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core, dist , access

Hi all, when using the core to dist layer, is it best to use layer 3 here ?

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Cisco Employee

Re: core, dist , access

Carl,

This is the best design practice that I always follow by making disti to core as layer. This will avoid unncessary broadcast traffic, extension of spanning-tree protocol and its traffic to core and unecceasry processing of rlayer 2 traffic at the core. This will improve the eprformace of the core and using the routing protocl you can use load-balancing and seemless traffic fail-over.

HTH,Please rate if it does.

-amit singh

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Re: core, dist , access

so would I connect my switches to 2 core switches, and use eigrp for failover or hsrp at the cores ?

Cisco Employee

Re: core, dist , access

No HSRP at core for the L3 links. As every link is configured as a separate L3 subnet, just configure the EIGRP and have all the subnets advertised using EIGRP. If you are doing intervlan routing for some vlans on core switches, then run HSRP for those vlans on the core switches.

If you are getting only L3 uplinks then just use EIGRP for routing.

HTH,Please rate if it does.

-amit singh

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Re: core, dist , access

so would I use hsrp on the dist switches, then have 2 layer 3 ports from each dist switch to say 2 core switches, 1 going to each for failover, then just advetise as usual on the dist and core switches ?

Cisco Employee

Re: core, dist , access

Yes Carl you are right about it.

If you have redundant distribution switches then run HSRP there and advertise all the routes via EIGRP to the whole domain.

HTH,

-amit singh

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Re: core, dist , access

I like to do Layer 3 everywhere. Simply route down to the access layer. There is no HSRP to configure--all layers are routed layers. It is nice for management too--with the exception of adding downlinks for switches, you never have to configure the core/dist switches.

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