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Best Practice VSS and HSRP setup

Dear Gentlmen, 

I 've two core switches, 6509-E with Sup 2T version 15.2(1)SY1a, connected to each other using L2 trunk port channel,  My plan to connect two distribution switches  VSS 4500-X switches to both of the core switches as in the following setup " Each core switch has his own IP" and both of the switches are having the same IP. 

CORE 1 (6509)-------L2  Trunk port channel------Core 2 (6509) 

   ( int T1/1)                                                            ( int T1/1)

     |                                                                          |

     |                                                                          |

   (int  T1/1/1)                                                       ( int T2/1/1)                                                                   

    VSS1 (4500-x)------VSL port channel----------VSS2 ( 4500X)

While most important  I don't want to change any physical connectivity and don't want to convert the core switches into VSS setup

1- Can I run L3 port channel in interfaces T1/1/1 & T2/1/1 which has one IP in the same sub net of the core switches, And if yes what are the best practices so I use HSRP or GLBP in the core switches ? 

2- If the above is not possible, Shouldn't I use both 4500-X in VSS setup and do the following setup instead and loose the feature of the port channel so I use single trunk and HSRP or GLBP in all the four switches? 

CORE 1 (6509)-------L2  Trunk port channel------Core 2 (6509) 

   ( int T1/1)                                                            ( int T1/1)

     |                                                                          |

     |                                                                          |

   (int  T1/1/1)                                                       ( int T/1/1)                                                                   

 (4500-x-1 )------L2 trunk port channel---------- ( 4500X-2 )

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Reza Sharifi
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Hi,

If the plan is to have all vlans terminate on the distribution switches than it is easier to use the 4500x and build them as VSS.  This way you don't need to worry about HSRP, VRRP, etc.. You than need 2 layer-3 Portchannels, one connecting one 6509 to both vss 4500x chassis and another one for connecting the other 6509 to both vss chassis.

HTH

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We have a setup similar to what you describe.  In our case, the 4500-X VSS is a pure Layer 3 switch - no VLANs at all.  All connections to the 4500-X are Layer 3 port-channels, with one port-channel member on each switch in the 4500-X VSS, for redundancy.  The 4500-X is running EIGRP and peers with the Layer 3 switches directly adjacent to it.

But I think that the OP may be talking about using the 4500-X as a Layer 2 VSS switch, and the VLANs would be routed at the core switches, which is why he is asking about HSRP/GLBP.  While that can be done, you will need Layer 2 trunk connections from the 4500-X-VSS to the two core switches, and then one of the two uplinks will be in blocking mode because of Spanning Tree.

If the OP is talking about the reverse option, where the Layer 2 VLANs would be routed by the 4500-X VSS, then once again, the connections between the 4500-X VSS switches and the core switches would need to be Layer 2 trunks, and Spanning Tree would also block one uplink path.  But since the VSS is, in effect, a single switch, you would have one SVI per VLAN, so you would not need to set up HSRP/VRRP.

-rb

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Reza Sharifi
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Hi,

If the plan is to have all vlans terminate on the distribution switches than it is easier to use the 4500x and build them as VSS.  This way you don't need to worry about HSRP, VRRP, etc.. You than need 2 layer-3 Portchannels, one connecting one 6509 to both vss 4500x chassis and another one for connecting the other 6509 to both vss chassis.

HTH