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3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack

Since the documentation does not make it clear imo - I assume when preparing a switch to join an existing stack, the provision command must be applied to the master, and not on the switch to be added?


Ajaz Nawaz

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Re: 3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack

Hi Ajaz,

Make sure to follow the config guide (below) for managing your stacked switches.




Re: 3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack

Stack Offline Configuration

You can use the offline configuration feature to provision (to configure) a new switch before it joins the stack. You can  configure the member number, the switch type, and the interfaces  associated with a switch that is not yet part of the stack. That  configuration is the provisioned configuration.  The switch to be added to the stack and to get this configuration is  the provisioned switch.

The provisioned configuration is automatically created when a switch is  added to a that is running Cisco IOS Release 12.2(20)SE or later stack  and when no provisioned configuration exists. You can manually create  the provisioned configuration by using the switch stack-member-number provision type global configuration command.

When you configure the interfaces for a provisioned switch (for example,  as part of a VLAN), the information appears in the stack running  configuration whether or not the provisioned switch is part of the  stack. The interface for the provisioned switch is not active and does  not appear in the display of a specific feature (for example, in the show vlan user EXEC command output). Entering the no shutdown interface configuration command has no  effect.

The startup configuration file ensures that the stack can reload and can  use the saved information whether or not the provisioned switch is part  of the stack.


yes thanks. I have read all the documentation as I stated in my original post.

so Reza... perhaps you can explain from the link you posted where does it make it clear that the provision command must be configured on the master of existing stack, or switch yet to be provisioned ???

Re: 3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack


The provisioning command has to be executed on the existing stack and not on the new member.

Best regards


Re: 3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack

You mean the existing stack master right?.

thanks - that was the answer I was after !

kind regards


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I have read the document on stackwise technology for the 3850, but I believe that you just need to change the model or platform number to get to the exact documentation.  I honestly am impressed on how they improved their documentation now.

Provisioning a New Member for a Switch Stack

This optional task is available only from the active switch.


VIP Super Bronze

Re: 3750 and Provisioning a Switch to become Member of Stack


The stack master is the single point of stack-wide management. From the stack master, you configure:

System-level (global) features that apply to all stack members

Interface-level features for each stack member

Therefore, any command you apply has to be on the stack master

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Hey Anawaz, Your right, the

Hey Anawaz,


Your right, the documentation is not clear on how to utilize the provisioned command properly for merging a live switch into an existing switch stack.  I love how people just keep re-posting the same link over and over again, when you ask a simple question.  They don't know the answer, so they will search the topic and post the 1st link they see, that's a 1000 pages long.  I have been searching for more information on how to add an existing live 3850 switch to a stack.  Im trying to do this, without having to reload the whole entire switch stack but I cannot find it.  Anawaz, if you have any information on how to do this, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please do not send me the same link that everyone keeps re-posting. lol... :)


Thank you Anawaz!