Finding the Inactive Partition

A switch can store up to two core images: an active and inactive. When downloading a new image, you must select on which partition to install the new image. You must install the software image to the inactive partition, and must specify that partition while downloading the image to the switch.

To find the inactive partition:

  1. From the CLI, enter the command show switch (or show slot detail on SummitStack).
    # show switch
    SysName:          XXXXXXX
    SysContact:, +1 888 257 3000
    System MAC:       00:04:96:51:FE:E2
    System Type:      XXXXXXX
    SysHealth check:  Enabled (Normal)
    Recovery Mode:    All
    System Watchdog:  Enabled 
    Current Time:     Thu Sep  4 00:57:18 2014
    Timezone:         [Auto DST Disabled] GMT Offset: 0 minutes, name is UTC.
    Boot Time:        Wed Sep  3 20:07:11 2014
    Boot Count:       402
    Next Reboot:      None scheduled
    System UpTime:    4 hours 50 minutes 7 seconds 
    Current State:    OPERATIONAL
    Image Selected:   primary
    Image Booted:     primary
    Primary ver:
    Secondary ver: 
    Config Selected:  ssh-privatekey.cfg
    Config Booted:    ssh-privatekey.cfg 
                      ssh-privatekey.cfg Created by ExtremeXOS version                  
                219131 bytes saved on Mon Jul 14 23:03:08 2014
  2. Locate the Image Booted: line. If it indicates primary, you will know to install the images on the secondary partition. If it indicates secondary, you will know to install the images on the primary partition.
    For help with versions and image filenames, refer to the following:
When you know the inactive partition, proceed to Installing a Core Image.