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Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

I thought only Nexus support VPC where you can uplink to two different physical switches and bundle them together (LAG).

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Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

Specifically speaking the 6500 series does not support VPC. In the 6500 you can use VSS.

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

Thanks Colin!

But VSS wouldn't allow you to connect (2) ports to (2) different physical switches and configure a Port Channel or VPC.  Am I Correct?

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

vPC is virtual port channel, and allows a port channel to cross 2 chassis.  Since VSS takes 2 chassis and makes them 1 logical chassis, it basically does the same thing, without the added configuration.

Just create the VSS system.  Then create a portchannel with ports in both chassis.  Thats it!

Or are you asking if you can create a vPC using multiple VSS systems (not one system)?

Dan

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

Danrya,

What I am trying to understand is if I can connect (2) ports from 6509 (VSS) and connect to (2) different Upstream Physical switches not running VSS and configure Port Channel.

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Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

Yes as long as the port channels are didicated to each upstream switch. 2 different channels for 2 different switches  Not shared between them.

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

That I know would work fine, but I am thinking of (1) port channel with two physical port from Cisco 6509 (VSS) going to (2) different upstream switches. The two upstream switches are not VSS, and connected via Fiber as a Layer II.  I don't think it is doable.

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

I am afraid not.  You have a divided control plane issue coordinating traffic back and forth.  Now vPC on the other hand should work since it is not being handled like a port channel.

Beginner

Re: Does 6509 VSS support VPC?

Unfortunately, unless the upstream switches are VSS or Nexus, no.  All ports on each end of the Port Channel must reside in the same "control plane" or the switches must support vPC. 

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