When connecting a PC to the Ethernet management port, you must first assign an IP address.
Information About the Ethernet Management Port
The Ethernet management port, also referred to as the Gi0/0 or GigabitEthernet0/0 port, is a VRF (VPN routing/forwarding) interface to which you can connect a PC. You can use the Ethernet management port
instead of the device console port for network management. When managing a device stack, connect the PC to the Ethernet management port on a stack member.
Port Direct Connection to a
Port Connection to Stack
using a Hub
In a stack with only
devices, all the Ethernet management ports on
the stack members are connected to a hub to which the PC is connected. The
active link is from the Ethernet management port on the
active switchthrough the hub, to the PC. If the
activedevice fails and a new active
device is elected, the active link is now
from the Ethernet management port on the new active
device to the PC.
Figure 2. Connecting a Device Stack to a PC. This figure displays how a PC uses a hub to connect to a device stack.
Port and Routing
By default, the
Ethernet management port is enabled. The
cannot route packets from the Ethernet management port to a network port, and
the reverse. Even though the Ethernet management port does not support routing,
you may need to enable routing protocols on the port.
In the above figure ,
if the Ethernet management port and the network ports are associated with the
same routing process, the routes are propagated as follows:
The routes from
the Ethernet management port are propagated through the network ports to the
The routes from
the network ports are propagated through the Ethernet management port to the
Because routing is not
supported between the Ethernet management port and the network ports, traffic
between these ports cannot be sent or received. If this happens, data packet
loops occur between the ports, which disrupt the
and network operation. To prevent the loops, configure route filters to avoid
routes between the Ethernet management port and the network ports.
on the Ethernet Management Port
management port supports these features:
Express Setup (only in switch stacks)
Secure Shell (SSH)
SMNP (only the
ENTITY-MIB and the IF-MIB)
Speed—10 Mb/s, 100 Mb/s, 1000 Mb/s, and autonegotiation
mode—Full, half, and autonegotiation
Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)
DHCP relay agent
IPv4 and IPv6 access control lists (ACLs)
Before enabling a
feature on the Ethernet management port, make sure that the feature is
supported. If you try to configure an unsupported feature on the Ethernet
Management port, the feature might not work properly, and the
How to Configure the Ethernet Management Port
Enabling the Ethernet Management Port
Command or Action
Device# configure terminal
Device(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/0
Specifies the Ethernet management port in the CLI.
Ethernet management port.
Device(config-if)# no shutdown
Ethernet management port.
show interfaces gigabitethernet0/0
Device# show interfaces gigabitethernet0/0
Displays the link status.
To find out the link status to the PC, you can monitor the LED for the Ethernet management port. The LED is green (on) when
the link is active, and the LED is off when the link is down. The LED is amber when there is a POST failure.
What to do next
Proceed to manage or configure your switch using the Ethernet management port. Refer to the Network Management Configuration Guide (Catalyst 3850 Switches).
Additional References for Ethernet Management Ports
Configuration Guide (Catalyst 3850 Switches)
System Management Command
Reference (Catalyst 3850 Switches)
All the supported MIBs for this release.
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