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SPAN/RSPAN issues

Hi All,

I'm looking in to a problem regarding slow response to a file server, post implementation of RSPAN source changes.

SCENARIO

The LAN is a stack of 2/3 3750's on each floor, with a data Vlan per floor and a network wide voice Vlan 300. These access switches are gig fibre connected to two core switches, 6506's. Nortel IP handsets have been deployed and the voice Vlan 300 is being SPAN'ed to record to an IP voice recorder server. No problems there.

However, now there are Softphones deployed on various PC's and in order to facilitate staff relocation throughout the building, WITHOUT having to reconfigure any switch ports each time, the Data Vlan on each floor has also been specified as a source.

Having put additional config in to capture the data Vlan, there appears to be slow response when accessing a file server on a different Vlan. A ping -t that runs while copying a file to the Win 2003 file server actually drops and the copy hangs. If you try this again having either suspended the access switch RSPAN or shifting the file server to the other core switch, it seems to be OK and the difference in the ping response is very apparent

QUESTION

Has anyone come across any performance problems such as this and if so could you shed some light please?

Here's the config from only one of the floors:

DATA Vlan 112

VOICE Vlan 300

Remote SPAN dest Vlan 30

monitor session 1 source vlan 112 , 300

monitor session 1 destination remote vlan 30

Here's the config from the core switch where the voice recorder sits;

interface GigabitEthernet4/2

description *** SPAN destination for Witness CSS01 NIC 1 ***

no ip address

speed 100

duplex full

switchport

spanning-tree portfast

monitor session 1 destination interface Gi4/2

monitor session 1 source remote vlan 30

Kind Regards

Ali

3 REPLIES
Silver

Re: SPAN/RSPAN issues

I have come across performance issues with 3750 and MLS QoS.

What version of IOS are you running?

New Member

Re: SPAN/RSPAN issues

Hi Leon,

The switches are running c3750-ipbase-mz.122-25.SEB4.

Is the problem you had also related to SPAN/RSPAN?

Cheers

Ali

Silver

Re: SPAN/RSPAN issues

Hello Ali,

I expirienced trouble with 3750 using 1000-BASE-SX and 1000-BASE-LH lasers that gave poor peformance with file transfers.

This was the case on switches that had MLS QoS enabled for IP phones.

The symptoms are described in bug toolkit CSCeg29704. There is a workaround. Upgrading to 12.2(25)SED or higher resolves the problem.

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Release Notes

After enabling QOS on 3750 and 3560 switches, certain application (mostly bursty

and TCP based) experience significant performance degradation due to unexpected

packet drops on some of the egress queues.

This is due to initial default egress queue threshold settings

(when qos enabled) not optimized for this type of traffic pattern.

This initial default queue threshold settings (when qos enabled)

thus need to be changed to accommodate these traffic.

Workaround:

Tune the egress queue thresholds parameters to

allocate more to the affected queues.

Specifically, egress queue 2 thresholds need to have the following settings:

Thresholds1 = 200

Thresholds2 = 200

Reserved = 50

Maximum = 400

e.g.

mls qos queue-set output 1 threshold 2 200 200 50 400

mls qos queue-set output 2 threshold 2 200 200 50 400

HTH

Leon

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