I have a lab environment with 7 48-port switches (Ubiquiti ES-48-500W).
All of them are connected to 3 16-port aggregation switches (Ubiquiti ES-16-XG) via fiber.
All of the switches are brand new, and all of them are in the same room. Fiber modules are brand new, as are the fiber cables.
The only computers plugged into this network are:
- one windows 2016 Server domain controller with DNS (but no internet access)
- one linux VM running UNMS (Ubiquiti's free switch management software)
- one windows 10 workstation running a third-party program called EMCO Ping Monitor
Before deploying these switches to my production environment, I conigured each switch and joined them all to UNMS.
I have the latest firmware installed on each switch.
Basically, just sitting there doing nothing, UNMS reports outages all throughout the day. Sometimes the outage is for a few seconds. Sometimes the outage is more than 20 seconds. And the outage is not between specific switches. Switch 104 will go down for a few seconds. Then switch 114. Then switch 100. It's all over the place.
Each 48-port switch is connected to 2 ES-16-XGs for redundancy. Using spanning tree protocol.
Should I be concerned about this? Are intermittent drops "normal" for switches? Or does this indicate a problem?
Thinking the UNMS /may/ not be 100% accurate (since it is still in beta), I installed a third-party program called EMCO Ping Monitor on a Window 10 workstation, which I then plugged into a random port on one of the 48-port switches and configured it to monitor every switch.
After letting it run and collect data for a few days, I found the same results. Intermittent drops all throughout the day, every day, with no apparent pattern.
My concern is that if I deploy these switches to my production environment, is this going to cause network issues? I expect these switches to work 100% since they are brand new.
Here is a screen shot of a sample report from one of the switches. (Ignore where it says it was down for 1 day - I had the computer turned off. But in the report you can clearly see there are 1,000 "outages" one just one switch, between July 26 and August 6.