Brocade VDX 6740

CalidLore

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Looking at purchasing 3 or 4 VDX 6740 switches from a local failed IT tech company. Read a lot of info on here and reddit but I want to verify few things before I buy them and start spending a decent chunk of my free time and money on making them work. Opinions on the VDX series seems to be much worse than the other brocade switches and I don't want to get myself into a mess.

Is it possible to license these to a higher level than they are now for only homelab use? I would love to uses the 40gb ports for fabric or to dell servers.
Are these difficult to find SFP+ modules or DAC cables that are compatible?
Can I upgrade from 4.0.x to the latest firmware?

Really appreciate all the info especially from fohdeesha!
 

CalidLore

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I ended up purchasing 2 VDX 6740. Someone else got the others. I was able to reset the admin password using the dell method found on this forum. Hardware reports OK and I would like to upgrade the switch to start learning it more. My problem is I do not see any licenses when I boot the switch up and yet

rbridge-id: 3
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
40G Port Upgrade license
Feature name:pORT_40G_UPGRADE
License is valid
Capacity: 4


rbridge-id: 3
48 10G ports are available in this switch
4 40G ports are available in this switch
No 10G Port Upgrade license is installed
40G Port Upgrade license is installed
Dynamic POD method is in use

24 10G port assignments are provisioned for use in this switch:
24 10G port assignments are provisioned by the base switch license
0 10G ports are assigned to installed licenses:
0 10G ports are assigned to the base switch license
10G ports assigned to the base switch license:
None
10G ports assigned to the 10G Port Upgrade license:
None
10G ports not assigned to a license:
3/0/1, 3/0/2, 3/0/3, 3/0/4, 3/0/5, 3/0/6, 3/0/7, 3/0/8, 3/0/9, 3/0/10
3/0/11, 3/0/12, 3/0/13, 3/0/14, 3/0/15, 3/0/16, 3/0/17, 3/0/18, 3/0/19, 3/0/20
3/0/21, 3/0/22, 3/0/23, 3/0/24, 3/0/25, 3/0/26, 3/0/27, 3/0/28, 3/0/29, 3/0/30
3/0/31, 3/0/32, 3/0/33, 3/0/34, 3/0/35, 3/0/36, 3/0/37, 3/0/38, 3/0/39, 3/0/40
3/0/41, 3/0/42, 3/0/43, 3/0/44, 3/0/45, 3/0/46, 3/0/47, 3/0/48
24 license reservations are still available for use by unassigned ports

4 40G port assignments are provisioned for use in this switch:
0 40G port assignments are provisioned by the base switch license
4 40G port assignments are provisioned by the 40G Port Upgrade license
0 40G ports are assigned to installed licenses:
0 40G ports are assigned to the base switch license
0 40G ports are assigned to the 40G Port Upgrade license
40G ports assigned to the base switch license:
None
40G ports assigned to the 40G Port Upgrade license:
None
40G ports not assigned to a license:
3/0/49, 3/0/50, 3/0/51, 3/0/52
4 license reservations are still available for use by unassigned ports

My version is very low at 4.1.3b. I understand if I upgrade from USB straight to 7.2 I will lose my QSPF licensing. I am fine with just 24 SFP+ ports usable. Can someone help me save my license or generate a new license after upgrading?

Appreciated!
 

klui

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Capture the serial console and the license strings should be displayed. Search for syslog section "SEC-3051" or "The license key". They should be printed after ports are shown administratively up.
 

CalidLore

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I don't find anything like that upon boot up. Full capture from boot to ability to login is below. the QSFP ports are working for VCS.

sw0# show vcs
Config Mode : Distributed
VCS Mode : Logical Chassis
VCS ID : 42
VCS GUID : e10010ee-10d4-4b11-a0da-06a0fe65489d
Total Number of Nodes : 2
Rbridge-Id WWN Management IP VCS Status Fabric Status HostName
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1 >10:00:50:EB:1A:80:22:98* 192.168.1.54 Online Online sw0
2 10:00:50:EB:1A:80:28:5C 192.168.1.55 Online Online sw1

sw0# show fabric isl

Rbridge-id: 4 #ISLs: 1

Src Src Nbr Nbr
Index Interface Index Interface Nbr-WWN BW Trunk Nbr-Name
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 Fo 2/0/51 2 Fo 2/0/51 10:00:50:EB:1A:80:28:5C 80G Yes "sw1"

sw0# show fabric isl
Possible completions:
isl Provides ISL information.
islports Provides detailed ISL information
sw0# show fabric islports
Name: sw0
Type: 131.7
State: Online
Role: Fabric Principal
VCS Id: 42
Config Mode:Distributed
Rbridge-id: 1
WWN: 10:00:50:eb:1a:80:22:98
FCF MAC: 50:eb:1a:80:23:1e

