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Help - IOS Upgrade

Hi,

We have ASA 5520 with failover running IOS ver 7.0 and would like to upgrade to 8.0

Plz can someone help with steps to upgrade the IOS on primary and failover.

Thanks

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Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

The procedure needs to be repeated for the failover asa too.

1. copy tftp flash on primary ASA

2. shut down primary ASA (NOT reload)

3. Secondary is active now (Do a 'show failover' to confirm that)

4. copy tftp flash on secondary

5. shut down secondary (NOT reload)

6. boot up primary (and it will become active with new software)

7. Wait 3 to 5 mins->Do a 'show version' and 'show failover' on primary to confirm

8. boot up secondary (and it will become standby with new software)

Upgrade is complete.

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Regards,

Sushil

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Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

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Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

Here's an example configuration for the upgrade procedure.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Now login to asa from this PC and in config mode, give command

LAB-ASA-7(config)# copy tftp flash

after this it will ask for address of tftp server: it should be the ip of this PC on which you have ASA image file saved and tftp installed.

Address or name of remote host []? 10.130.102.153

then it will ask for image file name

Source filename []?asa804-k8.bin (name of the new file)

if it finds the file it will ask for confirmation: give yes

Destination filename [asa804-k8.bin]?

Accessing tftp://10.130.102.153asa804-k8.bin...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Writing file flash:/asa804-k8.bin.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5437440 bytes copied in 148.150 secs (36739 bytes/sec)

LAB-ASA-7(config)#

LAB-ASA-7(config)# sh flash

Directory of flash:/

7 -rw- 5437440 21:12:42 Nov 24 2005 asa804-k8.bin

11 -rw- 5919340 20:59:06 Nov 24 2005 asdm-501.bin

13 -rw- 7017 14:00:58 Jul 22 2005 admin.cfg

15998976 bytes total (4617216 bytes free)

// Above indicates that ASA OS image asa804-k8.bin has been copied successfully to flash.

// Now we need to set ASA to use the newly installed image during the boot time.

LAB-ASA-7(config)# boot system flash:/asa804-k8.bin (name of the new file)

LAB-ASA-7(config)# sh run | in boot

boot system flash:/asa804-k8.bin

LAB-ASA-7(config)#

// We are all set with the ASA OS image.

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Regards,

Sushil

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Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

Thanks Mr. Sushil for the information.

This is for primary ASA ; how to copy the flash to the failover ASA....

Regards

Cisco Employee

Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

The procedure needs to be repeated for the failover asa too.

1. copy tftp flash on primary ASA

2. shut down primary ASA (NOT reload)

3. Secondary is active now (Do a 'show failover' to confirm that)

4. copy tftp flash on secondary

5. shut down secondary (NOT reload)

6. boot up primary (and it will become active with new software)

7. Wait 3 to 5 mins->Do a 'show version' and 'show failover' on primary to confirm

8. boot up secondary (and it will become standby with new software)

Upgrade is complete.

Do rate helpful posts.

Regards,

Sushil

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Re: Help - IOS Upgrade

Suschi - the Cisco documentation regarding an upgrade states the following:

Step 1 Reload the standby unit to boot the new image by entering the following command:

standby# reload

Why do you recommend NOT performing a reload, and actually shutting off the ASA?

Thanks in advance, Patrick

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