General Port Administration tasks on Enterasys Products

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Enable user ports
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Disabling a port 

Switch ports are typically enabled by default, and cannot be readily disabled. 

The first option is disabling the Port or Spanning Tree status in either local/Telnet management or higher-level GUI tool (such as the NetSight products). Such a step generally manipulates only the dot1dStpPortEnable MIB, which, when disabled, disables Spanning Tree on that port while also preventing trafic from being transmitted - but not preventing it from being received
Note: NetSight Atlas (vs Element Manager) products toggle ifAdminStatus as expected, when the Port status is disabled/enabled in the GUI - making the remainder of this document unnecessary for Atlas users. 

The simplest way to effectively stop all switched traffic on a port without resorting to MIB manipulation, is to administer all of the following 802.1Q VLAN configuration changes on the port:
  1. ensure that it is not an "802.1Q-Trunk" mode port (disabled by default, applicable to only SmartSwitch 2000/6000 and Vertical Horizon);
  2. enable Ingress Filtering (aka "Filter using VLAN List", generally disabled by default);
  3. disable GVRP (generally enabled by default);
  4. disable Dynamic VLAN Egress (generally disabled by default);
  5. remove all static VLAN egresses (generally VLAN 1 by default).
Caution: Since 802.1D/W Spanning Tree operation is unaffected by VLAN manipulations, this will still appear to be a viable path to STP. If a true network path is inappropriately STP-blocking in favor of this one, disable STP on this port as well - Combine the first two suggestions. 

Miscellaneous Port MIB manipulations 

Moving on to MIB possibilities, a port may be fully disabled by setting its ifAdminStatus MIB to a value of "2". 

Most of our older products (SmartSwitch 9000, SmartSwitch 2000, SmartSwitch 6000/Matrix E7) use MIBs
  • ifAdminStatus, to administratively enable/disable a port;
  • dot1dStpPortEnable, to STP/traffic enable/disable a port;
  • ctAutoNegAdminStatus, to enable/disable auto-neg;
  • ctAutoNegAdvertisedTechnologyAbility, to control auto-neg advertisements;
  • ctEtherSpeedAdminStatus, to set a port's default speed;
  • ctEtherDuplexAdminStatus, to set a port's default duplex.
Our newer products (Vertical Horizon, Matrix DFE/E1/V2/C1/C2) use MIBs
  • ifAdminStatus, to administratively enable/disable a port;
  • dot1dStpPortEnable, to STP/traffic enable/disable a port;
  • ifMauAutoNegAdminStatus, to enable/disable auto-neg;
  • ifMauAutoNegCapAdvertisedBits, to control auto-neg advertisements;
  • ifMauDefaultType, to set a port's default speed/duplex.
Further detail, for the MIBs discussed: 

(1=enable, 2=disable)

(1=enable, 2=disable)

(=one of dot3MauType entry OIDs)

. . .

(1=enable, 2=disable)

(value based on bit manipulation)

(1=enable, 2=disable)

(value based on bit manipulation)

(ex: 2=10Mb, 3=100Mb, 4=1000Mb)
(2=HalfDuplex, 3=FullDuplex)

For any device, the MIB ifDescr= can be used to help ensure that the port being modified is the proper port instance. 

See also: 5277 and 14477.
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