01-16-2011 05:48 PM
Can Brocade FastIron switches be configured to automatically pull their configuration from a central server? So someone can replace a failed switch and have the switch pull the configuration of the failed switch with little user input.
Maybe using Iron View?
01-16-2011 11:15 PM
There is the DCP autoconfig option you could use here - See below.
Also both Ironview and the newer version, Brocade Network Manager can be used to push out configs and software images - though it is not automattic - you would add the device to Ironview (or let it discover it) then you would push out the config from the failed unit to the new unit. Still very easy to do.
I also have customer of mine who have written their own SNMP scripts for provisioning new switches. Anyway hope that helps.
DHCP Client-Based Auto-Configuration and Flash image update
DHCP Client-Based Auto-Configuration allows Layer 2 and base Layer 3 devices to automatically obtain leased IP addresses through a DHCP server, negotiate address lease renewal, and obtain flash image and configuration files.
DHCP Client-Based Auto-Configuration occurs as follows.
01-17-2011 06:23 AM
Thank you for your reply!!!
What components are necessary for DHCP Client-Based Auto-Configuration and Flash image update to be setup and get operational?
01-17-2011 08:23 AM
Please disregard my last question. I saw in the documentation how to configure this feature.
I do however have another question. If you have a location with multiple switches that you would like to use DHCP Client Based Auto Configuration for, how would each switch pull its unique configuration?
01-17-2011 03:44 PM
Below is the list of filenames the switch will look for. Given that you have multipull switches in the same area, then you would need to use one of the two options that use the MAC address (have highlighted in bold)
The device requests the configuration files from the TFTP server by asking for filenames in the
fgs-switch.cfg(FGS Layer 2)
fls-switch.cfg(FLS Layer 2)
fgs-router.cfg(FGS Base-Layer 3)
fls-router.cfg(FLS Base Layer 3)
fcx-switch.cfg(FCX Layer 2)
fcx-router.cfg(FCX Layer 3)
If the device is successful in contacting the TFTP server and the server has the configuration file, the files are merged. If there is a conflict, the server file takes precedence. If the device is unable to contact the TFTP server or if the files are not found on the server, the TFTP part of the configuration download process ends.
01-18-2011 11:19 AM
Also I would highly recommend that you look at the new Ironview called Brocade Network Adviser.
You can download the eval by following the above link.