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Prerequisites for FOS upgrade

  • 1.  Prerequisites for FOS upgrade

    Posted 06-23-2015 07:36 AM

    I'm planning to upgrade Fabric OS from v6.3.2b to 7.3

    I understand this is a stepped upgrade but do I need to confirm my server HBAs are compatable with this newer version of FOS before upgrading?


    If so, where do I find a list/matrix of compatable HBA firmware and multipathing software?


    Is there anything else I need to check compatability before starting the upgrades?


    Many thanks


  • 2.  Re: Prerequisites for FOS upgrade

    Posted 06-24-2015 03:42 AM

    Hello Andy,


    This is a very conflicting point.


    I'll not say excatly what you should do, because each one has its own method.


    I will say what I do, ok?


    1 - determine if your equipment supports FOS 7.3: look for Brocade Fabric OS release Notes FOS 7.3 and check supported models

    2 - stabilish the target path: for non disruptive upgrade, you need to do the upgrade in steps > 6.3.2b > 6.4.x > 7.0.x > 7.1.x > 7.2.x > 7.3.x . Look for a document called brocade target path in this community

    3 - Once stabilished the target path, I like to have in hand all FOS release notes for the intermediary versions. I use to make a brief search looking for the words "upgrade and firmwaredownload" and check if ther is some defect related to it.

    4 - Check the compatibility of the Target FOS version with my storages Microcode . Usually I ask for the vendors trhough a support ticket, but for the big storage players (i.e EMC/IBM/HDS) , there is a lot of documentation available.

    5 - Do the Upgrade.


    Note that I dont look into multipath/driver of the servers, because this remains in the storage-to-server interop matrix. Keep in mind that Brocade always add functions and features and it is very rare the situations where a new firmware caused an unexpected behavior in the servers (apart known defects, i.e in the 6.3.0c RSCN defect)


  • 3.  Re: Prerequisites for FOS upgrade

    Posted 06-26-2015 07:12 AM
    brocade target path is your guide for FOS upgrade. it is currently tailored for 7.2, but you can add one more step for the latest 7.3 recommended by your vendor/support organisation.
    for HBA and other SW compatibility, you'll need to ask your Server/OS/SW/HBA (maybe Storage as well) vendor/support.