bundle the uplink ports on FI ?

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Jul 6th, 2009

Hi,


Can i "bundle" two uplink ports into an Etherchannel and then statically pin the server ports to the "bundle" (portchannel) and not the individual links ?


regards,

Geert

Correct Answer by bhedlund about 7 years 7 months ago

Geert,

Yes, you absolutely can uplink the FI with a port-channel to VSS or vPC.


See this for a visual of this design:

http://www.internetworkexpert.org/2009/07/05/cisco-ucs-vmware-vswitch-design-cisco-10ge-virtual-adapter/


I think Mike Frase was referring to how the IOM (I/O Module) inside the blade enclosure uplinks to the FI -- and he is correct that port channel is not currently an option for those links.


Cheers,

Brad


p.s. Please rate if helpful




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mfrase Tue, 07/07/2009 - 11:25

The port-channel concept is not used in the 6100 to I/O mod connection. The High availability architecture of the connections from mezz cards to the network are pinned to provide best configuration and load balance for link failures

gnijs Fri, 07/10/2009 - 03:50

Then i have a problem connecting the FI to a VSS system: it means a single FI can't be dual-connected to VSS switches and traffic will be forced across the VSL link.

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bhedlund Sat, 07/11/2009 - 16:00

Geert,

Yes, you absolutely can uplink the FI with a port-channel to VSS or vPC.


See this for a visual of this design:

http://www.internetworkexpert.org/2009/07/05/cisco-ucs-vmware-vswitch-design-cisco-10ge-virtual-adapter/


I think Mike Frase was referring to how the IOM (I/O Module) inside the blade enclosure uplinks to the FI -- and he is correct that port channel is not currently an option for those links.


Cheers,

Brad


p.s. Please rate if helpful




gnijs Mon, 07/13/2009 - 10:51

I did mention an "uplink" port. A FI-IO link is a downstream link or server/host port.


Many thanks for the link. very interesting esx design btw (altough it uses the palo nic which will not be available at fcs, the same for the full-width servers). this is a pitty because i am forced into an esx design with 2 nics only....

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