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:

To view the details of a port:

Procedure

  1. Do one of the following:

    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:

Procedure

  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 for the port, on the Ports page.

Note The device is monitored once every five minutes. Therefore, it takes upto five minutes for the change in the Admin Status to reflect on the GUI.

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:

Procedure

  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 for the port, on the Ports page.

Note The device is monitored once every five minutes. Therefore, it takes upto five minutes for the change in the Admin Status to reflect on the GUI.

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. The behavior of the port is defined by the values for parameters defined in the port profile. You can deploy a port profile on one or more ports at the same time.

You must redeploy a port profile when:

The changes made to the port profile or the associated authentication profile or firewall filter is applied on the ports only when you redeploy the modified port profile.

To deploy a port profile on one or more EX Series switch ports:

Procedure

  1. Select the port and click More > Deploy.

    The Deploy page appears.

  2. For the Type field, do one of the following:
  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.

    When you deploy a port profile, the deployment status of the ports is set to Pending Deployment indicating that the profile is associated with the port. 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.

Configure EX Series Switch Ports Overview

Starting from Release 5.1.0, you can use CSO to configure and monitor the ports of the following EX Series switches: EX2300, EX3400, EX4300, EX4600, and EX4650

Note You can configure and monitor ports on both a physical device and members of a virtual chassis. You cannot configure and monitor EX4600 and EX4650 Series switches, if the switches are configured as a virtual chassis.

You can add the following profiles to CSO and deploy them on the switch to configure the switch and the switch ports:

Configure Switch Ports

You can configure the ports either by using a port profile or manually.

By using a port profile, you can configure multiple ports of the switch at the same time.

To configure the ports by using a port profile:

Procedure

  1. (Optional) Create an authentication profile. See Add Authentication Profiles for details.
  2. (Optional) Create a firewall filter. See Add Firewall Filters for details.
  3. Create a port profile. See Add Port Profiles for details.
  4. Assign and deploy the port profile on one or more switch ports. See Edit Configuration of a Port for details.
  5. Deploy the port profile on the switch ports. See Deploy a Port Profile for details.

To configure a port manually:

Note If you want to configure 802.1x authentication or apply firewall filters on a port while configuring the port manually, ensure that the authentication profile and the firewall filters are already configured.

Procedure

  1. In the customer portal, select Resources > Devices.

    The Devices page appears.

  2. Click the switch for which you want to configure ports.

    The switch page appears.

  3. On the Ports tab, select the ports that you want to configure and click More > Edit Configuration.

    The Edit Port Configuration page appears.

  4. Edit the port parameters and deploy the configuration on the port. Refer to the instructions in the Edit Configuration of Ports topic for completing and deploying the port configuration.

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.

WHAT'S NEXT

After you configure a switch port, you can allow traffic through the switch ports and start monitoring the port.

Life Cycle of a Port Profile

The life cycle of a port profile is as follows:

  1. Add a port profile to CSO.

  2. Assign the port profile to a port.

    When you assign the port profile, the deployment status of the port is set to Pending Deployment indicating that the profile is assigned to the port.

  3. Deploy the port profile on a port.

    During the deployment, that is when the configuration is committed on the port, the deployment status is changed to In Progress. If the deployment job completes successfully, the deployment status of the port is set to Success; otherwise, the deployment status is set to Failed.

  4. Edit the port profile.

    When you edit the port profile or any profile associated with the port profile, the deployment status of the port profile is set to Pending Deployment.

  5. Redeploy the port profile for the changes to reflected in the port configuration.

    During the redeployment, the deployment status of the port is changed to In Progress. If the deployment job completes successfully, the deployment status of the port is set to Success; otherwise, the deployment status is set to Failed.

  6. Dissociate the port profile.

  7. Delete the port profile.

Edit Configuration of Ports

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.

When using a port profile to edit ports, you can:

Procedure

To edit the configuration of one or more 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. Do one of the following:

    For Options, select one of the following:

  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:
  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:

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:

Procedure

  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.

    After the port profile is dissociated 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 returned to the factory default settings.