CISCO 4500 - need help on MSFC

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Nov 6th, 2007


I need to change my Catalyst 6500 at my DR site.

Here are the module I have inside :

Mod Slot Ports Module-Type Model Sub Status

--- ---- ----- ------------------------- ------------------- --- --------

1 1 2 1000BaseX Supervisor WS-X6K-SUP1A-2GE yes ok

15 1 1 Multilayer Switch Feature WS-F6K-MSFC2 no ok

4 4 48 10/100BaseTX Ethernet WS-X6348-RJ-45 no ok

9 9 48 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet WS-X6148-GE-TX no ok

I am thinking of buying a 4500 Series.

However I don't know how to choose the right Supervisor and the MSFC.

Is there any supervisor card with MSFC onboard ? is a PFC always onboard ?

How do I see in the doc that the Supervisor have MSFC onboard ?

Many thanks for your guidance.


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lgijssel Tue, 11/06/2007 - 04:43

Could you perhaps elaborate a bit about WHY you need to change the 6500?

What are the requirements for the new switch?

Is upgrading the supervisor not an option?



trombidz1 Tue, 11/06/2007 - 04:50

We would like to change this 6500 to use the part as spare for my Primary site.

This has been budgeted so need to spend the money . Anyway.

I will install 2 1000Base Ethernet card to connect my servers, pc's and printers.

I will have a couple of static routes . I redistribute them with EIGRP. and I will learn all my companie group routes via EIGRP also from my provider router ( we use a MPLS )

nothing else

what other requirement should I be focused on ?

lgijssel Tue, 11/06/2007 - 04:58

"what other requirement should I be focused on ?"

Just mentioning three:


-Support for 10Gb links

-Cost (seems to be the least of your worries;-)

Still a 4500 series solution can do the job for you.



trombidz1 Tue, 11/06/2007 - 05:02

My problem is how to choose the correct Supervisor ? also are msfc always on board ?

trombidz1 Tue, 11/06/2007 - 05:59

Sorry , I would like to be more precise :

We have actually on the supervisor, an msfc card attached to get layer 3 routing protocols.

So as far as I understand , on the Supervisor doc , when they say Layer 2/3/4 services , that means the supervisor already as the capabilities of bulding routable table , correct ?


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