Manually Configuring a Stack

We recommend that you configure your stack using Easy Setup, as described in step 9.

However, instead of running Easy Setup, you can configure the stack parameters manually. After performing step 1 through step 9, perform the following steps as needed:

  1. Reboot the switch that will be the master.
  2. Optionally, assign slot numbers to all switches in the stack.
  3. Configure node priorities on each slot.
    When the stack boots up, the node priority determines which node will be the master and which node will be the backup. Node priorities can be from 1 to 99, the lowest numbered slot having the highest priority.

    See Configuring the Primary, Backup, and Standby Roles.

  4. Disable master capability for any nodes that you do not want to become master nodes.
  5. Assign a MAC address to the stack.
  6. Optionally, configure a failsafe account for the stack.
  7. Optionally, set a command prompt for the stack.
    Issue the command configure snmp sysName stack_name.
    If you do not define your own command prompt, the default command prompt looks similar to

    * Slot-6 Stack.9 #, where:

    • * indicates a changed and unsaved ExtremeXOS configuration
    • 9 is a sequence number indicating the 9th command to be entered since login
    • # indicates that your are logged into the master node (other nodes display the > symbol)
  8. When you have performed all desired configuration steps, reboot the stack.
  9. Verify the configuration, following the instructions in Verifying the Configuration.
  10. Save the ExtremeXOS configuration to every active node in the stack.
    On the primary node, issue the command save configuration config_name, where config_name is a descriptive name for this configuration.
    The stacking-specific configuration parameters are saved in a file called config_name.cfg to the NVRAM of each node.