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220 series XMC support level

  • 11 April 2019
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Userlevel 2
Hi,

Is there a feature matrix that shows what XMC features are supported for 220 series switches? Does XMC supports firmware upgrades, configuration backup/restores? Does it support ZTP? Can we use XMC "Configure Device" screen to visually configure VLANs on 220 series switches?

Regargs,

Rahman
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Best answer by John Moore 11 April 2019, 23:49

Hi, Rahman.

We do have a firmware support matrix. It's available here:

https://emc.extremenetworks.com/content/common/releasenotes/extended_firmware_support_8.2.htm

Click the 220 tab at the top of the frame.

Thanks,

John
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Userlevel 5
Hi Rahman,

I believe the best option for you would be to contact local Extreme SEs or the reseller who supports you, so they could lend you a 200 Series switch to play with it, or to setup a lab and show you kind of PoC with functionalities you want to see working. How does that sound for you?

I agree that at some point uncertainty can become frustrating, on the other hand there are almost countless options with XMC, they also vary over time so I can imagine there is some challenge to synchronize development team with documentation team every time a minor or major update becomes available. But I believe they'll eventually manage that, kind of a feature matrix is always more reliable and convenient than diving into different-fashioned datasheets, command references, user guides or even DIY setups just to confirm if something is working or not. Finally, here is the community so I hope somebody with more hands-on 200+XMC experience can also come here and provide you with the knowledge. :)

Kind regards,
Tomasz
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Hi Rahman,

Sorry for the confusion, but after speaking with development and QA, I think the functionality does work. There may be some situations that aren't fully supported, but creating/deleting VLANs and configuring PVID/egress lists worked properly when tested by QA this week.

Let us know if you have any other questions or suggestions!

John


Hi John,

Thank you for the update. But can you be more specific about "There may be some situations that aren't fully supported"? We plan to retire 30 of our A2H models. We can't gamble on the models. We need to decide this year. To be frank I really hate this uncertainty about product families when buy out happens between the companies.

Regards,

Rahman
Userlevel 3
Hi Rahman,

Sorry for the confusion, but after speaking with development and QA, I think the functionality does work. There may be some situations that aren't fully supported, but creating/deleting VLANs and configuring PVID/egress lists worked properly when tested by QA this week.

Let us know if you have any other questions or suggestions!

John
Userlevel 5
Hi Rahman,

I see. Let's wait for some feedback from the development team then. I hope eventually it will be integrated same way as EXOS become. ERS switches are also considerable (e.g. ERS 3600), priced between 200 and EXOS and VLAN operations are supported, according to the link above.

Kind regards,
Tomasz
Userlevel 2
Hi Rahman,

If any feature is not yet out-of-the-box, you can always do some scripts or FlexViews in XMC for that, depending on how urgent the case is.

Hope that helps,
Tomasz


Hi Tomasz,

Sure, we are using scripting for our few 3.party (HPE/Aruba and Cisco) switches. But I don't want to use scripting for Extreme devices. There is no point to stay "Extreme" if I can not fully integrate them with XMC. I already can backup configs of HP and Cisco's with XMC. If I need to do all other things via script why should I buy 200 series? They are not EXOS already.

I am trying to decide what should we go on for our L2 switches. I wrote this a few times, but I will repeat my self again. We were using A2H and A4H for L2. Then we started to use X430. Now X430 is end of sale and there is no X430-G2. So we need a robust and cost effective L2 switch to go on.

What are our option then? 200 series are not EXOS, and it does not fully supported by XMC. So it does not has any advantage over buying an Aruba switch for us. Other option is to go on with X440-G2. Not possible for us, it costs too much for our needs. Just compare the local prizes of two 24 port poe+ models: X440-G2-24P-10GE-4SFP costs ~25.000 TL ( over 4.000$) and an Aruba 2930F 24G PoE+ 4SFP+ costs ~8.000 TL (1.400$). This is huge difference that we can not afford.

Regards,

Rahman
Userlevel 5
Hi Rahman,

If any feature is not yet out-of-the-box, you can always do some scripts or FlexViews in XMC for that, depending on how urgent the case is.

Hope that helps,
Tomasz
Userlevel 3
Hi Rahman,

I'm checking with development to see if there are plans to add it in the near future. I will let you know as soon as I hear.

Thanks,

John
Userlevel 2
Hi, Rahman.

We do have a firmware support matrix. It's available here:

https://emc.extremenetworks.com/content/common/releasenotes/extended_firmware_support_8.2.htm
Click the 220 tab at the top of the frame.

Thanks,

John


Hi John,

This is what I was looking for, thank you.

But after looking at it I am disappointed again. It seems it does not support vlan modification:

802.1Q VLAN Support Creating/Editing/Deleting VLANs not supported.

We were planing to use sites/port templates for vlan modification but 200 series is a no go then? Is there any plan to support it with a firmware update near future?

Regards,

Rahman
Userlevel 3
Hi, Rahman.

We do have a firmware support matrix. It's available here:

https://emc.extremenetworks.com/content/common/releasenotes/extended_firmware_support_8.2.htm

Click the 220 tab at the top of the frame.

Thanks,

John

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