Posts Tagged ‘S60’

Automating VLAN Configuration on Dell FTOS Switches via GVRP

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

GARP VLAN Registration Protocol (GVRP) is a standards-based protocol defined in the IEEE 802.1Q specification that provides for automatic VLAN configuration on switches. The Generic Attribute Registration Protocol (GARP) is used by switches supporting GVRP to register/de-register attribute values such as VLAN IDs between switches within the network. GVRP is the standards-based equivalent to Cisco’s Virtual Trunk Protocol (VTP). To read more about Cisco VTP, read my prior blog at For this blog, I utilize 2 x Dell S60s [FTOS ]and 1x Dell S50N [FTOS]. Below is the network diagram for this lab. (more…)


Redistribution of EIGRP and OSPF in a Hybrid Cisco/Dell Network

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Check out my latest blog on where I demonstrate redistributing EIGRP routes into OSPF and redistributing OSPF routes into EIGRP in a mixed Cisco IOS and Dell FTOS environment. Of course only the Cisco switches are running EIGRP and all Dell switches are running OSPF. A Cisco Catalyst 6509 switch chassis is running both EIGRP and OSPF, and this is where the redistribution occurs. For this lab I use 1 x Cisco Catalyst 6509 [IOS 12.2(18)SXD7b], 1 x Cisco 7204VXR router [IOS 12.2(11)T9], 2 X Dell S60s [FTOS], and 2 x Dell S50Ns [FTOS].


LACP and Trunking Between Brocade FOS and Dell FTOS Switches

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

In this short lab I’ll demonstrate creating a LACP LAG and trunking between Brocade switches running FOS and Dell switches running FTOS. I utilize two Brocade 8000 switches [FOS 6.3], one Dell S60 switch [FTOS], and one Dell PowerEdge 2950 server with a QLogic QLE8242 CNA. Below is the network diagram for this lab. (more…)


Multi-Area OSPF in a Mixed Cisco and Dell Force10 Environment

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

In this lab I use one Cisco 2621XM [IOS 12.4(2)T], one Cisco 2621 [IOS 12.3(18)], one Cisco 3660 [IOS 12.1(1)T], one Cisco 3640 [IOS 12.1(2)T], one Cisco 3550-24PWR-SMI [IOS 12.2(44)SE6], one Dell Force10 S60 [FTOS], and one Dell Force10 S50N [FTOS] to demonstrate multi-area OSPF in a mixed environment of Cisco and Dell Force10 switches. Below is a diagram of my lab setup. (more…)


Advanced Private VLAN Configuration on Dell Force10 Switches

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

In a prior lab, “Dell Force10 Z9000 – Creating Additional Layer 2 Isolation via Private VLANs“, I demonstrated some basics in regards to private VLANs. In this lab, I plan to go a little further and demonstrate how hosts in the same private VLANs (PVLANs) on two different switches can communicate with each other. (more…)


Setup VRRP with Force10 Switches

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

In this lab I setup Force10 switches with Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). VRRP is a redundancy protocol used to eliminate a single point of failure between a gateway and its respective hosts within the same subnet. I use three different Force10 switches: E1200 [FTOS], S60 [FTOS], and S55 [FTOS]. Below is a diagram of the network and the commands I used to configure VRRP. (more…)


Setup Telnet Access on Force10 Switches

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

I am going to use a Force10 S60 switch [FTOS] to demonstrate how to setup telnet access. To setup telnet access you first need to set an IP address on either a data port or a managment port so you can access it with telnet. Since the S60 has a management port, I’m going to use that. (more…)


How Perl/Python Scripts on Force10 S60 Switches Can Access the Internet

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Force10 S60 Switch

Force10 S60 Switch

Let’s say you have a Force10 S60 switch [FTOS] hooked-up at a datacenter that currently has a console connection connected to a management switch that provides external Internet access. The natted IP address is and the external IP address is Other than the console, the switch is only connected to a local network of other switches and servers. You are running some advanced python scripts natively on the S60 switch (yes, the Force10 S60 switch can run python and perl natively); however, the scripts you’ve written need access to the external Internet. What needs to be done? (more…)


Setup OSPF on Force10 Switches

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

For this lab, I use a Force10 E1200 chassis [FTOS] and a Force10 S60 switch [FTOS]. The objective is to setup a simple OSPF network. Loopback addresses are used to setup test networks. (more…)


Discovery Protocols on Cisco, HP, and Force10 Switches/Routers – CDP and LLDP

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) is a Cisco proprietary Data Link Layer network protocol used to share information about other directly connected Cisco equipment. CDP can also be used in place of dynamic routing protocols in simple networks. Cisco devices send CDP announcements out each connected network interface to the multicast destination address 01-00-0C-CC-CC-CC. By default CDP announcements are sent every 60 seconds. The “show cdp neighbors” command that you are probably familiar with basically displays stored information that has been collected from other devices. Further, the CDP data is also accessible via snmp. The holdtime, which specifies the lifetime of an entry in the table, by default is 180 seconds. (more…)