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Configuring the Port Type on QFX3600 Standalone Switches

 

The QFX3600 standalone switch provides 16 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports. By default, all 16 ports operate as 40-Gigabit Ethernet (xle) ports. Optionally, you can choose to configure the 40-Gbps ports to operate as four 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) ports. You can use QSFP+ to four SFP+ breakout cables or QSFP+ transceivers with fiber breakout cables to connect the 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports to other servers, storage, and switches. You can configure up to 64 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on ports Q0 through Q15.

This topic explains how to configure the port type on QFX3600 standalone switches.

Caution

The Packet Forwarding Engine on the QFX3600 standalone switch is restarted when you commit the port type configuration changes. As a result, you might experience packet loss on the switch.

The following message may be displayed in the system log file when the Packet Forwarding Engine is restarted. You can ignore this message.

Pipe write error: Broken pipe

flush operation failed

The following steps describe how to configure either a block of ports or an individual port to operate as 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) ports, as well as how to delete a 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) port configuration.

Note

When you delete the xe port type configuration for an individual port or a block of ports, the ports return to operating as 40-Gigabit Ethernet (xle) ports.

  1. To configure a block of ports to operate as 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) ports, specify a port range:

    For example, to configure ports Q4 through Q7 to operate as 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports:

  2. To configure an individual port to operate as a 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) port, specify a port number:

    For example, to configure port Q4 to operate as a 10-Gigabit Ethernet port:

  3. Review your configuration and issue the commit command.
  4. To delete the 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) port configuration for a block of ports (and return to the default 40-Gigabit Ethernet configuration), specify a port range:

    For example, to delete the 10-Gigabit Ethernet port configuration for ports Q4 through Q7:

  5. To delete the 10-Gigabit Ethernet (xe) port configuration for an individual port (and return to the default 40-Gigabit Ethernet configuration), specify a port number:

    For example, to delete the 10-Gigabit Ethernet port configuration for port Q4:

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