Adding Switches to an Existing Fabric

To add a switch to an available fabric instance, use the following command:

CLI (network-admin@switch) > fabric-join name name-string

For example:

CLI (network-admin@switch) > fabric-join name MyFabric

In case of directly connected switches as in Figure 6-7, switch B learns about available fabrics from switch A and then sends a message to join the selected fabric.

 Figure 6 -7  Directly Connected Switch Joining a Fabric

Using the Tab key, NetVisor OS displays all fabrics configured in the local network as options.

A switch joins the fabric either by using a discovered fabric name or by using a switch IP address. To join a remote fabric, use the fabric-join command with a remote switch IP address:

CLI (network-admin@switch) > fabric-join switch-ip

Joined fabric MyFabric. Restarting nvOS... 

In addition, the NetVisor OS software can use the password set up during the fabric creation process to encrypt communication between the nodes in the fabric. 

In such cases, when the switch joins a fabric instance from a node, you must type in the password to join it.

Note: Avoid creating fabrics with the same name to prevent conflicts.

Once a new switch joins an existing fabric, the new switch downloads all fabric configuration from the existing fabric switch and restarts the nvOSd (reboots). 

After the switch is rebooted and is up and running, the new switch becomes part of the existing fabric.