Switch - PowerShell


Switch is a powerful PowerShell command that allows you to manage and manipulate network switches and other network devices. It provides a convenient way to configure, troubleshoot, and manage network infrastructure, making it essential for network administrators and IT professionals.


Switch [-Name] <SwitchName> [-Credential <Credential>] [-Port <PortNumber>] [-Action <Action>]


| Option | Description | Default |
| -Name | Name of the switch to manage | Required |
| -Credential | Credentials to use for authentication | Current user credentials |
| -Port | Port number to connect to (Telnet or SSH) | Default port |
| -Action | Action to perform (Get, Set, Add, Remove) | Required |


Get switch information:

Switch -Name "Switch1" -Action Get

Set switch port VLAN:

Switch -Name "Switch1" -Port 1 -Action Set -Vlan 10

Add switch port to VLAN:

Switch -Name "Switch1" -Port 2 -Action Add -Vlan 20

Remove switch port from VLAN:

Switch -Name "Switch1" -Port 3 -Action Remove -Vlan 30

Common Issues

  • Connection issues: Ensure that the switch is accessible and that the credentials provided are correct.
  • Permission denied: Verify that the credentials have sufficient privileges to perform the desired action.
  • Syntax errors: Carefully review the syntax and ensure that all parameters and options are specified correctly.


Switch can be seamlessly integrated with other PowerShell commands for advanced network management tasks:

  • Get-NetSwitch: Retrieve information about network switches.
  • Set-NetSwitchPort: Configure switch port settings.
  • New-NetSwitchVlan: Create VLANs on switches.
  • netsh int switch: Provides similar functionality through the Command Prompt.
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP): A protocol used for switch discovery.
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP): A protocol for link and switch discovery.