Switch Status Test

The Dell Switch M-series allows connecting up to six Dell Force10 MXL switches using QSFP+ (40Gb) ports to create a single stack unit. In the stack unit so created, a single switch acts as a Master and controls other switches thereby allowing users to manage and configure the member switches and ports using a single IP address. This IP address is copied from the Master to the Standby when the Standby is created. If for any reason the Master fails and the Standby takes over as the Master, the IP address of the stack unit will remain the same, thus allowing continuous management of the stack unit. Fatal failure of the switches due to erratic power fluctuations or physical damage can render the stack unit unavailable/inoperable which in turn causes difficulties in managing the network connections. To avoid such issues, administrators should monitor the stack units at regular intervals. This is where the Switch Status test aids administrators!

Using this test, administrators are able to determine the current switch status of each stack unit in the Dell Switch M-Series.

Target of the test : Dell Switch M-Series

Agent deploying the test : An external Agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for every stack unit in the Dell Switch M-Series monitored.

The figure below depicts the test configuration page of this test. Click on the parameters in the figure below to know what they are and how to configure them.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation


Indicates the current switch status of this stack unit.


The values reported by this measure and its numeric equivalents are mentioned in the table below:

Measure Value Numeric Value
Ok 1
Not Supported 2
Code mismatch 3
Config mismatch 4
Unit down 5
Not present 6


By default, this measure reports the Measure Values listed in the table above to indicate the current switch status of the stack unit. The graph of this measure however, represents the status of the fan using the numeric equivalents only - 1 to 6.