I have two Brocade SAN switches (each has a trunking license). The two switches have three E-Port connections between them but, at this point, are just single/failover connections. I'd like to trunk two of the links but have two questions:
1. One switch is a SAN Director (48000) running FOS 6.4.3. The other is a 5300 running FOS 7.0.0.c. Is it possible to create a trunk under these circumstances?
2. What are the steps to trunk the ports and is it disruptive to traffic during the implementation?
to Question 1 the answer is yes, FOS 6.4.3 is full Compatible and Certified with FOS 7.0.x and higher.
details about compatibility are descripted in the FOS Release Notes.
-->>The two switches have three E-Port connections....are just single/failover connections. I'd like to trunk two of the links
what your mean with ?
you can create a Trunk in the same Octect i.e. Port 0-7; 8-15 and so on if you want to create TWO Trunk Group beetwen both switches, best practices is to create trunk in different Octet.
Thanks for the info on the versions; that's good news. On my second question, here's what I have
Switch A Switch B
Port 168 Port 0 <-- Active Link
Port 169 Port 1
Can I trunk these ports without affecting traffic?
yes, you use this Port to build a trunk.
Thanks! So it is just a matter of issuing the following on each switch?
portcfgtrunkport 168, 1
portcfgtrunkport 169, 1
portcfgtrunkport 0, 1
portcfgtrunkport 1, 1
usually is trunking by default enable, and whe you plug the cable trunk will formed itself
if is not, the command on Blade Switches must be i.e.
portcfgtrunkport slotnumber / portnumber mode
in example - this refer to DCX 8 Slot chassis
portcfgtrunkport 4/40 1
4 = Slot
40 = is the Port
1 = is mode enable
OK, good deal. I issued the portcfgtrunkport commands on both switches and got the following: "Same configuration for port (
One thought, these ports were active before I installed the trunking license; do I need to disable/re-enable the ports to get them to recognized the trunk?
After you enter a license, the licensed product is generally available immediately without requiring further action. The following exceptions apply:
•Some licenses may require you to refresh the ports before to activate the license. Depending on your system, use the portDisable/portEnable, switchDisable/switchEnable or chassisDisable/chassisEnable commands to refresh the ports.
•Some licenses may require that you reboot the switch to activate the license. The licenseAdd command will prompt you to reboot the switch.
keep in mind, the command are disruptive.
Thanks! I disabled/re-enabled the "non-active" ports first and the trunk formed. A trunkshow shows the trunk so all is good. I appreciate the help!
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