Here is a quick and dirty guide to getting a Dell 55xx switch stack up and running and get the firmware updated across the stack.
- First download the most recent firmware and a TFTP server, then start the TFTP server and extract the firmware files into the TFTP server’s directory.
- Plug in your HDMI stack cables into each switch(configure in such a way that they switches form a circle)
- Once the HDMI cables are plugged in, plug in to the console and power up the first switch. You’ll have to use hyper terminal, putty, teraterm, or some other console tool to run the initial wizard. Please set the IP address of the switch and when it’s completed you can power up the second(and 3rd,4th, etc) in the stack.
- Set the Master switch by using the following command:
stack master unit 1
- Upload the firmware to each unit in the stack with the following command:
copy tftp://z.z.z.z/powerconnect_55xx-yyyy.ros unit://*/imagereplacing the z.z.z.z and yyyy values with the IP address of the TFTP server and the version of the firmware you downloaded.
- Upload the boot code to each unit in the stack with the following command:
copy tftp://z.z.z.z/powerconnect_55xx_boot-yyyyy.rfb unit://*/bootreplacing the z.z.z.z and yyyyy values with the IP address of the TFTP server and the version of the firmware you downloaded.
- After the boot files and firmware have been uploaded you can issue the following command to check with image location it was placed in:
- Finally once you know which image location it’s in, you can issue this command to boot from that firmware:
boot system image-2 all, assuming your firmware was placed in image location 2 in the “show bootvar” output.