Auto-redundancy using etherchannel in 2960 not working.

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Apr 16th, 2012

I'm using Packet Tracer for testing since I don't have the actual equipment. I have configured etherchannel between two 2960 Switches. I have used the trunk ports FE  0/23 and FE 0/24 on both switches to create the etherchanel. I have connected one PC with each switch. The PCs are in the same VLAN and can ping each other. Howver, when I take down one of the links in the etherchannel, the other link does not take over and I get 100% packet loss. I don't know what seems to be the problem. I'm quoting the configurations below:

Switch0:


Switch#sh running-config

Building configuration...

Current configuration : 1179 bytes

!

version 12.2

no service timestamps log datetime msec

no service timestamps debug datetime msec

no service password-encryption

!

hostname Switch

!

!

spanning-tree mode pvst

!

!

! OUTPUT TRUNCATED !

!

!

interface FastEthernet0/23

channel-group 5 mode on

switchport mode trunk

!

interface FastEthernet0/24

channel-group 5 mode on

switchport mode trunk

!

interface GigabitEthernet1/1

!

interface GigabitEthernet1/2

!

interface Port-channel 5

switchport mode trunk

!

interface Vlan1

no ip address

shutdown

!

!

! OUTPUT TRUNCATED !

!

!

end

Switch#show interfaces trunk

Port        Mode         Encapsulation  Status        Native vlan

Fa0/23      on           802.1q         trunking      1

Fa0/24      on           802.1q         trunking      1

Po5         on           802.1q         trunking      1

Port        Vlans allowed on trunk

Fa0/23      1-1005

Fa0/24      1-1005

Po5         1-1005

Port        Vlans allowed and active in management domain

Fa0/23      1

Fa0/24      1

Po5         1

Port        Vlans in spanning tree forwarding state and not pruned

Fa0/23      1

Fa0/24      1

Po5         1

Switch#show etherchannel summary

Number of channel-groups in use: 1

Number of aggregators:           1

Group  Port-channel  Protocol    Ports

------+-------------+-----------+----------------------------------------------

5      Po5(SU)           -      Fa0/23(P) Fa0/24(P)

Switch 1:

Switch#sh running-config

Building configuration...

Current configuration : 1179 bytes

!

version 12.2

no service timestamps log datetime msec

no service timestamps debug datetime msec

no service password-encryption

!

hostname Switch

!

!

spanning-tree mode pvst

!

!

! OUTPUT TRUNCATED !

!

interface FastEthernet0/23

channel-group 5 mode on

switchport mode trunk

!

interface FastEthernet0/24

channel-group 5 mode on

switchport mode trunk

!

interface GigabitEthernet1/1

!

interface GigabitEthernet1/2

!

interface Port-channel 5

switchport mode trunk

!

interface Vlan1

no ip address

shutdown

!

! OUTPUT TRUNCATED !

!

!

end

Switch#show interfaces trunk

Port        Mode         Encapsulation  Status        Native vlan

Fa0/23      on           802.1q         trunking      1

Fa0/24      on           802.1q         trunking      1

Po5         on           802.1q         trunking      1

Port        Vlans allowed on trunk

Fa0/23      1-1005

Fa0/24      1-1005

Po5         1-1005

Port        Vlans allowed and active in management domain

Fa0/23      1

Fa0/24      1

Po5         1

Port        Vlans in spanning tree forwarding state and not pruned

Fa0/23      1

Fa0/24      1

Po5         1

Switch#show etherchannel summary

Number of channel-groups in use: 1

Number of aggregators:           1

Group  Port-channel  Protocol    Ports

------+-------------+-----------+----------------------------------------------

5      Po5(SU)           -      Fa0/23(P) Fa0/24(P)

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glen.grant Mon, 04/16/2012 - 04:21

  If the channel shows up with only 1 port being int he channel when you shut 1 port down   then it's probably a packet tracer issue.  You can't rely on everything you see in some of these emulator  programs.  I ahve never used PT but if you can check and see where it knows the mac address of the other pc then maybe you can troubleshoot .  Does it still know the mac of the other pc across that etherchannel.

sarmedRahman Sat, 07/14/2012 - 21:26

It was a packet tracer issue. I have tried etherchannel with actual cisco 2960 switches and it is working. This thread may be closed.

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