Changing DHCP server config on AOS 7

The embedded DHCP server on AOS 7 and AOS 8 is a less known feature. But it’s pretty handy in some cases, e.g. if you have no servers on premises, or you don’t want that a a non redundant firewall or router acts as DHCP server. Because you can run two or more switches as a virtual chassis, you can easily make the DHCP server role highly available. Configuring the DHCP server The configuration is pretty easy.

Dynamic VLAN assignment with AOS 6

Manually assigning ports to VLANs can be a time consuming and error prone process. Depending on the size of the network, there is a point where it doesn’t make sense to do this manually. Especially in SMB networks, VLANs are assigned manually, because the effort of automating the VLAN assignment exceeds the effort for manually assigning VLANs. Those environments are often very static. I know many SMB networks where VLAN have not been addressed for a long time.

ALE OmniSwitch stack does not form due to incompatible licenses

Today I saw an interesting behaviour of two Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise OmniSwitch 6450. Both switches has been configured as a stack, but one of the switches showed a flashing ID after the startup, and the stack was not formed. While I checked the logs and the status of the stack, I noticed that the slot number was incorrect. Furthermore the status showed “INC-LIC”. -> show stack topology Link A Link A Link B Link B NI Role State Saved Link A Remote Remote Link B Remote Remote Slot State NI Port State NI Port ----+-----------+--------+------+-------+-------+-------+-------+-------+------- 1 PRIMARY RUNNING 1 UP 1001 StackB DOWN 0 0 1001 PASS-THRU INC-LIC 2 DOWN 0 0 UP 1 StackA -> show log swlog <snip> THU MAR 03 13:07:29 2016 STACK-MANAGER info == SM == Stack Port A Status Changed: DOWN THU MAR 03 13:07:29 2016 STACK-MANAGER info == SM == NI 0 down notification sent to LAG THU MAR 03 13:08:41 2016 STACK-MANAGER info == SM == Stack Port A Status Changed: UP THU MAR 03 13:08:41 2016 STACK-MANAGER info == SM == Stack Port A MAC Frames TX/RX Enabled THU MAR 03 13:08:42 2016 STACK-MANAGER info Retaining Module Id for slot 2 unit 0 as 1 THU MAR 03 13:08:46 2016 STACK-MANAGER info == SM == An element enters passthru mode (incompatible license) <snip> According to the stack status and the switch logs, there seems to be a problem with the licenses.

First hands-on experience with Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitches

Disclaimer: Thanks to ALE Deutschland GmbH, the german subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, for loaning me two OmniSwitch 6450 switches. Who’s Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise? I’m quite sure that you know Alcatel-Lucent, a leading vendor for telecommunication and networking equipment. But do you know Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE)? In April 2015, Nokia placed an offer to buy Alcatel-Lucent for ~ 15 billion euro. Six months before, in October 2014, Alcatel-Lucent sold his enterprise business to China Huaxin.