I have a question. I have a 6500 with two supervosrs and they both have CATOS. One of them failed and I need to replace. As long as the hardware is the same does the CATOS have to be indentical or can this be different.
Hello John, Leo,
Within a 6500 system with redundant 6500 CatOS the images need to be the same. But this is not required when inserting a new module with different CatOS because at bootup the new backup supervisor image will be synchronized to the active.
On the standby the new image like "BTSYNC_cat6000…" should be automatically downloaded.
Pay also attention to the RAM/FLASH memory requirments of the image in the new card. If there is no free space a question may be asked to erase the old image.
By default on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch, the Catalyst OS software images on the active and the standby Supervisor Engines must be the same. If the two supervisor images are not the same version during system bootup, the active Supervisor Engine downloads its current boot image to the standby Supervisor Engine. The NVRAM configuration of the active Supervisor Engine is also synchronized between the Supervisor Engines.
Of course the goal is to reach the high availailability operational mode between the two cards => show system highavailabilty need to be enabled and operational.
There is some specificities regarding versioning feature which allows to run different images with still highavailability but I would not pay attention to this feature :
Check also for this complete document => http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/si/casi/ca6000/tech/hafc6_wp.pdf
discussing on the global redundancy on the SUP, but also on the MSFC !