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Managing Ports on an EX Series Switch

 

You can manage an EX Series switch port from the Ports tab of the Devices page.

View Port Details

You can view the following details of a port on the Ports page:

  • General information: Admin status, link status, port mode, and VLAN IDs configured on the port.

  • Link Settings: Auto negotiation, flow control, MTU, Speed, and link mode.

To view the details of a port:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To view the general information and the link configuration of the port, select the port and click More > Details. Alternatively, right-click the port and click Details.

      A panel, Detail for port name, displaying the port details, appears on the right side of the ports grid.

    • To view statistics of the port, click the port link.

      The Port Overview pane appears displaying the following statistics of the port in graphical format for the past 1 hr, 8 hrs, 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month duration:

      • Port utilization—CPU utilized by the selected port (in terms of input and output) for the selected time span.

      • Packet transmitted through the port—Number of incoming (input) and outgoing (output) packets for the selected time span.

      • Number of Bytes transmitted through the port—MTU (in bytes) for incoming (input) and outgoing (output) packets for the selected time span.

      • Packet loss at the port—Packet loss in incoming (input) and outgoing (output) packets for the selected time span.

      • Errors on the port—Number of errors in the incoming (input) and outgoing (output) packets for the selected time span.

    Click the Back to Device link to view to the Ports tab.

Enable Ports

You enable a port to allow traffic through the port. When you enable a port, the Admin status of the port is Up.

Note

You can enable one or more ports at the same time.

To enable one or more ports:

  1. Select the ports and click More >Enable Port(s).

    A job to enable the ports is initiated.

After the port is enabled, the Admin status is set to Up on the Ports page.

Disable Ports

You disable a port to block traffic through the port. When you disable a port, the Admin status and Link status of the port are Down.

Note

You can disable one or more ports at the same time.

To disable one or more ports:

  1. Select the ports and click More > Disable Port(s). Alternatively, right-click the port and click Disable Port(s)

    A job to disable the ports is initiated.

After the port is disabled, the Admin status and Link status are set to Down on the Ports page.

Deploy a Port Profile

A port profile defines the authentication settings for the port and other port parameters such as flow control, link mode, storm control, MAC limit, and so on. When you deploy a profile on a port, the behavior of the port is defined by the values for parameters defined in the port profile.

Note

You can add a firewall policy or an authentication profile to a port only through a port profile. Therefore, if you deploy a port profile without an authentication profile or firewall policy associated with it, you can add the authentication profile or firewall policy to the port later only after you dissociate the profile from the port.

To deploy a port profile on an EX Series switch port:

  1. Select the port and click More > Deploy.

    The Deploy page appears.

  2. For the Type field, do one of the following:
    • Click Run now to deploy the port profile immediately.

    • Click Schedule at a later time to schedule a time to deploy the port profile.

      If you select the Schedule at later time option, enter the date and time when you want to deploy, in the Date and Time fields that appear when you select the option.

  3. Click OK.

    If you select the Run now option, a job is created to deploy the profile immediately; otherwise, the job to deploy is created on the date and at the time that you scheduled.

    During the deployment (that is when the deploy is executing), the Deployment status is set to Pending Deployment. If the deployment job completes successfully, a message appears on the top of the Ports page and the Deployment Status of the port is set to Deployed.

Edit Configuration of a Port

You can edit the configuration of a port either by using a port profile or manually.

If a profile is already deployed, edit the profile, and then redeploy for the changes to take effect. See Dissociate a Profile from a Port for information about dissociating a profile from a port.

To edit the configuration of a port:

  1. Select the port and click More > Edit Configuration. Alternatively, right-click the port and click Edit Configuration.

    The Edit Port(s) page appears.

  2. Do one of the following:

    For Options, select one of the following:

    • To edit the port configuration by using a port profile:

      1. Click Use Port Profile.

        The Port Profile drop down list and an option to select VLAN appears.

      2. Select a port profile that you want to assign to the port from the Port Profile drop down list.
      3. In the VLAN field:
        • If the port is configured as a trunk port in the port profile, assign multiple VLANs by selecting the VLANs in the Available column and clicking the right-arrow to move them to the Selected column.

        • If the port is configured as an access port in the port profile, assign a single VLAN by selecting the VLAN in the Available column and clicking the right-arrow to move it to the Selected column.

    • To edit the port configuration manually:

      1. Click Manually edit port configurations.

        The port parameters such as port mode, link mode, flow control appear.

      2. Edit the parameters by referring to Port Profile Settings.
  3. Click Next.

    Deployment options appear.

  4. (Optional) Select the Do not deploy option if you want to only save the edited configuration in CSO, but not push and commit the configuration to the switch.
  5. For the Type field, do one of the following:
    • Click Run now to save the edited configuration in CSO and commit the edited configuration on the switch.

    • Click Schedule at a later time to schedule a time to commit the edited configuration on the switch.

      If you select the Schedule at later time option, enter the date and time when you want to deploy, in the fields that appear when you select the option.

  6. Click Next.

    A summary of all the port profile parameter appears.

  7. (Optional) Click Edit to revisit the settings and make further changes.
  8. Click OK.

    If you select the Run now option, a job is created to deploy the profile at once; otherwise, the job to deploy is created on the date and at the time that you scheduled.

    During the deployment (that is when the deploy is executing), the Deployment status of the port is set to Pending Deployment, on the Ports tab of the Devices page.

    If the deployment job completes successfully:

    • A message appears on the top of the Ports page indicating that the deployment is successful.

    • Deployment Status of the port is set to Deployed.

    • The Port Profile column displays:

      • the profile name when a port profile is used for editing.

      • Manually Configured when the configuration is manually edited.

Dissociate a Profile from a Port

You can dissociate a profile from a port when you want to edit the profile parameters or assign another profile to the port. The dissociate action removes the configuration deployed on the port and moves the port back to the default state.

To dissociate a profile from a port:

  1. Select the ports and click More > Dissociate Profile. Alternatively, right-click the port and click Dissociate Profile.

    The Dissociate port configuration dialog box appears.

  2. Click OK to dissociate the port profile.

    A job is created to dissociate the port profile. After the job is completed successfully, the Deployment Status on the Ports tab of the Devices page changes to Pending Deployment.

  3. Select the port and click More > Deploy to commit the configuration on the switch.

    The port profile is dissociated from the port and the port is retuned to the factory default settings.