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pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

I failed to upgrade PIX 515E to latest OS version

The next error occured on console

Receivied 5437440 bytes

Erasing current image

Insufficient flash space available for this request....

Image not installed.

what to erase in order to free space?

This is sh ver of my pix

Cisco PIX Firewall Version 6.3(3)

Cisco PIX Device Manager Version 3.0(1)

Compiled on Wed 13-Aug-03 13:55 by morlee

frutarom-pix up 5 mins 25 secs

Hardware: PIX-515, 32 MB RAM, CPU Pentium 200 MHz

Flash i28F640J5 @ 0x300, 16MB

BIOS Flash AT29C257 @ 0xfffd8000, 32KB

0: ethernet0: address is 0005.328f.ba1a, irq 11

1: ethernet1: address is 0005.328f.ba1b, irq 10

2: ethernet2: address is 0002.b329.435a, irq 9

Licensed Features:

Failover: Disabled

VPN-DES: Enabled

VPN-3DES-AES: Enabled

Maximum Physical Interfaces: 3

Maximum Interfaces: 5

Cut-through Proxy: Enabled

Guards: Enabled

URL-filtering: Enabled

Inside Hosts: Unlimited

Throughput: Unlimited

IKE peers: Unlimited

Thank you, Alexc

This PIX has a Restricted (R) license.


Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)


you should have a look at the content of your flash and delete some files, which are not needed.

Then, when there are 6 MB free, try again.

Hope this helps


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Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

I wanted to do that but didn't understand what's what, where's OS? where's pdm?

pix# show flash

flash file system: version:3 magic:0x12345679

file 0: origin: 0 length:1941560

file 1: origin: 2490368 length:39416

file 2: origin: 2621440 length:1920

file 3: origin: 2752512 length:3126944

file 4: origin: 0 length:0

file 5: origin: 8257536 length:308


New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

hi there i would suggest is to copy the ios from monitor mode it's very easy.

connect a tftp server from solarwinds on a windowsXP pc witha cross cable to the inside interface of the pix i mean ethernet1 .when booting ur pix press the esc key and go into the monitor mode.give the following commands and the server address is gateway as

interface 1




file pix704.bin

it will start copying from the monitor mode afther this command make sure the tftp server is running while doing will erase the existing file system say confirm .this image is copied into the ram right now and not in the flash system.once in the new command prompt

interface ethernet 1

ip add

nameif inside

security-level 100

no shutdown

copy tftp flash

remote host

file pix704.bin


It will ask u for the erasing the existing file system .once the file is copied then

boot system flash:pix704.bin

write memory

to save the new ios in the flash and reload

if this solves ur issues pls rate it . thank u


New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

Thank you for instructions, this is I'm gonna do.

I'll rate it after upgrade.



Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

having been following the conversation, but below are the file allocations:

•file 0: PIX Firewall binary image, where the .bin file is stored.

•file 1: PIX Firewall configuration data that you can view with the show config command

•file 2: PIX Firewall datafile that stores IPSec key and certificate information

•file 3: PDM image

•file 4: crashdump file

•file 5: Filesystem record

New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

What is the sytax to delete files from flash in PUX

New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

To erase flash use: Clear flashfs

New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

hi alex erase flash in the config mode . i guess this should help.


New Member

Re: pix 515E: upgrade to 7.0 (4)

Do you mean 'write erase'? Then, I don't want to erase configuration.

Can I erase pdm only from flash?

Thanks, Alexc.

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