Setting up your Brocade ICX-6450 switch with the proper settings is an important step as any network misconfiguration can lead to performance problems.
This topic explains how to configure your switch depending on your network requirements, about the rules that should be applied when installing a DDP into a network infrastructure, they are described in the previous topic.
When you configure your switch for the first time, without any particular indications from our team you must consider that its firmware contains the default factory settings.
Concretely it means the following:
- The switch hasn’t been assigned any ip address or subnet mask
- It can be reached only by using the serial port
- No telnet, ssh and web GUI interface service can be used
- You can use the device as a normal switch, the router mode is disabled
- The flow control setting is enabled on every port
- The MTU setting is set to 1500 on every port
Also, by default only two 10G ports out of four can be used.
The two ports that you can use by default are identified by the interfaces eth 1/2/1 and 1/2/3.
In order to use the eth 1/2/2 and 1/2/4 interfaces, a Brocade license must purchased and installed.
In order to configure the switch, for the first time you need to connect the provided ethernet/serial cable to the console port.
Then with a terminal emulator like Putty you can connect to the switch via a serial communication.
Make sure the speed setting is set to 9600 and open the connection as shown below:
Region 1 represents the serial port that should be used the first time you want to configure the swith.
Region 2 represents the four 10G ports. Only port 1 and 3 can be used if no corresponding license is installed.
Region 3 represents the out-of-band management port.
Region 4 represents the 24 1G ports. They are marked as eth 1/1/1, 1/1/3, 1/1/5, etc for the first line ports and 1/1/2, 1/1/4, 1/1/6, etc for the second line ports.
- Get granted privileges (might return an error if it has been previously done):
- Switch to config mode:
# configure terminal
- Assign an IP address and subnet mask to the switch:
In this example we are assuming the user wants to assign 172.16.5.77 as IP address with the subnet mask 255.255.0.0. This will determine what IP address should be entered in your web browser in order to configure the switch through the Brocade web GUI for example.
# ip address 172.16.5.77/16
As an option, a gateway can be specified:
In this example, let’s assume that the gateway IP address is 172.16.5.1.
# ip default-gateway 172.16.5.1
Then assign a login/password to the switch and enable the Brocade web GUI:
# crypto-ssl certificate generate
# username brocade password brocade
# aaa authentication login default local
# aaa authentication web-server default local
Save the current configuration to keep the changes after a switch reboot/shutdown:
# write memory