6500 Supervisor engine

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Hi,


I need some clarification regarding 6500 sup engines. These may be real real basic doubts.


For 6500 sup engine 720, with PFC and MSFC on the sup 720 card  itself. ( PFC and MSFC are integrated on sup engine itself), these can run on Native or hybrid mode.

1. Cisco IOS on Sup engine and also on MSFC card  ( do we need two different images  for each card ? ) - Cisco IOS mode

2. CatOS on Sup Engine and Cisco IOS on MSFC (diferent images for each card) - Hybrid Mode


Am I corect in these statements?


For 6500 without MSFC:  Do we need to install a seperate line card ( on chasis slot ) that will function as MSFC and will have a Cisco IOS and Sup engine will have CatOS.


Please share the experience.


Thanks

Subodh

Correct Answer by francisco_1 about 7 years 2 months ago

yes The MSFC & PFC is integrated in to the sup 720 engine can either run 8.1 Hybrid) or Native 12.2(24)SX and higher.


You can run in Hybrid mode by having the CatOS on the sup engine and IOS on the MSFC or just Native IOS on both MSFC and sup engine so having s single IOS software image as the system image to run both sup engine and MSFC.


Francisco

Correct Answer by Jerry Ye about 7 years 2 months ago

Both statement are right. For the first one, the MSFC will download the image from the SUP when it was booting up.


"For 6500 without MSFC:  Do we need to install a seperate line card ( on  chasis slot ) that will function as MSFC and will have a Cisco IOS and  Sup engine will have CatOS."


There isn't any line card like that exist, you can buy an field upgradable MSFC and install that into the SUP yourself. Also, this situation only exist in SUP2 or before. SUP720 and SUP32 will come with MSFC by default.


Regards,

jerry

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Jerry Ye Wed, 04/28/2010 - 05:43
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Both statement are right. For the first one, the MSFC will download the image from the SUP when it was booting up.


"For 6500 without MSFC:  Do we need to install a seperate line card ( on  chasis slot ) that will function as MSFC and will have a Cisco IOS and  Sup engine will have CatOS."


There isn't any line card like that exist, you can buy an field upgradable MSFC and install that into the SUP yourself. Also, this situation only exist in SUP2 or before. SUP720 and SUP32 will come with MSFC by default.


Regards,

jerry

Reza Sharifi Wed, 04/28/2010 - 05:44
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Hi Subodh,


With Sup-720 it is all Native IOS and no more CATOS. The MSFC and PFC are card that comes with the Sup.  you do not need any extra slot for any of them except for the Sup itsef.  You just have to pick the type PFC you need for your Sup i.e PFC-3C. PFC-3CXL, 3B and 3BXL.


Here is the data sheet:


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps708/product_data_sheet09186a0080159856_ps4835_Products_Data_Sheet.html


HTH

Reza

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francisco_1 Wed, 04/28/2010 - 05:47
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yes The MSFC & PFC is integrated in to the sup 720 engine can either run 8.1 Hybrid) or Native 12.2(24)SX and higher.


You can run in Hybrid mode by having the CatOS on the sup engine and IOS on the MSFC or just Native IOS on both MSFC and sup engine so having s single IOS software image as the system image to run both sup engine and MSFC.


Francisco

Leo Laohoo Wed, 04/28/2010 - 15:39
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