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EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1:1 Redundancy
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EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

Last Updated: December 6, 2012

EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy provides MAC, or layer 2, traffic protection to avoid higher layer protocols from reacting to single link failures and re-converging. To use EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy, you configure an EtherChannel with two ports (one active and one standby). If the active link goes down, the EtherChannel stays up and the system performs fast switchover to the hot-standby link. Depending on how you have the priorities set, when the failed link becomes operational again, the EtherChannel performs another fast switchover to revert to the original active link. if all port-priorities are the same, it will not revert, but remain on the current active link.

With 1:1 redundancy configured, only one link is active at any given time so all flows are directed over the active link.

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Information About EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy provides an EtherChannel configuration with one active link and fast switchover to a hot standby link. To use EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy, you configure a Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) EtherChannel with two ports (one active and one standby). If the active link goes down, the EtherChannel stays up and the system performs fast switchover to the hot standby link. Depending on how the priorities of the links are set, when the failed link becomes operational again, the EtherChannel performs another fast switchover to revert to the original active link, or to the link with the higher priority.

For EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy to work correctly (especially the fast switchover capability) the feature must be enabled at both ends of the link.

How to Configure EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

Configuring EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy with Fast-Switchover

To configure an LACP EtherChannel with two ports (one active and one standby), perform the following steps. This feature must be enabled at both ends of the link.

You can control which link is the primary active link by setting the port priority on the links used for the redundancy. To configure a primary link and enable the EtherChannel to revert to the original link, one link must have a higher port priority than the other and the LACP max-bundle must be set to 1. This configuration results in link 1 being active and link 2 being in hot standby state.

To prevent the switchover to revert, you can assign both links the same priority.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface port-channel channel -number

4.    lacp fast-switchover

5.    lacp max-bundle 1

6.    exit

7.    interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number

8.    channel-group 1 mode mode

9.    lacp port-priority priority

10.    exit

11.    interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number

12.    channel-group 1 mode mode

13.    lacp port-priority priority

14.    end


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface port-channel channel -number


Example:

Router(config)# interface port-channel 1

 

Selects an LACP port channel interface.

 
Step 4
lacp fast-switchover


Example:

Router(config-if)# lacp fast-switchover

 

Enables the fast switchover feature for this EtherChannel.

 
Step 5
lacp max-bundle 1


Example:

Router(config-if)# lacp max-bundle 1

 

Sets the maximum number of active member ports to 1.

 
Step 6
exit


Example:

Router(config-if)# exit

 

Exits interface configuration mode and returns to global configuration mode.

 
Step 7
interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number


Example:

Router(config)# interface tengigabitethernet 0/0/0

 

Selects the first interface to add to the port channel.

 
Step 8
channel-group 1 mode mode


Example:

Router(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode active

 

Adds the member link to the port-channel and actively participates in LACP negotiation.

 
Step 9
lacp port-priority priority


Example:

Router(config-if)# lacp port-priority 32768

 

Sets the priority on the port-channel. This priority is set to the default value.

 
Step 10
exit


Example:

Router(config-if)# exit

 

Exits interface configuration mode and returns to global configuration mode.

 
Step 11
interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number


Example:

Router(config)# interface tengigabitethernet 1/0/0

 

Selects the interface to add to the port channel.

 
Step 12
channel-group 1 mode mode


Example:

Router(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode active

 

Adds the member link to the port-channel and actively participates in LACP negotiation.

 
Step 13
lacp port-priority priority


Example:

Router(config-if)# lacp port-priority 32767

 

Sets the port priority higher than the other link by using a value lower than the default value of 32768. This forces this link to be the active link whenever it is capable of carrying traffic.

 
Step 14
end


Example:

Router(config-if)# end

 

Exits interface configuration mode.

 

Setting the Switchover Rate with Carrier Delay

Optionally, you can control the speed of the switchover between the active and standby links by setting the carrier delay on each link. The carrier-delay command controls how long it takes for Cisco IOS to propagate the information about the links status to other modules.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number

4.    carrier-delay msec msec

5.    end


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface tengigabitethernet slot / port / number


Example:

Router(config)# interface tengigabitethernet 0/1/0

 

Enters interface configuration mode and opens the configuration for the specified interface.

 
Step 4
carrier-delay msec msec


Example:

Router(config-if)# carrier-delay msec 11

 

Sets how long it takes to propagate the link status to other modules.

 
Step 5
end


Example:

Router(config-if)# end

 

Exits interface configuration mode.

