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Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch Getting Started Guide
About this Guide
This guide provides instructions on how to install and configure your Cisco Metro Ethernet (ME) 3800X and ME 3600X switch. Also covered are switch management options, basic rack-mounting procedures, port and module connections, and troubleshooting help.
For more installation and configuration information, see the Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X switch documentation on Cisco.com. For system requirements, important notes, limitations, open and resolved bugs, and last-minute documentation updates, see the release notes, also on Cisco.com.
When you use the online publications, refer to the documents that match the Cisco IOS software version that is running on the switch. Look on the switch rear panel to locate the software version or enter the show version command from the CLI.
For translations of safety warnings that appear in this publication, review the warnings in the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch on Cisco.com.
Note Verify that you have received these items. If any item is missing or damaged, contact your Cisco representative or reseller for instructions.
You need this equipment:
•Straight-through or crossover Category 5 Ethernet cable
Completing the Initial Configuration
Follow these steps to complete the setup program and to create the initial switch configuration.
Enter Yes at these prompts:Would you like to terminate autoinstall? [yes/no]: yesWould you like to enter the initial configuration dialog? [yes/no]: yesAt any point you may enter a question mark '?' for help.Use ctrl-c to abort configuration dialog at any prompt.Default settings are in square brackets ''.Basic management setup configures only enough connectivityfor management of the system, extended setup will ask youto configure each interface on the system.Would you like to enter basic management setup? [yes/no]: yes
Enter a hostname for the switch, and press Return.
The hostname is limited to 20 characters. Do not use -n, where n is a number, as the last character in a hostname for any switch.Enter host name [Switch]: host_name
Enter an enable secret password, and press Return.
The password must be different from the enable secret password and can be from 1 to 25 alphanumeric characters, can start with a number, is case sensitive, allows spaces, but ignores leading spaces. The secret password is encrypted, and the enable password is in plain text.Enter enable secret: secret_password
Enter an enable password, and press Return.Enter enable password: enable_password
Enter a virtual terminal (Telnet) password, and press Return.
The password can be from 1 to 25 alphanumeric characters, is case sensitive, allows spaces, but ignores leading spaces.Enter virtual terminal password: terminal-password
(Optional) Configure Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) by responding to the prompts. You can also configure SNMP later through the CLI. To configure SNMP later, enter no.Configure SNMP Network Management? [no]: no
At the prompt, enter either FastEthernet0 or the VLAN name (usually VLAN1) as the interface connected to the management network, and press Return.Enter interface name used to connect to themanagement network from the above interface summary: FastEthernet0
Enter Yes after the prompt, and then enter the switch IP address and subnet mask. Press Return.
The IP address and subnet mask shown to the right are examples.
Configuring interface vlan1:Configure IP on this interface? [yes]: yesIP address for this interface: 10.4.120.106Subnet mask for this interface [255.0.0.0]: 255.0.0.0
Enter N when the prompt asks if you want to enable the switch as a cluster command switch. This switch will be a standalone switch that does not support clustering.Would you like to enable as a cluster command switch? [yes/no]: no
The switch displays its initial configuration, as shown on the right.
The following configuration command script was created:hostname switch1enable secret 5 $1$Ulq8$DlA/OiaEbl90WcBPd9cOn1enable password enable_passwordline vty 0 15password terminal-passwordno snmp-server!no ip routing!interface Vlan1no shutdownip address 10.4.120.106 255.0.0.0!interface FastEthernet0/1!interface FastEthernet0/2...<output abbreviated>interface FastEthernet1/0/3!interface GigabitEthernet0/1!interface GigabitEthernet0/2!end
These choices appear: Go to the IOS command prompt without saving this config. Return back to the setup without saving this config. Save this configuration to nvram and exit.If you want to save the configuration and use it the next time the switch reboots, save it in NVRAM by selecting option 2.Enter your selection :2
Make your selection, and press Return.
Disconnect the switch from the PC, and install the switch in your network. See the "Installing the Switch" section.
See the "Managing the Switch through the CLI" section for information about configuring and managing the switch.
Note If you need to rerun the initial configuration dialog, see the "Resetting the Switch to the Default Settings" section.
Managing the Switch through the CLI
After you install the switch in your network, you can enter Cisco IOS commands and parameters through the CLI. Access the CLI either by connecting your PC directly to the switch console port or through a Telnet session from a remote PC or workstation.
Other Management Options
You can use SNMP management applications such as CiscoWorks Small Network Management Solution (SNMS) and HP OpenView to configure and manage the switch. You also can manage it from an SNMP-compatible workstation that is running platforms such as HP OpenView or SunNet Manager.
The Cisco IE2100 Series Configuration Registrar is a network management device that works with embedded CNS agents in the switch software. You can use IE2100 to automate initial configurations and configuration updates on the switch.
See the "Accessing Help Online" section for a list of supporting documentation.
Installing the Switch
This section covers 19-inch rack-mounting. For alternate mounting procedures, see the Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X Switch Hardware Installation Guide on Cisco.com.
Equipment That You Supply
You need to supply a number-2 Phillips screwdriver to rack-mount the switch.
Before You Begin
When you determine where to install the switch, verify that these guidelines are met:
•Airflow around the switch and through the vents is unrestricted.
