Loading IOS on a Nexus 7000/5000

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  • connect to serial console port
  • connect mgmt 0 port with your network
  • power on the Nexus
  • Abort Power On Auto Provisioning and continue with normal setup? → type y (and wait for the next question to come up)
  • Do you want to enforce secure password standard? → type n
  • Would you like to enter the basic configuration dialog? → type n
  • Enter password for admin user (admin/admin)
  • IP config
    • conf t
    • interface mgmt 0
    • ip address 192.168.1.240 255.255.255.0
    • no shutdown
    • exit
    • exit
    • Test network connectivity: ping 192.168.1.11 vrf management
  • Copy IOS Files
    • cd bootflash:
    • dir (check there is enough free space on bootflash)
    • Either: Copy files with one-line command
      • copy scp://user@hostip/path/to/file/iosfile.bin bootflash:iosfile.bin vrf management
      • copy scp://user@hostip/path/to/file/kickstartfile.bin bootflash:kickstartfile.bin vrf management
    • Or: Copy files in interactive mode
      • copy scp: bootflash:
      • Enter file name: /path/to/file/iosfile.bin
      • When asked for vrf, enter management
      • Enter host name: 192.168.1.11
      • Enter user name: lab
      • When asked to confirm host's authenticity (ssh fingerprint), do so by typing yes
      • Enter Password: <your password>
      • repeat above procedure for kickstart file
  • Install IOS
    • cd bootflash:
    • dir
    • install all kickstart bootflash:///kickstartfile.bin system bootflash:///iosfile.bin
    • When asked if Installation shall continue, confirm by entering yes
    • In case the Nexus doesn't reboot by itself: reload
    • Type show version to verify the running image version
    • optional: save old IOS and kickstart image and then delete the files from bootflash