Index Interface State Operational State
===================================================================
0 Fo 1/0/49 Down
1 Fo 1/0/50 Down
2 Fo 1/0/51 Up ISL 10:00:50:eb:1a:80:28:5c "sw0" (downstream)(Trunk Primary)
3 Fo 1/0/52 Up ISL (Trunk port, Primary is 1/0/51 )


Below is full capture from power on to ability to login, I don't see anything that looks interesting license wise... I feel like I am missing something simple.

=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~= PuTTY log 2022.08.19 15:58:04 =~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=~=


BootROM version: 1.0.30
Copyright (C) 2011 Brocade Communication.

CPU0: P3041, Version: 2.0, (0x82110320)
Core: E500MC, Version: 3.2, (0x80230032)
Clock Configuration:
CPU0:1500 MHz, CPU1:1500 MHz, CPU2:1500 MHz, CPU3:1500 MHz,
CCB:750 MHz,
DDR:500 MHz (1000 MT/s data rate) (Asynchronous), LBC:46.875 MHz
FMAN1: 375 MHz
PME: 375 MHz
L1: D-cache 32 kB enabled
I-cache 32 kB enabled
Model ID: 131
Board: P3041 CASTOR, 36-bit Addressing
reset reason was 0x00000001: Power Up
I2C: ready
DRAM: Initializing....
Enabled DHC_EN
DIMM 0 [0xfe008174=0x8675a607] [0xfe008f38=0x11110e0c] [0xfe008f3c=0x0a0c0d0f] [0xfe008f40=0x0d004004]
6 GiB left unmapped
DDR: 8 GiB (DDR3, 64-bit, CL=7, ECC on)
testdram value not set, dram test not run
Now running in RAM - U-Boot at: 7ff20000
FLASH: 4 MiB
L2: 128 KB enabled
Corenet Platform Cache: 1024 KB enabled
SERDES: bank 2 disabled
PCI: gd->brcd_flags = 0, PCI init
PCIE1 connected to Slot 1 as Root Complex (base addr fe200000)
Scanning PCI bus 01
PCIE0 on bus 00 - 01
In: serial
Out: serial
Err: serial
SRIO1: disabled
SRIO2: disabled
NVRAM/RTC oscillator already turned on in a previous boot
Net: Fman: Uploading microcode version 101.6.0.
FM1@DTSEC4, FM1@DTSEC5
usb reset 0
(Re)start USB 0...
USB: Register 10011 NbrPorts 1
USB EHCI 1.00
scanning bus for devices... 2 USB Device(s) found
scanning bus for storage devices... 1 Storage Device(s) found
Hit ESC to stop autoboot: 5 4 3 2 1 0
Loading Environment 0 from NVRAM...
(Re)start USB 0...
USB: Register 10011 NbrPorts 1
USB EHCI 1.00
scanning bus for devices... 2 USB Device(s) found
scanning bus for storage devices... 1 Storage Device(s) found
setting prt to 2
Loading file "/boot/fastloading.mdt" from usb device 0:2 (usbda2)
158 bytes read
Image: [uImage]
Image: [hv.uImage]
Image: [silkworm.dtb]
Image: [silkworm_hct.dtb]
WARNING: adjusting available memory to 30000000
## Booting kernel from Legacy Image at 02000000 ...
Image Name:
Image Type: PowerPC Linux Kernel Image (uncompressed)
Data Size: 420064 Bytes = 410.2 KiB
Load Address: 00000000
Entry Point: 00000000
Verifying Checksum ... OK
## Flattened Device Tree blob at 04000000
Booting using the fdt blob at 0x4000000
Loading Kernel Image ... OK
OK
Loading Device Tree to 00ff7000, end 00fff1e3 ... OK
=======================================
Freescale Hypervisor 0.8-004
Hypervisor command line: config-addr=0x3000000 p1-linux="root=/dev/sda2 rootfstype=ext4 quiet"
[0] malloc_init: using 31 MiB at 0x7e0b7930 - 0x7fffffff
Device tree compatible: brocade,SILKWORM_PB
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias pci1 points to non-existent /pcie@ffe201000
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias sec_jr0 points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/jr@1000
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias sec_jr1 points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/jr@2000
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias sec_jr2 points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/jr@3000
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias sec_jr3 points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/jr@4000
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias rtic_a points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/rtic@6000/rtic-a@0
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias rtic_b points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/rtic@6000/rtic-b@20
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias rtic_c points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/rtic@6000/rtic-c@40
[0] dt_read_aliases: Alias rtic_d points to non-existent /soc@ffe000000/crypto@300000/rtic@6000/rtic-d@60
[0] assign_callback: device serial0 in serial0 not found
[0] assign_callback: device /hvcpld in fpga not found
[0] remap_restart_init: undefine restart-maps-to. Setting to remap_restart_unc.
[0] watchdog enabled with period 38
[5nHV>
[1] watchdog enabled with period 38
HV>
[3] watchdog enabled with period 38
HV>
[2] watchdog enabled with period 38
HV>
[0] assign_callback: device /soc/memory-controller@9000 in memory-controller@9000 not found
HV>
[0] assign_callback: device mdio0 in mdio0 not found
HV>
[0] assign_callback: device phy5 in phy5 not found
HV>
Bootargs set for cpu = 0 guest p1-linux bootagrs = root=/dev/sda2 rootfstype=ext4 quiet
HV>

