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Resetting the EX4500 Switch to Run as a Standalone Switch (CLI Procedure)

If you want to use an EX4500 switch as a standalone switch, we recommend that you set the PIC mode as intraconnect. The PIC mode setting determines whether the module that is plugged into the EX4500 switch operates as an intraconnect module or a Virtual Chassis module.


Operating an EX4500 switch without the intraconnect module or the Virtual Chassis module is not supported.


If you use the EX4500 switch as a standalone switch without changing the PIC mode setting to intraconnect, you will not be able to achieve 960 Gbps data rate throughput. Some of the bandwidth is reserved for the dedicated Virtual Chassis ports (VCPs).

The PIC mode is set to virtual-chassis in the factory default configuration. You cannot change the PIC mode setting in the factory default configuration; you must commit some other configuration change and then change the PIC mode setting.

To reset the PIC mode so that you can use the switch as a standalone switch:

  1. Make any change to the default configuration file. For example, you could change the hostname:
  2. Commit the updated configuration file, so that it is no longer the factory default configuration:
  3. Change the setting of the PIC mode:
  4. Reboot the switch to apply this changed PIC mode setting:
  5. Verify that the PIC mode setting has been changed to intraconnect: