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Replacing and Cloning Stacked Switches

The following article explains the steps required to replace and clone stacked switches. The steps below should be used for the following use cases:

  • Replacing a Stack Member
    • A stacked switch has failed and needs to be replaced.
    • A stacked switch needs to be replaced in a stack with 8 switches.
  • Cloning a Stack Member
    • A stacked switch needs to be replaced, but the new switch should be up and running before the replacement occurs.
    • A new switch needs to be added and requires the same port configurations of another stack member.

Replacing a Stack Member

The following steps will clone the original stack member and remove it from the stack:

  1. Power off the stack member to be replaced.
  2. Claim the new/replacement switch in the inventory:
    1. Navigate to Organization > Inventory.
    2. Click the Claim button.
    3. Enter the serial number of the new switch. If replacing multiple members, list all serials.
    4. Click Claim.
  3. Add the switch to the network containing the stack.
    1. Select the switch to be added to the network.
    2. Click Add to...
    3. Select the network and Add to existing.

Note: After the switch has been added to the network, before it is added to the stack or replaced, it should be brought online individually and updated to the same firmware build as the rest of the stack. Failing to do so can prevent the switch from stacking successfully. The configured firmware build for the network can be verified under Organization > Firmware Upgrades. A flashing white or green LED on the status light on the switch indicates that a firmware upgrade is in progress.

  1. (Optional) Edit the name of the new switch.
    1. Navigate to Switch > Switches.
    2. Select the new switch.
    3. Click the  next to the title to rename the switch.
  2. Clone and replace the stack member.
    1. Navigate to Switch > Switch stacks.
    2. Select the existing stack.
    3. Navigate to the Clone and replace member tab.
    4. Select the source switch to be replaced.
    5. Select the destination switch which will replace the source switch.
    6. Click Clone switch.
  3. Physically swap the switches.

The old switch can then be repurposed as a standalone switch or removed from the network.

Cloning a Stack Member

The following steps will clone the original stack member without removing it from the stack.

  1. Claim the new/replacement switch in the inventory:
    1. Navigate to Organization > Inventory.
    2. Click the Claim button.
    3. Enter the serial number of the new switch. If replacing multiple members, list all serials.
    4. Click Claim.
  2. Add the switch to the network containing the stack.
    1. Select the switch to be added to the network.
    2. Click Add to...
    3. Select the network and Add to existing.
  3. (Optional) Edit the name of the new switch.
    1. Navigate to Switch > Switches.
    2. Select the new switch.
    3. Click the  next to the title to rename the switch.
  4. Clone the stack member.
    1. Navigate to Switch > Switches.
    2. Select the replacement switch.
    3. Click Edit > Clone.
    4. Select the original stack member.
    5. Click Clone.
  5. Add the new switch to a stack.
    1. Navigate to Switch > Switch stacks.
    2. Select the existing stack.
    3. Navigate to the Manage members tab.In the Add members section, select the switch to add.
    4. Click Add Switches.
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