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ASR1000 Series RE: CRIT LED or Critical Error LED indicator

Problem Description:

ASR CRIT LED.jpg

This document is about the most common cause of the CRIT Error LED on the ASR1000 platform. In practice this error is usually encountered when the router is being configured for the first time and the connections have been configured but not brought up yet. An example of the ominous indicator LED is shown to the left.

Frequently it is found that there is a port that is in a hot state but is disconnected or down/down for some reason. In other words, the interface has been configured and had the default shutdown cleared, but for some reason the interface is still down. (Reasons include fiber disconnected, other end admin down, transceiver not inserted yet, etc.)

Diagnosing:

This scenario can be easily verified by looking for the following symptoms:

Compare the running configuration show run of the device with the interface status while paying special attention to the interfaces not configured with shutdown.  Then compare that with the current state of interfaces on the router show interface

show runshow interfaces

*output removed preceding*

interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0

  ip address 10.10.10.1 255.255.255.0

  negotiation auto

!

interface GigabitEthernet0/0/1

  no ip address

  shutdown

  negotiation auto

!

*output removed following*

GigabitEthernet0/0/0 is down, line protocol is down

*output deleted*

!

GigabitEthernet0/0/1 is administratively down, line protocol is down

!

!

!

!

!

*output deleted*

Then perform a show facility-alarms status which, in this scenario, will show something like:

router#show facility-alarm status
System Totals  Critical: 1  Major: 0  Minor: 0

Source              Severity      Description [Index]
------              --------      -------------------
GigabitEthernet0/0/0       CRITICAL      Physical Port Link Down [1]
xcvr container 0/0/1       INFO          Transceiver Missing [0]
xcvr container 0/0/2       INFO          Transceiver Missing [0]


This critical facility alarm is what is causing the system status.  Please note that this behavior is intentional, not a bug.  The ASR series is used primarily by ISPs who need to know immediately if an interface is disconnected for any reason. (ie someone in the datacenter accidentally bumping a cable, etc.) For an ISP any disconnect could cause an outage for hundreds or thousands of customers, hence it is critical.

Solution:

Now that you know what is causing the alarm in this case you basically have two choices.  You can place the interface that is causing the status into admin down until you turn up the interface and place it into testing or production. (ie in config-interface perform shutdown) This is preffered. You could also just ignore the error, although I wouldn't suggest it unless you're going to be turning up the interface in the next couple minutes.  If you have another critical issue you won't know the difference, via the LED indicators in any case.

Finally, clearing the alarms with clear facility-alarm most likely won't work unless the state of the interface(s) has changed either to admin down or up/up because the alarm will just be thrown again in a couple of seconds.  When the interface(s) are in a preferred state this alarm (LED indicator) should clear automatically.

Comments
New Member

NICE WRITEUP!!

New Member

Your awesome dude! Thx!

Hi, this apply for ASR900 series too?

New Member

IT SURE DOES!  I had the same light and when I admin shut the unused interfaces, my CRIT LED went out!

Thanks for the note,
Paul

New Member

Excellent article, thank you. 

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