Onboarding Conductor and Members for VSF stacking

The following is a high-level process flow for configuring VSF Virtual Switching Framework. VSF allows network administrators to stack multiple individual switches into a single logical device using standard Ethernet links. switch stacks:

  1. Add all the switches that are intended to act as a conductor, standby, and members in the VSF switch stack to the device inventory and assign a license. All the switch members must be set to factory default and powered off. All the switches in the AOS-S stack must be licensed in Aruba Central.
  2. Power on the switch you intend to add as a conductor. The switch comes up online in Central as a standalone switch.
  3. Create a stack with the standalone switch. After stack creation, the switch will reboot and comes up as a stack conductor. For more information, see the section Creating an AOS-S Stack.
  4. Add other members to the stack when the status of the conductor switch is active. For more information, see Adding a Stack Member.
  5. After adding members, connect the Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. cables between the switches to form the desired topology.
  6. Power on the switches one at a time. The second switch that is powered on will be elected as standby. The subsequent switches that get powered on will be designated as the members of the stack.

For more information on deploying a VSF stack, see Onboarding Conductor and Members for VSF stacking section.

For more information on topology and configuration of switch stacks, see the AOS-S Switch Installation and Getting Started Guide and AOS-S Switch Advanced Traffic Management Guide for the respective switch series.

If the stack members are connected and powered on before adding to a stack, then the members might not join the stack and status of the stack members are displayed as Inactive in the UI. In this scenario, stack cannot be managed through the UI.