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I suppose I can give one of those a shot. Seller is now auto-rejecting offers less than $55 or so. That's a real asshole move, ebay doesn't tell you what the lower cutoff is, but still counts it as an attempted offer, even though it was never sent to the seller.
 

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I've recently received an ICX 7150-C12P and I have a question about the port status LEDs. This document suggests that the right port status LED should indicate PoE:


PoE works fine on all ports, however only the left port activity LED lights up for me even when PoE is in use. Please could someone with this switch indicate what the reality is, the document mentions that it is disabled currently on the ICX 7150-24P but nothing about it also being disabled on the ICX 7150-C12P.

Bizarrely when I first got the switch it came with SPS08080d firmware and the left port activity LED would be orange when gigabit and PoE was in use and green just for gigabit only. I checked the CLI and it was connected at gigabit. Now I've gone for SPR08080e firmware the left port activity LED is now green whether PoE is in use or not.
 

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I've recently received an ICX 7150-C12P and I have a question about the port status LEDs. This document suggests that the right port status LED should indicate PoE:


PoE works fine on all ports, however only the left port activity LED lights up for me even when PoE is in use. Please could someone with this switch indicate what the reality is, the document mentions that it is disabled currently on the ICX 7150-24P but nothing about it also being disabled on the ICX 7150-C12P.

Bizarrely when I first got the switch it came with SPS08080d firmware and the left port activity LED would be orange when gigabit and PoE was in use and green just for gigabit only. I checked the CLI and it was connected at gigabit. Now I've gone for SPR08080e firmware the left port activity LED is now green whether PoE is in use or not.
I'm running 8090 on my c12 and only the left light is on. Green regardless of poe or not.
 
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Merry Christmas everyone!

So I followed the instructions to disable it long ago but my 7250-48P is still trying to phone home to the swregistrar.brocade.com very often. I have it blocked in my pihole but I'd surely like to make it stop. Is there a tried and true way to make it stop for good? Thanks!
 

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Merry Christmas everyone!

So I followed the instructions to disable it long ago but my 7250-48P is still trying to phone home to the swregistrar.brocade.com very often. I have it blocked in my pihole but I'd surely like to make it stop. Is there a tried and true way to make it stop for good? Thanks!
post the output of "show run" and "show sz status" and "show sz logs"
 
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Recently got a 7450-48P that I am trying to setup now.
I was under the impression that the (only two, I know) rear 40G ports could be used either as stack/data port or broken out to 4x10g.
I was hoping to use one as uplink and break out the other, but I am unable to identify the required commands to configure the port;
the manual's not showing anything, web only showd something for the 7750 (breakout ethernet) which is not available on the 7450.

I saw earlier discussions re active vs passive dac, and potentially only one channel working but, didnt see the test results.

I am using a passive/dac 4:1 split that used to work in my MLX switch
 
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mintchipmadness

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Hello,
I bought an ICX7250-48P off of ebay. I updated the firmware following the instructions of fohdeesha and I seem to be in a boot loop. The files I flashed were SPR0809d.bin and spz10115.bin. I attached the log of the boot up from putty. The router booted up fine with the switch firmware so I am wondering what would cause the router firmware to boot loop. I saw something in the logs saying the thread is detached but I am not sure that is it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: If the issue is the primary flash, how do I boot from secondary flash? I haven't dealt with these command line switches before. If secondary works, will it be ok to just use the secondary flash going forward?
 

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Hello,
I bought an ICX7250-48P off of ebay. I updated the firmware following the instructions of fohdeesha and I seem to be in a boot loop. The files I flashed were SPR0809d.bin and spz10115.bin. I attached the log of the boot up from putty. The router booted up fine with the switch firmware so I am wondering what would cause the router firmware to boot loop. I saw something in the logs saying the thread is detached but I am not sure that is it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: If the issue is the primary flash, how do I boot from secondary flash? I haven't dealt with these command line switches before. If secondary works, will it be ok to just use the secondary flash going forward?
your flash is fine (you can see it chucksums correctly during boot), it looks like your switch just doesn't like that version. Start by flashing the exact files/version from my guide (8080) so you have a known starting point - the bootloader version and OS version are somewhat tied together as well, so IDK what OS version you flashed. Once you're on 8080 and it's booting properly, then you can start flashing the newer UEFI images (like 8092+)

I'm guessing it has something to do with this, which should be handled without an issue but it looks like it could be causing a crash:

Uboot and FI booted from different partitions, Uboot: Secondary, FI: Primary
Cannot auto correct cross boot combination, other partition of uboot does not have recommended uboot for current booted FI image

either way that will all be fixed and taken care of by flashing the files from the guide and then once on 8080 flashing 8092 from in the OS

since yours isn't booting, this is how to flash from the bootloader (replace filenames with appropriate files)

Code:
#plug the management ethernet port into your network
#drop into the bootloader
#give the switch a temporary IP

setenv ipaddr 192.168.1.50
setenv netmask 255.255.255.0

#tell the switch the IP of your tftp server:
setenv serverip 192.168.1.51

#tell it the name of the OS firmware file:
setenv image_name ICX64R08030t.bin

#tell it name of bootloaader file:
setenv uboot kxz10105.bin

#flash the OS:
update_primary

#when that's done flash a new bootloader:
update_uboot

#when everything is done reboot the switch:
reset
 
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fohdeesha

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Recently got a 7450-48P that I am trying to setup now.
I was under the impression that the (only two, I know) rear 40G ports could be used either as stack/data port or broken out to 4x10g.
I was hoping to use one as uplink and break out the other, but I am unable to identify the required commands to configure the port;
the manual's not showing anything, web only showd something for the 7750 (breakout ethernet) which is not available on the 7450.

