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Managment VLAN

I have a 6509 switch with Cisco IOS in it. I have created a sepearte VLAN

for the managment purpose, and the only way to bring the Managment VLAN up is to assign a port to the VLAN. In most designs, that is not a problem since

there are other IDF switches connected to the backbone switch and trunking

mechanism allows ports to assign to multiple vlans, and gladly we add the

management vlan to this trunking port. However, what could be done in a

small network where there is no other switches accept 6500, with only 2 or 3

vlans for users, servers, and the internet respectively. Since each port is

a member of its specific vlan, and no trunking is needed, is there any

techniqe to bring the managment vlan up w/o assigning any port?.

I just don't waste a port for the managment vlan only. One thought, I had to make

any data port (For example, my laptop connection port) to be a trunk port,

and assign the port to user and mgmt vlan.


Re: Managment VLAN

If you are not assinging the port to the management vlans then you are not using the purpose of mgmt vlan. But in any case, if you just want to assign the ip address to the vlan interface on the msfc without any ports, you can use the loopback interface for that.

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