DarkStar Power Up & Configure

XKL DarkStar optical networking appliances can be installed, verified, and running in under an hour. This new 10-minute video walks you right through the procedure, from racking a new system through to configuring the management network. It shows the commands used in live detail, so you can use the video as an introduction to DarkStar installation, or you can try them out for yourself on XKL’s remote demo systems (ask for a demo slot).


Just 10 minutes to get up and running


1. Power the system

  • It boots when power is applied.
  • Verify the status of the hot-swappable fans and power supplies:
    localhost>show environment

2. Give the system a name

  • In configuration mode, assign a host name with:
    localhost CONF# hostname DarkStarAlice

3. Configure a remote console

  • Configure passwords on all remote consoles; login is via SSH:DarkStarAlice CONF# password new XXXXXXXXX
    DarkStarAlice CONF# line vty
    DarkStarAlice CONF-LINE-VTY# login
    DarkStarAlice CONF-LINE-VTY# transport input ssh
  • Configure logging:
    DarkStarAlice CONF# logging buffer 50

4. Connect a client port to a wave port

  • E.g. connect client 0 to wave 0 at 10GE:
    DarkStarAlice CONF# connect client 0 wave 0 
    encapsulation 10gigabitethernet
  • Show all the connections:
    DarkStarAlice CONF# do show connect

5. Clean the fibers and connect them

  • Fiber connections are cleaned just before making them.

6. Final check on receiver power

  • Verify that optical input levels are as planned:
    DarkStarAlice# show interfaces summary

7. Configure the DarkStar management network

  • Configure the management network to comply with local network policies. For example, use the snmp-server commands to configure SNMP.