Huawei Switches – Software Update

This post is not related to Juniper stuff, but nice to know if you work with Huawei switches…

I’ve worked with the S2300 series last year and learned a lot about the „Huawei Versatile Routing Platform Software“ or VRP.  From my point of view the cli felt not very comfortable.  For example: most of the time where I used the tab-completion it fails, because the cli suggested the complete(!) first command instead of only suggest the next characters to the next closest matching word – like Juniper or Cisco cli does 😉 If you are fast in typing this could be very frustating.  However the cli could be very smart, because it doesn’t let you remove a option or command, which is currently in use by another command. This prevent you of wrong configurations.

I also did some software updates on these decives and I would share the procedure with you.:

1) remove old patches

patch delete all

2) take a look at your flash disk and remove old *.cc files

delete /unreserved <name of old .cc file>

3) get your new .cc file, for e.g. via FTP

ftp <ip>
get <name of new .cc file>

4) apply new software image for next startup

startup system-software <name of new .cc file>

5) verify correct startup settings

display startup

6) fire and forget 😉


… and hopefully your switch will now come up with the new software image.

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