MDS 9000 Etherchannel Configuration

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Jan 14th, 2010


I'm trying to configure a L3 Etherchannel in a Cisco MDS 9222i, as explained in and I'm getting the following error:

CPD-MDS9222i-A# conf
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
CPD-MDS9222i-A(config)# interface port-channel 1

CPD-MDS9222i-A(config-if)# exit
CPD-MDS9222i-A(config)# interface gigabitethernet 1/1
CPD-MDS9222i-A(config-if)# channel-group 1
command failed: port not compatible [generic error]

** You can use force option to override the port's parameters
** (e.g. "channel-group X force")

CPD-MDS9222i-A(config-if)# channel-group 1 force
command failed: port not compatible [generic error]

It makes no difference if first I configure an IP address in Po1. I always receive this error.

Here it is a "show version" of the equipment:

CPD-MDS9222i-A# show version
Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) Software
TAC support:
Copyright (c) 2002-2009, Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
The copyrights to certain works contained herein are owned by
other third parties and are used and distributed under license.
Some parts of this software are covered under the GNU Public
License. A copy of the license is available at
  BIOS:      version 1.0.16
  loader:    version N/A
  kickstart: version 4.2(3)
  system:    version 4.2(3)
  BIOS compile time:       10/23/08
  kickstart image file is: bootflash:/m9200-s2ek9-kickstart-mz.4.2.3.bin
  kickstart compile time:  10/26/2009 0:00:00 [12/05/2009 05:34:39]
  system image file is:    bootflash:/m9200-s2ek9-mz.4.2.3.bin
  system compile time:     10/26/2009 0:00:00 [12/05/2009 06:14:21]


  cisco MDS 9222i ("4x1GE IPS, 18x1/2/4Gbps FC/Sup2")
  Motorola, e500v2  with 1036308 kB of memory.
  Processor Board ID XXXXXXXXX

  Device name: CPD-MDS9222i-A
  bootflash:    1023120 kB
Kernel uptime is 15 day(s), 1 hour(s), 1 minute(s), 32 second(s)

Last reset at 441180 usecs after  Wed Dec 30 13:44:44 2009

  Reason: Reset Requested by CLI command reload
  System version: 4.2(3)

Can anybody explain me the reason of this error?

Best regards,

Luis Maia

I have this problem too.
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geseib Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:19

I believe the 9222i does not support etherchannel. however if this is for FCIP, you can create multiple FCIP interfaces and place those into the channel group.


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