Click Scan Firmware Repository to see the latest image files. By default, all files with the .bin extension are displayed.

If you select one or more entries and click Delete Firmware Images, the files are deleted from the folder you set as the storage location.

Integrity of firmware images

You can use the MD5 Hash column in the firmware repository to verify the integrity of your images. This value is calculated automatically when you add an image to the storage location. Compare the image hashes between the firmware repository and the website of the manufacturer of your device.

By default, NCM verifies the integrity of backed up and uploaded firmware images. You can toggle these settings under Upgrade Options in the Firmware Upgrade Operation wizard.

 

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