Forum closet 100Mb 2610 edge switches - 2017/18 Upgrade


1. General notes

  1. We are replacing every (100Mb/s) 2610-48 edge switch in the Forum closets with a (1Gb/s) 2530-48G switch. Likewise, the two 'non-standard' closet edge switches b2 (a 2810-48) and 0c2 (a 2620-48) will also be replaced with 2530-48G's. The end result will be that every Forum edge switch used for conventional user connections will provide 1Gb/s ports as standard: the days of users having a mixture of 1Gb/s and 100Mb/s ports will be over.
  2. The only 100Mb/s edge switches remaining in the Forum will be:
    • the 'phones' switches: these 2610-48 switches are not being replaced in the current process;
    • the seven 2610-24-PWR PoE switches bp and 0cp[0-5]: the first of these runs the wireless access points in basement rooms other than the server room; and the others run the cameras in the InSpace Robotics area.
  3. The following sets of instructions and notes will be useful:
    1. Forum Network Documentation - specifically, the closet diagrams in the 'Edge closets' section.
    2. Instructions for setting up a ProCurve 2530 switch
    3. Additional site-specific instructions for setting up switches
    4. DHCP snooping and ARP protection
      (Note that we won't configure either DHCP snooping or ARP protection on these switches at set-up time. At subsequent installation, we will want to configure DHCP snooping on all switches immediately, but ARP protection will then need to be held off on each switch for a week or so: otherwise, valid ARP responses from active end user devices will be blocked.)
      At George's suggestion, we will try to assert both DHCP snooping and ARP protection immediately at installation time: the idea being that machines should be expected to renew their DHCP leases when their links are bounced. This will need monitoring after the first few switch installations and, if we hear about client connectivity problems, we will revert to the original scheme struck out above.

2. Setup procedure

For each switch:

  • Pick a new switch from the pile.
  • Unbox and check over.
  • Enter the MAC address and serial number in the table below.
  • rfe lcfg/FSinstall2530, and set the MAC address.
  • Install the mounting lugs.
  • Label the switch.
  • Rack up, and patch in port 47 to a suitable 'install' uplink.
  • Plug in, turn on, and watch while the self-test goes through.
  • Set up, as per the Setting up a ProCurve 2530 switch instructions.
    • The name of the switch being installed is
    • The address to be used for SNTP server, SMTP traphost, and firmware downloads is
    • Existing Forum 2530 switches which can be used as references for configuration details are 2a6 and 4a6.
    • There is a firmware upgrade required.
  • To download the active configuration to the switch, rfe core/install2530.pc and change the name of the portfile to that of the switch you are installing. Then ssh to dutoit, nsu, cd /disk/home/dutoit/Forum/core, and run make install2530.ets. Fix and repeat as necessary until this goes through cleanly.
  • Unrack; rebox the switch and store it (somewhere!) ready for installation.

3. Installation in the closets

Replacing the existing 2610-48 switches with the new 2530-48G switches is, unfortunately, not literally a like-for-like swap. 'User ports' will map from the old switches to the new one with no changes being necessary, but, as the following diagrams show, the available 'uplink ports' on the two models of switch differ:

Existing ProCurve 2610-48 switches New Aruba 2530-48G switches
+--+ ... +--+--+-+--+--+
| 1| ... |45|47| |49|50| <- 1Gb copper x2
| 2| ... |46|48| |51|52| <- 1Gb fibre x2
+--+ ... +--+--+-+--+--+
|<-- 100Mb --->| |<--->|
     copper       Nominal
  'user' ports   'uplinks'
+--+ ... +--+--+-+--+--+
+ 1| ... |45|47| |49|51| <- 1Gb fibre x2
+ 2| ... |46|48| |50|52| <- 1Gb fibre x2
+--+ ... +--+--+-+--+--+
|<--- 1Gb ---->| |<--->|
     copper       Nominal
  'user' ports   'uplinks'

Specifically note that ports 49 and 50 on the new switches are unavailable for copper uplinks/interlinks.

So: for the existing 2610-48s, the uplink ports are generally 49 and 50; for the new 2530-48Gs, these will have to be mapped to 47 and 48 instead. Likewise, for those switches with more than two copper uplinks/interlinks (namely: 2a2, 2b1 and 2c3), the same pattern will apply: (the new link) = (the old link) - 2

(Fibre uplinks/interlinks - for the few 2610-48s which have them, namely: b0, b1, 0a1 and 2a2 - are unaffected.)

Network diagrams, and port labels in .pc files, will all need updating to correctly show the new configurations.

Note that our default configuration for the 2530s (i.e. the file core/install2530.pc) correctly sets up ports 45, 46, 47 and 48 (copper), as well as 49, 50, 51 and 52 (fibre) as interlinks/uplinks.

4. Add the new switches to the inventory

At the very end of this process - i.e. when all switches involved have been installed, and are in service - use the /afs/ script to add the serial number of the switch to the inventory:

create_system --serial <serial number> --hostname <fqdn>
If this works correctly, fill in the relevant 'In Inventory' field in the tables below.

(In order to avoid any complications, note that these inventory additions indeed need to wait until the very end of this work: I am not sure whether or not the current switches of the same names are already in the Inventory.)

Comment: The above doesn't work. E.g

[jive]idurkacz: /afs/ --serial CN73FP62RH --hostname
Hostname is already in use at /afs/ line 184.
[jive]idurkacz: /afs/ --serial CN73FP62L4 --hostname
Hostname is already in use at /afs/ line 184.

