Dell EMC OS10 Switch Basic Configuration and Setup

Recently, I was able to get my hands on a pair of Dell OS10 loaded 25 Gbps switches for configuration. The Dell EMC OS10 operating system is really great open switch platform with great features and capabilities that are Linux based. This post will give a general overview of the features and capabilities contained in Dell EMC OS10. Let’s take a look at Dell EMC OS10 Switch Basic Configuration and Setup and set up to look at the basic commands to get up and running with config on these switches.

Dell EMC OS10 Switch Overview

To begin with, let’s take a look at the Dell EMC OS10 operating system. OS10 combines the features of Linux, open computing and networking. It contains really great features that include the following:

  • Hardware abstration
  • Consistency across resources
  • Transition to open networking
  • Full programmability

Hardware abstration

With the Dell OS10 network operating system platform, it allows for hardware abstration through the use of programmatic APIs. Using APIs, this allows providing consistency between compute and network resources, compabitility into existing network operations, and the ability to enhance programmability.

Consistency across resources

The Dell OS10 networking platform allows for a Linux-like experience so that sysadmins and operations can have the same server feel to managing both compute and network resources. This helps to lower costs across the board. Having the common platform eases many different tasks, including network management, automation, and orchestration using the same tools.

Dell emc os10 network operating system based on linux
Dell emc os10 network operating system based on linux

Transition to open networking

Open networking disaggregation is the way of the future in networking. The Dell OS10 platform allows network operations to continue using familiar network command line interface commands and scripts. So it provides an easy transition over to the open switch platform.

Full programmability

Integration and control can be granularly controlled so as to allow development and operations as well as DevOps teams to have the access they need. Due to the open Linux-like platform, you can leverage native Linux applications and automation tools which allows onboarding the platform into your current automation platforms easily.

You can take a closer look at the Dell EMC OS10 switch operating system here:

Dell EMC OS10 Switch Basic Configuration and Setup

Now that we have a bit better understanding of the Dell EMC OS10 operating system, let’s take a look at Dell EMC OS10 switch basic configuration and setup and get a feel for how the switches can be quickly configured.

To enter configuration mode, use the intuitive command:


One of the first things you will want to do is change the default admin/admin username/password combination. You can easily set the password for the admin account using the following command:

username password role sysadmin
Changing admin password and showing the switch os version
Changing admin password and showing the switch os version

Setting up the management port for remote management and monitoring is straightforward as well. To configure the IP address on the management interface, you can use the following:

interface mgmt node/slot/port

To configure the default gateway as well as static routes on the management interface:

management route
ip route

To display the configured IP address information, use the following:

show ip interface brief

To set the switch hostname, use the command:

hostname <switchhostname>

To view the OS Version and Build Version on the switch, you can use the command:

show version

For NTP configuration, use the following:

authenticate #Authenticate time sources
authentication-key #Authentication key for trusted time sources
enable #Enabling NTP on a VRF
master #Enable local clock to act as server
server #Configure NTP server
source #Configure interface for source address
trusted-key #Key numbers for trusted time sources

To view the license status for the OS10 Enterprise operating system as well as your Dell service tag, use the following:

show license status
Show license status
Show license status

to view the Active and Standby images present on the system:

show boot

The process as documented by Dell to upgrade the OS10 image:

1(Optional) Backup the current running configuration to the startup configuration in EXEC mode.
copy running-configuration startup-configuration
2 Backup the startup configuration in EXEC mode.
copy config://startup.xml config://
3 Download the new software image from, extract the bin files from the tar file, and save the file in EXEC mode.
image download file-url
4 (Optional) View the current software download status in EXEC mode.
show image status
5 Install the software image in EXEC mode.
image install image-url
6 (Optional) View the status of the current software install in EXEC mode.
show image status
7 Change the next boot partition to the standby partition in EXEC mode. Use the active parameter to set the next boot partition
from standby to active.
boot system standby
8 (Optional) Check whether the next boot partition has changed to standby in EXEC mode.
show boot detail
9 Reload the new software image in EXEC mode.

Wrapping Up

The Dell EMC OS10 switch basic configuration and setup is easy and intuitive. This switch OS is capable of a lot of things. It is great to have the same Linux experience and feel in working with a network switch. Hopefully this little primer will help anyone who has unboxed their Dell EMC OS10 powered switch and wants to get up and running with a basic configuration and IP addressing.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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