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6059 Upgrade..


I run a 6509 with a Sup1+MSFC2 in CatOS + IOS mode - I wish to upgrade the IOS image but the image is too big for the MSFC2's bootflash (even if the requirements ask for 16M, a 16M flash isnt big enough after formatting).

Is it possible to use the PCMCIA slot of the sup engine for the MSFC2's IOS image ? The boot image for the msfc2 could stay on the bootflash: there's enough space there..

If minimum versions of rommon and/or catos are needed for that to work, what are they ?

Thanks !

Cisco Employee

Re: 6059 Upgrade..

You should be fine doing this. Check the release notes for any caveats in accessing the slot0: from MSFC. Running latest code should be fine.

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Re: 6059 Upgrade..

From the sup engine, I have no problem accessing and copying to/from the slot0:, but I tried

boot system flash slot0:imagename.bin

in the msfc2 config, and I can't get past the bootloader when reloading the msfc.. Also a "dir slot0:" will no work, saying it can't access the device..

Could the rommon and sup engine versions too old to support this ?


Re: 6059 Upgrade..

I think the syntax should be boot system flash sup-slot0:imagename . you can't look at the slot0: from the msfc you have to be down at the supervisor level to look at what's in slot0:

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Re: 6059 Upgrade..

I have a similar scenario and need help too:

A Cat6513 is running hybrid mode: CatOS and MSFCII with cisco IOS. I don't have enough on board flash memory to upgrade a newer version IOS.

According to the cisco document "How to upgrade software images on Catalyst switch layer 3 modules", I should be able to boot the MSFC by loading an image in the Sup slot0 PCMCIA card.

I copied the boot image and and IOS image into the PCMCIA card, then changed the boot var as

boot system flash sup-slot0:c6msfc2-pk2o3sv-mz.121-11b.E4.bin

The result was unsuccessful.

Can anyone suggest a work around?


Janet Eng

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