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Brocade Overview

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Master ZIP (Firmware, Manuals, Licenses)

Download the ZIP below which contains all the firmware, licenses, and documentation you'll need for the guides on this site.

Brocade Master ZIP
ICX6xxx SW version: 08030u
ICX7xxx SW version: 08095m
ZIP Updated: 12-19-2023
MD5: b96dadaa807d7a27b0ddeb6477527ae5

Inside this archive you'll see a folder titled brocade-(date) - extract this entire folder somewhere on your PC. Then, you need to get a TFTP server up and running temporarily, serving files out of the TFTP-Content subfolder. If you're already familiar with how to do this, point your TFTP server at TFTP-Content so it's the root folder, then navigate to your switch model under the Brocade Setup menu on the left. If you need some pointers getting TFTP running, continue below.

Setting up TFTP (Windows)

For a simple temporary TFTP server under Windows, I highly recommend Tftpd64. In the brocade ZIP above, a portable copy that requires no installation is included under the Tftpd64 folder - just launch the tftpd64.exe executable inside - it should already be configured with the appropriate settings, and set to serve the correct folder (..\TFTP-Content\).

That's it! You're now serving all the files via TFTP so your switch can grab them. When you're done with the guide, just exit the program. If you don't want to trust an executable from a random site, you can also just download Tftpd64 from the official site and configure it yourself (granted, if you diff it with mine, you'll see they're identical).

Note: On any modern version of Windows, the Windows Firewall will probably block TFTP connections by default - if you get TFTP issues and the switch can't download files, just completely disable the windows firewall temporarily

Setting up TFTP (Linux)

You may already have a TFTP daemon you prefer on *nix but if not, I've found tftpd-hpa to typically be the simplest. The following assumes you're on a Debian-ish distro or similar. If you're on something yum or pkg based, I'm sure you can figure out the equivalent commands. First, install tftpd-hpa:

apt install tftpd-hpa
By default it will enable it as a service so it will start every boot, let's disable that so it will only run when you manually start it:
systemctl disable tftpd-hpa
Now you need to edit the config located at /etc/default/tftpd-hpa to match the below exactly, but of course changing the directory path to wherever you happened to extract the brocade ZIP:
# /etc/default/tftpd-hpa

TFTP_OPTIONS="--secure -vvvv"

Note: tftpd-hpa does not like spaces in the directory path

Save the config file and now reboot the matt daemon:

systemctl restart tftpd-hpa
That's it, you're now serving all the guide files and your switches can grab them. If you have trouble, you should see a good amount of related info from tail -F /var/log/syslog - see if it's complaining about file permissions or similar. When you're finished with the guide, you can stop the daemon and it won't start again until you tell it to, or just uninstall it completely:
systemctl stop tftpd-hpa
##optionally remove it completely
apt remove tftpd-hpa

Setting up TFTP (macOS)

Fortunately macOS has a built in TFTP server, all you have to do is enable it. Lets first temporarily disable the Firewall: System Settings -> Network -> Firewall.

Load the TFTP service:

sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
Start the service:
sudo launchctl start
By default, the TFTP directory is at /private/tftpboot. Be sure to grant permissions:
sudo chmod 777 /private/tftpboot
Move the contents of TFTP-Content to the /private/tftpboot directory.

Once complete, you can stop and disable the service:

sudo launchctl stop
sudo launchctl unload -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist

##optionally to be double sure TFTP is no longer running, ensure theres no output from the following:
sudo lsof -i :69

Finally, be sure to re-enable the firewall: System Settings -> Network -> Firewall


You're now serving the required files over TFTP. Just navigate to the left-hand menu, underneath the Brocade Setup section - click on the section for your switch model and begin.