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

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  1. Yamakasi

    Yamakasi New Member

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    Is it true that the 10G ports on a 66XX series are enabled as 10G no matter what license you have ?
     
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  2. Jannis Jacobsen

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    I believe they are 1G locked without 10Gig licenses
    I’ll try to check when I have some free time

    -j
     
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  3. Yamakasi

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    That would be amazing! I'm trying to find out how it works as some manufactures free such features as well on EOL where vendors/resellers don't even know anything about the license EOL or not.

    I hope to hear! Thanks!
     
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  4. katilinus

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    in the 6610 that I have, the ports were locked. Having a license solves the issue
     
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  5. Yamakasi

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    OK, good to know, are they still availble and what are the expected costs ? What do you receive as well, the license or a firmware based on the license/serial ?
     
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  6. fohdeesha

    fohdeesha Kaini Industries

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    they are EOL devices so you cannot purchase licenses directly from ruckus/brocade anymore, there are some places like terabit systems selling old stock licenses for around $1k each

    it's a license xml file generated based on your switch's license ID
     
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  7. Yamakasi

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    OK, what wonders me is: how can you have stock licenses that must be based on your LiD ?
     
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  8. Jannis Jacobsen

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    My icx6610 arrived yesterday.
    1 psu and 2 fan modules for some reason.
    rev B psu.
    Amazed how little noise it has, powerconnect 6224 sounds like a jet in comparison :)
    Got it flashed to v8 without any issues.
    Waiting for cables and second psu before starting to play with the 40gig ports :)

    -j
     
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  9. fohdeesha

    fohdeesha Kaini Industries

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    It's an activation code you use on Ruckus's website to generate a license file for your switch
     
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  10. maes

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    Modding my 6450 a bit.
    - Fan swap to completely silent Noctuas
    - mounting a 2nd fan in the provided mounting point (and fan header) (2 Noctuas slightly exceed the total CFM of the original fan, while remaining completely quiet)
    - cutting hole in casing
    - 3D printed insert for hole to provide less restrictive flow to both fans.

    switch fan bracket v2.png
    The bottom-left screw hole lines up with the bottom-left screw hole in the case itself.
     
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  11. katilinus

    katilinus New Member

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    I know that someone on the forum has chopped the 6610 top cover and placed a fan to help with the airflow.
    1. Could you please post some pictures with the endresult?
    2. was it worth it from a noise perspective (is it quieter now?)
     
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  12. Jannis Jacobsen

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    I believe it’s the psu fans that are noisy on the 6610.
    not much you can do, I think.
    (surprised how little noise it has myself)

    -j
     
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  13. scr0llwheel

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    I picked up my 6450 from a local e-recycling center today. I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm loving it. It's scratching an itch that I haven't enjoyed since playing with new tech in college.

    Basic question: How can I check the license that I have on it? I was worried about erasing the current license since that's what the help menu seemed to indicate.
     
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  14. Jannis Jacobsen

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    As already mentioned, the command is show license. You'll keep any license that's already on the device if you follow the guide.
     
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  16. Steves Switch

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    IS there an open license for the switch since it's EOL or is it still pay to use?
     
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  17. fohdeesha

    fohdeesha Kaini Industries

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    pay licenses only for the icx6xxx series
     
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  18. scr0llwheel

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    This is the result of show license

    Code:
    Brocade-ICX6450-24P#show license
    Index    Lic Mode        Lic Name               ....      Lic Type    Status     Lic Period    Lic Capacity
    Stack unit 1:
    1        Node Lock       ICX6450-10G-LIC-POD    <snip>    Normal      Active     Unlimited         4
    2        Node Lock       ICX6450-PREM-LIC-SW    <snip>    Normal      Active     Unlimited         1

    Does this mean I have a full 10g license for all four SFP+ ports?
     
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  19. fohdeesha

    fohdeesha Kaini Industries

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    you're fully licensed
     
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  20. snoturtle

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    Has anyone found either generic rack ears that work or a cheap place to buy the Brocade ones?

    I did find that the rear rack ears from Crown amps fit 2 of the 3 holes but they are over sized and need 4 rack screw spaces instead of 3.
     
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