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HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Interconnect Switch
Part number: 331399-004
Fourth edition: February 2006

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  • Page 1: User Guide

    HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Interconnect Switch User Guide Part number: 331399-004 Fourth edition: February 2006...

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    © 2004, 2006 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Storage Connectivity Kit option... 21 Installation guidelines ... 21 Installing a new GbE2 Interconnect Switch for a new deployment... 21 Replacing an existing GbE2 Interconnect Switch ... 22 Upgrading from an existing GbE Interconnect Switch... 23 Upgrading from an RJ-45 Patch Panel or RJ-45 Patch Panel 2 ...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Introduction ... 55 User account information ... 55 Safe Mode... 55 GbE2 Interconnect Switch replacement scenario using a Safe Mode configuration ... 56 Safe Mode configuration file templates ... 56 Safe Mode configuration file template modification ... 56 Applying the Safe Mode template configuration file... 56 Electrostatic discharge Overview...

  • Page 5: Overview, Additional References

    HP ProLiant BL p-Class F-GbE2 Interconnect Kit Additional references Once the GbE2 Interconnect Switch is installed, you are ready to configure it. Detailed information about how to configure the GbE2 Interconnect Switch is available in the reference guides listed below. To obtain these guides, go to the HP website (http://www.hp.com/support), and search for GbE2.

  • Page 6: Features, Enterprise Class Performance

    When used in conjunction with UFD, NIC teams on the blade server must be configured for switch redundancy. That is, the team will span ports on both Switch A and Switch B. Refer to the HP ProLiant Network Adapter Teaming white paper on http://www.hp.com/support...

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    Support for Secure Shell (SSH) version 2. SSH is a protocol that enables remote administrators to log securely into the switch over a network to execute management commands. Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) allows the GbE2 Interconnect Switch to control and configure trunk groups dynamically. The GbE2 supports the IEEE 802.3ad-2002 standard.

  • Page 8: Gbe2 Interconnect Switch Redundancy, Configuration And Management, Diagnostic Tools

    Two separate GbE2 Interconnect Switches per one ProLiant BL p-Class server blade enclosure Four Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports in the back and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports in the front, per GbE2 Interconnect Switch, for designing fully meshed uplink paths to the network backbone...

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    Portable Diagnostic Station option to configure and diagnose a GbE2 Interconnect Switch and server blade removed from the rack The ability to return the GbE2 Interconnect Switch to known good condition in case of firmware corruption State information dump for tuning and debugging switch performance...

  • Page 10: Gbe2 Interconnect Switch Architecture

    GbE2 Interconnect Switch architecture The ProLiant BL p-Class system provides integrated switching technology for network cable reduction. The following diagram illustrates the Ethernet signal connectivity between server bays and the interconnect bays through the backplane for the p-Class server enclosure.

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    The interconnect switch does not affect or determine NIC enumeration and the associated mapping of NIC interfaces to interconnect switch ports. The numbering of the NICs on the server (for example, NIC 1, NIC 2, NIC 3) is determined by the server type, the server operating system, and what NICs are enabled on the server.

  • Page 12: Hp Ethernet Connectivity Mapper Utility (hpecm), Gbe2 Interconnect Switches, Redundant Crosslinks

    Each pair of GbE2 Interconnect Switches consolidates up to thirty-two 10/100/1000 Ethernet signals into one-to- eight Gigabit ports (on the back of the system) plus four additional Gigabit Ethernet ports (on the front of the GbE2 Interconnect Switches). This design eliminates up to 31 network cables from the back of the server blade enclosure.

  • Page 13: Ieee 802.1q-based Virtual Local Area Network, Spanning Tree Protocol, Simple Network Management Protocol, Port Mirroring

    This technology offers a way for network packet analyzers to view the traffic moving through the GbE2 Interconnect Switches by providing a copy of the traffic that is currently being passed through any other port. The packets are normally sent to a network packet analyzer or other monitoring device attached to the mirror port.

  • Page 14: Store And Forward Switching Scheme, Bootstrap Protocol, Network Time Protocol

    GbE2 Interconnect Switch or can be obtained through Network Time Protocol (NTP). NTP allows the GbE2 Interconnect Switch to send a request to a primary NTP server in each polling period asking for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

  • Page 15: Secure Shell And Secure Copy, Xmodem, Internet Group Management Protocol (igmp) Snooping, Jumbo Frames, Auto-mdi/mdix

    GbE2 Interconnect Switch. Telnet does not provide this level of security. The Telnet method of managing a GbE2 Interconnect Switch does not provide a secure connection. SSH is a protocol that enables remote administrators to log securely into the GbE2 Interconnect Switch over a network to execute management commands.

