We have a HP p-class Blade System with two Cisco Gigabit Ethernet Switch Modules (Cisco IOS Release 12.2(25)SE) for every enclosure. My question is how I can stack the two blade switches (in the same enclosure) so that every HP blade server to be connected with the two switches in the active/standby state? In other words, can and how I make a port-channel which includes ports from the two switches?
Unfortunately I couldn't found any documentation for the purpose.
With the CGESM switches you have you cannot use 802.3ad teaming against the two blade switches. This is possible with the Cisco 3120 blade switches for HP c-class.
Now, in your case, you can use standard Active/Standby NIC teaming, where the active NIC of each server connects to one switch and the standby NIC connects to the other switch. Should a blade switch completely fail, all of the servers with their active NIC connected to the failed switch should see the link go down and switch over to the standby NIC on the second switch. This should work very well.
One problem that can happen however is that the blade switch itself does not completely fail. Instead maybe the blade switch uplink fails, or the upstream switch it is connected to fails. In this situation the server NIC does not experience a failure and continues to send traffic to the blade switch that does not have anywhere to send the traffic, a black hole. This is perhaps the problem you are seeing?
The fortunate thing is that Cisco has a solution to this problem called Trunk Failover with Link State Tracking. What this allows you to do is to tell the blade switch that if it experiences a failure on its uplinks that it should also bring down the links to the servers as well. This will cause the servers to see a failure on their active NIC and perform a switchover to the second blade switch.
I looked up your switch and found that your 12.2(25)SE1 code does not support this feature. You will need to upgrade to 12.2(25)SEE4 and you will be able to configure this on your switches.
Here is a link to see how this configuration works:
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