part1 ACTIVE
HV>
[0] loading binary image from 0x79fff000 to 0x3000000
HV>
[0] Loading uImage from 0x78000000 to 0
HV>
[0] branching to guest p1-linux, 2 cpus
HV> this is quiet!

end of DRAM 4294967296 memstart_addr0 total_lowmem 4294967296
SLUB: dfree enabled
PRIMING SLUB: main caches
SLUB: export __kmalloc at 0x401068c0 changed to 0x40106c80
SLUB: export vmalloc at 0x400f55a8 changed to 0x400f535c
SLUB: export vfree at 0x400f4748 changed to 0x400f4678
network namespace NR (VRF) started
mmod_sysctl_inited: 1

Fman microcode 51 45 46

FMAN microcode UC size 0x1b64
default MII is 0xc10a4000 for tsec0
default MII is 0xc10ac000 for tsec0
Uboot wdt counter value: 0
^[[0n
INIT: version 2.78 booting

e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
/dev/sda2: clean, 17409/122160 files, 183850/488192 blocks
e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
/dev/sda1: recovering journal
/dev/sda1: clean, 9178/122160 files, 132992/488281 blocks
Firmware Integrity Check is default off
Bypassing firmware validation.
mount: sysfs already mounted or /sys busy
mount: according to mtab, none is already mounted on /sys
mknod: /dev/fsl-hv: File exists
Hostname is sw0

INIT: Entering runlevel: 3

FIPS-mode test application

1. Non-Approved cryptographic operation test...
a. Excluded algorithm (MD5)...successful
b. Included algorithm (D-H)...successful
2. Automatic power-up self test...successful
3. AES-128,192,256 CBC encryption/decryption...successful
4. RSA key generation and encryption/decryption...successful
4.1. RSA 2048 with 'SHA256' testing...successful
5. TDES-CBC encryption/decryption...successful
6a. SHA-1 hash...successful
6b. SHA-256 hash...successful
6c. SHA-512 hash...successful
6d. HMAC-SHA-1 hash...successful
6e. HMAC-SHA-224 hash...successful
6f. HMAC-SHA-256 hash...successful
6g. HMAC-SHA-384 hash...successful
6h. HMAC-SHA-512 hash...successful
7. Non-Approved cryptographic operation test...
a. Excluded algorithm (MD5)...Not executed
b. Included algorithm (D-H)...successful as expected
8. Zero-ization...Successful
9. TLS KDF...successful
10. SSH KDF...successful