•Clearance to the switch front and rear panels meets these conditions:
–You can easily see the System, MGMT, Alarm, port, and power-supply LEDS.
–You have sufficient access to ports for cabling.
–The AC power cord can reach from the power outlet to the front-panel connector.
•Cabling is away from sources of electrical noise, such as radios, power lines, and fluorescent lighting fixtures.
•For 10/100 or 10/100/1000 ports, the cable length from a switch to an attached device cannot exceed 328 feet (100 meters).
•For cable lengths for small form-factor pluggable (SFP) modules, see the documentation that shipped with the module.
•For cable lengths for XFP modules, see documentation that shipped with the module.
•Temperature around the switch does not exceed 122°F (50°C).
•Humidity around the switch does not exceed 95 percent.
•Altitude at the installation site is not greater than 10,000 feet.
Translations of these warning statements appear in the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch document.
Warning Do not stack the chassis on any other equipment. If the chassis falls, it can cause severe bodily injury and equipment damage. Statement 48
Warning Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment.
Warning To prevent the system from overheating, do not operate it in an area that exceeds the maximum recommended ambient temperature of: 122°F (50°C) Statement 1047
Warning Installation of the equipment must comply with local and national electrical codes. Statement 1074
Attaching the Brackets
Use four Phillips flat-head screws to attach the long side of the brackets to the switches in one of mounting positions.
Phillips flat-head screws
Mid-rack mounting position
Rack-Mount the Switch
Use the black Phillips machine screw to attach the cable guide to the left or right bracket and the supplied screws to attach the brackets to the rack.
Connecting to the Switch Ports
This section describes how to connect to the fixed switch ports and to the SFP module ports. The switch in the illustrations might be different from your switch, but the instructions apply to all Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X switches.
Connect to 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Ports
When you connect to servers, workstations, customer-premises equipment (CPE), wireless access points, and routers, connect a straight-through, twisted four-pair, Category 5 cable to a switch 10/100 or 10/100/1000 port.
Use a crossover, twisted four-pair, Category 5 cable when you connect to other switches, hubs, or repeaters.
Connect the other end of the cable to a connector on the other device.
Note The automatic medium-dependent interface crossover (auto-MDIX) feature is enabled by default. The switch detects the required cable type for copper Ethernet connections and configures the interfaces accordingly. You can use either a crossover or a straight-through cable for connections to a copper 10/100, 10/100/1000, or 1000BASE-T SFP module port on the switch, regardless of the type of device on the other end of the connection.
Install the XFP Modules and Connect to the Ports
Caution To prevent damage to the XFP module, make sure that you verify the proper orientation of the module by consulting the module documentation before you install it.
Grasp the XFP module on the sides, and insert it into the switch slot until you feel the connector snap into place.
Connect an appropriate cable to the XFP module port. Connect the other cable end into the other device.
For a list of supported modules, see the release notes on Cisco.com. For detailed instructions on installing, removing, and connecting to XFP modules, see the XFP module documentation.
Caution Removing and installing an XFP module can shorten its useful life. Do not remove and insert SFP modules more often than is absolutely necessary.
For instructions on using the XFP patch cable, see the "Switch Installation" chapter of the hardware installation guide.
Verify Port Connectivity
After you connect to the switch port, the port LED turns amber while the switch establishes a link. This takes about 30 seconds. After the switch and the target device establish a link, the port LED turns green. If the LED is off, the target device might not be turned on, there might be a cable problem, or there might be a problem with the adapter installed in the target device. See the "Troubleshooting" section for information about online assistance.
Initial Configuration Setup
If you have problems running the initial configuration dialog:
•Did you verify that POST ran successfully before running the initial configuration dialog?
If not, make sure that only the System LED is green before pressing the Break key or entering a break character.
•Did you press the Break key while the switch was still running POST?
If yes, wait until POST completes. Restart the switch. Wait until POST completes. Confirm that the System LED is green. Enter Reload to reinstall the flash memory.
•Did you wait 30 seconds after you connected the switch and the PC before you entered the IP address in your browser?
If not, wait 30 seconds, re-enter 10.0.0.1 in the browser, and press Enter.
•Did you forget your password?
See the "Recovering from a Lost or Forgotten Password" section in the Troubleshooting appendix of the software configuration guide.
Resetting the Switch to the Default Settings
Caution Resetting the switch deletes the configuration and restarts the switch.
To reset the switch:
•At the switch# prompt, enter enable, and press Return or Enter.
•At the switch# prompt, enter setup, and press Return or Enter.
The switch displays the prompt to run the initial configuration dialog. See the "Initial Setup" section to re-enter the configuration information and to set up your switch.
Accessing Help Online
First look for a solution to your problem in the troubleshooting section of the hardware installation guide or the software configuration guide on Cisco.com. You can also access the Cisco Technical Support and Documentation website for a list of known hardware problems and extensive troubleshooting documentation.
Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:
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For More Information
For more information about the switch, see these documents on Cisco.com:
•Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch Hardware Installation Guide
•Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch
•Release Notes for the Cisco ME 3600X-24CX Switch
•Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X Switch Software Configuration Guide
•Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X Switch Command Reference
•Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X Switch System Message Guide
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