How to Configure Cisco Stackwise

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StackWise is a line of network switches created by Cisco. Each StackWise switch can work on its own or act as a building block for a switch with higher capabilities. The ability to stack switches allows a user to scale up his network infrastructure as his needs grow, instead of having to plan for the worst case or discard old, underpowered network equipment. You can configure two StackWise switches to work together as a single unit.

Things You'll Need

  • Computed with a serial port
  • Serial cable (RS-232C DB9)
  • Two Ethernet cables
  • Terminal emulator installed on the computer, such as Putty (see Resources)
  • Administrator access to all StackWise switches
  • Designate one of the StackWise switches as the "master switch." Choose the one with the best specifications if you own different StackWise switches; otherwise, pick any of them. The other switch will act as the "slave."

  • Connect a StackWise port on the master switch to a StackWise port on the slave using an Ethernet cable. Connect another StackWise port on the master to another StackWise port on the slave using the other Ethernet cable.

  • Connect the console port of the master switch to the serial port on the computer using the serial cable.

  • Launch the terminal emulator utility on the computer. For example, if you are using Putty as a terminal emulator, double-click on the "Putty" icon on the computer's desktop.

  • Log in to the master switch as Administrator by entering username "admin" and the administrator password. Type the following commands:

    switch 1 provision ws-c3750-##

    switch 1 priority 15

    Press "Enter" after each line.

  • Exit the terminal emulator utility.

  • Connect the console port of the slave switch to the serial port on the computer using the serial cable.

  • Log in to the slave switch as Administrator by entering username "admin" and the administrator password. Type the following commands:

    write erase

    delete flash:vlan.dat

    Press "Enter" after each line. At that point, the two StackWise switches will be configured to work together.

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