Pluribus Networks Freedom Series Quick Start Guide Before You

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Console Port E68
Console PortE28Q
NOTE: The MGMT and in-band IP addresses must be on separate networks.
Once you complete the initial configuration, you can display the system
setup using the switch-setup-show command. Plug your network cable
into the MGMT port and the network port.
Pluribus Networks Freedom Series
Quick Start Guide
3 Configuring the Initial Fabric
Quick Start Guide Overview
This guide describes the initial setup of a Pluribus Networks
server-switch, and is intended for experienced network administrators.
You are guided through the initial configuration of a Pluribus Networks
server-switch and the initial connectivity to your management and data
Pluribus Networks server-switches provide out-of-band management on
the MGMT1 port. A separate interface provides in-band management
which is configured during initial setup. Use the in-band interface to
manage available services on the server-switch such as SSH or vManage.
This guide assumes that you have basic networking skills including Layer
2 and Layer 3, along with basic system administration skills, and you
have installed your server-switch in your network rack.
Before You Begin
Gather the following information:
System Name:______________________________________________
Password for network-admin(default login):______________________
(Six characters or more required.)
MGMT interface IP address and netmask:________________________
In-band IP address and netmask:_______________________________
Default gateway IP address:___________________________________
Console Port F64
Secondary DNS IP ( ip-address <return>
Domain name ( domain-name <return>
Automatically Upload Diagnostics (yes): <return>
2 Performing the Initial Configuration
You can connect to the server-switch by connecting a rollover
cable to the console port or connecting a keyboard and monitor
to the server-switch.
Connect the console port on the server-switch to your laptop or terminal
concentrator using a serial cable.
Set terminal emulator connection to 9600 bps, 8 data bits, parity - none,
stop bits 1, flow control - none.
Plugin and power on the server-switch.
CAUTION! Do not connect any ports to the network until the server-switch is
configured. You can accidentally create loops on the network which may cause network
connectivity problems..
1. Log into the server-switch with the username network-admin and the
default password, admin.
2. Accept the EULA by entering Yes. To view the EULA, type eula and the
entire EULA is displayed for your review.
3. You can begin initial configuration using the setup questions in the Quick
Start Wizard.
console login: network-admin
Password: admin
Last login: Fri Oct 3 12:23:04 on console
Pluribus Command Line Interface v2.2
System setup required:
System Name (switch): hostname <return>
network-admin Password: password <return>
Re-enter Password: password <return>
Mgmt IP/Netmask: ip-address/netmask <return>
In-band IP/Netmask: ip-address/netmask <return>
Gateway IP ( ip-address <return>
Primary DNS IP ( ip-address <return>
Note: Fabric Communication
All fabric communication occurs over the in-band or MGMT interfaces
on a server-switch.
In order for server-switches to form a fabric, the server-switches
communicate using Layer 2 or Layer 3 networking on the in-band or
MGMT interfaces.
You must create a fabric even if you have only one server-switch. If the
server-switch is joining an existing fabric, then you can add it to the fabric
using a few simple commands.
1. To create a new fabric name corp-fabric, use the following command:
>fabric-create name corp-fabric network-type
2. You can create a password for the fabric so that other server-switches can
only join the fabric if the administrator knows the password. Add the
password, sw0rdf1$h, using the following command:
>fabric-create name corp-fab password <return>
password: <sw0rdf1$h>
You can now join the fabric, corp-fabric, using the fabric-join command:
>fabric-join name corp-fab <return>
fabric password:<sw0rdf1$h>
Joining an Existing Fabric
When a server-switch joins an existing fabric, it receives the rest of the
configuration from the fabric and then keeps track of the fabric state.
1. To join the an existing fabric, ,network-fab, use the fabric-join
>fabric-join name network-fab
2. If the fabric was created with an optional password, you must enter the
correct password to join the fabric:
>fabric-join name network-fab password
fabric password: <password>
Using the fabric-join command restarts nvOS and causes a short
interruption on the network.