  • Page 16: Redundant Images In Firmware, External Components, Gbe2 Interconnect Switch Front Panel

    Redundant images in firmware The GbE2 Interconnect Switch can store up to two different software images, called image1 and image2, as well as boot software, called boot. When you download new software, you are given the ability to specify where it is to be placed: either into image1, image2, or boot.

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    Off = Power off Link activity and speed Refer to the following figures and tables for LED assignments and functions. LEDs Figure 6 GbE2 Interconnect Switch front panel NIC LED assignments Table 2 GbE2 Interconnect Switch front panel NIC LED assignments Item Description...

  • Page 18: Quadt2 Interconnect Module Panel

    Figure 7 GbE2 Interconnect Switch front panel NIC LED functions Table 3 GbE2 Interconnect Switch front panel NIC LED functions Item LED Description Link speed Link activity QuadT2 Interconnect Module panel The QuadT2 Interconnect Modules are inserted into the bottom-left-most and bottom-right-most bays on the rear side of the server blade enclosure.

  • Page 19: Quadsx Interconnect Module Panel

    QuadT2 Interconnect Module connectors Item Description Port 22 RJ-45 connector for 10/100/1000 Mb uplink for Switch A Port 21 RJ-45 connector for 10/100/1000 Mb uplink for Switch A Port 20 RJ-45 connector for 10/100/1000 Mb uplink for Switch A Port 19 RJ-45 connector for 10/100/1000 Mb uplink for Switch A...

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    QuadSX Interconnect Module connectors Item Description Port 22 LC fiber connector for 1000SX uplink on Switch B Port 21 LC fiber connector for 1000SX uplink on Switch B Port 20 LC fiber connector for 1000SX uplink on Switch B Port 19 LC fiber connector for 1000SX uplink on Switch B...

  • Page 21: Installing The Gbe2 Interconnect Switches And Interconnect Modules, Overview

    Fibre Channel Signal Conditioning Cards are also included in the kit; one is installed in each GbE2 Interconnect Switch. If you are installing the GbE2 Storage Connectivity Kit, refer to the HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Storage Connectivity Kit Quick Setup Instructions included with the GbE2 Storage Connectivity Kit for more information.

  • Page 22: Replacing An Existing Gbe2 Interconnect Switch

    Installing the QuadT2 or QuadSX Interconnect Modules Slide one GbE2 Interconnect Switch into the right interconnect bay in the front side of the server blade enclosure (1). The GbE2 Interconnect Switch in the right interconnect bay is referred to as Switch B.

  • Page 23: Upgrading From An Existing Gbe Interconnect Switch

    TFTP server, refer to the HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Interconnect Switch Command Reference Guide. On the front side of the ProLiant BL p-Class server blade enclosure, release the ejector lever for the GbE2 Interconnect Switch.

  • Page 24: Upgrading From An Rj-45 Patch Panel Or Rj-45 Patch Panel 2

    On the rear side of the server blade enclosure, insert the new interconnect module into the bottom-left module bay. On the front side of the server blade enclosure, slide a new GbE2 Interconnect Switch fully into the right interconnect bay.

  • Page 25: Gbe2 Interconnect Switch Security

    Access to GbE2 Interconnect Switch functions is controlled through the use of unique surnames and passwords. Once you are connected to the GbE2 Interconnect Switch via the local console, Telnet, or SSH, you are prompted to enter a password. The default user names/password for each access level is listed in the following table.

  • Page 26: Manually Configuring A Gbe2 Interconnect Switch, Configuring Multiple Gbe2 Interconnect Switches

    GbE2 Interconnect Switch. After a GbE2 Interconnect Switch is configured, you can back up the configuration as a text file to a TFTP server. The backup configuration file can then be downloaded from the TFTP server to restore the switch back to the original configuration.

  • Page 27: Powering Up The Gbe2 Interconnect Switch, Accessing The Gbe2 Interconnect Switch

    If the server blade enclosure has power applied, the GbE2 Interconnect Switch automatically begins to power up when installed. The power status LED on the front of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch starts out as amber to indicate that power is connected to the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. After 30 seconds, the power status LED turns to green to indicate that the GbE2 Interconnect Switch is powered up.

