port channel problems

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May 14th, 2007


I have configured 5 port channels in 3560 switch, when the ports are bundled , ports goes into err-disable.i have attached network diagram & configuration.Please suggest.

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avicapri Tue, 05/15/2007 - 01:33

Hi ,

Below is the message i get :

PM-4-ERR_DISABLE: channel-misconfig error detected on Po10, putting Gi0/3 in err-disable state

%PM-4-ERR_DISABLE: channel-misconfig error detected on Po20, putting Gi0/1 in err-disable state


Please can you try the following steps. Connect the first port from po10.

Then connect the first port from po20.

Make sure that all is as it should be and that you have connectivity. Then connect the next port from po10 etc.

It may be that you are connecting the two ports in the same portchannel to multiple devices.

avicapri Tue, 05/15/2007 - 01:50

No that is not the case.I have attached the Setup diagram & configuration for Reference

avicapri Tue, 05/15/2007 - 02:26

Error occurs when one port-channel(10) is up & other port-channel(20) comes up

pavansuraj Tue, 05/15/2007 - 02:22


if the above error messages are from the 3560-3 switch, then ensure the interfaces G0/1 and G0/3 connectivity to other switches(corresponding port channels) and the port channels they belong to locally.

As per configuration both belong to port channel 20 but the error messages show that

G0/3 maps to port channel 10

Best regards,


glen.grant Tue, 05/15/2007 - 03:36

People seem to like to force the channels on, myself I let them negotiate , you could try on one of your links to channel this way," channel-group X mode desirable non-silent" , you would use this on both ends of the link . May sure all links are equal speeds , they appear to be . Native vlans are the same on each end and each end is the same , it is either a layer 2 etherchannel or a layer 3 etherchannel . Also make sure your cables are going where you think they are going , if they are crossed somehow that will take the channel down . Verify with show cdp neighbor.

A warning which may be what you are running into to.

Caution You should exercise care when setting the mode to on (manual configuration). All ports configured in the on mode are bundled in the same group and are forced to have similar characteristics. If the group is misconfigured, packet loss or spanning-tree loops might occur.

Here is a good link .


glen.grant Tue, 05/15/2007 - 03:55

A little more info out of a cisco doc.A disadvantage of trying to force etherchannels on.

Err-Disable State

A common issue during EtherChannel configuration is that the interfaces go into err-disable mode. This can be seen when Etherchannel is switched to the ON mode in one switch, and the other switch is not configured immediately. If left in this state for a minute or so, STP on the switch where EtherChannel is enabled thinks there is a loop. This causes the channeling ports to be put in err-disable state. See this example for more information on how to determine if your EtherChannel interfaces are in the err-disable state:

%SPANTREE-2-CHNL_MISCFG: Detected loop due to etherchannel misconfiguration of Gi0/9

%PM-4-ERR_DISABLE: channel-misconfig error detected on Po10, putting Gi0/9 in err-disable state

%PM-4-ERR_DISABLE: channel-misconfig error detected on Po10, putting Gi0/10 in err-disable state

Switch1#show etherchannel summary

Flags: D - down P - in port-channel

I - stand-alone s - suspended

H - Hot-standby (LACP only)

R - Layer3 S - Layer2

u - unsuitable for bundling

U - in use f - failed to allocate aggregator

d - default port

Number of channel-groups in use: 1

Number of aggregators: 1

Group Port-channel Protocol Ports


10 Po10(SD) - Gi0/9(D) Gi0/10(D)

Switch1#show interfaces GigabitEthernet 0/9 status

Port Name Status Vlan Duplex Speed Type

Gi0/9 err-disabled 1 auto auto 10/100/1000BaseTX

Switch1#show interfaces GigabitEthernet 0/10 status

Port Name Status Vlan Duplex Speed Type

Gi0/10 err-disabled 1 auto auto 10/100/1000BaseTX

The error message states that the EtherChannel encountered a spanning tree loop. To resolve the issue, set the channel mode to desirable on both sides of the connection, and then re-enable the interfaces:

Switch1#configure terminal

Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.

Switch1(config)#interface gi0/9

Switch1(config-if)#channel-group 10 mode desirable

This causes each side to form a channel only if they both agree to channel. If they do not agree to channel, they continue to function as normal ports.

After the channel mode is set to desirable on both the sides of the connection, issue the shutdown and no shutdown commands on the associated interface to re-enable the ports by manually:


Switch1(config-if)#no shutdown

avicapri Tue, 05/15/2007 - 21:42

Hi ,

U have given me a good info

Let me try it out & let u know soon



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