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MLX: Moving module to router running different IronWare version

Hello all,

I have two MLX-4 routers.

The first one is running IronWare 5.0.0

The second router is running 5.1.0

Because of different versions is there any problem to:

1. get the interface module (NI-MLX-1Gx20-SFP) from MLX router 1 and put into router 2?

2. get the management module from router 2 and put into router 1?

I have read documentation. As I understand after booting the MR module should sync the LP module, but I am not sure.

What will happend with switching fabric modules?

Thank you very much in advance.

Stanimir Dobrev

Router 1:

Router-1#sh ver

System Mode: MLX
Chassis: NetIron 4-slot (Serial #: ...............)
NI-X-SF  Switch Fabric Module 1 (Serial #: .............)
FE 1: Type fe200,  Version 2
NI-X-SF  Switch Fabric Module 2 (Serial #: .................)
FE 1: Type fe200,  Version 2
==========================================================================
SL M1: NI-MLX-MR Management Module Active (Serial #: .................):
Boot     : Version 5.0.0T165 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 19 2010 at 17:27:10 labeled as xmprm05000
(517643 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.0.0T165 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 19 2010 at 17:26:42 labeled as xmb05000
(517654 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.0.0T163 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 22 2010 at 13:08:54 labeled as xmr05000
(6451650 bytes) from Primary
Board ID : 00 MBRIDGE Revision : 32
916 MHz Power PC processor 7447A (version 8003/0101) 166 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (AM29LV040B), 32 MB Code Flash (MT28F128J3)

1024 MB DRAM
Active Management uptime is 6 days 2 hours 46 minutes 33 seconds
==========================================================================
SL 1: NI-MLX-1Gx20-SFP 20-port 1GbE-100FX Module (Serial #: ...................)
Boot     : Version 5.0.0T175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 19 2010 at 17:27:32 labeled as xmlprm05000
(486034 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.0.0T175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 19 2010 at 17:27:52 labeled as xmlb05000
(486524 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.0.0T177 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Apr 22 2010 at 13:18:36 labeled as xmlp05000
(4834559 bytes) from Primary
FPGA versions:
Valid PBIF Version = 3.21, Build Time = 11/11/2009 13:57:00

Valid XPP Version = 6.03, Build Time = 1/28/2010 8:17:00

BCM5695GMAC 0
BCM5695GMAC 1
666 MHz MPC 8541 (version 8020/0020) 333 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (AM29LV040B), 16 MB Code Flash (MT28F640J3)
512 MB DRAM, 8 KB SRAM, 286331153 Bytes BRAM
PPCR0: 768K entries CAM, 8192K PRAM, 2048K AGE RAM
LP Slot 1 uptime is 6 days 2 hours 46 minutes 4 seconds
==========================================================================

All show version done

Router-1#dir
Directory of /flash/

04/25/1902 11:41:28                     716 $$sshdsspub.key
08/01/2008 17:51:05                   1,712 $$sslcert.key
10/27/2011 12:12:24                 660,145 ___mbridge
05/01/1902 00:20:40                 660,145 ___mbridge.old
10/18/2011 19:46:20                      14 boot-parameter
10/27/2011 12:05:43                 524,288 lp-monitor-0
10/27/2011 12:08:43               4,834,559 lp-primary-0
05/01/1902 00:16:32               3,248,427 lp-secondary-0
10/27/2011 12:03:59                 517,654 monitor
10/27/2011 11:50:43               6,451,650 primary
05/01/1902 00:17:28               6,112,360 secondary
11/05/2011 15:44:20                  32,378 startup-config

                12 File(s)       23,044,048 bytes
                 0 Dir(s)         7,602,176 bytes free

Router 2:

Router-2#sh ver
System Mode: MLX
Chassis: NetIron 4-slot (Serial #: .................)
NI-X-SF  Switch Fabric Module 1 (Serial #: SA06060330,  Part #: 31548-000B)
FE 1: Type fe200,  Version 2
NI-X-SF  Switch Fabric Module 2 (Serial #: SA34080666,  Part #: 35548-001B)
FE 1: Type fe200,  Version 2
==========================================================================
SL M1: NI-MLX-MR Management Module Active (Serial #: ..............):
Boot     : Version 5.1.0aT165 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:35:30 labeled as xmprm05100a
(524006 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.1.0aT165 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:35:00 labeled as xmb05100a
(524001 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.1.0dT163 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Aug 19 2011 at 19:09:14 labeled as xmr05100d
(7019921 bytes) from Primary
Board ID : 00 MBRIDGE Revision : 32
916 MHz Power PC processor 7447A (version 8003/0101) 166 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (AM29LV040B), 32 MB Code Flash (MT28F128J3)
1024 MB DRAM
Active Management uptime is 2 hours 40 minutes 22 seconds

