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How to upgrade SecureStack switches via serial COM port?

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TitleHow to upgrade SecureStack switches via serial COM port?
Objective
Download firmware image to a standalone switch through serial COM port via XMODEM protocol
Environment
  • SecureStack
  • All firmware versions
Procedure
  1. Connect to local COM management port via TeraTerm or HyperTerminal terminal emulator applications. 
  2. Power cycle the unit.
  3. The initial boot sequence will display. 
Version 1.0.13 6/14/2004
 
  Computing MD5 Checksum of operational code...
  Select an option. If no selection in 2 seconds then
  operational code will start.
 
  1 - Start operational code.
  2 - Start Boot Menu.
  Select (1, 2):
  1. Type 2 and press Enter
  2. Password: administrator
Boot Menu Version 1.0.25 03-09-2005
  Options available
  1 - Start operational code
  2 - Change baud rate
  3 - Retrieve event log using XMODEM (64KB).
  4 - Load new operational code using XMODEM
  5 - Display operational code vital product data
  6 - Run Flash Diagnostics
  7 - Update Boot Code
  8 - Delete operational code
  9 - Reset the system
  10 - Restore Configuration to factory defaults (delete config files)
  11 - Set new Boot Code password
  [Boot Menu] 
  1. At [Boot Menu] prompt type 2 and press Enter to "Change baud rate"
  1 - 1200
  2 - 2400
  3 - 4800
  4 - 9600
  5 - 19200
  6 - 38400
  7 - 57600
  8 - 115200
  0 - no change
  ->8
  1. Type 8 and press Enter to "Change baud rate" to "115200"
  2. Change the baud rate of your terminal emulator application to 115200
HyperTerminal
File > Properties > Configure > Bits per Second > Apply > OK > OK

TeraTerm
Setup > Serial port >Baud rate > OK
  1. Press Enter to return to the [Boot Menu] prompt
  2. Type to invoke "Load a new operational code using XMODEM"
  3. Setup your terminal emulator application to initiate the transfer of the firmware file
HyperTerminal
Transfer > Send File > Browse > Open > Protocol Xmodem > Send > bps/cps

TeraTerm
File > Transfer > XMODEM > Send > Browse > Open
  1. The transfer of the firmware file should start
  Ready to receive the file with XMODEM/CRC....
  Ready to RECEIVE File xcode.bin in binary mode
  Send several Control-X characters to cancel before transfer starts.
  CKCKCKCKCKCKCK
  1. Once the update process is successfully completed, change the baud rate back to the factory default value of 9600.
  2. Repeat steps 6-9 to "Change baud rate" back to "9600"
  3. At the "[Boot Menu]" prompt type 1 to "Start Operational Code"
  4. Once the boot process is complete login to the switch using the user name and password when prompted.
Additional notes
The file name "xcode.bin" is nothing more than a generic place filler the programmer wrote into the BootROM code.  It has nothing to do with the actual name of the file you are transferring.  Once you select the file to be transferred the process should begin.  Just ignore the "xcode.bin" bogus file name.

 

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