All tests completed with 0 errors
Waiting to starting configuration management service
Starting configuration management service
/etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S95fabos: [: missing `]'
[wmd_init]: chunk_size = 0xa00000
[wmd_init]: Checksum does not match. current_cksum = 0x16c0388f stored_cksum = 0x8fd5a6c1
[wmd_init]: FPGA version = 0x002223a3
[wmd_init]: reset_reason = 0x1
[wmd_init]: updated reset_reason = 0x0

Reset reason = 0x1
wmem: b0004000:247439360
tbuf: 8ff00000:536854528
Found 1(threshold 5) abnormal reboots within 3000 seconds window(threshold)
KernelSpace rastrace_register
SWBD module launch ... Fri Aug 19 22:38:06 GMT 2022
bhpc_irq_init: Using default device map. Size 10

pcie_event_isr: ###### virq 170 core 0 MCSR 0x0 MSR 0x10021002 count 1
CPLD INIT DONE
PCIe Event [UNKNOWN] slot 0 Source Bus 0 Dev 0 MM Parent Bus 0 Dev 0 Events: 1
cbr_rev_init: pci config word 0xc0220008 for Castors
cbr_rev_init: prs_reg[0].ctrl=0x00000102
cbr_rev_init: chip_rev detected=2
Cobra rev B found
Info: panic dump has been initialized!
Creating L3-L2 fifo Fri Aug 19 22:38:17 GMT 2022 ...
Starting HASM ... Fri Aug 19 22:38:17 GMT 2022





Network OS (sw0)






sw0 console login: Exisitng reboot reason fsize = 5 rb=
Global Fan Direction: Port Side EXHAUST
Starting Dcmd ... Fri Aug 19 22:38:25 GMT 2022
server starting
Restoring DCM databasetp_register, got none fss tp handle=10000001h
2022/08/19-22:38:28, [HASM-1004], 29529,, INFO, VDX6740, Processor reloaded - Reset.
...done
waiting for server to shut down.... done
server stopped
Fri Aug 19 22:41:24 GMT 2022 :: Confd: Waiting for Dcmd to become ready...
CHASSIS RECOV_ACTIVE
SNMP Research EMANATE/Lite Agent Version 16.2.0.9
Copyright 1989-2006 SNMP Research, Inc.
Confd: No need to wait for Ccmd...
Fri Aug 19 22:41:36 GMT 2022 :: Triggering confd load phase1 after waiting for 10 secs
Critical FDB init success
pcap_master_init - sm is NULL after ha_calloc

Warn: imi_debug :zg->protocol is not set before lib_start()
2022/08/19-22:41:47, [BGP-1002], 29530,, INFO, sw0, BGP: Daemon ready for action
.
nsm_client_start - ret = 0


