3750G stackwise L3 recovery time?

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Jun 8th, 2009
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Hi Folks,

Does anyone know what the recovery time would be if the stackmaster fails? In this case, the stack is running some L3 features and routing etc...


The time i am interested in is the time from the failure, to the time that all the L3 next hops become available with the new master back online.


TIA


Alan

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BrinksArgentina Mon, 06/08/2009 - 07:49
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All stack members share the routing table, and can continue routing traffic.


This is what documentation say, I have not tried yet.


"If a stack master fails, the stack detects that the stack master is down and elects one of the stack members to be the new stack master. During this period, except for a momentary interruption, the hardware continues to forward packets with no active protocols.


However, even though the switch stack maintains the hardware identification after a failure, the routing protocols on the router neighbors might flap during the brief interruption before the stack master restarts."


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3750/software/release/12.2_50_se/configuration/guide/swiprout.html#wp1427489


Guido

gnijs Mon, 06/08/2009 - 09:03
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* Make sure you implement NSO/SSF

* In a routing stack , use the "stack-mac persistent" feature. This way the stacks mac address (default gateway etc) will not change during master failover.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3750/software/release/12.2_44_se/configuration/guide/swstack.html#wp1206500


* Also carefully look at your other L3 links, so you don't blackhole any traffic if one switch in a stack fails and the rest stays up.


Then convergence should be fairly quick

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