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Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX [Video]

Check out my latest Dell Networking video on Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX. You can view it on the Dell VMware wiki site, the Dell YouTube channel, or see the video embedded below via direct link.

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Connecting Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator with Dell Force10 S4810 and Cisco Nexus 5548UP

The Dell PowerEdge M I//O Aggregator is a slick blade switch that plugs into the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis and requires barely any configuration/networking knowledge. Think of it as an advanced layer 2 switch that provides expandable uplink connectivity. The … Continue reading

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Understanding and Implementing Flow Control on Dell Force10 Switches

Ethernet flow control allows for a receiving node to temporarily stop the transmission of data from the sending node. As defined by IEEE 802.3x this is accomplished via the PAUSE frame.

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Distributed Core Network Architecture

There is no doubt you have probably heard by now the importance of supporting ‘east-west’ traffic flow in large data center networks. So why is this and what does it mean? And when Gartner claims that 80 percent of data … Continue reading

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Dell Force10 – Layer 2 Multipathing via Virtual Link Trunking (VLT)

In this blog I use one Dell Force10 S50N [FTOS 8.4.2.7] and three Dell Force10 S4810 switches [FTOS 8.3.12.1] to demonstrate Dell Force10’s layer 2 mulipathing technology called Virtual Link Trunking (VLT). With VLT, you can create a LAG for … Continue reading

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

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 8.3.3.7], and one Dell Force10 … Continue reading

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Blocking Hackers From Accessing Your Switch via Telnet/SSH

It’s amazing how much rattling at the doors and attempted intrusions companies become accustomed to seeing on their networks. Here I show a simple way to block telnet/SSH access to your switch. First, you should never use telnet to manage … Continue reading

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Recover from a Forgotten Console Password on Dell Force10 E-Series Switches

In this lab I will use a Dell Force10 E600i chassis [FTOS 8.3.1.1] to demonstrate how to recover if you forget your console password. The first thing to do to prepare for this lab is to log on through the … Continue reading

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Creating a LAG between an ESXi vSwitch and a Physical Switch

In this lab I am going to create a LAG (Link Aggregation Group) between an ESXi vSwitch and a physical switch. You can use Cisco, Force10 Dell, Juniper, or any other manufacturer for the physical switch. Depending on the switch … Continue reading

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How to Stack Dell Force10 S60 Switches

In this lab I use two Dell Force10 S60 switches [FTOS 8.3.3.4] to demonstrate how to stack two S60 switches together. By stacking the switches you can increase port density and manage the switches together as if it were one … Continue reading

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