CMSH called

nsm_client_start_resp_socket-2874 Starts ...
message_client_connect_resp_socket-859 ends
nsm_client_start_resp_socket-2894 succeeds.
Activating haml.. l2sys_client_haml_activate
NOS : Initialize DY-SYNC LIB : mgmt_state 34002110
NOS : Init bc_pkt 1024cc54 bc_index 20 ***
***********************************************************
hal_new_link_cb: NSM: initialized system SVI mac: 50:eb:1a:80:1c:d7
************************************************************
2022/08/19-22:41:54, [NSM-1019], 29531, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface Ve 4093 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:41:55, [MFIC-1002], 29532,, INFO, sw0, Chassis FRU header not programmed for switch NID, using defaults (applies only to FICON environments).
2022/08/19-22:41:56, [SEC-1197], 29533,, INFO, VDX6740, Changed account admin.
2022/08/19-22:41:57, [SEC-1197], 29534,, INFO, VDX6740, Changed account user.
All service instances on Active
2022/08/19-22:42:01, [HASM-1108], 29535,, INFO, VDX6740, All service instances become active.
2022/08/19-22:42:01, [DCM-1002], 29536,, INFO, VDX6740, PostBoot processing on global config has started.
2022/08/19-22:42:02, [DOT1-1013], 29537, DCE, INFO, sw0, DOT1X test timeout value is set to 10.
2022/08/19-22:42:02, [ONMD-1002], 29538, DCE, INFO, sw0, LLDP global configuration is changed.
2022/08/19-22:42:02, [ONMD-1002], 29539, DCE, INFO, sw0, LLDP global configuration is changed.
2022/08/19-22:42:03, [RAS-2001], 29540,, INFO, sw0, Audit message log is enabled.
2022/08/19-22:42:03, [RAS-2003], 29541,, INFO, sw0, Audit message class configuration has been changed to SECURITY,CONFIGURATION,FIRMWARE.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2014], 29542, DCE, INFO, sw0, VLAN sub-profile for port-profile UpgradedVlanProfile is created.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2017], 29543, DCE, INFO, sw0, Port-profile UpgradedVlanProfile is configured for switching properties.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2019], 29544, DCE, INFO, sw0, The trunk mode is configured for port-profile UpgradedVlanProfile.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2024], 29545, DCE, INFO, sw0, All VLANs are configured as tagged VLANs for port-profile UpgradedVlanProfile.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2044], 29546, DCE, INFO, sw0, Domain: default creation successful.
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [NSM-2046], 29547, DCE, INFO, sw0, Profile: UpgradedVlanProfile addition to domain default successful.
DCE Blade: Castor board version 7
Blade Profile: profile id [0]
In cbr_chip_cfg_init
In cbr_chip_cfg_init ldev size 2048
In cbr_chip_cfg_init ldev size 0
FCOE agent in ctor function
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [HASM-1108], 29548,, INFO, VDX6740, All service instances become active.
Enabling Eth switch... 1
2022/08/19-22:42:04, [DCM-1003], 29549,, INFO, VDX6740, PostBoot processing on global config is complete.
POST1: started running Fri Aug 19 22:42:04 GMT 2022
POST1: Script PASSED with exit status of 0 Fri Aug 19 22:42:05 GMT 2022 took (0:0:1)
POST2: started running Fri Aug 19 22:42:08 GMT 2022
POST2: Test #1 - Running portloopbacktest -dports 1-48 (10G)
POST2: Test #2 - Running portloopbacktest -dports 49-64 (40G)
POST2: Script PASSED with exit status of 0 Fri Aug 19 22:42:16 GMT 2022 took (0:0:8)
LPM Critical Data Size [526336]
NH Critical Data Size [6272]
QOS-TXQ Critical Data Structure Size = [13704]
2022/08/19-22:42:23, [BL-1000], 29550,, INFO, VDX6740, Initializing ports...
2022/08/19-22:42:25, [BL-1034], 29551,, INFO, VDX6740, SWITCH CEE initialization completed.
Set VLP module index 0 to module 0
sys_init: before msg_init1

init_dy_sync_slave(), sync_type = 49 >= 49
module_slot_pre_init: setting module # 0 fid_base to: 1774
link is up
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29552, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface FortyGigabitEthernet 3/0/49 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29553, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface FortyGigabitEthernet 3/0/50 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29554, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface FortyGigabitEthernet 3/0/51 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29555, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface FortyGigabitEthernet 3/0/52 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29556, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/4 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29557, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/5 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29558, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/6 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29559, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/7 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29560, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/8 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29561, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/9 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29562, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/10 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29563, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/11 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29564, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/12 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29565, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/14 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29566, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/15 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29567, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/16 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29568, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/18 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29569, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/20 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29570, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/17 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:32, [NSM-1019], 29571, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/21 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29572, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/22 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29573, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/23 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29574, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/24 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29575, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/25 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29576, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/26 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29577, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/27 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29578, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/28 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29579, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/29 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29580, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/30 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29581, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/31 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29582, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/32 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29583, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/33 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29584, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/2 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29585, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/19 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29586, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/34 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29587, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/35 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29588, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/36 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29589, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/37 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29590, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/38 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29591, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/39 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29592, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/40 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29593, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/41 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29594, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/42 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29595, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/43 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29596, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/44 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29597, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/45 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29598, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/1 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29599, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/3 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29600, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/13 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29601, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/46 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29602, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/47 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:33, [NSM-1019], 29603, DCE, INFO, sw0, Interface TenGigabitEthernet 3/0/48 is administratively up.
2022/08/19-22:42:53, [DCM-1002], 29604,, INFO, VDX6740, PostBoot processing on L0 config has started.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [HASM-1111], 29605,, INFO, VDX6740, Configuration replay has completed on SWITCH.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [DCM-1003], 29606,, INFO, VDX6740, PostBoot processing on L0 config is complete.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [DCM-1007], 29607,, INFO, VDX6740, No Configuration File Replay.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [DCM-1005], 29608,, INFO, VDX6740, Configuration Replay is complete.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [SEC-1334], 29609,, INFO, VDX6740, local security policy not saved.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [SEC-1334], 29610,, INFO, VDX6740, local security policy not saved.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [HASM-1110], 29611,, INFO, VDX6740, Configuration replay has completed on the system.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [DCM-1116], 29612,, INFO, VDX6740, System initialization is complete. NOS is ready to handle all commands.
2022/08/19-22:42:58, [SEC-1197], 29613,, INFO, VDX6740, Changed account admin.
2022/08/19-22:42:59, [SEC-1197], 29614,, INFO, VDX6740, Changed account user.
 

