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Home > Success Center > Network Configuration Manager (NCM) > NCM Documentation > NCM 7.9 Administrator Guide > Firmware upgrades > Perform a firmware upgrade operation

Perform a firmware upgrade operation

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

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After you have set up your storage location and firmware repository, and firmware upgrade templates, you can perform an upgrade operation.

Add a firmware upgrade operation

Create a firmware upgrade operation to upgrade the firmware on many devices at one time. The devices are upgraded one at a time in sequential order, which you can customize.

You must have the NCM Administrator and Orion Administrator roles to add and execute a firmware upgrade operation.

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Firmware Upgrades.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Enter an operation name, and select a firmware upgrade template. Click Next.
  4. On the Select Firmware Image step, there are two options:
    • Use the firmware image preselected by the upgrade template. If an entry displays in the Select Firmware Image list, click Next to use it.
    • Click Select New Image From Repository to use an image for all the nodes you select later. This option overrides the current settings.
  5. Select the nodes you want to upgrade, and click Start Collecting Data. The data collection may take a few moments, so you are returned to the Firmware Upgrade Operations view.
  6. When the data collection finishes, click Please Review to Continue in the Status/Details column of the operation.
  7. The wizard resumes at the Upgrade Options step. Here you can apply specific upgrade options to each node. Review the Upgrade Options section below before continuing.
  8. When you are done verifying the upgrade procedure, click Confirmed for each node and then click Next.

    NCM displays a warning if there is not enough free space to continue the operation without removing the current firmware image. These upgrade options are automatically selected:

    • Back up existing firmware image
    • Delete existing firmware image
  9. Select your email preference, and click Next.
  10. On the Summary step, you can change the upgrade order, and decide whether to run the upgrade operation immediately or schedule it for later. Type YES to continue, and click Finish.

    You are returned to the Firmware Upgrade Operations view. You can check the progress of the operation in the Status/Details column.

Upgrade Options

Determine image paths

Path to upload image: a required field under the selected firmware image. This is the path NCM uses to upload the new firmware image. NCM attempts to detect the existing image path and populate this field with the same drive where the existing image is located. For example, flash:.

Back up existing firmware image: an option under Upgrade Options with a required field to enter the image path. NCM attempts to automatically determine the path to the existing firmware image on the device. For example, flash:c2951-universalk9-mz.SPA.155-3.M1.bin.

If one or both of theses fields are empty, refer to the documentation of your device for more information. You can also try to determine the path from the output of the show version command.

Config comparison

Select the following options to list a config comparison report in the log, or in an email notification if enabled, after the firmware upgrade operation completes:

  • Back up running and startup configs before upgrade
  • Back up running and startup configs after upgrade

Operation statuses for firmware upgrades

Available statuses in the Status/Details column in the Firmware Upgrades Operations view:

Status Description
Collecting data NCM is executing the collect info commands for the upgrade operations.
Need review

All collect info commands have executed, and the operation is waiting for user review and confirmation of the upgrade options for each node.

If necessary, you can remove any node from the upgrade operation.

Queued Another firmware upgrade operation is already in the "Upgrading" status, and NCM is waiting for it to complete before starting this operation.
Upgrading The firmware upgrade scripts are currently executing.
Complete The firmware upgrade operation completed successfully.

The firmware upgrade operation failed.

See Additional actions for firmware upgrade operations to review your options.


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