New Aruba 2930f switches in lab. Do they need to be configured to work?

We got 2 New Aruba 2930f switches in lab.  Do they need to be configured to work?  We unboxed them and plugged them in and they seem to mostly be fine, but there's been some odd issues with connectivity on the computers plugged into them for imaging/configuration.
Thank you,
Mark88
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAsked:
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Jakob DigranesConnect With a Mentor Senior ConsultantCommented:
no configuration needed if switches are used as "all ports in the same VLAN"
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
unless you need any VLANs or configuration on them - they work as simple switches with all ports in VLAN1

But they can be configured from https://172.16.0.254 when connecting to ports.
Do you have Aruba Wireless aswell?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
not sure about the wifi here.
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
OK

But are switches running OK in your lab? What are your plans to use them with? multiple VLANs?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Switches seem to be running ok.  Over the weekend something happened and some ports were not working.  I restarted the switches and they've been fine again.  

So far mgmt has not asked for any vlans
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
strange .... no link on the ports or no traffic? if this happens again, log in to the switch web GUI and look at logs. or SSH into svitsj.
Also - register serial numbers at https://support.arubanetworks.com so you can download firmware and upgrade switches
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
right.  the lights were either off or really slow
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
how do I log into them again?
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
https://172.16.0.254
admin/admin
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
ok
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I get page cant be displayed
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
when connecting to switch - what IP do you get? You could also try SERIAL connection to get IP - or set IP to statically 172.16.0.34 and try to reach 172.16.0.254
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I cant browse to it from my desk.  Am I suppoesd to cable to it w/a laptop?
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
it'll have IP 172.16.0.254
unless your IP range is 172.16.0.0 you won't reach it from your desk. Then set your IP statically to something within 172.16.0.X range and connect directly. Set it to an IP in your IP-range and you'll reach it from your desk next time
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Whoa, not sure I copy that Jakob.
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
Sorry for the late response. For you to be able to login to switches you need to be in the same subnet as the switches. You need to have an address in 172.16.0 network.
After that - set the switches to connect using DHCP and connect to your LAN. Then they'll have IP-addresses in you office network. YOu should consider create reservations in DHCP to make sure they get the same IP-address always
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I cannot change my sn.  What must be done compared to what could be done?
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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
change switches to use IP from office LAN
or deploy another VLAN on firewall and add that VLAN to 172.16.0.0 network and create firewall policies to allow traffic from office LAN to 172.16.0.0 network
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Oh, Im not authorized to make those changes.  I just need to know how to or if we need to do basic configuration on these
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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