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nw60312

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Other end is an opnsense box. I think you hit the issue there is no route:

Code:
SSH@core-switch>show ip route


Total number of IP routes: 1


Type Codes - B:BGP D:Connected O:OSPF R:RIP S:Static; Cost - Dist/Metric


BGP  Codes - i:iBGP e:eBGP


OSPF Codes - i:Inter Area 1:External Type 1 2:External Type 2


STATIC Codes - v:Inter-VRF


        Destination        Gateway         Port          Cost          Type Uptime


1       192.168.1.0/24     DIRECT          e mgmt1       0/0           D    0m23s 


SSH@core-switch>
 

clcorbin

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This might be a silly question, but I haven't found an answer so far: Is there a way to permanently disable the paging, like the "skip-page-display" command does? For some reason that irritates me every single time I log in. Small problem, but if anyone has a solution...
 

nickf1227

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Other end is an opnsense box. I think you hit the issue there is no route:

Code:
SSH@core-switch>show ip route


Total number of IP routes: 1


Type Codes - B:BGP D:Connected O:OSPF R:RIP S:Static; Cost - Dist/Metric


BGP  Codes - i:iBGP e:eBGP


OSPF Codes - i:Inter Area 1:External Type 1 2:External Type 2


STATIC Codes - v:Inter-VRF


        Destination        Gateway         Port          Cost          Type Uptime


1       192.168.1.0/24     DIRECT          e mgmt1       0/0           D    0m23s


SSH@core-switch>
So you are not doing any routing on your switch?
Are you trying to connect at L2 or L3?

What does OPN Sense configuration look like?

What are you trying to do?
 

fohdeesha

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This might be a silly question, but I haven't found an answer so far: Is there a way to permanently disable the paging, like the "skip-page-display" command does? For some reason that irritates me every single time I log in. Small problem, but if anyone has a solution...
nothing permanent you can save to the config sadly, just the skip command for that session
 
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I am a bit confused on what a "stacking cable" is. Id like to stack two brocades together (2x icx 6610, using the port 1 40Gb QSFP+.
Can I use any old 40G QSFP DAC, or is there a specific one that needs to be used? The guides/docs I find seem to be confusing.

thanks
 
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I am a bit confused on what a "staking cable" is. Id like to stack two brocades together (2x icx 6610, using the port 1 40Gb QSFP+.
Can I use any old 40G QSFP DAC, or is there a specific one that needs to be used? The guides/docs I find seem to be confusing.

thanks
A "staking cable" is a common vampire hunter accessory used to immobilize a vampire. o_O

I personally use a couple of "shorty" Netapp QSFP to QSFP cable that I think cost $10USD from the bay to stack 2 ICX6610's.
 

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A "staking cable" is a common vampire hunter accessory used to immobilize a vampire. o_O

I personally use a couple of "shorty" Netapp QSFP to QSFP cable that I think cost $10USD from the bay to stack 2 ICX6610's.
Ha ha thanks. Typed that too fast it seems.
I was looking around so at some options and kept reading that i needed a "stacking cable" and could not use a reg 40G QSFP+ DAC. cool beans. thanks!
 

kiteboarder

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Hi friends,

My 6610 started spinning up to fan speed 2. It would spin up for 10-30 seconds and slow back down to speed 1 for awhile. Rinse / repeat. It did this for a couple days and I finally got tired of it, so I took off the lid. It had been running for over 300 days in a garage rack, so some amount of dust had built up on the faceplate, but it wasn't blocked or anything terrible.

I opened the lid and found this:

6610_heatsink_broken_retention_pin1.jpg

Yeah, the spring loaded heatsink retention pin had broken due to age/heat/thermal stress. Luckily the metal spring landed on top of the heatsink and didn't short anything. And yes, it had been running like this for multiple days. :)

I couldn't get the remnants of the push pin out of the MB hole. So in a bind for time, I scientifically cut a piece of foam to squish between the top of the heatsink and the case lid, to push the heatsink back down. It's now been running like this for multiple days, staying at fan speed 1. Done. :)

Thanks again to fohdeesha for enabling such a great switch to be the backbone of my (and now several friends) home network.

