The Minimal Disruptive Restart (MDR) of VIP Cards feature optimizes the reload time of a VIP card on a Cisco 7500 series router after a software failure has occurred. The amount of time for a VIP card to reload with the MDR functionality varies depending on the port adapter in the VIP card. With this software enhancement, the reload time of a VIP card with the Single Line Card Reload (SLCR) technology is decreased from approximately 30 seconds to approximately 5 seconds. This improvement provides high availability and minimizes equipment downtime. As an additional part of this feature, users can initiate a VIP card reload with the MDR functionality on a single slot using the microcode reload command.
The MDR functionality has the following limitations:
•If a VIP card software failure occurs within 5 minutes of up time, the VIP card is not reloaded with the MDR functionality. Instead, a standard reset and microcode reload is performed. If a software failure occurs after 5 minutes of up time, the VIP card is reloaded with the MDR functionality.
•A VIP card can be reloaded with the MDR functionality five consecutive times. If a VIP card must be reloaded for a sixth consecutive time, it is not reloaded with the MDR functionality. Instead, a standard reset and microcode reload is performed.
These limitations are not applicable when performing a VIP card reload using the microcode reload command. There is no limit to the number of times a VIP card can be reloaded with this command.
Feature History for the Minimal Disruptive Reload of VIP Cards Feature
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