With a recent need to update and configure switches at the office.  I used a few simple steps to make this all happen.   These steps require you setup a closed network with a DHCP Server and TFTP Server and connect all switches to this network.

 

TFTP Software Update to ProCurve Switch

Connect to switch via serial cable to access to the console.  Here you can use the CLI to send instructions to the switch.

Execute the copy command as shown:

# copy tftp flash <ip of the tftp server> <software filename ex. W_14_28.swi>

You will see the following response:  The primary OS image will be deleted.  Continue [y/n]? Y

This will update the primary software version.    The secondary can be update at a later time.

TFTP Configuration Settings to ProCurve Switch

Connect to switch via serial cable to access to the console.  Here you can use the CLI to send instructions to the switch.

To take a backup of the configuration file to a TFTP server type:

copy startup-config tftp <ip of the tftp server> <filename>

To restore the switch’s configuration file, you can use TFTP for the upload:

copy tftp startup-config <ip of the tftp server> <filename>

Note: that the switch will reboot whenever you upload the configuration file from a TFTP server