I am getting an error when I change the boot partition. Why? How do I downgrade a controller from ArubaOS 3.3.1.x code?

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Aruba Employee

Product and Software: This article applies to ArubaOS 3.3.1.x or later.



On a controller running ArubaOS 3.3.1.x code, an attempt to change the boot partition to the partition loaded with 3.1.x or earlier code results in the following error:

#boot system partition 1 

The command failed because you are attempting to boot a 3.1 system image with a 3.3 configuration file. Choose a compatible configuration file or perform a 'write erase' to create a new one before choosing a boot partition.



This solution assumes a controller with 3.3.1.x code in partition 0 (boot partition) and 3.1.1.x code in partition 1.


The controller is running a 3.3.1.x configuration from the default file default.cfg. To downgrade this controller to 3.1.1.x code by booting from partition 1, follow these steps:


  1.  When the controller was upgraded from 3.1.1.x to 3.3.1.x, it renamed the 3.1.1 default.cfg configuration to default.cfg.yyyy-mm-dd_hh-mm-ss.  Find that file on the flash and either use it or copy it to default311.cfg:  #copy flash: default.cfg.yyyy-mm-dd_hh-mm-ss flash: default311.cfg
  2.  Run the command:  #boot config-file default311.cfg
  3.  Run the command:  #boot system partition 1
  4.  Run the command:  #show boot  This is to verify that the boot pointers are correct (code and configuration are 3.1.1.x).
  5.  Reload the controller to complete the downgrade to 3.1.1.x.



(MM800) #show boot  Config File: default.cfg

Boot Partition: PARTITION 0

(MM800) #show image ver  ----------------------------------  Partition : 0:0 (/dev/hda1) **Default boot**  Software Version : ArubaOS  Build number : 18688  Label : 18688  Built on : 2008-06-14 19:47:46 PDT  ----------------------------------  Partition : 0:1 (/dev/hda2)  Software Version : ArubaOS  Build number : 18295  Label : 18295  Built on : 2008-05-02 11:50:20 PDT


(MM800) #boot config-file default311.cfg  (MM800) #boot system partition 1  (MM800) #

(MM800) #show boot  Config File: default311.cfg

Boot Partition: PARTITION 1

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