Network Ethernet Switches

Corporate ethernet switches may commonly offer between 32 and 128 connections. Such switches do not offer provision for specific IP addresses, so your IP address must match in the system configurator.

If you wish to use an old hardware platform that does not support ethernet switches, please set a static IP address in the system configurator.

Tip: If your network interface does not have support for dynamic IP address assignment, you may use -static interface=hostname or -dynamic interface=hostname.

Virtual or Dedicated Ethernet Switches

You should use dedicated ethernet switches (or a combination of them). They can usually be configured without the use of the Manage network interface settings UI. To create a dedicated interface, you will need to login to the Arista network management interface and enable the switch or combo, also there are resources that specialize in ethernet switches which you can find at Fortinet online.

If the server uses the virtual ethernet switch, you must perform the following steps:

Access the Arista management console using your browser. On the home page, click Manage network interface settings. In the “Switch Profile” section, click Edit. Click to expand the IP configuration settings. In the IP configuration settings area, double-click “Primary” and then click the “Create/Edit” button. Leave the port range and access point field at their default values, then click the “Browse” button. If a separate IP address for each network interface is required, select the network interface and click the “Add IP Address” button. Leave the IP Address field empty. Click the “Submit” button to create a dedicated network interface. Note: If the separate IP addresses must be created for each network interface, the network interface IP address should be set in the Manage network interface settings UI. Click the Apply button to save your changes.

The configuration of a virtual ethernet switch is the same as a dedicated switch. To create a virtual ethernet switch, use the VM Manager interface or a combo of two virtual switches.

Tip: If you are using a combo of virtual ethernet switches, you must save them separately and apply them with the VM Manager interface.

Do not configure a switch with no interfaces by using the VM Manager interface, or you will get an error message. You must specify a fixed IP address in Manage network interface settings.

Note: If your switch is unable to reach the switch profile interface, the following error message may be displayed: “No such switch configuration found”. Enter the address of the interface with the “Confirm Config” button enabled. If the interface can be reached, the “Confirm Config” button is enabled and the “no interfaces” error message should be displayed. Press the “Confirm Config” button to continue.

Verifying VM Switch VCP Settings

If you have created your switch, you can verify the settings by entering a URL into the URL field or hitting Enter on the serial port during initial configuration. You can also try connecting to a switch using the serial port on the server and verify the VM settings. To do this, execute the following command on the server:

versacall http://x.x.x.x:5881/vcpconfiguration

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