 

Verifying EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

Use these show commands to verify the configuration and to display information about the port channel.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    show running-config interface type slot / port / number

3.    show interfaces port-channel channel-number etherchannel

4.    show etherchannel channel-number port-channel

5.    end


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
show running-config interface type slot / port / number


Example:

Router# show running-config interface tengigabitethernet 0/0/0

 

Verifies the configuration.

  • type --gigabitethernet or tengigabitethernet.
 
Step 3
show interfaces port-channel channel-number etherchannel


Example:

Router# show interfaces port-channel 1 etherchannel

 

Displays the bucket distribution currently in use.

 
Step 4
show etherchannel channel-number port-channel


Example:

Router# show etherchannel 1 port-channel

 

Displays the port channel fast-switchover feature capability.

 
Step 5
end


Example:

Router# end

 

Exits privileged EXEC mode.

 

Configuration Examples for EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited1 1 Redundancy

EtherChannel 1 1 Active Standby Example

This example shows how to configure a port channel for 1:1 link redundancy for equal priority ports so there is no preference which port is active.

Router# enable
Router# configure terminal
Router(config)# interface port-channel 2
Router(config-if)# ip address 10.1.1.1 255.255.0.0
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config-if)# lacp max-bundle 1
Router(config-if)# lacp fast-switchover
Router(config)# interface Tengigabitethernet0/1/0
Router(config-if)# channel-group 2 mode active
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config)# interface Tengigabitethernet 2/1/0
Router(config-if)# channel-group 2 mode active
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config)# interface GigabitEthernet0/1/6
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config-if)# channel-group 19 mode active
Router(config)# interface GigabitEthernet0/1/7
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config-if)# channel-group 19 mode active
Router(config-if)# interface Port-channel19
Router(config-if)# ip address 10.19.1.1 255.255.255.0
Router(config-if)# no negotiation auto
Router(config-if)# lacp fast-switchover
Router(config-if)# lacp max-bundle 1
Router(config-if)# end

Notice in the show command display the priorities are the same value.

Router# show lacp internal 
Flags: S - Device is requesting Slow LACPDUs 
	F - Device is requesting Fast LACPDUs
	A - Device is in Active mode P - Device is in Passive mode 
Channel group 19
LACP port Admin Oper Port Port
Port Flags State Priority Key Key Number State
Gi0/1/6 SA bndl 32768 0x13 0x13 0x47 0x3D 
Gi0/1/7 FA hot-sby 32768 0x13 0x13 0x48 0x7 

Setting Priority for 1 1 Redundancy Using LACP Example

This example shows how to configure an LACP EtherChannel with 1:1 redundancy. GigabitEthernet 0/1/7 is the active link, because it is configured with a lower number which give it a higher port priority.

Router# configure terminal
Router(config)# interface GigabitEthernet0/1/6
Router(config-if)# lacp port-priority 32767
Router(config-if)# exit
Router(config)# interface GigabitEthernet0/1/7
Router(config-if)# lacp fast-switchover
Router(config-if)# lacp max-bundle 1
Router(config-if)# negotiation auto
Router(config-if)# channel-group 19 mode active

In this show display, notice that the bundled link is set at a higher priority. This will ensure that the bundled link is used as the first active link in the standby configuration.

Router# show lacp internal
 
Flags: S - Device is requesting Slow LACPDUs 
	F - Device is requesting Fast LACPDUs
	A - Device is in Active mode P - Device is in Passive mode 
Channel group 19
LACP port Admin Oper Port Port
Port Flags State Priority Key Key Number State
Gi0/1/6 FA hot-sby 32768 0x13 0x13 0x47 0x7 
Gi0/1/7 SA bndl 32767 0x13 0x13 0x48 0x3D

Additional References

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Feature Information for EtherChannel Flow-based Limited 1 1 Redundancy

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Table 1 Feature Information for EtherChannel Flow-based Limited 1:1 Redundancy

Feature Name

Releases

Feature Information

EtherChannel Flow-Based Limited 1:1 Redundancy

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4

EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy provides MAC, or layer 2, traffic protection to avoid higher layer protocols from reacting to single link failures and re-converging. To use EtherChannel flow-based limited 1:1 redundancy, you configure an EtherChannel with two ports (one active and one standby). If the active link goes down, the EtherChannel stays up and the system performs fast switchover to the hot-standby link. Depending on how you have the priorities set, when the failed link becomes operational again, the EtherChannel performs another fast switchover to revert to the original active link. if all port-priorities are the same, it will not revert, but remain on the current active link.

No commands were modified or created to support this feature.

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