This article contains instructions on how to configure the switches.

Information about ports

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

The port table contains the following information:

  • port name;
  • VLAN;
  • the device to which the port is connected;
  • MAC address (Cisco Catalyst and Juniper handlers only);
  • connections speed;
  • connection availability;
  • port status — enabled or disabled.

You can filter the ports list by status, connection speed, connection availability or MAC address. 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 6 polls the switch ports every five minutes. To get the current status of ports go to Equipment Switches menu → Poll. The procedure will take some time depending on the equipment that you use.

Configure the ports

  1. Go to Equipment Switches  click on the switch name → Ports → select a port.
  2. Enable or Disable the port if needed.
  3. 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;
    • 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. Enter any information in the Note field. It will be displayed in the list of switches.
  7. Select the Access VLAN. One port can only belong to one VLAN. Read more in VLAN.
  8. 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.
  9. Click on Save settings.


Example of settings

Edit 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.

Settings tab

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 6, 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 6 to find aggregated ports, enable the option Find aggregated channels automatically when adding a switch or in the switch settings.

DCImanager 6 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 EquipmentSwitches → click on the switch name → PortsAggregations.

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

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