Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Brocade ICX 6430-24: An Initial Configuration To Get Started

When Im doing a lot of switches, I usually like to put it all in notepad and get it ready for cut and pasting into all the switches.  That way, I can all the work up front in notepad, and very little changes (except hostnames and ip addresses) when pasting it all in.  I can get 10 switches done in a matter of minutes.  Now that is having them already powered up and ready.  Below is a cut and paste of a generic config I did for many switches.  This is exactly what I pasted in, minus a few vlans.  I cut those down to make this post shorter.

ICX6430-24 Switch>
ICX6430-24 Switch>en
No password has been assigned yet...
ICX6430-24 Switch#config t
ICX6430-24 Switch(config)#default-vlan-id 499
ICX6430-24 Switch(config)#vlan 1
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-1)# tagged ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4 to port-vlan 1.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-1)#tagged ethe 1/1/24
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/1/24 to port-vlan 1.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-1)#vlan 2
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-2)#  tagged ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4 to port-vlan 2.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-2)#tagged ethe 1/1/24
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/1/24 to port-vlan 2.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-2)#vlan 3
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-3)#  tagged ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/2/1 to 1/2/4 to port-vlan 3.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-3)#tagged ethe 1/1/24
Added tagged port(s) ethe 1/1/24 to port-vlan 3.
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-3)#management-vlan
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-3)# default-gateway 1
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-vlan-3)#exit
ICX6430-24 Switch(config)#int eth 1/2/1 to 1/2/4
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-mif-1/2/1-1/2/4)#port-name *** Uplinks ***
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-mif-1/2/1-1/2/4)#dual-mode 1
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-mif-1/2/1-1/2/4)#int eth 1/1/24
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-if-e1000-1/1/24)#port-name *** To Access Point ***
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-if-e1000-1/1/24)#dual-mode 1
ICX6430-24 Switch(config-if-e1000-1/1/24)#exit
ICX6430-24 Switch(config)#hostname Switch9
Switch9(config)#ip address
Switch9(config)#cdp run
Switch9(config)#fdp run
Switch9(config)#snmp-server community xxxxx rw
Switch9(config)#enable telnet pass xxxxx
Switch9(config)#wr mem
Write startup-config done.
Flash Memory Write (8192 bytes per dot) .
Flash to Flash Done.


  1. Great blog, I'm new to switching and I have learnt a lot by reading your brocade section.
    I have two 6610 in a stack. Do you happen to have a sample configuration you are able to share? I don't think my switch is secure nor am I getting the full utilization out of it. Thanks, Sam

    1. Hi Sam. Give me a few days and Ill put up a ICX6610 template. I have two questions for you though.
      1. What kind of security are you looking for on your ICX6610?
      2. What are you looking to do to better the performance of the switch (for utilization)?

  2. Hi Shane, I'm basically looking for Core Switch Config 101. My main config is only about 10 lines (excl vlan configs). It just all seems too easy to be secure.
    As for performance, I want to utilise a port from each 6610 using LACP but I'm still trying to get my head around the Active/Passive mode of the stack. In addition, I have 10GbE and want to make sure I'm getting all the throughput. I'll take this offline, do you mind if I email you directly?

    1. Email me Sam and let's discuss further.

  3. I'm building a stack of two ICX6610s for the first time also; if you could share a copy of the stack configuration procedure, I'd appreciate it.


    1. Yes, I'll get a post ready in the next day or so and get that up. Stay tuned...

    2. Try this out:

  4. hi, Shane Killen. am new to brocade, my first configuration on brocade ICX 6430 and 6450. Please can i know the first step to take, want to configure it as vlan managing switch.

    1. What you see above is exactly what I did, in the order I did it in. Go by that as a template.

    2. Thanks, i followed this guide ( to enable me access the web-interface to make configuration, but i could not. I want to access the web-interface from the switch. thanks


  5. Thanks brocade consol what default password and username do

    1. No default username or password on the Brocade. It comes without one. You will need to create one.

  6. Thanks sir very helpfull..Please can you help me how to configure gvrp in brocade FCX624S-F SWITCH which we using as a router(secondary flash boot) AND ICX6450-24 SWITCH (as primary flash boot)


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