Network OS Administration Guide

Supporting Network OS 6.0.1a

Part Number: 53-1003768-04

Configuring Ethernet management interfaces

The Ethernet network interface provides management access, including direct access to the Network OS CLI. You must configure at least one IP address using a serial connection to the CLI before you can manage the system with other management interfaces. You can either configure static IP addresses, or you can use a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client to acquire IP addresses automatically. For IPv6 addresses, both static IPv6 and stateless IPv6 autoconfiguration are supported.

Setting static IPv4 addresses and using DHCP are mutually exclusive. If DHCP is enabled, remove the DHCP client before you configure a static IPv4 address. However, this does not apply to IPv6 addresses.
You must connect through the serial port to set the IP address if the network interface is not configured already. Refer to the Brocade VDX Hardware Reference manual for your specific product for information on connecting through the serial port.