I don’t have a lot of brand loyalty when it comes to servers and networking infrastructure, but I do have a lot of respect for Dell when it comes to price, and the PowerConnect series is no exception.
This Dell PowerConnect series switches can be an attractive option for SMBs looking to build a core network infrastructure or migrate to a structure based on routed VLANs. Unfortunately, and all due respect to the Dell documentation teams, the documentation for this switch is exceedingly thin.
In the past I’ve covered how to configure stacking and enable an 802.1Q connection to a Cisco switch. One thing I have skipped over though is a very basic initial configuration on the Dell PowerConnect 62xx series switch.
Below is a very basic setup, but it is enough to cover some bare essentials to get the PowerConnect switch connected into an existing management vLAN:
# Setup your basic vLAN database
# a few optional / misc config settings
sntp unicast client enable
sntp server time.nist.gov
clock timezone -6 minutes 0
# Give your switch an IP and assign it to your vLAN above
ip address 10.10.10.10 255.255.255.0
ip default-gateway 10.10.10.1
ip address vlan XX
ip name-server 192.168.1.100
ip name-server 192.168.1.101
# Optional Enable http/https server to connect via web-GUI
ip https server
# Set a Management Username / Password
username “xxxxxxx” password xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx level 15 encrypted
# Pick a port to Set as the Management Port
# Configured to connect to a Cisco Catalyst 3560G
interface ethernet 1/g1
description ’802.1Q C3560G’
switchport mode general
switchport general pvid XX
switchport general allowed vlan add XX
switchport general allowed vlan remove 1
If you’re happy with your settings so far, go ahead and save:
copy running-config startup-config
You will notice above that I have enabled an 802.1Q connection to a Cisco switch for Ethernet 1/g1. This may not be necessary for your specific configuration, but see my previous blog post for more information if needed.
At this point, you should at least be to the point where you can plug a cable from your existing management network into Ethernet 1/g1 and access the switch on IP 10.10.10.10. If you want to go above and beyond here, you will probably need to refer back to the Dell PowerConnect 6200 series Documentation, but hopefully this was a good enough start.