Using a Candidate CLI to push the Candidate into a stack

Use this method if any of the following apply:
  • The Candidate's Auto Join is set to Yes and you do not want to enable Auto Grab on the Commander, or the Candidate's Auto Join is set to No.

  • Either you know the MAC address of the Commander for the stack into which you want to insert the Candidate, or the Candidate has a valid IP address and is operating in your network.


stack join <mac-addr>

Specifies the MAC address of the Commander in the destination stack.

If the Candidate has an IP address valid for your network use Telnet or a direct serial port connection to access the CLI for the Candidate switch.

Pushing a candidate into a stack

Suppose a Candidate named North Sea with Auto Join off and a valid IP address of is running on a network. You could Telnet to the Candidate, use show stack all to determine the Commander's MAC address, and then push the Candidate into the desired stack.

To verify that the Candidate successfully joined the stack, execute show stack all again to view the stacking status.