Cisco IOS Switch

Software upgrading Catalyst 3850 switch stack

I just had the experience of upgrading a 3850 switch stack. This type of switch has a USB interface which allows for easy(read: faster!) file copying.

As usual when upgrading switches, you can do it in two ways; file copy or archive. However, with a switch stack it was slightly different. We need to make sure that each switch has the same SW version. And apparently is doesn’t work when the image is copied directly to the flash. This must be done directly from the USB.


copy usbflash0:cat3k_caa-universalk9.16.06.02.SPA.bin flash:cat3k_caa-universalk9.16.06.02.SPA.bin
conf t
boot system flash:cat3k_caa-universalk9.16.06.02.SPA.bin
copy running-config startup-config



Using archive requires the *.tar file!

Switch# archive download-sw /overwrite /reload tftp:// 

Request Platform 

Switch# request platform software package install switch all file usbflash0:cat3k_caa-universalk9.16.06.02.SPA.bin new auto-copy
Switch# reload

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