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EdgeSwitch & EdgeSwitch X - How to Upgrade the Firmware

Overview

Readers will learn how to upgrade the firmware on an EdgeSwitch or EdgeSwitch X. 

NOTES & REQUIREMENTS:
  • Applicable to the latest firmware on all EdgeSwitch and EdgeSwitch X (ES-X) models.
  • The latest EdgeSwitch and EdgeSwitch X firmware releases can be downloaded from the EdgeMAX Downloads page.
  • More information on the Ubiquiti Network Management System can be found on the UNMS website.
  • Join the EdgeMAX discussion on the Ubiquiti Community and interact with other experts that are active on forum.

Table of Contents

  1. Upgrading via UNMS
  2. Upgrading via the Web UI
  3. Upgrading via the Legacy Web UI
  4. Upgrading via the Command Line
  5. Related Articles

Upgrading via UNMS

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The Ubiquiti Network Management System (UNMS) allows for easy remote device management and mass firmware upgrades for adopted devices. UNMS will automatically and periodically download and store the latest firmware releases, which can then be transferred to the EdgeSwitch.

Follow the steps below to upgrade the device(s) using UNMS:

GUI: Access the UNMS Controller Web Portal.

1. Navigate to the connection Firmware Manager  firmwaremanager.png  section to verify the available firmware releases.

2. Select the Upgrade devices option for the device that you wish to upgrade.

3. Choose to either schedule the update or upgrade the firmware directly (select ▼).

4. The EdgeSwitch will automatically reboot once the firmware upgrade is complete.

Upgrading via the Web UI

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Follow the steps below to upgrade an EdgeSwitch or EdgeSwitch X (ES-X) using the Web UI:

GUI: Access the EdgeSwitch Web UI.

1. Download the EdgeSwitch or EdgeSwitch X firmware from the EdgeMAX Downloads section.

2. Navigate to the Settings  settings.png  to upgrade the device firmware.

Settings > System actions > Upgrade firmware

3. Select Upgrade  upgrade.png  and browse your filesystem for the EdgeSwitch firmware release you wish to upload.

4. Wait for the firmware upgrade to complete. 

NOTE: The firmware upgrade process is indicated with the process.png  loading icon.

5. Reboot the device when prompted using the Reboot  reboot.png  button.

Upgrading via the Legacy Web UI

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ATTENTION: The steps below only apply to the EdgeSwitch (ES) models and not EdgeSwitch X (ES-X) or EdgeSwitch XP (ES-XP).

Follow the steps below to upgrade an EdgeSwitch using the Legacy Web UI:

GUI: Access the EdgeSwitch Legacy Web UI.

1. Download the EdgeSwitch firmware from the EdgeMAX Downloads section.

2. Select the Use legacy interface option to access the Legacy Web UI.

3. Navigate to the Basic > Firmware Upgrade section.

NOTE: On older firmware versions, this option located in theSystem > Firmware > Configuration and Upgrade section.

4. Browse your filesystem for the EdgeSwitch firmware release you wish to upload and add it as the backup firmware image.

5. Start the upload and wait for the firmware upgrade process to complete. 

6. Select the newly uploaded firmware to be the next active firmware.

7. Restart the switch from the Basic > Restart Switch section.

NOTE: This section can also be found under theSystem > Utilities > Restart Switch section.

Upgrading via the Command Line

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ATTENTION: The steps below only apply to the EdgeSwitch (ES) models and not EdgeSwitch X (ES-X) or EdgeSwitch XP (ES-XP).

You will need a way to transfer files to and from the EdgeSwitch, such as a TFTP or FTP server.

CLI: Access the EdgeSwitch Command Line Interface.

1. Enter privileged mode.

enable

2. Show the currently active and backup firmware.

show bootvar
-------  --------------------  ----------------------------------------
Image    Version               Descriptions
-------  --------------------  ----------------------------------------
active  *1.8.0.5106045
backup   1.7.4.5075842

Current Active : 1.8.0.5106045
Next Active    : 1.8.0.5106045

3. Show the current network management settings.

show network
Interface Status............................... Up
IP Address..................................... 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask.................................... 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway................................ 0.0.0.0
Management VLAN ID............................. 1

4.  Upload the new firmware to the switch.

copy tftp://<ip-address>/<filename> backup
copy ftp://<user>@<ip-address>/<filename> backup

copy tftp://192.168.1.10/ES-eswh.v1.8.1.5145168.stk backup

Mode........................................... TFTP
Set Server IP.................................. 192.168.1.10
Path........................................... ./
Filename....................................... ES-eswh.v1.8.1.5145168.stk
Data Type...................................... Code            
Destination Filename........................... backup

Management access will be blocked for the duration of the transfer
Are you sure you want to start? (y/n) y
TFTP Code transfer starting...
File contents are valid. Copying file to flash…

File transfer operation completed successfully.
NOTE: This transfer could take some time to complete.

5.Select the newly uploaded firmware to be the next active firmware.

boot system backup

6. Verify the active and backup firmware. 

show bootvar
-------  --------------------  ----------------------------------------
Image    Version               Descriptions
-------  --------------------  ----------------------------------------
active   1.8.0.5106045
backup  *1.8.1.5145168

Current Active : 1.8.0.5106045
Next Active    : 1.8.1.5145168
NOTE: The * indicates the firmware that will boot (active firmware) after the next switch restart.

7. Restart the Switch. 

reload

8. Verify the active and backup firmware.

show bootvar
------- -------------------- ----------------------------------------
Image Version Descriptions
------- -------------------- ----------------------------------------
active *1.8.1.5145168
backup 1.8.0.5106045

Current Active : 1.8.1.5145168
Next Active : 1.8.1.5145168

Related Articles

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EdgeSwitch - How to Update the Bootloader

EdgeSwitch & EdgeSwitch X - Backup and Restore the Configuration

EdgeSwitch - Management Access Methods

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