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Setup a used Aruba S2500 switch and remove stacking ports

Unmanaged Gbe switches usually meet the needs of most households, however if you want to go to multi-gbe band, things get expensive quickly. Often it would be cheaper to get a used or refurbished enterprise hardware, then brand-new consumer facing Hardwares. 

For my case, I was able to acquire an Aruba S2500 48P-4SFP+POE for 115$ pre-tax off eBay. This switch has 4 SFP+ ports that moves data at 10Gbps with some small set up. 

  1. Factory reset using the switch front menu.
  2. invoke GUI management
  3. in 10 minutes, go to 172.16.0.254 from a DHCP connected device
  4. if it asks the default username password is: admin admin123

Now our focus shifts to the GUI management portal:

  1. finish wizard flow and set appropriate IP for management endpoint
  2. we need to upgrade the firmware to partition 0:
  3. to utilize the two stacking SFP+ ports
    1. use Putty/SSH and connect to switch shell
    2. go to enable mode via command then enter your enable password
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    3. delete stackings

delete stacking interface stack 1/2
delete stacking interface stack 1/3

At this point, your switch is behaving like an unmanaged switch now. For most use cases you are done. 

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