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Configure an EX Series Switch by Using Profiles

 

You configure an EX Series switch by using profiles by:

  • Deploying the access profile on the switch to configure RADIUS servers.

  • Assigning port profiles to the ports and deploying the port profile to configure 802.1x authentication and port parameters.

Deploy an Access Profile on a Switch

An access profile defines the list of RADIUS servers to be used for authentication and accounting. You can deploy only one access profile on a switch.

To deploy an access profile on a switch:

  1. Select Resources > Devices in Customer Portal.

    The Devices page appears.

  2. Click the switch on which you want to deploy the access profile.

    The Devices-Name page appears.

  3. Click the Device Settings tab.

    The access profiles configured are listed in a tabular format.

  4. Select the access profile that you want to deploy on the switch.
  5. In the Type field:
    • Click Run now to deploy the access profile immediately.

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

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

  6. Click Deploy.

    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 schedule.

Configure Switch Ports by Using a Port Profile

You can configure one or more switch ports at the same time by assigning and deploying 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. The behavior of the port is defined by the values for parameters defined in the port profile.

To assign and deploy a port profile on one or more switch ports:

  1. Select one or more ports and click More > Edit Configuration. Alternatively, right-click the ports and click Edit Configuration.

    The Edit Port(s) page appears.

  2. For Options, select Use Port Profile.

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

  3. Select a port profile that you want to assign to the port or ports from the Port Profile drop down list.
  4. 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.

  5. Click Next.

    Deployment options appear.

  6. (Optional) Select the Do not deploy option if you want to only assign the profile to the selected ports, but not push and commit the configuration (in the profile) on the switch.
  7. 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 commit the edited configuration on the switch later.

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

  8. Click Next.

    A summary of all the port profile parameter appears.

  9. (Optional) Click Edit to revisit the settings and make further changes.
  10. 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.

    When you deploy a port profile, the deployment status of the ports is set to Pending Deployment indicating that the profile is assigned to the ports. When the profile is in the process of being committed on the ports, the deployment status changes to In Progress. If the deployment job completes successfully, the deployment status of the ports is set to Success and if the job fails, the deployment status is set to Failed.

    After the deployment job completes successfully:

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

    • The deployment Status of the port is set to Deployed.

    • The Port Profile column in the Ports tab on the Switch-Name page displays the port profile currently assigned and deployed on the port.

WHAT'S NEXT

After you deploy the configuration template on the switch, enable the ports of the switch; see Enable Ports.