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Video: Update ProCurve software via TFTP

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on August 17, 2009 · 1 comment

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Nothing earth-shattering here, but back in February, I posted “Upgrading ProCurve firmware via TFTP”. Since that time, I’ve started posting video demos of some of the things I write about, so I thought I’d make up a quick one for this task as well.

I happen to have a 5412zl switch sitting here next to me that I just powered up for the first time, and I know from the search terms people use to reach my site that this is one of the most popular HP-related posts, so perhaps seeing this in action will help understand it as well.

The first thing you’ll want to do is head over to ProCurve’s “Software for switches” page and grab the appropriate software for your switch. At the time of this writing, K.13.63 is the latest available on the web site, however I grabbed K.13.68 from HP’s FTP server. Unzip the file that you download, read the release notes, and copy the software over to your TFTP server.

After that, it’s just a matter of following the steps in the previous post.

Here’s an update in action (note that this switch shipped with K.12.57 and all software versions after K.13.61 include a BootROM update, so we’ll our switch reboot automatically in the middle of the update. Also, by default, the switch use DHCP will acquire an IP address on VLAN 1, so we don’t have to configure one (though it’s always a good idea, of course).

Note that this whole process takes quite a bit longer than shown in the video. When I was done recording, the video came in at 08:19 long. By removing a lot of the “waiting”, I was able to get it down to the 02:42 that you see here.

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