PowerConnect 6224 stack configuration for EqualLogic

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PowerConnect 6224 stack configuration for EqualLogic

  • I'd like to share my configuration and want to have your comments if possible.
    Here's my CLI command lines ---

    > config

    > flowcontrol
    > y

    > interface range ethernet 1/g1-1/g24
    > storm-control broadcast level 80
    > storm-control multicast level 80
    > storm-control unicast level 100
    > spanning-tree disable
    > mtu 9216
    > exit

    > interface range ethernet 2/g1-2/g24
    > storm-control broadcast level 80
    > storm-control multicast level 80
    > storm-control unicast level 100
    > spanning-tree disable
    > mtu 9216
    > exit

    > copy running-config startup-config
    > y
    > exit
  • The Dell EqualLogic Configuration Guide has specific 62XX commands, which I couldn't find online so I'll post here (in several posts because of the 2000 character limit:)

    Appendix C: PowerConnecct 62xx Configuration

    The PowerConnect 62xx Family of switches must be placed in “privileged” mode to perform configuration steps in this Appendix. Use the following command to enter “privileged” mode:
    console> enable
    console#

    Note: You may be prompted for a password after submitting the enable command
    The PowerConnect 62xx Family of switches must be place into configuration mode before any configuration steps can be performed. To enter configuration mode, the following command must be entered:

    console# configure
    console(config)#

    PowerConnect 62xx Family of switches are stacking switches and must be configured as a stack using either the web‐based Switch manager or the Command Line Interface (CLI). The instructions in this Appendix provide CLI commands for configuration. Please go to Dell’s support website for the latest documentation if the web‐interface is preferred.

  • Part 2:
    Interface Naming Convention

    The conventions for naming interfaces on Dell PowerConnect 62xx family of switches are as follows:
    -- Unit#/Interface ID — each interface is identified by the Unit# followed by a / symbol and then the Interface ID (see below). For example, 2/g10 identifies gigabit port 10 within the second unit of a stack.
    -- Unit# — the unit number is used only in a stacking solution where a number of switches are stacked to form a virtual device. In this case, the unit number identifies the physical device identifier within the stack.
    -- Interface ID — is formed by the interface type followed by the interface number. There is currently a predefined list of interface types (see below). If additional interface types are to be defined, they must be registered with Dell. For example, 2/g10 identifies the gigabit port 10 on the second unit.
    -- Interface Types — the following interface types are defined in the 6200 series switches:
    • g — gigabit Ethernet port (for example, 1/g2 is the gigabit Ethernet port 2).
    • xg — 10 Gigabit Ethernet port (for example, 1/xg2 is the 10 gigabit Ethernet port 2).

    Enabling the PortFast Option to Configure STP Edge Ports

    To enable PortFast on a single port, the spanning‐tree portfast command must be used. The following steps are an example of using this command to enable portfast on port 10 of the first PowerConnect 6248 in a stack

    console# configure
    console(config)# spanning-tree mode rstp
    console(config)# interface ethernet 1/g10
    console(config-if)# spanning-tree portfast
    console(config-if)# exit
    console(config)# exit
    console# copy running-config startup-config
    console# exit

  • Part 3:

    Configuring Flow Control

    Flow control on the PowerConnect 62xx switches is off by default. To enable flow control on all ports in the switch, use the flowcontrol cmd.
    To enable flow control on all ports of a PowerConnect 6248, enter the following:

    console# configure
    console(config)# flowcontrol
    console(config)# exit
    console# copy running-config startup-config
    console# exit

    Configuring Storm Control

    To disable port storm control on the PowerConnect 62xx switch, use the no storm-control unicast command. The following steps are an example of using this cmdto disable the unicast storm control on a single port – Port 10 of Switch 3 in a stack:

    console# configure
    console(config)# interface ethernet 3/g10
    console(config-if)# no storm-control unicast
    console(config-if)# exit
    console(config)# exit
    console# copy running-config startup-config
    console# exit

    The following steps are an example of how to disable unicast storm control on all ports in a PowerConnect 62xx switch stack:

    console# configure
    console(config)# interface range ethernet all
    console(config-if)# no storm-control unicast
    console(config-if)# exit
    console(config)# exit
    console# copy running-config startup-config
    console# exit

    Jumbo Frames

    Jumbo frames are not enabled by default. To enable them on the 62xx switch, use the mtu interface configuration command with a parameter of 9216. Because the mtu command is an interface configuration command, each port must be individually configured with the mtu command. All ports on a switch can be configured using the port range command.

    console# configure
    console(config)# interface range ethernet all
    console(config-if)# mtu 9216
    console(config-if)# exit
    console(config)# exit
    console# copy running-config startup-config
    console# exit

  • Hi Adeu, here is a post with (hopefully) some helpful info for you http://michaelellerbeck.com/2009/11/23/so-you-bought-an-equallogic-san-now-what-part-one/
  • doh, mellerbeck beat me to it... he has the PDF, that Jeff pasted the information from, on his website

    http://sites.google.com/site/mellerbeck/Home/Dell_EqualLogic_Configuration_Guide.pdf

    Regards,

    Andreas Erson

  • Thank you valuable coments, Jeff!

    Now I disabled spanning tree protocol on all Ethernet ports.
    Which port should we set spanning-tree with RSTP mode?
    A port goes to the switch management PC?

    Thank you,
    Yoshi