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JacobAZ
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Management software for HP 5500 jg542a

Hello All,

I have 3 HP 5500 jg542a switches that I am working on 10G stacking with but I was curious if there is any software that can manage the stack through a GUI. I hate having to make the same changes to multiple devices individually. Anyone know of any that will work with these switches?

Thanks for the help!

Jake

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Ivan_B
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Re: Management software for HP 5500 jg542a

Hi @JacobAZ !

Not sure about any software like this, but if you stack all 3 switches in IRF you will manage them as one device. If you need GUI, I guess you can enable Web GUI using 'ip http enable" (or "ip https enable") command and manage it using Web browser.

For more information check Fundamentals Configuration Guide, 'Logging in to the Web interface' chapter - https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/docDisplay?docLocale=en_US&docId=a00040090en_us

For IRF configuration you can use this guide - https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/docDisplay?docLocale=en_US&docId=a00040093en_us

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JacobAZ
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Re: Management software for HP 5500 jg542a

Thank you Ivan_B for the quick reply. If I stack them in IRF, will all 3 switches show up in the same web GUI?

Ivan_B
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Re: Management software for HP 5500 jg542a

Yes, that's the point of IRF - you manage all devices in stack as one logical device. In a single CLI or Web GUI session you control the whole stack as one single device. For example, you have a stack of two switches, member 1 and member 2. If you login to the stack, for example using console cable on the Management port of any of those switches, or SSH to the single management IP address of that stack and type "display interfaces brief" you will get information for all switchports of both stack members. Ports on member 1 will have identifiers like 'Gigabit-Ethernet1/0/*', ports on member 2 will be ''Gigabit-Ethernet2/0/*'. First number is IRF member ID, second number is sub-slot (0 is for embedded ports), third number is number of the port. Need to assign one port on member 1 and another on member 2 to one VLAN? There is nothing easier:

interface Gigabit-Ethernet1/0/1
 port link-type access
 port access vlan 10
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interface Gigabit-Ethernet2/0/1
 port link-type access
 port access vlan 10

Now traffic between those two ports will flow like between two ports in one physical switch. That's why we need IRF ports, not only for syncronization of management/control and data planes, but they play a role of interswitch fabric and pass traffic transparrently between IRF members.

P.S. Sorry for giving you examples in CLI, I am not a fan of Comware Web GUI, it is limited and is suitable only for basic things. Keep in mind that not all features may be available in GUI. But all that I stated about IRF and single management is absolutely applicable for the Web GUI as well. If you want to use it, it is absolutely fine and IRF will simplify your network topology and will make network management tasks easier.

 

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