  • Page 28: Logging On And Configuring The Gbe2 Interconnect Switch

    (BBI) or command line interface (CLI). Once you have accessed the GbE2 Interconnect Switch, the GbE2 Interconnect Switch logon prompt is displayed. If the GbE2 Interconnect Switch does not obtain the IP address by means of the BOOTP service, you can access the switch locally and manually assign an IP address.

  • Page 29: Supporting Software And Special Considerations

    Supporting software and special considerations The following supporting software is available to assist you in configuring and managing the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. Server Blade and Power Management Module Firmware—Provides firmware and installation instructions required for proper rack location operation. Utilities package and documentation—Provides utilities and documentation for GbE2 Interconnect Switch management.

  • Page 30: Class A Equipment, Modifications, Cables, Canadian Notice (avis Canadien)

    This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numérique de la classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. HP ProLiant BL p-Class C-GbE2 Interconnect Kit Regulatory Compliance Notices 30...

  • Page 31: European Union Regulatory Notice

    Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC CE Compliance of this product is valid only if powered with the correct HP-provided and CE marked AC adapter. If this product has telecommunication functionality, it also complies with the essential requirements of: R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC...

  • Page 32: Bsmi Notice, Japanese Notice, Korean Notice

    BSMI Notice Japanese Notice Korean Notice HP ProLiant BL p-Class C-GbE2 Interconnect Kit Regulatory Compliance Notices 32...

  • Page 33: Modifications, Class A Equipment, Cables, Canadian Notice (avis Canadien)

    This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numérique de la classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. HP ProLiant BL p-Class F-GbE2 Interconnect Kit Regulatory Compliance Notices 33...

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    Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC CE Compliance of this product is valid only if powered with the correct HP-provided and CE marked AC adapter. If this product has telecommunication functionality, it also complies with the essential requirements of: R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC...

  • Page 35: Japanese Notice, Bsmi Notice, Korean Notice, Laser Compliance

    August 2, 1976. These regulations apply to laser products manufactured from August 1, 1976. Compliance is mandatory for products marketed in the United States. This device is classified as a Class 1 laser product as defined by IEC 60825-1. HP ProLiant BL p-Class F-GbE2 Interconnect Kit Regulatory Compliance Notices 35...

  • Page 36: Technical Specifications

    Table 9 General specifications Standards Protocols Data transfer rates Ethernet Fast Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Connectors GbE2 Interconnect Switch QuadT2 Interconnect Module QuadSX Interconnect Module 10Base-T 100Base-TX 1000Base-T 1000Base-SX IEEE 802.3 10Base-T Ethernet IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T Ethernet IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-SX Ethernet...

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    GbE2 Interconnect Switch dimensions Interconnect Module dimensions Weight Safety 16 x 10/100/1000-Mb/s Nway Ports dedicated to server blade for GbE2 Interconnect Switch communications 2 x 10/100/1000-Mb/s Nway Ports dedicated to communications between GbE2 Interconnect Switches A and B 4 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T RJ-45 ports or 4 1-Gigabit LC ports...

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    2K per GbE2 Interconnect Switch 1,488,095 packets per second with 64 byte packets per port (for 1000 Mb/s) 6 X 1Gig port = 6 X 1,488,095 = 8,928,570 pps per GbE2 Interconnect Switch 16 : 6 2 X 1Gig ports bundled in Port Trunk of 2Gig size...

  • Page 39: Runtime Switching Software Default Settings

    Runtime switching software default settings This section provides the default settings for the GbE2 Interconnect Switch: Table 12 contains general default settings for both Switch A and Switch B Table 13 contains port names, VLANs, STP, trunking default settings for Switch A and Switch B...

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    Table 12 Switch A and Switch B: general default settings Setting Value Bridge Hello Time 2 seconds Bridge Forward Delay 15 seconds Bridge Priority 32768 MAC Address Aging Time 300 seconds Port Priority Path Cost Static VLAN Entry Default VLAN (VID = 1)

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    Table 12 Switch A and Switch B: general default settings Setting Value Serial Port Data Bit Serial Port Parity Bit None Serial Port Stop Bit Serial Port Flow Control None Default VLAN Default VLAN (VID=1) with all ports assigned including CPU, STG=1...

