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

mwarps

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I am curious. What about AISIC temperatures in your ICX 7250-24?

I did the same on my ICX 7250-24P. This device even has two fans. But the two Delta EFB0412VHD-F00 were not sufficient to keep the ASIC temperature down and frequently step 2 of the fan control jumped in. I had to add an additional fan on top of the cooling fins for the ASIC.
So after getting the switch back up and running (very much in testing mode here).. The fan was not sufficient to keep the ASIC temps in low-range territory. I'm going to either 3d print a duct to work with a few extra 12V low noise fans from the side vent, or I'm going to have to put something directly on the ASIC.
 

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So after getting the switch back up and running (very much in testing mode here).. The fan was not sufficient to keep the ASIC temps in low-range territory. I'm going to either 3d print a duct to work with a few extra 12V low noise fans from the side vent, or I'm going to have to put something directly on the ASIC.
With a low-profile fan on top of the ASIC my temperature is fine. The Sunon MF60101V3-1000U-A99 is 10 mm in high. I fixed it with a simple elastic band to the cooler. I connected it in parallel to one of the chassis fans. So, it also will at reduced voltage. My backup plan was to go to permanent 12 V. Sunon MF60101V1-1000U-A99 would be another option I red here in this thread.

My concern is the PSU temperature. My unit is with PoE. Im am not planning to use a lot of PoE power. But even in idle mode the PSU of this device needs more cooling. I am not far away from fan level 2 jump in temperature. Now it is winter. In summer I guess this will not work.

Cutting out the metal in front of the outlet fans is a recommendation for better air flow and for lower noise. But as long I am not yet sure if I will keep my device, I do not want to do anything I cannot revert.
 
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mrizzo

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So I have a question about redundancy. I picked up a second ICX6610 and have two fiber links run to my cabinet. My plan was to set them up as follows:

Switch A with uplink A connected to each server's eth0 interface
Switch B with uplink B connected to each server's eth1 interface

Is there any way to set this up so that if uplink A fails, switch A can use uplink B? Would a stacking configuration accomplish that?
 

ArmedAviator

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@mrizzo ,

This is possible with a stacking configuration. Stack the switches, ideally with 2x 40Gbit DACs in the rear ports and set up a LAG as usual with the appropriate ports.
 

mrizzo

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@mrizzo ,

This is possible with a stacking configuration. Stack the switches, ideally with 2x 40Gbit DACs in the rear ports and set up a LAG as usual with the appropriate ports.
Thanks! So you can setup LAG across stacking and that would accomplish redundancy if either one of the switches failed OR one of the uplinks failed?

Also, does a secondary switch automatically mirror configurations from the main one?
 

ArmedAviator

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Yes to all of your questions. I have a second ICX6610 on my watch list right now to do exactly the same thing on my homelab. I have 5 servers with dual 10G SFP+ ConnectX-3's each and want to maximize reliability, specifically on the occasions when I reset the switch - it takes almost 5 minutes to get fully booted again and I don't like screwing with Proxmox cluster corosync and Gluster cluster sync. I'd much prefer to ensure they always have network access during a switch reboot.
 

texteditor

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Having a hell of a time getting SSH login to work with publickeys on this, passwords and empty passwords work fine

Settings on desktop:

Code:
#-----------------------------------------
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#          Brocade
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Host brocade
    HostName 192.168.1.2
    User root
    Port 22
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/brocade_rsa
    PreferredAuthentications publickey
    KexAlgorithms +diffie-hellman-group1-sha1
    HostKeyAlgorithms +ssh-dss,ssh-rsa
and on the switch
Code:
ruckus0#show ip ssh config
SSH server                 : Enabled
SSH port                   : tcp\22
Host Key                   : DSA 1024, RSA 2048
Encryption                 : aes256-cbc, aes192-cbc, aes128-cbc, aes256-ctr, aes192-ctr, aes128-ctr, 3des-cbc
Permit empty password      : No
Authentication methods     : Public-key
Authentication retries     : 3
Login timeout (seconds)    : 120
Idle timeout (minutes)     : 5
Strict management VRF      : Disabled
SCP                        : Enabled
SSH IPv4 clients           : 192.168.1.11 (my desktop)
SSH IPv6 clients           : All
SSH IPv4 access-group      :
SSH IPv6 access-group      :
SSH Client Keys            :
Client Rekey               : 0 Minute, 0 KB
Server Rekey               : 0 Minute, 0 KB
Generated new RSA hostkeys, imported a copy of my pubkey from a tftp server, and I keep getting packet 51 errors. What other things do I need to add?
 

DRAGONKZ

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Is there an idiots guide to updating an already 6610-48P stack?

I’m due to shut down the lab for a dust/tidy up and may as well update the switches during this time.

I updated them to 08030t when originally setting them up, not sure if that makes it easier or harder.

Thanks!
 

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Is there an idiots guide to updating an already 6610-48P stack?

I’m due to shut down the lab for a dust/tidy up and may as well update the switches during this time.

I updated them to 08030t when originally setting them up, not sure if that makes it easier or harder.

Thanks!
enable
copy tftp flash 192.168.1.8 FCXR08030u.bin primary
reload
 

DRAGONKZ

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enable
copy tftp flash 192.168.1.8 FCXR08030u.bin primary
reload
Lol, seems easy enough then, I assume it will update both switches in the stack at the same time?

Is there no need to update the boot or Poe firmware with this release?

Thanks!
 

pypypy

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infoMatt

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Ended up picking up these: MF40101VX-1000U-G99 Sunon Fans | Fans, Thermal Management | DigiKey

Do you think these will work out ok? Not planning on using much of the poe budget and really won't be loading the switch too much.
I don't think those are the best choice.
Why are you looking at the 40x10mm? Those can't provide a great static pressure, and there isn't any space constraints inside the case (the original are 28mm deep).
Try looking inside this thread, there are some suggestions. I've bought two Sunon Maglev KDE1204PKVX with an appreciable noise improvement, but it's by no means silent (and it can't be, those aren't engineered to be silent). If you want to put any IT enterprise gear in your living room well... you haven't heard other devices, some are more powerful than an airdryer.
 

mrizzo

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Anything I am missing in setting up an IP on the management interface? The IPs are routed fine (connecting to an IPMI port on one of my servers works) but I can't ping.

It shows the interface is up and here's what show running-config says:

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