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

noduck

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Will the 7250-24p also run with one of his two fans disconnected? Somewhere I was reading about it for advice of the 6xxxx series. But I cannot find it any more.
My 7250-24p shut down when I disconnect one of the fans (this was with 08.0.80e).
 
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Another data point: I just got an ICX7150-24-4X1G as I needed a couple more 10G interfaces. I was fearing an annoyingly loud switch that I would have to go retrofit with quieter fans, but it turns out (to my surprise and delight) that the ICX7150-24-4X1G is actually fanless. So, if you find one at a low cost, that's definitely a good option if you're concerned about acoustics.
 

jjacobs

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I've seen one or two of these (ICX7150) pop up at a very good price. The fanless models and the ones with a quiet mode are appealing. What should I be aware of? Fakes? Licensing issues? Are the licenses already applied acording to the model number, for example a ICX7150-48P-4X10GR-RMT3 being sold as new for $750 or will I have potential issues licensing that?
 

infoMatt

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I've seen one or two of these (ICX7150) pop up at a very good price. The fanless models and the ones with a quiet mode are appealing. What should I be aware of? Fakes? Licensing issues? Are the licenses already applied acording to the model number, for example a ICX7150-48P-4X10GR-RMT3 being sold as new for $750 or will I have potential issues licensing that?
Licenses are "honor based" on the 7xxx series... basically you promise that you'll buy them and it let you use the extended functions.
 
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mwarps

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So I got my hands on an ICX7250 24-port unit. So far, no response from serial console, and the fans stay at max on power.

First power up, it took about five minutes to "boot" (the fans got quiet, and an ethernet link established), but nothing ever showed on serial.

Do I have a brick?
 

LodeRunner

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The behavior sounds like a normal boot, I'd verify your serial settings and make sure you have the right COM port number by checking Device Manager. I have a USB serial device that can randomly change what COM number gets assigned when it's plugged in.

Settings for ICX are 9600/8/N/1 and no flow control. PuTTY defaults to XON/XOFF.

Oh and you connected that USB port to a serial port, not to a USB port on your system, right? The mini-USB on the 7250 is wired for serial; there's no USB device inside, so connecting to a USB port on your host will burn it out.
 
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mwarps

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The behavior sounds like a normal boot, I'd verify your serial settings and make sure you have the right COM port number by checking Device Manager. I have a USB serial device that can randomly change what COM number gets assigned when it's plugged in.

Settings for ICX are 9600/8/N/1 and no flow control. PuTTY defaults to XON/XOFF.

Oh and you connected that USB port to a serial port, not to a USB port on your system, right? The mini-USB on the 7250 is wired for serial; there's no USB device inside, so connecting to a USB port on your host will burn it out.
I have a USB->rollover into a keystone with the mini-B's green on pin 3, white on pin 6 and black on pin 5.
Have checked putty on windows and a linux machine and nothing at all on either. I'm beginning to think someone may have blown up the console port previously.

I'm going to order a genuine cable and see what that yields. I'm happy to admit this is a haaaaaaackjob.
 

infoMatt

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I have a USB->rollover into a keystone with the mini-B's green on pin 3, white on pin 6 and black on pin 5.
Have checked putty on windows and a linux machine and nothing at all on either. I'm beginning to think someone may have blown up the console port previously.

I'm going to order a genuine cable and see what that yields. I'm happy to admit this is a haaaaaaackjob.
Just to reiterate... have you deactivated flow control? Otherwise nothing would come through.
 
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drtaru

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I have a USB->rollover into a keystone with the mini-B's green on pin 3, white on pin 6 and black on pin 5.
Have checked putty on windows and a linux machine and nothing at all on either. I'm beginning to think someone may have blown up the console port previously.

I'm going to order a genuine cable and see what that yields. I'm happy to admit this is a haaaaaaackjob.
Seems like your rollover is just wired wrong.

Code:
(ICX)  mUSB -> RJ45 --> DE9  (RS232)     [RJ45 wire colour]
       1       NC       NC
 (RX)  2  -->  3  --->  3    (TX)        [red]
 (TX)  3  -->  6  --->  2    (RX)        [white]
       4       NC       NC
(GND)  5  -->  5,4  ->  5,8  (GND, CTS)  [black, green]
 

mwarps

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Seems like your rollover is just wired wrong.

Code:
(ICX)  mUSB -> RJ45 --> DE9  (RS232)     [RJ45 wire colour]
       1       NC       NC
(RX)  2  -->  3  --->  3    (TX)        [red]
(TX)  3  -->  6  --->  2    (RX)        [white]
       4       NC       NC
(GND)  5  -->  5,4  ->  5,8  (GND, CTS)  [black, green]
It's a knock-off rollover.
Here is its pinout, per the ebay listing:

(1-CTS,2-DSR,3-RXD,4-GND,5-GND,6-TXD,7-DTR,8-RTS)
 

rootpeer

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APC PDU rack ears seem cheap and modifiable to be used with 6450's and 7250's.