I saw earlier discussions re active vs passive dac, and potentially only one channel working but, didnt see the test results.

I am using a passive/dac 4:1 split that used to work in my MLX switch
the rear 40gbE breakout ports are on the ICX6610 - the ICX7450 does not have any 40gbE module cards that support breakout that I know of, so your two rear 40gbE cards will operate in 40gbE only
 

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your flash is fine (you can see it chucksums correctly during boot), it looks like your switch just doesn't like that version. Start by flashing the exact files/version from my guide (8080) so you have a known starting point - the bootloader version and OS version are somewhat tied together as well, so IDK what OS version you flashed. Once you're on 8080 and it's booting properly, then you can start flashing the newer UEFI images (like 8092+)

I'm guessing it has something to do with this, which should be handled without an issue but it looks like it could be causing a crash:

Uboot and FI booted from different partitions, Uboot: Secondary, FI: Primary
Cannot auto correct cross boot combination, other partition of uboot does not have recommended uboot for current booted FI image

either way that will all be fixed and taken care of by flashing the files from the guide and then once on 8080 flashing 8092 from in the OS

since yours isn't booting, this is how to flash from the bootloader (replace filenames with appropriate files)

Code:
#plug the management ethernet port into your network
#drop into the bootloader
#give the switch a temporary IP

setenv ipaddr 192.168.1.50
setenv netmask 255.255.255.0

#tell the switch the IP of your tftp server:
setenv serverip 192.168.1.51

#tell it the name of the OS firmware file:
setenv image_name ICX64R08030t.bin

#tell it name of bootloaader file:
setenv uboot kxz10105.bin

#flash the OS:
update_primary

#when that's done flash a new bootloader:
update_uboot

#when everything is done reboot the switch:
reset

Thank you for the reply. I really appreciate it. I apologize for being new but how do I drop into the bootloader from the management port? I looked at your guide and I couldn't find the information. Thank you.
 

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Thank you for the reply. I really appreciate it. I apologize for being new but how do I drop into the bootloader from the management port? I looked at your guide and I couldn't find the information. Thank you.
Hit 'b' as it is booting? That is what I remember reading on some of the other models in this thread.
 
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your flash is fine (you can see it chucksums correctly during boot), it looks like your switch just doesn't like that version. Start by flashing the exact files/version from my guide (8080) so you have a known starting point - the bootloader version and OS version are somewhat tied together as well, so IDK what OS version you flashed. Once you're on 8080 and it's booting properly, then you can start flashing the newer UEFI images (like 8092+)

I'm guessing it has something to do with this, which should be handled without an issue but it looks like it could be causing a crash:

Uboot and FI booted from different partitions, Uboot: Secondary, FI: Primary
Cannot auto correct cross boot combination, other partition of uboot does not have recommended uboot for current booted FI image

either way that will all be fixed and taken care of by flashing the files from the guide and then once on 8080 flashing 8092 from in the OS

since yours isn't booting, this is how to flash from the bootloader (replace filenames with appropriate files)

Code:
#plug the management ethernet port into your network
#drop into the bootloader
#give the switch a temporary IP

setenv ipaddr 192.168.1.50
setenv netmask 255.255.255.0

#tell the switch the IP of your tftp server:
setenv serverip 192.168.1.51

#tell it the name of the OS firmware file:
setenv image_name ICX64R08030t.bin

#tell it name of bootloaader file:
setenv uboot kxz10105.bin

#flash the OS:
update_primary

#when that's done flash a new bootloader:
update_uboot

#when everything is done reboot the switch:
reset
It worked!! Thank you. I flashed the firmware and bootloader files from your link and it booted perfectly. I then flashed the original firmware and bootloader files that caused the problem and the switch booted without issue.
 
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the rear 40gbE breakout ports are on the ICX6610 - the ICX7450 does not have any 40gbE module cards that support breakout that I know of, so your two rear 40gbE cards will operate in 40gbE only
I see I can't even force the port down to 10 to use an adapter:/
Can I replace either the 40G module with a 4x SFP+ module (while keeping the other at 40, data usage for switch to switch interconnect) ?

Also, can I connect the management interface to a port on the switch? Having some issues with that one... its not working on the 7450 itself and not on one other switch, but on a third. Very weird :(

Edit - just verified that the ports are all good. One of the runs is rather long (30m), but it works fine with a pi attached. Both Cisco (one working [short run], one not [long run]) have identical config (VLAN1 untagged/access)

Edit 2 - its not the length of the run, added another small switch in between, switch is reachable but 7450 not. This one is really giving me a hard time...
 
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I see I can't even force the port down to 10 to use an adapter:/
Can I replace either the 40G module with a 4x SFP+ module (while keeping the other at 40, data usage for switch to switch interconnect) ?

Also, can I connect the management interface to a port on the switch? Having some issues with that one... its not working on the 7450 itself and not on one other switch, but on a third. Very weird :(

Edit - just verified that the ports are all good. One of the runs is rather long (30m), but it works fine with a pi attached. Both Cisco (one working [short run], one not [long run]) have identical config (VLAN1 untagged/access)

Edit 2 - its not the length of the run, added another small switch in between, switch is reachable but 7450 not. This one is really giving me a hard time...
Yes, you should be able to use the 4x10 SFP+ in any of the 3 mod slots on the 7450.
 

Rand__

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Maybe I got a lemon but this 7450 is really annoying.
Maybe its the fw; it came with a 90 line from the vendor and I have not downgraded since I needed to get it going. Will try that next.

Edit: looks like I started with a lot of mistakes into this whole experiment ...
" (do NOT use the dedicated management port). "

Regardless of that I am probably using the wrong FW and have not set it up according to the recommendations; still the question remains why the mgmt port will work on switch A but not on switch B with identical port/vlan/stp settings
 
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