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Proper upgrade path for 56128P

jber
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Hi,

 

This being my first post - bear with me...

 

I need to do an ISSU upgrade of two Nexus 56128P switches to 7.3(0)N1(1) for the GEM to support 16Gbps FC transceivers. I just need to have input on the upgrade path as I want to avoid possible issues.

 

Current version: 7.1(4)N1(1)
Target version: 7.3(0)N1(1)

 

According to the release notes for 7.3 I need 7.2(1) for the ISSU to be non-disruptive, so far so good. My question is that in the release notes for 7.2(1) it lists 7.1(1)N1(1)-7.1(3)N1(2) as current releases, not my 7.1(4). Is that just due to my release (4) being created after the release notes itself or am I missing something? Can I see somewhere that 7.2(1) is a viable ISSU from 7.1(4) on my way to 7.3?

 

Feel free to ask qestions if I am unclear :)

 

Kind regards,

Jonas

 

 

Edit: Added link for the release notes
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5600/sw/upgrade/721_N1_1/n5600_upgrade_downgrade_721.html#pgfId-640981

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You are correct in your assumptions upgrading one switch at a time if all your devices are dual homed you should have little to no downtime. Also ISSU in the field almost never works and I usually upgrade on device at a time in the end.

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jber
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I just figured that we cannot utilize the ISSU process as we're running L3 functionality. Do you have any input on how upgrading - distruptive - will affect traffic if I'm running two of them in a vPC pair? The configuration should allow for one to go off-grid, but then, I might miss something :)

You are correct in your assumptions upgrading one switch at a time if all your devices are dual homed you should have little to no downtime. Also ISSU in the field almost never works and I usually upgrade on device at a time in the end.

markscimeca
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Did you ever get an answer regarding the path from 7.1(4) to 7.2(1)? I have the same scenario trying to get from 7.1.4 to 7.3.0.

Hi,

 

Upgrade can be done directly:

Table 3 Supported Upgrade and Downgrade Paths for Cisco NX-OS Release 7.3(1)N1(1)
Current Cisco NX-OS Release
Upgrade to NX-OS Release 7.3(1)N1(1)
Downgrade from NX-OS Release 7.3(1)N1(1)

7.3(0)N1(1)
7.2(1)N1(1)1
7.1(4)N1(1)

Nondisruptive upgrade (ISSU)

Disruptive downgrade2

 

NOTE:

1.Possibility of disruptive upgrade if FC or FCoE is enabled and upgrade is from Cisco NX-OS release 7.2(1)N1(1) or earlier. See CSCuq94445 for more details.

 

Reference: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5600/sw/upgrade/731_N1_1/n5600_upgrade_downgrade_731_n1_1.html 

 

Make sure you always read the upgrade guides and release notes of the target release before performing any upgrades:

Upgrade guides: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/switches/nexus-5000-series-switches/products-installation-guides-list.html 

Release notes: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/switches/nexus-5000-series-switches/products-release-notes-list.html 

 

Regards,

Sergiu

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