DCImanager Administrator

Configuring a switch

ISPSystem

For management of switch ports, go to Equipment Switches  → choose the switch → Ports.

You can filter the ports list by device to which they are connected. For instance, you can display only available ports or ports connected to particular servers. Press  in Device → choose filter type: Device name or Available → specify comma separated filter values. You can provide only a part of the device name. E.g. to display ports connected to servers “Server40”,  "Server41", "Server50", "Server51", type in “Server4, Server5”.

Poll the ports


DCImanager polls the switch ports every five minutes. To get the current status of ports go to Equipment SwitchesPoll switch. The procedure will take some time depending on the equipment that you use.

Connect the server 


  1. Go to Equipment Switches click on the switch name → Ports.
  2. Click on→ Connect to server 
  3. Select "To server" in the Connection type field.
  4. Select a Server to connect to the switch. 

Configure the ports


  1. Go to Equipment Switches  click on the switch name → Ports.
  2. Click on the port name or onConnect to device. 
  3. Enable or Disable the port if needed.
  4. Select Connection type:
    • Available — no devices are connected to the port. Enable the Service option so that the port is not displayed in the general list;

    • To server — select the Server connected to the port. Enable options:
      • Connected to IPMI — if the port is used to connect to IPMI. IPMI can only be connected to one of the switch ports;
      • Disable traffic collection — if you do not need traffic statistics for this port;
    • Otherenter the name of the End device connected to the port. Enable the Uplink option if this is the uplink port for connection to a switch or a router at a higher level. Changing of settings are disabled for uplink ports.
  5. Set the port Speed

    Note

    Selecting "Auto" and "Auto 10/100 Mbit" will set the port speed automatically. Speed values depend on the server, switch and connection cable capability.

  6. Select the port Mode.
    • Auto — this mode is set automatically depending on the server, switch and connection cable capability;
    • Full-duplex — the communication between sender and receiver can occur simultaneously;
    • Half-duplex — data can move in two directions, but not at the same time.
  7. Enter any information in the Note field. It will be displayed in the list of switches.
  8. Select the VLAN. One port can only belong to one VLAN. Read more in VLAN.
  9. To make the port a trunk port:
    1. Enable the Trunk-port option.
    2. Select Native VLAN — the VLAN in which untagged traffic is transmitted.
    3. Select Trunk members — VLANs which can send traffic through the port.
  10. Click on Save settings

Switch settings


To edit the switch settings:

  1. Enter EquipmentSwitches → click on switch name → Settings.
  2. Make the required changes. You can change the settings that were available when creating the switch, except the Switch type. Read more in Adding a switch.
  3. Press Save.

Port aggregation


Aggregation of channels in Ethernet networks allows combining several parallel data channels into one logical channel. Aggregated channels have increased bandwidth and a high level of reliability. Some switch models allow you to configure aggregation at the port level.

In the current version of DCImanager, you can manage aggregations created on Arista and Cisco Nexus switches.

To allow DCImanager to find aggregated ports, enable the option Find aggregated channels automatically when adding a switch or in the switch settings.

Note

DCImanager platform does not change aggregation settings on the switch. To create/delete port aggregation on the switch, use your equipment administration tools.

Ports currently in aggregation are displayed in the general list with the status "In aggregation". You cannot enable, disable, or change settings or connections of these ports.

To manage aggregations, enter EquipmentSwitches → click on the switch name → PortsAggregations.

You can perform the following aggregation operations through the menu.png menu:

  • enable/disable;
  • connect to device;
  • configure the aggregated port;
  • add a comment.
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