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TOPIC: vlan and trunking configuration....newbie need help

Re: vlan and trunking configuration....newbie need help 13 years 10 months ago #9649

Chris actually posted on this about 6 months back (found it right on google!)
: www.firewall.cx/ftopicp-7253.html

Here is the description right out of the horse's (cisco's) mouth:

EtherChannel provides fault-tolerant high-speed links between switches, routers, and servers. You can use it to increase the bandwidth between the wiring closets and the data center, and you can deploy it anywhere in the network where bottlenecks are likely to occur. EtherChannel provides automatic recovery for the loss of a link by redistributing the load across the remaining links. If a link fails, EtherChannel redirects traffic from the failed link to the remaining links in the channel without intervention.


You can find a lot more of this on Cisco's site at:
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/c3550/12113ea1/3550scg/swethchl.htm

This would be an interesting addition to the Networking section here on Firewall.cx.

Drew

life savers!! 13 years 9 months ago #9671

Thank you so much for helping me understand better....you guys are real life savers...at least I am not in a desperate state of panic anymore....just one question:

If i have 2 2950 switches and want to configure etherchannel, do I still need to set the server and client mode on each?

thanks again.....

Re: vlan and trunking configuration....newbie need help 13 years 9 months ago #9673

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Don't worry about the VTP settings, they don't apply to etherchannels. Etherchannels are a link aggregation, that is they allow you to uplink from pairs of interfaces, providing load balancing and greater bandwidth. Normally, if you have multiple connections between switches, spanning tree will block all but one. There is the IEEE standard LACP (802.3ad) and Cisco's proprietary PAgP. There are slight differences, but keep in mind that both switches need to run the same type of etherchannel. So if it's Cisco to a different vendor, use LACP, if it's Cisco to Cisco, use whatever you want (as long as they match).

That's not to say don't check your VTP config, if your switches aren't working, that's something to look at. If it's just two switches, consider using transparent mode. It's simpler than setting up VTP servers/clients.
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Re: vlan and trunking configuration....newbie need help 13 years 9 months ago #9679

The VLAN article on this site defines the VTP as Virtual Trunking Protocol, but the Cisco Press CCNA-ICND book defined VTP as Vlan Trunking Protocol. Whic one is correct?

Re: vlan and trunking configuration....newbie need help 13 years 9 months ago #9680

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It's usually VLAN Trunking Protocol , however, Cisco uses the terms interchangeably. I guess you can do that when it's your own protocol... Go to cisco.com, and do a search for "virtual trunk protocol" .
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Etherchannel 13 years 9 months ago #9690

Etherchannel really is good. As jwj points out, normally if you have multiple links between devices then spanning tree will block all of them except one. If you combine the links into an etherchannel instead then you can have them all working a the same time. Why waste all that lovely bandwidth? And you still get resilience because if one of the component links fails the others carry on
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