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

AgentCrimson

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I am very sorry about asking this if this has already been answered, but what optics should I get to break the 40G QSFP+ into 10G? The links that you originally provided appear to have vanished and having never worked with Brocade I am not sure what works fine. Can you please help or update the links on the initial post. Thanks in Advance. Really like the guide :)
 

klui

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The part numbers are still available on eBay. The links will be gone once the listing is complete so it won't make any sense to keep on updating them.
 

jcstill

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Hi,

I recently got a 7750-48F. It is boot looping printing this:
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Not sure what is going on here, any help would be apreciated.

Thanks
Follow the guide linked in the first post to reflash the primary partition and the boot sector from inside the uBoot environment.
When I followed the guide, I would get the following error:
Code:
ICX77xx-Boot> update_uboot
Updating BOOT image over TFTP
Using FM1@DTSEC1 device
TFTP from server 192.168.1.2; our IP address is 192.168.2.2; sending through gateway 192.168.2.1
Filename 'ICX7xxx/spz10118.bin'.
Load address: 0x1000000
Loading: #
!!!Error: Not a BROCADE UBOOT file:Header Type 0x215
ICX77xx-Boot>

I found that the latest standalone bootloader for the 7750 is provided with the 8090mc firmware from the ruckus website here. I was able to successfully install that bootloader and the 8090mc firmware on the switch. The filenames are:
8090mc/ICX7750/Boot/swz10118.bin
8090mc/ICX7750/Images/SWR08090mc.bin

If that fails, you most likely have a hardware issue of some sort. I had a 7150 with wonky flash and I had to use the NAND clean and scrub commands to get it to properly load an image.
Unfortunately, this particular switch seems to be having issues and I cant get fastiron to start.

From the bootloader, I was able to install the 8095g firmware.
8095g/ICX7750/Images/SWR08095gufi.bin
This installs a new bootloader (10.1.19T205).

I am able to boot to the linux prompt but am not sure where to go from here.

Any ideas welcomed. I have attached the console output and can provide the coredump if needed.
 

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jasonwc

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I have an ICX6610-48p. I'm currently using all SFP+ ports, both 40G QSFP+ ports (40G-LR4 Lite optics work great) and one of the two QSFP+ breakout ports with a QSFP+ to 4 x SFP+ cable. However, I would like to use the other breakout port to add more fiber ports.

Is there any particular reason to go with the Brocade XBR-000232. This Finisar 40Gb FTL410QE2C-G1 QSFP-40G-SR4 is actually cheaper with free shipping ($8). In addition, there appears to be no digital optical monitoring on the QSFP+ ports, the main reason to go with a Brocade transceiver. Anything I'm missing?


Also, will this work for an MPO to 4 x Duplex OM3 LC cable?


I plan to use some OM3 LC-LC adapters to connect to my existing OM3 cables.

 
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klui

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I don't have experience with these parts but I prefer transceivers having pull tabs instead of bail-clasps because you can remove them without disconnecting the patch cords. The form factor for your breakout patch cord should work but I would be weary if the LC ends can't be swapped in case they are A-A vs. A-B. The datasheet doesn't state if they are changable in the field.

But probably can.

 
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When I followed the guide, I would get the following error:
Code:
ICX77xx-Boot> update_uboot
Updating BOOT image over TFTP
Using FM1@DTSEC1 device
TFTP from server 192.168.1.2; our IP address is 192.168.2.2; sending through gateway 192.168.2.1
Filename 'ICX7xxx/spz10118.bin'.
Load address: 0x1000000
Loading: #
!!!Error: Not a BROCADE UBOOT file:Header Type 0x215
ICX77xx-Boot>

I found that the latest standalone bootloader for the 7750 is provided with the 8090mc firmware from the ruckus website here. I was able to successfully install that bootloader and the 8090mc firmware on the switch. The filenames are:
8090mc/ICX7750/Boot/swz10118.bin
8090mc/ICX7750/Images/SWR08090mc.bin



Unfortunately, this particular switch seems to be having issues and I cant get fastiron to start.

From the bootloader, I was able to install the 8095g firmware.
8095g/ICX7750/Images/SWR08095gufi.bin
This installs a new bootloader (10.1.19T205).

I am able to boot to the linux prompt but am not sure where to go from here.

Any ideas welcomed. I have attached the console output and can provide the coredump if needed.
Indeed, you can't flash the icx7150/7250 bootloader to the 7750 :p but looks like you got the files figured out. Sadly from your logs it looks pretty clear it's a hardware failure, it looks like the ASIC is no longer coming up:

Code:
SOC unit 0 attached to PCI device BCM56852_A2
0:soc_trident2_chip_reset: LCPLL 0 not locked on unit 0 status = 0x00000000
ERROR: SOC unit 0 system_init failed
**********  BCM SDK init FAILED  *************
 
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fohdeesha

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I have an ICX6610-48p. I'm currently using all SFP+ ports, both 40G QSFP+ ports (40G-LR4 Lite optics work great) and one of the two QSFP+ breakout ports with a QSFP+ to 4 x SFP+ cable. However, I would like to use the other breakout port to add more fiber ports.

Is there any particular reason to go with the Brocade XBR-000232. This Finisar 40Gb FTL410QE2C-G1 QSFP-40G-SR4 is actually cheaper with free shipping ($8). In addition, there appears to be no digital optical monitoring on the QSFP+ ports, the main reason to go with a Brocade transceiver. Anything I'm missing?


Also, will this work for an MPO to 4 x Duplex OM3 LC cable?


I plan to use some OM3 LC-LC adapters to connect to my existing OM3 cables.

yeah that will all work
 
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godlike

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Hi!
ICX 6450 here.
Stupid question:
IP address assigned to ve interface becomes unreachable once all Ethernet ports are down in given VLAN (as ve itself becomes down).
Is it possible to alter this behavior and make ve interface always up regardless is something connected to Ethernet ports or not?
Thank you!
 
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