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    Table 12 Switch A and Switch B: general default settings Setting Value RADIUS Server Timeout RADIUS Backdoor for Telnet Access Disabled Re-ARP Period in Minutes MSTP Disabled MSTP Default Mode RSTP MSTP Region Name None MSTP Region Version MSTP Max Hop Count...

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    Table 12 Switch A and Switch B: general default settings Setting Value UFD Link to Disable – Ports None UFD Link To Disable -- Trunks None RMON History Group Number None RMON History Interface MIB to Monitor None RMON History Number of Requested...

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    Table 12 Switch A and Switch B: general default settings Setting Value 802.1x – suptmout 802.1x – syrtmout 802.1x – maxreq 802.1x – raperiod 3600 802.1x – reauth IGMP MCAST/BCAST/UCAST SNMPv3 – SNMP access read/write enabled SNMPv3 – v1v2 access enabled SNMPv3 –...

  • Page 45: Switch A And Switch B: Port Names, Vlans, Stp, Trunking Default Settings

    IMPORTANT: If you have the ProLiant BL p-Class F-GbE2 Interconnect Kit option with the QuadSX Interconnect Modules, the management interface supports only 1000M/Full and Auto options for the Speed/Duplex fields for Gigabit uplink ports. The fiber QuadSX Interconnect Module supports only 1000-Mb/s (Gigabit) speed, and not 10-Mb/s or 100-Mb/s.

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    Table 13 Switch A and Switch B: port names, VLANs, STP, and trunking default settings Port type Port Speed Uplink 10/100/1000 (Auto) Uplink 10/100/1000 (Auto) Uplink 10/100/1000 (Auto) Front Panel 10/100/1000 (Auto) Front Panel 10/100/1000 (Auto) PVID VLAN name Port name...

  • Page 47: Performing A Serial Download Introduction, Serial Upgrade Of Boot Code Firmware Image Procedure

    Use the following procedure to perform a serial upgrade of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch Boot Code firmware image, usually named pGbE2_b_100.bin. Using the null modem, connect the console port of a GbE2 Interconnect Switch to the serial port of your PC that supports XModem/1K XModem.

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    Stop Bits Flow Control Press Enter several times on the keyboard of the PC that is connected to the console port of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. When the console port is successfully communicating with the PC, indicating readiness for image transfer, you see continuous C’s: CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC Make sure that the new Switch Boot Code firmware file is available on the computer.

  • Page 49: Serial Upgrade Of Operating System Firmware Procedure

    Use the following procedure to perform a serial upgrade of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch Operating System firmware image usually named pGbE2_100.bin. Using the null modem cable, connect the console port of a GbE2 Interconnect Switch to the serial port of your PC that supports XModem/1K XModem.

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    Press Enter several times on the keyboard of the PC that is connected to the console port of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. When the console port is successfully communicating with the PC, indicating readiness for image transfer, you see continuous C’s: CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC Make sure that the new Switch Operating System firmware file is available on the computer.

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    No update. Change your baud rate to 9600 bps and power cycle the switch Change the baud rate to 9600 and power off the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. Wait for a few seconds, and power on the GbE2 Interconnect Switch. During bootup the GbE2 Interconnect Switch the following prompt displays: Press <Ctrl>-o to use the other image…...

  • Page 52: Introduction, Snmp Manager Software, Supported Mibs

    Introduction Management and statistics information is stored in the GbE2 Interconnect Switch in the Management Information Base (MIB). The GbE2 Interconnect Switch supports several standard MIBs. Values for MIB objects can be retrieved with any SNMP-based network management software. In addition to the standard MIBs, the switch also supports its own proprietary enterprise MIB as an extended Management Information Base.

  • Page 53: Supported Traps

    Supported traps The GbE2 Interconnect Switch SNMP agent supports the following generic traps as defined in RFC 1215: ColdStart WarmStart LinkDown LinkUp AuthenticationFailure Failover The SNMP agent also supports two spanning tree traps as defined in RFC 1493:...

