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How to upgrade firmware on HP A5500 switch

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Does anyone have a cheatsheet on how to upgrade the firmware on a HP A5500 switch. Please don't point me to HP website, I need something I can understand.
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I know you said please don't point me to HP website, but...

The process is terribleif you have a stack.  I've done it a few times and if you do have a stack (and are familiar with the usual upgrade process) the best writeup really is here...

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Comware-Based/A5500-EI-painful-firmware-upgrade-process/td-p/5388885

However, if you only have one switch try this (I referenced some commands from the above link because it's easier)...

1] Download the boot ROM and boot image you want to install to a PC/Laptop which can ping the switch using its management IP.

2] Install a TFTP server (TFTPd32 is a good one) and copy the downloaded files to the TFTP root directory.

3] Log in to the CLI (using PuTTY or another terminal emulator) on the switch and enter the boot menu, then press 6 to get to the boot room update menu.

4] Press 1 to enter the TFTP parameters.  Enter the filename of the boot ROM you downloaded, the IP address of the switch and the IP address of your PC/Laptop.  Accept the values and the switch should upgrade the boot ROM.

5] Back in the boot menu, press 0 to reboot the switch.

6] When the switch reboots, repeat step [3], but instead of pressing 6, press 1 instead to enter the application download menu.

7] Repeat step [4], but enter the filename of the boot image instead of the boot ROM file.

8] Repeat step [5] and the switch should boot with the new software.
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Thanks. This was a big help. Works but does looks like HP would make the process easier.
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