Using the findme feature on AlliedWare Plus switches.
You’ve got a ton of devices in a data center. You’re a remote network engineer working with a field tech who is onsite. The field tech is not familiar with the data center layout, or perhaps has inaccurate information regarding the rack location of a switch that requires troubleshooting. Or, maybe you need to identify which x610 chassis within a stack of 8 members is member #3, but the switches aren’t labeled or are labeled incorrectly. Is there a way to use a switch’s LED’s to visually identify the correct device for your tech?
AW+ switches have a FindMe feature that can be used via the CLI to flash switchport LED’s continuously for up to 1hr. All switchports can be lit up, or a range of ports, or even just one port. So, a remote engineer can provide visual cues to remote hands onsite, i.e “connect the new cable to the port with the flashing light.” Or, “We need to power-cycle the switch with the flashing lights, but not the others.” This feature is used from within privileged exec mode.
Flashes all LED’s for 60 seconds
Switch-B#findme timeout 60
Flashes all LED’s on member 2 of a stack (default time is 60 seconds)
Switch-B#findme member 2
Flashes LED’s for ports 1-10 for 2 minutes
Switch-B#findme interface port1.0.1-1.0.10 timeout 120
Turns off an active findme activity