Configuring a switch
For management of switch ports, go to Equipment → Switches → choose the switch → Ports.
You can filter the ports list by status, connection speed or connection availability . For example, you can display only active ports or ports with a certain speed. To do this, press in the required column of the table.
Poll the ports
DCImanager polls the switch ports every five minutes. To get the current status of ports go to Equipment → Switches → Poll. The procedure will take some time depending on the equipment that you use. menu →
Configure the ports
- Go to Equipment → Switches → click on the switch name → Ports → select a port.
- Enable or Disable the port if needed.
- 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 BMC — if the port is used to connect to BMC. BMC can only be connected to one of the switch ports;
- Disable traffic collection — if you do not need traffic statistics for this port;
- Other — enter 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.
Set the port Speed.
Selecting "Auto" and "Auto 10/100 Mbit" will set the port speed automatically. Speed values depend on the server, switch and connection cable capability.
- 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 be transmitted in two directions, but not at the same time.
Auto, 1 Gbit/s, and 10 Gbit/s speeds are automatically set to Full-duplex.
- Enter any information in the Note field. It will be displayed in the list of switches.
- Select the Access VLAN. One port can only belong to one VLAN. Read more in VLAN.
- To make the port a trunk port:
- Enable the Trunk-port option.
- Select Native VLAN — the VLAN in which untagged traffic is transmitted.
- Select Trunk members — VLANs which can send traffic through the port.
- Click on Save settings.
To edit the switch settings:
- Enter Equipment → Switches → click on switch name → Settings.
- 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.
- Press Save.
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, Cisco Nexus, Mikrotik switches. For example, Arista DCS-7010T-48-R, Cisco Nexus 5000 Switch, Mikrotik CRS3XX.
To allow DCImanager to find aggregated ports, enable the option Find aggregated channels automatically when adding a switch or in the switch settings.
DCImanager platform does not change aggregation settings on the switch, but only manages the aggregations already created. 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 Equipment → Switches → click on the switch name → Ports → Aggregations.
You can perform the following aggregation operations through the menu:
- connect to device;
- manage the aggregated port;
- add a comment.