Catalyst - 6506E - Wont detect WS-X6148A-GE-TX

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Apr 28th, 2008
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We have Sup 2/MSFC 2 running on the Catalyst and this wont detect the line cards. Please find the show commands below:


console> sh mod

Mod Slot Ports Module-Type Model Sub Status

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

1 1 2 1000BaseX Supervisor WS-X6K-SUP2-2GE yes ok

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

4 4 Unknown Card power-bad


Mod Module-Name Serial-Num

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

1 SAL0735KN7W

15 SAL0720D8VX

4


Mod MAC-Address(es) Hw Fw Sw

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

1 00-06-d6-5d-61-ce to 00-06-d6-5d-61-cf 4.3 7.1(1) 7.6(7)

00-06-d6-5d-61-cc to 00-06-d6-5d-61-cd

00-1d-a1-e6-a3-c0 to 00-1d-a1-e6-a7-bf

15 00-09-12-56-db-40 to 00-09-12-56-db-7f 2.5 12.1(13)E1 12.1(13)E11

4 unknown


Mod Sub-Type Sub-Model Sub-Serial Sub-Hw Sub-Sw

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

1 L3 Switching Engine II WS-F6K-PFC2 SAL0735KNFZ 3.4

Console>


Console> Sh ver


Console> sh ver

WS-C6506-E Software, Version NmpSW: 7.6(7)

Copyright (c) 1995-2004 by Cisco Systems

NMP S/W compiled on May 6 2004, 23:21:07


System Bootstrap Version: 7.1(1)

System Boot Image File is 'bootflash:cat6000-sup2k8.7-6-7.bin'

System Configuration register is 0x2102


Hardware Version: 1.1 Model: WS-C6506-E Serial #: SAL114031RE


PS2 Module: WS-CAC-3000W Serial #: SNI1147AWBN


Mod Port Model Serial # Versions

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

1 2 WS-X6K-SUP2-2GE SAL0735KN7W Hw : 4.3

Fw : 7.1(1)

Fw1: 6.1(3)

Sw : 7.6(7)

Sw1: 7.6(7)

WS-F6K-PFC2 SAL0735KNFZ Hw : 3.4

Sw :

WS-X6K-SUP2-2GE SAL0735KN7W Hw : 4.3

Sw :

15 1 WS-F6K-MSFC2 SAL0720D8VX Hw : 2.5

Fw : 12.1(13)E11

Sw : 12.1(13)E11


DRAM FLASH NVRAM

Module Total Used Free Total Used Free Total Used Free

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

1 524288K 69795K 192349K 32768K 15098K 17670K 512K 256K 256K


Uptime is 0 day, 0 hour, 4 minutes

Console>


Thanks & Regards

Subra







Correct Answer by Jon Marshall about 9 years 4 weeks ago

Subra


Firstly you don't have an SFM (switch Fabric Module) so all your linecards will share the 32Gbps classic bus.


Secondly the WS-X6148A-GE-TX is positioned as a wiring closet module ie. you probably wouldn't want to be using this module for a server farm. It really depends on what you want to use the switch for.


Not sure what you mean about negative performance. As i say you are limited by the available switch fabric.


What are you intending to use the module for and are you intending to install any other modules and what would these be used for ?


Jon


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subra4u Mon, 04/28/2008 - 02:59
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Hi Jon,


Thanks for the Input but I am curious about the jumbo Frames support. All we are cocerned about is a regular 1518 byte frame support. What difference will it actually make.


Thanks & Regards

Subra




Jon Marshall Mon, 04/28/2008 - 03:03
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You've confused me now. What do you mean about jumbo frames support and how is this related to the card not being recognised ?


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subra4u Mon, 04/28/2008 - 03:30
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hi jon,


Sorry. May be i am not asking you the right question.


Lets say i upgrade the catos on the switch to support the line card.


The Line card - WS - X6148 A - GE - TX has got the Jumbo frame support but all we will do is a regular frame on this switch.


Will it make any difference using this line card in the switch.


THANKS & REGARDS

SUBRA

Jon Marshall Mon, 04/28/2008 - 03:40
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If you don't need the jumbo support then it comes down to the question of what other alternative modules you can use.


Do you want PoE and do you want 10/100/1000 interface capability.


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subra4u Mon, 04/28/2008 - 04:07
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Hi Jon,


We dont need POE as well. But we are planning to use the same line card in that case do i have any negative impact on the performance or is it any good.


thanks and regards

subra

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Firstly you don't have an SFM (switch Fabric Module) so all your linecards will share the 32Gbps classic bus.


Secondly the WS-X6148A-GE-TX is positioned as a wiring closet module ie. you probably wouldn't want to be using this module for a server farm. It really depends on what you want to use the switch for.


Not sure what you mean about negative performance. As i say you are limited by the available switch fabric.


What are you intending to use the module for and are you intending to install any other modules and what would these be used for ?


Jon


subra4u Mon, 04/28/2008 - 05:08
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Hi,


Thanks for the Input. We are planning to put 2 of the line cards and create vlans for a server farm. No other modules will be installed except for these.


Thanks & regards

Subra



Jon Marshall Mon, 04/28/2008 - 05:22
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These modules are classic modules so they only connect to the 32Gbps shared bus. So you have 2 x WS-X6148A-GE-TX modules both connecting to the shared 32Gbps bus. So you need to factor this into the equation. For example if you were to fully populate these modules with server you would be very heavily oversubscribed.


It all depends on how many servers you intend to connect and what throughput you need for each server.


It is worth saying again that these modules are not really designed for server farms. If you connect to these servers over a WAN then the WAN speed might be the limiting factor but within a campus environment it may very well not work as you hoped.


Jon

subra4u Mon, 04/28/2008 - 09:12
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Hi Jon,


Thanks again. We will have only a Handful of Servers connecting and hence it shouldnt be problem.


Thanks & Regards

Subra

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