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Using Dell OpenManage Switch Administrator

Dell™ PowerConnect™ 6024/6024F Systems User's Guide

  Starting the Application

  Understanding the Interface

  Using the Switch Administrator Buttons

  Accessing the Switch Through the CLI

  Using the CLI

Starting the Application

  1. Open a web browser.

  2. Enter the switch's IP address (as defined in the CLI) in the address bar and press <Enter>.

For information about assigning an IP address to a switch, see "Static IP Address and Subnet Mask."

  1. When the Enter Network Password window displays, enter a user name and password.

NOTE: The switch is not configured with a default password, and you can configure the switch without entering a password. For information about recovering a lost password, see "Password Recovery."
NOTE: Passwords are both case sensitive and alpha-numeric.
  1. Click OK.

  2. The Dell OpenManage™ PowerConnect OpenManage Switch Administrator home page displays.

Understanding the Interface

The home page (see Figure 4-1) contains the following views:

Figure 4-1. Switch Administrator Components

Table 4-1 lists the interface components with their corresponding numbers.

Table 4-1. Interface Components




The tree view contains a list of the different device features. The branches in the tree view can be expanded to view all the components under a specific feature, or retracted to hide the feature's components. By dragging the vertical bar to the right, you can expand the tree area to view a full name of a component.


The device view provides information about device ports, current configuration and status, table information, and feature components.

The port coloring indicates if a port is currently active. Green indicates the port is enabled, red indicates that an error has occurred on the port, and blue indicates that the link is disabled.

NOTE: The LEDs do not appear in the device view. You can only determine LED status by looking at the actual switch. For information about LEDs, see "LED Definitions."

Depending on which option you select, the area at the bottom of the device view displays other device information and/or dialogs for configuring parameters.


The components list contains a list of the feature components. You can also view components by expanding a feature in the tree view.


The information buttons provide access to information about the switch and access to Dell Support. For more information, see "Information Buttons."

Using the Switch Administrator Buttons

Information Buttons

Table 4-2. Information Buttons




Opens the Dell Support page at


Online help that contains information to assist in configuring and managing the switch. The online help pages are linked directly to the pages. For example, if the IP Addressing page is open, the help topic for that page displays if you click Help.


Contains the version and build number and Dell copyright information.

Log Out

Logs out of the application and closes the browser window.

Device Management Buttons

Table 4-3. Device Management Buttons



Apply Changes

Applies set changes to the device.


Adds information to tables or dialogs.


Starts a Telnet session.


Queries tables.

Show All

Displays the device tables.

Left arrow/Right arrow

Moves information between lists.


Refreshes device information.

Reset All Counters

Clears statistic counters.


Prints the Network Management System page and/or table information.

Show Neighbors Info

Displays the Neighbors List from the Neighbors Table page.


Creates statistics charts on-the-fly.

Accessing the Switch Through the CLI

The switch can be managed over a direct connection to the console port or via a Telnet connection. For information about out-of-band management ports, see "Out of Band Management Port."

Using the CLI is similar to entering commands on a Linux system. If access is via a Telnet connection, ensure the device has an IP address defined and that the workstation used to access the device is connected to the device prior to beginning using CLI commands.

For information about configuring an initial IP Address, see "Static IP Address and Subnet Mask."

NOTE: Ensure the client is loaded, before using the CLI.

Console Connection

  1. Power on the switch and wait until the startup is complete.

  2. When the Console> prompt displays, type enable and press <Enter>.

  3. Configure the device and enter the necessary commands to complete the required tasks.

  4. When finished, exit the session with the quit or exit command.

NOTE: If a different user logs into the system in the Privilege EXEC command mode, the current user is logged off and the new user is logged in.

Telnet Connection

Telnet is a terminal emulation TCP/IP protocol. ASCII terminals can be virtually connected to the local device through a TCP/IP protocol network. Telnet is an alternative to a local login terminal where a remote login is required.

Your switch supports up to four simultaneous Telnet sessions. All CLI commands can be used over a telnet session.

To start a Telnet session:

  1. Select Start Run.

  2. In the Run window, type Telnet <IP address> in the Open field.

  3. Click OK to begin the Telnet session.

Using the CLI

Command Mode Overview

The CLI is divided into command modes. Each command mode has a specific command set. Entering a question mark at the console prompt displays a list of commands available for that particular command mode.

In each mode, a specific command is used to navigate from one command mode to another.

During the CLI session initialization, the CLI mode is the User EXEC mode. Only a limited subset of commands are available in the User EXEC mode. This level is reserved for tasks that do not change the console configuration and is used to access configuration sub-systems such as the CLI. To enter the next level, the Privileged EXEC mode, a password is required (if configured).

The Privileged EXEC mode provides access to the device global configuration. For specific global configurations within the device, enter the next level, Global Configuration mode. A password is not required.

The Global Configuration mode manages the device configuration on a global level.

The Interface Configuration mode configures the device at the physical interface level. Interface commands which require subcommands have another level called the Subinterface Configuration mode. A password is not required.

User EXEC Mode

After logging into the device, the EXEC command mode is enabled. The user-level prompt consists of the host name followed by the angle bracket (>). For example:


NOTE: The default host name is console unless it has been modified during initial configuration.

The user EXEC commands permit connecting to remote devices, changing terminal settings on a temporary basis, performing basic tests, and listing system information.

To list the user EXEC commands, enter a question mark at the command prompt.

Privileged EXEC Mode

Privileged access can be protected to prevent unauthorized access and ensure operating parameters. Passwords are displayed on the screen, and are case sensitive.

To access and list the Privileged EXEC Mode commands:

  1. At the prompt type enable and press <Enter>.

  2. When a password prompt displays, enter the password and press <Enter>.

The Privileged EXEC mode prompt displays as the device host name followed by #. For example:


To list the Privileged EXEC commands, type a question mark at the command prompt and press <Enter>.

To return from Privileged EXEC Mode to User EXEC Mode use any of the following commands: disable, exit/end, or <Ctrl><Z>.

The following example illustrates accessing privileged EXEC mode and then returning to the User EXEC mode:


Enter Password: ******




Use the exit command to move back to a previous mode. For example, you can move from Interface Configuration mode to Global Configuration mode, and from Global Configuration mode to Privileged EXEC mode.

Global Configuration Mode

Global Configuration commands apply to system features, rather than a specific protocol or interface.

To access Global Configuration mode, at the Privileged EXEC Mode prompt, type configure and press <Enter>. The Global Configuration Mode displays as the device host name followed by the pound sign # and (config).


To list the Global Configuration commands, enter a question mark at the command prompt.

To return from Global Configuration mode to Privileged EXEC mode, type the exit command or use the <Ctrl><Z> command.

The following example illustrates how to access Global Configuration mode and return back to the Privileged EXEC mode:





Interface Configuration Mode

Interface configuration commands modify specific IP interface settings, including bridge-group, description, and so forth. The Interface Configuration modes are:

CLI Examples

CLI commands are provided as configuration examples. For a full description of the CLI commands, including examples, refer to your switch's CLI Reference Guide.

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