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3. To show fabric details, use the fabric-show command:
vlan network-type tid
-------------------------------------------------corp-fab a000030:5537b46c 3
4 Confirming Connectivity on the Network
After you’ve connected your server-switch, you may want to take the time to
ensure that you have connectivity by pinging an external IP address.
To ping the external network from the server-switch, use the ping command:
>ping : 56 data bytes is alive.
To ping a domain, use the ping command again:
>ping is alive.
You are now ready to connect your ports to the network .
Configuring Port Connectivity
A port on the server-switch becomes active automatically after a cable
is connected to another device on the network. To check port status,
use the following command:
>port-show port 31 format all layout vertical
switch: corp1
port: 31
mac: 64:0e:94:28:00:8e
hostname: pubdev01
status: up,LLDP
lport: 31
rport: 31
config: fd,10g
trunk: auto-129
The port comes up with RSTP and LLDP enabled but no LACP trunk.
Connecting to a Third Party Switch or Server
To connect to a third party switch or server, you may need to change the
speed on the interface, turn off autonegotiation, or adjust other settings
on the port. It is important to match the interface settings of the serverswitch to interfaces on other devices.
Use the following command:
The server-switch port connected to a server becomes active once a cable
is connected and the server NIC is active.
You add VLANs to the server-facing port as necessary and configure them
as tagged or untagged depending on your requirements. To create a
VLAN and then assign it to the port use the commands:
>vlan-create id 21 scope local
>vlan-port-add id
> vlan-show id 21
id scope
-------- -- ----corp1
21 local
21 port 54
------------ -------------54,65-72,129 54
Upgrading nvOS Software
Instructions for upgrading to the latest version of nvOS may be obtained
from your partner. If you have purchased a FreedomCare contract, the
instructions are included in the Release Notes located at
Upgrading software requires a connection to the Internet or you can
upgrade using offline software packages located on the Pluribus Support
Upgrading nvOS Software Using Offline Packages
To upgrade nvOS without an Internet connection, you can download and
install offline packages. You need software such as Winscp for Windows or
use the terminal application on your Mac.
1. Log into nvOS and use the admin-sftp-modify command to enable
SFTP and create a password for SFTP.
2. Launch your SFTP client and create a profile for the server-switch using
sftp as the user name and the password you created.
3. Connect to the server-switch and accept the key for the first time.
4. Navigate to the import/ folder and copy the downloaded nvOS package.
5. Return to the server-switch and log into it using SSH.
6. Run the following command:
>software-upgrade package import/nvOS-2.2.X-XXXXplatform.pkg
The platform is either aquila (F64) or leo (E68 or E28Q).
The software automatically begins upgrading to the new version. You can
monitor the upgrade process using the software-upgrade-status-show
command. Once the upgrade is complete, the server-switch automatically
reboots to the new version of nvOS.
7 Licensing Information
The server-switch comes pre-installed with a base license. To view license
details, use the software-license-show command.
To install a new license, use the software-license-install
command and follow the instructions on the license certificate included
with the documentation package.
To upgrade a license use the software-license-upgrade command
and follow the instructions on the license certificate.
8 Submitting a Service Request
You can purchase optional support contracts from your partner, reseller, or
Pluribus Networks. Purchasing a support contract from a local partner is
sometimes preferred due to geographical or language requirements.
Please contract your local partner to better understand the available service
programs and pricing.
If you purchased a Pluribus FreedomCare maintenance agreement, you can
contact Pluribus Networks directly for support requirements.
To review the various service offerings, please visit, or you can send your inquiries to
For those under a current PluribusCare contract, you may submit support
requests through the Pluribus Networks customer portal, by e-mail, or
by telephone. Please visit
To provide technical feedback on this document, or to report errors or
omissions, please send your comments to
Product documentation is located at
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Networks Support team.
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