Cisco 3560, 3750 archive command to install or upgrade IOS via tar file

Some newer L3 Cisco switches are now happier if you use the ‘archive’ facility to manage images.
If you only want the IOS, and not the web interface and so on, use the /imageonly flag.
From the Cisco release notes :
For example:
Switch# archive download-sw /overwrite tftp://

Check the release notes or command reference (or in-exec help) for further options.

This apparently does away with ‘boot system statements’ as well, as you can see if you run ‘show boot’ on the switches. The image set by your ‘archive’ command becomes the active image on reboot.  I’m not sure what happens if you have both explicit ‘system boot <blah>’ statements and the automatic IOS precedence setting configured via the fancy archive method.

anynode#sh boot
BOOT path-list : flash:c3750-ipservicesk9-mz.122-53.SE1/c3750-ipservicesk9-mz.122-53.SE1.bin
Config file : flash:/config.text
Private Config file : flash:/private-config.text
Enable Break : no
Manual Boot : no
HELPER path-list :
Auto upgrade : yes
Auto upgrade path :
Timeout for Config
Download: 0 seconds
Config Download
via DHCP: disabled (next boot: disabled)

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