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Brocade ICX Series (cheap & powerful 10gbE/40gbE switching)

klui

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how do you plan on factory resetting it without a console cable?
This never even entered my mind and I would have thought the same as @koifish59. Recessed reset buttons can almost always be used to perform a factory default. But the ICX6610 installation guide says otherwise:

Reset button
The reset button allows you to restart the system without switching the power supplies off and on or using the CLI or Web Management Interface. When the reset button is pressed, the system resets and the software is reloaded. The reset button is located next to the PSU LED on both 24-port and 48-port models.

The de facto behavior was only added to 8.0.80 and the 6610 can't run anything newer than 8.0.30.
 

fohdeesha

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Indeed, if there was a physical way of wiping the config I would have been able to make the guides much simpler (no console cable needed, reset to default and plug management port in, telnet to the IP it grabs via dhcp)
 

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how do you plan on factory resetting it without a console cable?
Oh I guess I assumed too much! I saw youtube vid saying you can physically reset a brocade switch by pressing and holding down the physical reset button, plug in the power cable, wait 10 seconds, then it should wipe everything to factory default.

One of the engineers for brocade. So this only applies to the ICX 7000 series?
 

nerdalertdk

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Hi all

Do any of you have the default config for the icx7250
I’m planning on getting it soon so would be nice if I could start on the config
 

infoMatt

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Hi all

Do any of you have the default config for the icx7250
I’m planning on getting it soon so would be nice if I could start on the config
Delete the saved config file and reload, it's as easy as that.

In those kind of devices, the "config file" contains really just the "non default" values.
 
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fortytwo

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As a new member of the forum I just wanted to say thanks to fohdeesha and everyone else for an awesome resource.

For reference to others: I just scored 6450-24p for $110 on eBay, shipped, and 10gbit lr transceivers for $14 each (and a mellanox connect x3 for $34 or so).

The switch isn't exactly quiet, but I guess by the corporate standards it is :) poe works great, config is great, my network is happy.
 
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rootwyrm

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That's indeed 7 series only behavior. I would be able to make the 6 series guide much simpler if the config could be wiped with the press of a button instead of a serial cable :)
Oh, it can be completely reset without the console! Very easy!
Just completely disassemble the switch, remove the CR2032 battery, jumper the NVRAM erase (no header is provided,) power it on, power it off, reassemble, perform a 'no OS' recovery, and you're all set!
See? Easy! (Yes, ALL the sarcasm.)
 

fohdeesha

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Oh, it can be completely reset without the console! Very easy!
Just completely disassemble the switch, remove the CR2032 battery, jumper the NVRAM erase (no header is provided,) power it on, power it off, reassemble, perform a 'no OS' recovery, and you're all set!
See? Easy! (Yes, ALL the sarcasm.)
sadly the config is stored on the same main 64MB NOR flash as the OS and bootloader, the CR2032 is just to back the RTC :p ( I was given a "broken" ICX6610 that had a bad serial port, and a config locking all the regular ports. To get the config cleared I ended up having to dump the NOR via JTAG, find the config section and zero it out, then write it back - then I got a switch in the default state that would boot up and default to grabbing an IP via DHCP that I could log into and no longer need the serial port - if you just wipe the whole or most of NOR it won't have an OS to load or worst case no bootloader to load one (it's the bottom 512KB of NOR))
 
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rootwyrm

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sadly the config is stored on the same main 64MB NOR flash as the OS and bootloader, the CR2032 is just to back the RTC :p ( I was given a "broken" ICX6610 that had a bad serial port, and a config locking all the regular ports. To get the config cleared I ended up having to dump the NOR via JTAG, find the config section and zero it out, then write it back - then I got a switch in the default state that would boot up and default to grabbing an IP via DHCP that I could log into and no longer need the serial port - if you just wipe the whole or most of NOR it won't have an OS to load or worst case no bootloader to load one (it's the bottom 512KB of NOR))
Oh, you will wipe the bootloader.
Restoring the bootloader using JTAG or soldering a replacement NVRAM to the board is covered in the 'no OS recovery' step. ;)
 
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IronTek

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I have a ICX 6450-48P and I was hoping to enable the other two SFP+ ports for 10Gbps operation. Is this possible and, if so, what steps need to be taken?
 

IronTek

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Yes, it is possible, take a look at the first pages of this thread ;)
Sorry to sound dense, but I truly don't see it. It seems to require licensing, but other than that, I see no mention on the front page or the config guide on how to coax the other two ports into 10Gbps mode, though I fully admit I may have overlooked it.
 

EngChiSTH

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Sorry to sound dense, but I truly don't see it. It seems to require licensing, but other than that, I see no mention on the front page or the config guide on how to coax the other two ports into 10Gbps mode, though I fully admit I may have overlooked it.
second line of the first post in this tread is telling you what to do. Please re-read. thank you.
 

IronTek

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Got'cha. I was hoping not to have to bother anyone--or at least to find a guide on how to do it with a license first before I bothered. Thank you though for letting me know that is the route to take! Much obliged!
 

shattered

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Hello, a bit of a networking newbie here.

I am thinking of upgrading my old cctv system and get an ip-based system
All I am looking for (at least for the time being) in a switch is poe+ power (with a power envelope to supply at least 15W at each port simultaneously) and vlans so that I can isolate the cameras+nvr from the outside world. 10gb ports will not be required for a long time for my setup (internet speed here is about 12mbps down/ 1up)
Noise is not a problem.
As I understand it, the icx-series is a bit overkill for my application.
Should I try with something like an icx 6450-24p or would it be too much of a hassle to configure for such a relative simple system?

Thanks,
shattered

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If there is something with similar capabilities but more reliable/easier to acquire, please pm me. (I live in the EU)
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IronTek

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In my opinion, if you want something robust, but don't want to be bothered, go buy something from Ubiquiti.

This route was pretty good in that it was much cheaper and there's definitely satisfaction in getting it to all work! YMMV.