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Connecting a Nexus 2000 to a Nexus 5000

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Initial Configuration

A 'single home fex' is a Nexus 2000 that only has uplinks to a single 5k. Typically you would put the uplinks from the 2k->5k in a port-channel for better performance and redundancy.

[edit]Walk through configuration

Step 1: switch(config)# feature fex <---- turn on feature
Step 2: Next we must create a fex number to allow association. To see which ones fex numbers are already in use. Check the following:

  • show fex
24.09.5010B.1# sh fex
  FEX         FEX           FEX                       FEX
Number    Description      State            Model            Serial
------------------------------------------------------------------------
100        FEX0100                Online    N2K-C2232PP-10GE   SSI14100EHK
102        FEX0102                Online      N2K-C2148T-1GE   FOX1344G3TG
  • show run fex
24.09.5010B.1# sh run fex

!Command: show running-config fex
!Time: Tue Feb 21 09:24:45 2012

version 5.1(3)N1(1a)
feature fex

fex 100
  pinning max-links 1
  description "FEX0100"
fex 101
  pinning max-links 1
  description "FEX0101"
  serial JAF1309AEQP
  diagnostic bootup level extra
fex 102
  pinning max-links 1
  description "FEX0102"

Step 3: Create a fex number:

  • switch(config)# fex 100 <--- assign a fex number (100-199)

Step 4: Next we need to see which ports we are discovering fexes on, that we want to assign. If you see multiple ports with the same serial #, this is the same fex and these need to be grouped together in a port-channel.

  • switch(config)# show interface fex <---- see which ports are connected to fexes
     Fabric      Fabric       Fex                FEX
Fex  Port      Port State    Uplink    Model         Serial
---------------------------------------------------------------
---    Eth1/8    Discovered     1    N2K-C2148T-1GE  ABCDEFGHIJ
---    Eth1/9    Discovered     1    N2K-C2148T-1GE  ABCDEFGHIJ


Step 5: Assign those ports to a port-channel, and setup the association.

  • switch(config-if)# int e1/8-9 <---- go under the interface above
  • switch(config-if)# channel-group 100 <---- assign this port to a port-channel
  • switch(config-if)# int po100 <--- go under the port-channel interface
  • switch(config-if)# switchport mode fex-fabric <---- configure this port to be a fex-fabric type port
  • switch(config-if)# fex associate 100 <----- associate it with the fex number we configured earlier // this has to match for all ports going to the same fex.
  • Fex will come online and you will see the following messages on the terminal.
2011 Oct 29 13:18:57 24.09.5010A.2 %SATCTRL-FEX100-2-SOHMS_ENV_ERROR: FEX-100 Module 1: Check environment alarms.
2011 Oct 29 13:19:12 24.09.5010A.2 %PFMA-2-FEX_STATUS: Fex 100 is online
2011 Oct 29 13:19:12 24.09.5010A.2 %NOHMS-2-NOHMS_ENV_FEX_ONLINE: FEX-100 On-line
2011 Oct 29 13:19:14 24.09.5010A.2 %PFMA-2-FEX_STATUS: Fex 100 is online

Step 6: Check the fex status

switch(config-if)# sh fex
  FEX         FEX           FEX                       FEX
Number    Description      State            Model            Serial
------------------------------------------------------------------------
100        FEX0100                Online      N2K-C2148T-1GE   XXXXXXXXXXX
  • You will now see the interfaces on the 5k. The Nexus 2000 are only configurable from the Nexus 5k as they are remote line cards (fabric extenders)
24.09.5010A.2# sh int status | eg "Eth100"
Eth100/1/1    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/2    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/3    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/4    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/5    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/6    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/7    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/8    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/9    --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/10   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/11   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/12   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/13   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/14   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/15   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/16   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/17   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/18   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/19   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/20   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/21   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --
Eth100/1/22   --                 notconnec 1         full    1000    --

Step 7: Check the port-channel status

switch(config-if)# sh port-channel summary
Flags:  D - Down        P - Up in port-channel (members) <---you want to see P as below
        I - Individual  H - Hot-standby (LACP only)
        s - Suspended   r - Module-removed
        S - Switched    R - Routed
        U - Up (port-channel)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Group Port-       Type     Protocol  Member Ports
      Channel
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
100   Po100(SU)   Eth      NONE      Eth1/8(P) Eth1/9(P) <---- Nexus 5k - 2k does not support LACP so the protocol will show 'none'
[edit]Summary configuration // Single home fex
switch(config-if)# sh run int po100 membership

!Command: show running-config interface port-channel100 membership
!Time: Sat Oct 29 13:35:34 2011

version 5.0(3)N2(2)

interface port-channel100
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100

interface Ethernet1/8
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100
  channel-group 100

interface Ethernet1/9
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100
  channel-group 100
[edit]Summary vPC // dual home fex configuration
switch(config-if)# sh run int po100 membership

!Command: show running-config interface port-channel100 membership
!Time: Sat Oct 29 13:35:34 2011

version 5.0(3)N2(2)

interface port-channel100
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100 <-------------------- fex # has to match on both 5ks
  vpc 100 <------------------------------ vpc # has to match on both 5ks

interface Ethernet1/8
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100
  channel-group 100

interface Ethernet1/9
  switchport mode fex-fabric
  fex associate 100
  channel-group 100
Comments
Beginner

This is in a nice format and very concise.

Thank you,

Tony.

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