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WHY DID PORT GROUP SHUT DOWN ENTIRE LAN?

CONNECTED TWO 3508'S TOGETHER USING GIGABIT ETHERCHANNEL, APPLIED THE PORT GROUP COMMAND. WITHIN TWENTY MINUTES, THE ENTIRE LAN (25 SWITCHES, 550 WORKSTATIONS) HAD SHUT DOWN. WHAT HAPPENED? HAD TO RECONNECT THE FIBER TO UNUSED PORTS THAT WERE NOT CONFIGURED FOR PORT GROUPING TO BRING THE NETWORK BACK UP.

NEED ADVICE ON THE PITFALLS AND "GOTCHA'S" OF PORT GROUPING.

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Re: WHY DID PORT GROUP SHUT DOWN ENTIRE LAN?

If you are describing a network outage due to traffic storm then it's possible that the channel was misconfigured and caused a spanning tree loop. Are you doing channel and trunking? Or are these links for a single vlan? Was removing the fiber links and reconnecting them the only actions taken to resolve? That is, you removed only this new channel's fiber links (breaking a possible loop) and placed them in new access ports and all was well? If so, check your configs and spanning tree topology for any issues.

Remember for port channeling partner links on the same chassis and peer must match physical characteristics and software configuration. That is, if you have an interface hard coded for 100/Full then it's parter on the same chassis must have same settings and capability. The other device you are channeling to must also have same configuration. If one port is configured for trunking in the channel then all ports of the channel must be configured for trunking.

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/c2900xl/29_35wc6/scg/swports.htm

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