So some other approach work is needed ...
--idurkacz, 17.4.18

5. Switches

Level B

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
b0 00:FD:45:9D:DE:C0 CN73FP62RH DONE DONE  
b1 00:FD:45:9D:6F:00 CN73FP62L4 DONE DONE  
b2 00:FD:45:9D:BE:C0 CN73FP62S6 DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 3)

Level 0

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
0a1 00:FD:45:9D:7E:C0 CN73FP62RT DONE DONE  
0a2 00:FD:45:9D:9F:40 CN73FP62PD DONE DONE  
0b1 00:FD:45:9D:49:C0 CN73FP62TS DONE DONE  
0b2 00:FD:45:9D:BE:40 CN73FP62RW DONE DONE  
0b3 00:FD:45:9D:1F:80 CN73FP62RK DONE DONE  
0c2 00:FD:45:9D:5F:C0 CN73FP62P4 DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 6)

Level 1

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
1a3 00:FD:45:9D:EE:C0 CN73FP62GH DONE DONE  
1a4 00:FD:45:9D:F8:C0 CN73FP62SW DONE DONE  
1a5 00:FD:45:9D:CE:80 CN73FP62R4 DONE DONE  
1a6 00:FD:45:9D:1F:40 CN73FP62RR DONE DONE  
1b1 00:FD:45:9D:CE:40 CN73FP62RZ DONE DONE  
1b2 00:FD:45:9D:2F:40 CN73FP62RD DONE DONE  
1b4 00:FD:45:9D:BE:00 CN73FP62JG DONE DONE  
1c2 00:FD:45:9D:7E:00 CN73FP62GW DONE DONE  
1c3 00:FD:45:9D:EA:00 CN73FP636J DONE DONE  
1c4 00:FD:45:9D:39:00 CN73FP63C2 DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 10)

Level 2

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
2a2 00:FD:45:9D:21:40 CN73FP62KY DONE DONE  
2a3 00:FD:45:9D:6E:40 CN73FP62GT DONE DONE  
2a4 00:FD:45:9D:EE:80 CN73FP62RQ DONE DONE  
2b1 00:FD:45:9D:DE:00 CN73FP62R5 DONE DONE  
2b2 00:FD:45:9D:FE:40 CN73FP62JJ DONE DONE  
2b4 00:FD:45:9D:78:C0 CN73FP62T4 DONE DONE  
2b5 00:FD:45:9D:1F:00 CN73FP62RP DONE DONE  
2c3 00:FD:45:9D:09:80 CN73FP62NW DONE DONE  
2c4 00:FD:45:9D:8F:C0 CN73FP62S4 DONE DONE  
2c5 00:FD:45:9D:6F:80 CN73FP62QM DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 10)

Level 3

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
3a2 00:FD:45:9D:88:80 CN73FP62Q6 DONE DONE  
3a3 00:FD:45:9D:9E:80 CN73FP62G2 DONE DONE  
3a4 00:FD:45:9D:FE:C0 CN73FP62P0 DONE DONE  
3a5 00:FD:45:9D:0F:40 CN73FP62QZ DONE DONE  
3b2 00:FD:45:9D:BA:80 CN73FP634Q DONE DONE  
3b3 00:FD:45:9D:4F:C0 CN73FP62GR DONE DONE  
3b4 00:FD:45:9D:4F:40 CN73FP62PH DONE DONE  
3b5 00:FD:45:9D:0F:80 CN73FP62QS DONE DONE  
3c3 00:FD:45:9D:D8:C0 CN73FP62Q8 DONE DONE  
3c4 00:FD:45:9D:8E:C0 CN73FP62XS DONE DONE  
3c5 00:FD:45:9D:8E:80 CN73FP62GN DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 11)

Level 4

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
4a2 00:FD:45:9D:AE:00 CN73FP62RN DONE DONE  
4a3 00:FD:45:9D:05:C0 CN73FP63HC DONE DONE  
4a4 00:FD:45:9D:3F:40 CN73FP62PB DONE DONE  
4b2 00:FD:45:9D:CA:C0 CN73FP63CR DONE DONE  
4b3 00:FD:45:9D:EA:80 CN73FP6330 DONE DONE  
4b4 00:FD:45:9D:24:00 CN73FP62ZB DONE DONE  
4b5 00:FD:45:9D:8E:00 CN73FP62GQ DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 7)

Level 5

Name MAC Serial number Set up? In service? In inventory?
5a3 00:FD:45:9D:1F:C0 CN73FP62RS DONE DONE  
5a4 00:FD:45:9D:9E:C0 CN73FP62R1 DONE DONE  
5a5 00:FD:45:9D:49:40 CN73FP62XN DONE DONE  
5a6 00:FD:45:9D:0F:C0 CN73FP62MM DONE DONE  
5b2 00:FD:45:9D:0F:00 CN73FP62QX DONE DONE  
5b3 00:FD:45:9D:2F:80 CN73FP62S0 DONE DONE  
5b4 00:FD:45:9D:EE:40 CN73FP62KT DONE DONE  
5b5 00:FD:45:9D:FE:00 CN73FP62R0 DONE DONE  

(Total switches: 8)

(Grand total switches: 3+6+10+10+11+7+8 = 55)

-- IanDurkacz - 18 Jun 2017

Topic revision: r40 - 25 May 2018 - 13:39:06 - IanDurkacz
DICE.Forum100MbEdgeSwitch201718Upgrade moved from DICE.Forum100MbEdgeSwitch2017Upgrade on 01 Dec 2017 - 14:06 by IanDurkacz - put it back
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