Adding a Stack Member

Stacking allows you to add switches to the stack only when the conductor is active.

To add a switch to stack as a new member, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, select one of the following options:
    • To select a switch group in the filter:
      1. Set the filter to a group containing at least one switch.

        The dashboard context for the group is displayed.

      2. Under Manage, click Devices > Switches.
      3. Click the AOS-S or Config icon to view the switch configuration dashboard.
    • To select a switch in the filter:
      1. Set the filter to Global or a group containing at least one switch.
      2. Under Manage, click Devices > Switches.

        A list of switches is displayed in the List view.

      3. Click a switch under Device Name.

        The dashboard context for the switch is displayed.

      4. Under Manage, click Device.

        The tabs to configure the switch is displayed.

  2. Click Stacks. The Stacks page is displayed.
  3. In the Stacks table, select the stack row for which you want to add a member. The Members table displays the list of members for that particular stack. The Members table displays the following information:

    Table 1: Members table

    Name

    Description

    Value

    Name

    The name of the switch stack member.

    A string

    MAC Address

    The MAC Media Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the stack member.

    Alphanumeric MAC address

    Model

    The hardware model of the switch.

    A String

    Priority

    The priority level of the stack member.

    1 to 255

    Role

    The role of a stack member.

    Conductor, member, or standby

    Status

    The status of the switch stack member.

    Active, Inactive, or Not Joined

    Link1 | Port

    The name of the link and its corresponding port of the stack member.

    A String

    Link2 | Port

  4. In the Members table, click + to add a stack member.
    The Add Stack Member For <stack name> window is displayed. The following information is auto-generated:
    • Member ID—Identification number of the member.
    • Priority—Priority of the member.
  5. Select the member using one of the following options:
    • Same as Conductor—Use this option when your conductor and member have the same model number.
    • Select Model —Use this option when your conductor and member have different model numbers. Select the switch model from the model drop-down list.
  6. If the selected switch supports VSF Virtual Switching Framework. VSF allows network administrators to stack multiple individual switches into a single logical device using standard Ethernet links. Stacking, configure the following parameters:
    • Link1 Name and Port(s)—Specify the name of the link 1 and its corresponding port.
    • Link2 Name and Port(s)—Specify the name of the link 2 and its corresponding port.
  7. To add another stack member, click Save & Add Another.

    A message is displayed above the Members table when the maximum number of switches in a stack has been added.

  8. Click Save. After the stack members appear in Members table, connect the stacking modules and stacking cables to all switches and power on the switches.

Editing a stack member

To edit a stack member, select the member row you want to edit and click the edit icon.

Removing a stack member

To delete a stack member, select the member row that you want to delete and click the delete icon.

After removing a member, disconnect the switch from the stack. To disconnect the switch from the stack, do one of the followings:

  • Turn off the power from the switch.
  • Restart the switch using switch reset button.

You can remove only the stack member that has the lowest priority. For example, if there are three stack members with priority 254, 253 and 252 respectively and if you want to remove a stack member with priority 253, then first you need to remove the member with priority 252.
Priority cannot be assigned manually. Conductor switch is always assigned with priority 255. The priority of other subsequent members is decremented by 1.