klui

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I can't help here. Maybe your 40G licenses are intrinsic to the model. Clearly your dpod output shows there is no 40G in your base license.

Could you issue show license all?

Your situation may be better resolved if you talk with Extreme. They can identify if your license is tied to the FRU. But my current guess is the old NOS doesn't show the license strings.
 
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sw0# show license all
The cluster has 2 switches

rbridge-id: 1
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
       40G Port Upgrade license
       Feature name:PORT_40G_UPGRADE
       License is valid
       Capacity: 4

rbridge-id: 2
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
       40G Port Upgrade license
       Feature name:PORT_40G_UPGRADE
       License is valid
       Capacity: 4
 

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wasn't it like "show logging raslog" or something that showed the full license strings? I've blocked most of the vdx stuff out of my brain due to ptsd
 
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Yeah, maybe raslog will show them for 4.x.

Versions 6 and beyond show them during boot. I think best bet is to perform rolling upgrades to preserve the licenses. My switch never had NOS that old.

Another thing to try is to go into fos/foscmd and poke around the file system.
 
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It looks like i would need firmware 5.0.2c and 6.0.2h to maybe be able to see the licensing. Anyone willing to share those 2 firmware? raslog brought up a ton of interesting information about the old owners but no licensing. I think I will be more careful when ewasteing my switches in the future....

Upgrade from 4.1.3x > 5.0.2c using FTP/SCP, then 5.0.2c > 6.0.2h, then perform VCS Fabric Multi-Version Upgrade from 6.0.2h > 7.4.1a
  1. Advantages
    1. Configuration is retained during each firmware upgrade version
    2. Traffic only impacted on single home devices while switch reboots during upgrade
  2. Disadvantages
    1. Requires much more time as each upgrade needs to be completed on all switches before moving to the next firmware version
 

fohdeesha

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It looks like i would need firmware 5.0.2c and 6.0.2h to maybe be able to see the licensing. Anyone willing to share those 2 firmware? raslog brought up a ton of interesting information about the old owners but no licensing. I think I will be more careful when ewasteing my switches in the future....

Upgrade from 4.1.3x > 5.0.2c using FTP/SCP, then 5.0.2c > 6.0.2h, then perform VCS Fabric Multi-Version Upgrade from 6.0.2h > 7.4.1a
  1. Advantages
    1. Configuration is retained during each firmware upgrade version
    2. Traffic only impacted on single home devices while switch reboots during upgrade
  2. Disadvantages
    1. Requires much more time as each upgrade needs to be completed on all switches before moving to the next firmware version
just use the licenses from PM and do a clean wipe with the latest fw to get all the old shit off the aging CF cards - Q A: How to perform netinstall on VDX 6740 and 6940 via USB? | Extreme Portal
 

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I ended up purchasing 2 VDX 6740. Someone else got the others. I was able to reset the admin password using the dell method found on this forum. Hardware reports OK and I would like to upgrade the switch to start learning it more. My problem is I do not see any licenses when I boot the switch up and yet
If you're looking for another one, I have a 48 port one that I never sold. It's probably still in the for sale section, buried.
 

CalidLore

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First thank you Fohdeesha!! and Jason Antes

Questions: does anyone have firmware later than 7.4.0a they would be willing to share? Any recommendation for a cheap 24port POE+ switch with 10gb uplink to pair with these?