Anyone willing to buy some and try?

 
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Are icx6650 and icx6610 power supplies interchangable? The PS for 6610 has model string: PRS16-E, while the 6650 one has model string PRS15-E. Label says PRS16-E has V1/V2 two types of voltage outputs with 12v and 66v respectively (don't know what this means) while the PRS15-E has only 12V output. Mechanically the pin layouts are the same.
Guess they are but just to want to make sure in case I make a fatal mistake.
 

rocketpanda40

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Are icx6650 and icx6610 power supplies interchangable? The PS for 6610 has model string: PRS16-E, while the 6650 one has model string PRS15-E. Label says PRS16-E has V1/V2 two types of voltage outputs with 12v and 66v respectively (don't know what this means) while the PRS15-E has only 12V output. Mechanically the pin layouts are the same.
Guess they are but just to want to make sure in case I make a fatal mistake.

From my investigating back when I had several 6610s with varying amount and types of PSUs:

ICX-FAN10-E (exhaust) for front to back
ICX-FAN10-I (intake) for back to front
Also can be found as ICX6610-FAN-(I|E)

RPS15-(I|E) - 250W Non-PoE PSU
RPS16-(I|E) - 1000W PoE PSU

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The RPS16 outputting multiple voltages makes sense with it being used for POE models, which the 6650 obviously lacks. Also, keep in mind you can't mix and match intake fans or psus with exhaust fans/psus.
 
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mwarps

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Seems like your rollover is just wired wrong.

Code:
(ICX)  mUSB -> RJ45 --> DE9  (RS232)     [RJ45 wire colour]
       1       NC       NC
(RX)  2  -->  3  --->  3    (TX)        [red]
(TX)  3  -->  6  --->  2    (RX)        [white]
       4       NC       NC
(GND)  5  -->  5,4  ->  5,8  (GND, CTS)  [black, green]
Yep. OEM cable works like a charm!!!! :)
 

craig5571

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I have an icx7250p 24 port. running 8.0.92 . I want to configure a trunk port to esxi 7.0. I know how to do this in the cisco world , but brocade is just a tiny bit different. I know how to configure the Esxi side ( or at least I think I do... minor lol....)

the esxi 7 server would be connecting to one of the 10 gig sftp+ ports. I know it's not that hard but I'm having difficulty thinking of how to do it.

right now on the switch everything is at defaults. the way I think it would work is I setup the trunk link on the 7250 and then assign all the vlans from within Esxi. I'm forcing myself to expand my horizons and it's worth it. Just hit a tiny bump in the road and was wondering if someone could give me just a little bit of help.

Thank you

One of the VM's I will be running on this Esxi server is a Cisco 9800 WLC . I will be working with these later in the year and need to lab up now so i can survive the corporate jungle.
 

rocketpanda40

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I have an icx7250p 24 port. running 8.0.92 . I want to configure a trunk port to esxi 7.0. I know how to do this in the cisco world , but brocade is just a tiny bit different. I know how to configure the Esxi side ( or at least I think I do... minor lol....)

the esxi 7 server would be connecting to one of the 10 gig sftp+ ports. I know it's not that hard but I'm having difficulty thinking of how to do it.

right now on the switch everything is at defaults. the way I think it would work is I setup the trunk link on the 7250 and then assign all the vlans from within Esxi. I'm forcing myself to expand my horizons and it's worth it. Just hit a tiny bump in the road and was wondering if someone could give me just a little bit of help.

Thank you

One of the VM's I will be running on this Esxi server is a Cisco 9800 WLC . I will be working with these later in the year and need to lab up now so i can survive the corporate jungle.
I don't know anything about the esxi side (don't use it), but switch side is easy.

Code:
vlan 1
tag eth 1/2/1
vlan 2
tag eth 1/2/1
So on and so forth. If you want to set the native untagged clan on a trunk port, you can just directly do

Code:
vlan 3
untagged eth 1/2/1
now, no more fooling around with dual-mode. You don't have to worry about any of that switchport mode trunk, switchport encapsulation, switchport trunk allowed vlan add, nonsense.

Unless I'm missing something, your implementation is really simple, but yeah vlan assignment is one of the biggest differences from IOS.
 
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dreamkass

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Hello, setting up an ICX 6610 using the out of band management port with a specific subnet (not managed by the ICX), trying to find how to setup a default gateway for the OOB only, I'm guessing I have to use a VRF or something else?