Can not access FWSM via session command in cisco 6513 (VSS enabled)

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Apr 25th, 2012
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Dear All,

              Today i received FWSM from cisco (RMA), I need to configure it as standby unit for existing FWSM active/standby setup.


IOS on RMAed FWSM is 2.3.4 and  cisco VSS supports FWSM IOS 4.0.4 and later.


My issue is, I cannot access FWSM (IOS 2.3.4) via session command from cisco 6513 but could successfully consoled it without any problem. I have reloaded it twice and also tried to disable and enable power on it.


VSS#sh module switch 2


Switch Number:     2   Role:  Virtual Switch Standby

Mod Ports Card Type                              Model              Serial No.

--- ----- -------------------------------------- ------------------ -----------

   2    6  Firewall Module                        WS-SVC-FWM-1  -----------


Mod MAC addresses                       Hw    Fw           Sw           Status

--- ---------------------------------- ------ ------------ ------------ -------

  2  0034.2fd7.3b04 to 0019.2fa7.3b0b   4.2   7.2(1)       2.3(4)       Ok


Mod  Online Diag Status

---- -------------------

  2  Pass


VSS#session switch 2 slot 2 pro 1

The default escape character is Ctrl-^, then x.

You can also type 'exit' at the remote prompt to end the session

Trying 127.0.1.21 ...

% Connection timed out; remote host not responding


Can someone please let me know why I cannot access FWSM through session command ?

  • Whether this is because of older IOS ? If yes then how to upgrade its IOS ?
  • Is it possible to upgrade IOS via FWSM console ? if yes, please let me know.
  • Do i need to test on different slot ?


Look forward to hearing from someone.


Thanks & Regards

Ahmed...

Correct Answer by Jeroen Wittock about 4 years 10 months ago

There is a limitation that FWSM running version older than 4.0.4 will not accept session from the switch if the FWSM is not seated into switch 1 AND if switch 1 is not active.


So to upgrade the FWSM you either need to use the console or put the FWSM physically in switch 1.


Thanks,

Jeroen

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Jeroen Wittock Tue, 05/01/2012 - 04:35
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There is a limitation that FWSM running version older than 4.0.4 will not accept session from the switch if the FWSM is not seated into switch 1 AND if switch 1 is not active.


So to upgrade the FWSM you either need to use the console or put the FWSM physically in switch 1.


Thanks,

Jeroen

ahmed.gadi Tue, 05/08/2012 - 00:26
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Many thanks Jeroen. I tried to console it but no options to upgrade but YES after connecting it to active chasis i could access it through session command.

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