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CSS 11503 - Box to Box over vlan redundancy

Hi,

I have a pair of 11503 units configured with Box to Box redundacy which have been working well for the last three years using box to box redundancy.

We are now commissioning a new disaster recovery data centre which is a few miles away from the primary site. I have the facility to propogate vlans between these sites and was hoping to simply take the standby 11503 to the remote site and extenend the production and redundancy vlans to that site.

In the disaster recovery design we have, Box to Box would work ok so Its an easy win for me.

However, the config guide recommends that the redundancy vlans are connected with a cross over cable back to back and not to use a layer 2 device in the path. Clearly in my situation, this would involve the redundancy vlan being propogated over at least two switches.

Question is this , What is the issue with running this over a switch ?, presumably something to do with mac addressing, but what exactly ?

And am I right in thinking that I am going to have to reconfigure redundancy on these units from box to box, to VIP/VRRP ?

Cheers

Shaun

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Re: CSS 11503 - Box to Box over vlan redundancy

Shaun,

there is no *issue*.

It's just that the protocol was designed to work with CSS directly connected to each other and therefore we only support this type of deployment.

I believe some people use the L2 switches without any problem.

Also, personally I always recommend vip/interface redundancy over box-to-box because you get faster failover and L2 switches are ok between the 2 sites.

Gilles.

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Re: CSS 11503 - Box to Box over vlan redundancy

Shaun,

there is no *issue*.

It's just that the protocol was designed to work with CSS directly connected to each other and therefore we only support this type of deployment.

I believe some people use the L2 switches without any problem.

Also, personally I always recommend vip/interface redundancy over box-to-box because you get faster failover and L2 switches are ok between the 2 sites.

Gilles.

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Re: CSS 11503 - Box to Box over vlan redundancy

Thanks Giles,

I was having trouble seeing the issue, thought i was going a bit mad for a moment there.

I think I can carry on with the BtB plan at the moment, the failover times of the surrounding kit (firewalls, BGP routers and so on) are going to take longer than the 3 seconds (is it 3 ?) or so the BtB will take to failover, so speed, in this case, is not too much of a concern.

Thanks for the advice Giles. As always, right on the money !

Cheers

Shaun

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