==========================================================================
SL 2: NI-MLX-10Gx4 4-port 10GbE Module (Serial #:......................)
Boot     : Version 5.1.0aT175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:35:52 labeled as xmlprm05100a
(492553 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.1.0aT175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:36:16 labeled as xmlb05100a
(493247 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.1.0dT177 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Aug 19 2011 at 19:14:50 labeled as xmlp05100d
(5014863 bytes) from Primary
FPGA versions:
Valid PBIF Version = 3.22, Build Time = 2/5/2010 14:43:00

Valid XPP Version = 6.05, Build Time = 10/13/2010 10:37:00

Valid XGMAC Version = 0.15, Build Time = 10/14/2010 16:31:00

X10G2MAC 0
X10G2MAC 1
666 MHz MPC 8541 (version 8020/0020) 333 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (AM29LV040B), 16 MB Code Flash (MT28F640J3)
512 MB DRAM, 8 KB SRAM, 0 Bytes BRAM
PPCR0: 768K entries CAM, 8192K PRAM, 2048K AGE RAM
PPCR1: 768K entries CAM, 8192K PRAM, 2048K AGE RAM
LP Slot 2 uptime is 2 hours 57 minutes 48 seconds

==========================================================================
SL 3: NI-MLX-1Gx20-GC 20-port 10/100/1000 Copper Module (Serial #: ............................)
Boot     : Version 5.1.0aT175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:35:52 labeled as xmlprm05100a
(492553 bytes) from boot flash
Monitor  : Version 5.1.0aT175 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Jan  8 2011 at 07:36:16 labeled as xmlb05100a
(493247 bytes) from code flash
IronWare : Version 5.1.0dT177 Copyright (c) 1996-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Compiled on Aug 19 2011 at 19:14:50 labeled as xmlp05100d
(5014863 bytes) from Primary
FPGA versions:
Valid PBIF Version = 3.22, Build Time = 2/5/2010 14:43:00

Valid XPP Version = 6.05, Build Time = 10/13/2010 10:37:00

BCM5695GMAC 0
BCM5695GMAC 1
666 MHz MPC 8541 (version 8020/0020) 333 MHz bus
512 KB Boot Flash (AM29LV040B), 16 MB Code Flash (MT28F640J3)
512 MB DRAM, 8 KB SRAM, 286331153 Bytes BRAM
PPCR0: 768K entries CAM, 8192K PRAM, 2048K AGE RAM
LP Slot 3 uptime is 2 hours 59 minutes 8 seconds
==========================================================================
All show version done

Router-2#dir
Directory of /flash/

11/10/2011 12:31:34                       2 $$snmp_boots
00/00/0000 00:00:00                     716 $$sshdsspub.key
06/30/2010 16:02:12                   1,716 $$sslcert.key
11/03/2011 17:44:03                 660,145 ___mbridge
11/03/2011 17:09:49                 660,145 ___mbridge.old
09/24/2009 20:09:05                      14 boot-parameter
11/03/2011 17:37:37                 524,288 lp-monitor-0
11/03/2011 17:33:24               5,014,863 lp-primary-0
07/14/2009 17:14:51               3,339,453 lp-secondary-0
11/03/2011 17:47:15                 524,001 monitor
11/03/2011 17:44:48               7,019,921 primary
07/14/2009 17:15:13               6,420,175 secondary
11/10/2011 13:38:23                     858 startup-config

                13 File(s)       24,166,297 bytes
                 0 Dir(s)         6,029,312 bytes free

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Posts: 117
Registered: ‎07-26-2010

Re: MLX: Moving module to router running different IronWare version

Hi Stanimir.

It is not possible to exchange the mgmt modules and LPs that easy.

You have to take action.

The different software versions on MLX also reqire the fitting FPGA version on the LPs.

Even different patch levels within on sofwatre stream often have different FPGA version.

If you insert a LP into a MLX chassis it is only syncing the Ironware software images but not the FPGA images.

See you show version:

FPGA versions:
Valid PBIF Version = 3.21, Build Time = 11/11/2009 13:57:00

Valid XPP Version = 6.03, Build Time = 1/28/2010 8:17:00

vs

FPGA versions:
Valid PBIF Version = 3.22, Build Time = 2/5/2010 14:43:00

Valid XPP Version = 6.05, Build Time = 10/13/2010 10:37:00

You should check the release notes and read it very detailed on this.

Hope this helps

Karlheinz

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