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3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

I am adding a 3810 to an existing stack.  The stack is running 16.06.0006.  I updated the switch being added to that version but the boot ROM version on the new switch is showing as 16.01..0009. Do I need the bootrom version to match between stack members?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

That's good to know! It looks like newly-manufactured switches are getting preloaded with a newer BootROM build at the factory; this should have no effect on switch operation.



Matt Fern
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Aruba Switching

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

Greetings!

 

BootROM updates are performed automatically during the boot process on ArubaOS-Switch when they are required, which is typically during the first boot using a switch software update that includes a BootROM revision. One thing to note is that the BootROM version number is not necessarily the same as the switch software version (in fact, they are almost always different, as they are entirely separate components).



Matt Fern
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Aruba Switching

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

8000 FOOTHILLS BLVD  |  ROSEVILLE, CA 95747
T: 916.540.1759  |  E: mfern@hpe.com   |   Matt @ Twitter
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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

Is there a document that details bootrom revision numbers.  Based on the release notes I have reviewed I have not seen 16.01.0009 referenced anywhere but I do see 16.01.0008 in many.

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

Interesting; BootROM 16.01.0008 is the version included in the latest released builds of all current major software versions for the 3810 from KB.16.02 through KB.16.08.  Which model of 3810 included the 16.01.0009 BootROM, and was it recently purchased?

 

In any case, as long as the switch software versions match between stack members, they should operate normally. 



Matt Fern
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Aruba Switching

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

8000 FOOTHILLS BLVD  |  ROSEVILLE, CA 95747
T: 916.540.1759  |  E: mfern@hpe.com   |   Matt @ Twitter
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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

3810M / JL074A.  This is an RMA sent to us from a support a case.

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

Would be interesting if you post the output of:

 

  • show flash
  • show version

CLI commands.

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

 

Here it is.

 

Aruba-3810M-48G-PoEP-1-slot# show flash
Image Size (bytes) Date Version
----------------- ------------ -------- --------------
Primary Image : 33733822 06/22/18 KB.16.06.0006
Secondary Image : 33733822 06/22/18 KB.16.06.0006

Boot ROM Version
----------------
Primary Boot ROM Version : KB.16.01.0009
Secondary Boot ROM Version : KB.16.01.0009

Default Boot Image : Primary
Default Boot ROM : Primary

 

 

Aruba-3810M-48G-PoEP-1-slot# show ver

Image stamp:
/ws/swbuildm/rel_washington_qaoff/code/build/bom(swbuildm_rel_washington_qaoff_
rel_washington)
Jun 22 2018 12:34:17
KB.16.06.0006
923
Boot Image: Primary

Boot ROM Version: KB.16.01.0009
Active Boot ROM: Primary

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

That's good to know! It looks like newly-manufactured switches are getting preloaded with a newer BootROM build at the factory; this should have no effect on switch operation.



Matt Fern
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Aruba Switching

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

8000 FOOTHILLS BLVD  |  ROSEVILLE, CA 95747
T: 916.540.1759  |  E: mfern@hpe.com   |   Matt @ Twitter

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

The newer bootroms are also be loaded for 2930F switches - this is creating issues forming VSF stacks when the bootroms are different between chassis.

2930F normal bootrom for firmware 16.08 is bootrom WC.16.01.0004, however many are currently shipping with WC.16.01.0005

Would be a good future feature to be able to force a manual bootrom updrade/downgrade rather than only as part of a firmware update (which only updates the bootroom if the version requires a new minimum release, and never downgrades).

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Re: 3810 code upgrade bootrom version mismatch

Also relevant Release Notes (e.g. Aruba 2930F) should be updated accordingly: if we look at very latest Aruba 2930F WC.16.08.0001 Release Note of January, 2nd 2019 (which is the 2nd Edition) there is no mention of any BootROM version change (and possible impact of that change in VSF scenarios).

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