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The best CCO document link for Peer-Gateway on vPC/Nexus7000

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Tue, 03/22/2011 - 11:37
Mar 22nd, 2011
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If you are planning to configure vPC on Nexus7000, CCO configuration guide is the best resource to read.

Here is the CCO link for vPC configuration guide.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/sw/5_x/nx-os/interfaces/configuration/guide/if_vPC.html


I wiould like to point out some important statements from above CCO document.


1. Packet sent across peer-link

Packets reaching a vPC device for the non-local router MAC address are sent across the peer-link and could be dropped by the built in vPC loop avoidance mechanism if the final destination is behind another vPC.


2. Routing Peer over vPC is not supported

When you attach a Layer 3 device to a vPC domain, the peering of routing protocols using a VLAN also carried on the vPC peer-link is not supported. If routing protocol adjacencies are needed between vPC peer devices and a generic Layer 3 device, you must use physical routed interfaces for the interconnection. Use of the vPC peer-gateway feature does not change this requirement.


3. When to use Peer-gateway

Some network-attached storage (NAS) devices or load-balancers may have features aimed to optimize the performances of particular applications. Essentially these features avoid performing a routing-table lookup when responding to a request that originated form a host not locally attached to the same subnet. Such devices may reply to traffic using the MAC address of the sender Cisco Nexus 7000 Series device rather than the common HSRP gateway.

The vPC peer-gateway capability allows a vPC switch to act as the active gateway for packets that are addressed to the router MAC address of the vPC peer. This feature enables local forwarding of such packets without the need to cross the vPC peer-link. In this scenario, the feature optimizes use of the peer-link and avoids potential traffic loss.


You should read this 5.X config guide before you implement vPC on Nexus 7000. It has all questions you might look for.


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