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    The following are the enterprise SNMP traps supported in the GbE2 Interconnect Switch: Table 14 Supported enterprise SNMP traps Trap name bt2SwDefGwUp bt2SwDefGwDown bt2SwDefGwInService bt2SwDefGwNotInService bt2SwLoginFailure bt2SwPrimaryPowerSupplyFailure bt2SwVrrpNewMaster bt2SwVrrpNewBackup bt2SwVrrpAuthFailure bt2SwRackLocationChange bt2SwTempExceedThreshold bt2SwTempReturnThreshold bt2SwApplyComplete bt2SwSaveComplete bt2SwFwDownloadSucess bt2SwFwDownloadFailure bt2SwFanFailure bt2SwFanFailureFixed bt2SwUfdfoLtMFailure...

  • Page 55: Safe Mode Configuration Introduction, User Account Information, Safe Mode

    VLAN isolation used by the production network. A new or replacement GbE2 Interconnect Switch should be preconfigured in a "safe mode" such that it addresses these security concerns and still allows the administrator to configure the switch and finalize switch deployment on the production network.

  • Page 56: Gbe2 Interconnect Switch Replacement Scenario Using A Safe Mode Configuration, Safe Mode Configuration File Templates

    Applying the Safe Mode template configuration file Use one of the following methods to apply the file to your GbE2 Interconnect Switch and set the switch in Safe Mode. Method 1: Via the switch serial port using command line interface (CLI) Power up the switch using the Diagnostic Station or by inserting the switch in a non-production blade enclosure.

  • Page 57

    Power up the switch using the Diagnostic Station or by inserting the switch in a non-production blade enclosure. After resetting the switch to factory settings (if required), login to the switch CLI via the serial console as Admin. If the switch cannot get BootP assigned IP settings, configure the switch IP address settings so that it can access a TFTP server on the attached network.

  • Page 58: Grounding Methods, Overview

    Use conductive field service tools. Use a portable field service kit with a folding static-dissipating work mat. If you do not have any of the suggested equipment for proper grounding, have an HP authorized reseller install the part. NOTE: For more information on static electricity or assistance with product installation, contact your HP authorized reseller.

  • Page 59

    RJ-45 pin specification When connecting the HP ProLiant BL p-class GbE2 Interconnect Switch to a switch, bridge, or hub, an Ethernet cable is necessary. The following figure displays the standard RJ-45 receptacle/connector for 10/100 Mb/s and Gigabit over Copper ports. Table 15 indicates the pin number and wire color assignments for the switch-to-network adapter card connection, and the Ethernet cable for the switch-to-switch, switch-to-hub, or switch-to-bridge connection.

  • Page 60: Troubleshooting

    GbE2 Interconnect Switch. Topics covered include LEDs, cables, failure of the GbE2 Interconnect Switch to get IP settings, failure to connect to the GbE2 Interconnect Switch remotely, and what to do if you forget your administrator user name and password.

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    The keyboard locks up when using Scroll lock is on. HyperTerminal to log on to the GbE2 Interconnect Switch through the console interface. The GbE2 Interconnect Switch fails to get...

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    Table 17 Troubleshooting: Setting up and accessing Problem Possible cause Password is not accepted by the GbE2 The GbE2 Interconnect Switch is still Interconnect Switch using the remote working on network convergence. console interface immediately after a reboot. Cannot connect to the GbE2...

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    While assigning the ports to VLANs, the The ports could be two adjacent ports GbE2 Interconnect Switch does not let that are bundled in a Port Trunk. the user enable two adjacent ports into two different VLANs.

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    Possible cause While using TFTP to download firmware, The TFTP server is not available to the GbE2 Interconnect Switch fails to connect to or there is connectivity failure connect to the TFTP server, or after between the switch and TFTP server.

  • Page 65

    After forcing the GbE2 Interconnect Your terminal emulation session baud Switch into the download mode, the rate does not match the GbE2 console screen displays a message to Interconnect Switch serial console baud change the baud rate for your terminal rate in the download mode.

  • Page 66

    Interconnect Switch: architecture, 10; external components, 16; installing, 21; SNMP MIBs support, 52; supported technologies, 12; troubleshooting, 60 HP ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Storage Connectivity Kit, 21 IEEE 802.1Q-based VLAN, 13 IEEE/ANSI standards, specifications, image, downloading, 16 installation: cabling, 26; hardware, 21;...

  • Page 67

    IEEE/ANSI, 36 store and forward switching scheme, switch replacement, safe mode, 56 templates, safe mode: location, 56; modification, 56 Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server: multiple switch configurations, 26; overview, 13; XML configuration, 55 troubleshooting, 60 trunking feature, overview, 13...

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