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create an "distributed" etherchannel?

I'm searching for a solution to realise link aggregation with a VMWare ESX Server and three Cisco Catalyst Switches.

The ESX Server has three NICs. NIC1 should connect with Switch1, NIC2 with Switch2 and NIC3 with Switch3. All three Switches have an interconnection (Trunk).

Is it possible to get an etherchannel or something else to aggregate these ports?

thx a lot for help

  • LAN Switching and Routing
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Re: create an "distributed" etherchannel?


Re: create an "distributed" etherchannel?


From his description of the environment, that config will not work. He won't be using real etherchannel because he's trying to agg. his NICs across multiple switches that aren't stacked 3750s. He also mentioned using ESX and its agg. capabilities can be somewhat limited depending on the version used.

To the OP:

You'll have to consult the ESX docs to see what capabilities the NICs have when used in the environment you've described.

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Re: create an "distributed" etherchannel?

You are right. I missed the part about the 3 different switches. Blame my fast reading :)

Thanks for the catch !

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