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This will cover how to upgrade a Cisco Nexus 55548UP switch from NX-OS v5.2.1.N1.

6 to
v7.0.1.N1.1.
The following assumptions are made:

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The N5K in question is connected via mgmt0 port to your management network
You have downloaded the appropriate files from Cisco, namely:
n5000-uk9-kickstart.7.0.1.N1.1.bin
n5000-uk9.7.0.1.N1.1.bin
You have a tFTP server such as tFTPd available and configured, with the above files in the
fTFTP folder.
1) Login to the switch in question:

2) Run a dir to verify there is sufficient free space for the new files. We show about 1.2GB free
based on the above information.
3) Ensure that mgmt0 has an IP as well as vrf management has a working route:

vrf context management


ip route 0.0.0.0/0 mgmt0 172.21.201.10
interface mgmt0
ip address 172.21.201.202/24
Then verify your tftp host is reachable. Ensure you specify the vrf management context:

4) Copy the files to the bootflash:

CDR-NEXUS5K-01# copy tftp://172.21.201.50/n5000-uk9-kickstart.7.0.1.N1.1.bin bootflash:n5000uk9-kickstart-7.0.1.N1.1.bin vrf management


Trying to connect to tftp server
Connection to Server Established.
TFTP get operation was successful
Copy complete, now saving to disk (please wait)

CDR-NEXUS5K-01# copy tftp://172.21.201.50/n5000-uk9.7.0.1.N1.1.bin bootflash:n5000uk9.7.0.1.N1.1.bin vrf management


Trying to connect to tftp server
Connection to Server Established.
TFTP get operation was successful
Copy complete, now saving to disk (please wait)
5) Run install all on the kickstart file:

CDR-NEXUS5K-01# install all kickstart bootflash:n5000-uk9-kickstart-7.0.1.N1.1.bin system


bootflash:n5000-uk9.7.0.1.N1.1.bin

After answering YES to continue, the switch will finish and then reboot. As youre connected via the
mgmt0 IP and not the console, your PuTTY session will disconnect, and you wont see the boot
process.
6) Log back into the switch:
7) Verify the upgrade with a show version:

Note were now on v7.0(1)N1(1) as expected.


I do not have a second unit in my test environment to confirm any dual switch / vPC configurations
and how they upgrade. My assumptions to watch for would be:
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You may not be able to jump from v5.x to v7.x directly and reboot one node at a
time. You may have to go to v5.x/v6.x/v7.x
You may need to perform your upgrade in a particular way.
Theoretically though, you would simply login to the second switch after everything settles (maybe give
it 5-15 minutes) and upgrade the other switch.