Cheers
 

clcorbin

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You can indeed breakout the switch qsfp ports to 4x 10gbe, but you can't do the same from the nic - nics do not support qsfp breakout, at least none I've heard of. You can use a qsfp > sfp+ adapter (search eBay for 655874-B21) and get a single 10gb connection out of the nic though
That kind of sucks! I was hopping to use the two 40Gb ports (1/2/1 and 1/2/6) for stacking (with the way my house is wired, it is MUCH better to have a stacked switch in the garage and another one in my server rack on the other side of the house) and use the other two 40Gb ports to connect my two servers to the switch. I know they had to operate as 4x10Gb, but I was hoping it was possible to use the "right" MPO cable so they appeared as 4 independent 10Gb ports on the switch and on the server. But with only a single MPO cable connecting them. That would work well in ESXI for my use case.
 

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Hmm mine does the same thing, wonder if its the same issue..

Hi friends,

My 6610 started spinning up to fan speed 2. It would spin up for 10-30 seconds and slow back down to speed 1 for awhile. Rinse / repeat. It did this for a couple days and I finally got tired of it, so I took off the lid. It had been running for over 300 days in a garage rack, so some amount of dust had built up on the faceplate, but it wasn't blocked or anything terrible.

I opened the lid and found this:

View attachment 19652

Yeah, the spring loaded heatsink retention pin had broken due to age/heat/thermal stress. Luckily the metal spring landed on top of the heatsink and didn't short anything. And yes, it had been running like this for multiple days. :)

I couldn't get the remnants of the push pin out of the MB hole. So in a bind for time, I scientifically cut a piece of foam to squish between the top of the heatsink and the case lid, to push the heatsink back down. It's now been running like this for multiple days, staying at fan speed 1. Done. :)

Thanks again to fohdeesha for enabling such a great switch to be the backbone of my (and now several friends) home network.

Cheers
 

leon_pro

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not good. They draw more power than the ICX6610 with WAY less 10gbe ports, they run NOS which is nothing like fastiron (I do not like it), they're now owned by Extreme which has no public firmware updates, the VDX series has almost no L3 features, they are extremely vendor locked (non-brocade optics will not even link up).

The VDX product philosophy has always been the total opposite of the fastiron stuff. Fastiron heritage is a lot of engineers from Foundry etc, while VDX has always been a totally separate group that shares more heritage with Brocade's fibrechannel product lines than it does with Foundry's ethernet stuff
Is it REALLY so bad? I see some good lots on ebay, and I am thinking about buying one.
What I need is: 8 or more 10GBase-T ethernet ports, SFP+ is optional, 40Gbit uplink port would be a big plus. I don't think I need L3 features, just need to connect several hosts with 10G/40G ethernet. I was thinking on getting Mikrotik CRS312-4C+8XG, it lacks QSFP+, but still good enough.

Maybe VDX 6740t is good enough for me? What should I ask seller before buying one (licenses, etc.)?
 

Sean Ho

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That kind of sucks! I was hopping to use the two 40Gb ports (1/2/1 and 1/2/6) for stacking (with the way my house is wired, it is MUCH better to have a stacked switch in the garage and another one in my server rack on the other side of the house) and use the other two 40Gb ports to connect my two servers to the switch. I know they had to operate as 4x10Gb, but I was hoping it was possible to use the "right" MPO cable so they appeared as 4 independent 10Gb ports on the switch and on the server. But with only a single MPO cable connecting them. That would work well in ESXI for my use case.
I might be misunderstanding your desired layout, but could you not use the breakout ports (e.g., 1/2/2) for stacking with MPO, and the 40Gbps ports (e.g., 1/2/1 and 1/2/6) to servers with cheap NetApp QSFP+ DACs and CX354?
 

clcorbin

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My understanding is you can't use the breakout port for stacking without also using the 1/2/1 or 1/2/6 ports in the stack. If I am confused, I would LOVE to do just that.
 

fohdeesha

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Is it REALLY so bad? I see some good lots on ebay, and I am thinking about buying one.
What I need is: 8 or more 10GBase-T ethernet ports, SFP+ is optional, 40Gbit uplink port would be a big plus. I don't think I need L3 features, just need to connect several hosts with 10G/40G ethernet. I was thinking on getting Mikrotik CRS312-4C+8XG, it lacks QSFP+, but still good enough.

Maybe VDX 6740t is good enough for me? What should I ask seller before buying one (licenses, etc.)?
I can license them, just be aware the copper version (the vdx6740t) draws significant power, it's first gen 10gbase-T PHY, so like a few watts per port. I think they idle around 180w but I don't have any numbers written down from when I had one. also not quiet