Extreme networking denied my service account creation and have been honestly the worst network vendor I have tried to work with. Granted I had no service contract but it is the first time a vendor has not made a 1 time exception or allowed for security concern etc to download a firmware. I have heard good things about extreme in the past but after the last few days I have zero interest in ever trying their products.

Netinstall went well using Jason Antes download of 7.2.0d. Fohdeesha helped me with the QSFQ licensing problem.

No problems using an array of SFP+ modules. Juniper, Cisco and Juniper/Cisco FS.com modules even some unknown 10gbtek all work perfectly. QSFP cisco DACs active and passive both work. Cisco MM and SF modules work. FS.com Cisco compatible DACs worked. Juniper and a few 3rd party DACs and modules did not work!

I have ordered a FS.com Rj45 cisco compatible 10gb optic and will update this when I am able to test it.

With all 4 QSFP and 12 SFP+ running, Kill-a-Watt shows I am pulling 98 watts per VDX 6470. Noise is not that bad, far less than Nexus I have used in the past. I wouldn't want to work with them on my desk but I cannot hear them once I close the door to my homelab.

the 2 VDX 6740 with 2 QSFP DACs for 80gb fabric has been stable for the last 48 hours pushing Iometer between 4 different servers and ISCSI multipathing for my homelab/ home. Vlans / Routing even management configuration has some weird quirks but all worked very well once it was properly created.

Honestly, I have been super impressed, not sure what the hate is for on here. Maybe I should pick-up a recommended ICX to see what I am missing. Still a lot to learn and I think there must be some sort of QOS or services I still need to disable regarding ISCSI traffic.

I doubt I bother moving to a new switch in the next 5 years or so. This does everything I need. Granted I am not using BGP or OSFP or anything else but this powers my ESXI and NAS and home exceptionally well.
 

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Honestly, I have been super impressed, not sure what the hate is for on here.

But you wrote this in the beginning.

Granted I had no service contract but it is the first time a vendor has not made a 1 time exception or allowed for security concern etc to download a firmware. I have heard good things about extreme in the past but after the last few days I have zero interest in ever trying their products.
Sure, once you have updated and licensed the switch works as advertised but @fohdeesha's earlier reply still holds. https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/brocade-vdx-6740.23248/post-216713 You did state Juniper DACs don't work, correct? I have a Mellanox AOC that works on ICX but not VDX.

Seems like the old VDX group's values and Extreme are made for each other.
 

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First thank you Fohdeesha!! and Jason Antes

Questions: does anyone have firmware later than 7.4.0a they would be willing to share? Any recommendation for a cheap 24port POE+ switch with 10gb uplink to pair with these?
When we had these at work, they were uplinked to ICX 7440's via the 40Gb ports (since the 7440's we had were all 40Gb ports) as they were the core. I would say an ICX6610 24 port POE switch would work, or any of the ICX series.
 

CalidLore

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Klui

You are correct. The worst part of the VDX switch was Extreme Network. The support is non existent and they were beyond rude on denying me a support account in broken english with refusal to escalate. I am 90% a server guy but I will go out of my way to make sure I do not buy an extreme product simply due to 4 or 5 emails with their support since Friday.

DACs and SFPs I guess I am used to having to hunt and peck. Intel X520s unless flashed are a pain in the butt. HPE/Aruba hates Cisco. Juniper does or does not take 3rd party depending on the switch. the VDX 6470 is probably the most open switch I have used regarding optics.
 

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I'am looking for licenses too :-/ Can anyone help here?
You need to PM fohdeesha and contribute to his beer fund. I have my original licenses for the 6740 I have but not sure they'd apply to what you've got. I'm planning to sell it so I'm not likely to give them out since it will likely end up on ebay since I have spare parts for it too.

Shoot, I need to contribute too yet.
 

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Switch licenses are typically tied to the system and won't activate on another.
 

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Can anyone suggest some cheap compatible SPF+ cables need 2-3meter

Bought "10GBASE-CU Passive Direct Attach Copper Twinax SFP+ Cable Compatible for Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU2M" from Amazon but kept showing

"Incompatible SFP transceiver for interface TenGigabitEthernet"