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Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Hi,

 

I'm looking at purchasing a spare standby switch for a clients old Cisco network. 

 

The core is as follows:

1x WS-C3750E-24TD-S

1x WS-C3750E-48TD-S

 

I wish to purchase 1x 48TD-S (same ver IOS) as a standby replacement should either the 24 or 48 port die.

 

I mainly use the Cisco Network Assistant GUI, as my cli is not great. 

 

If the 24 port switch dies, should it easy enough to upload the config onto the replacement 48 port switch?

Would this require a lot of cli knowledge to get the 48 port switch to replace the 24 port switch?

 

Thank you for any advice or pointers

 

Craig 

 

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Hello,

 

the only difference is the interface numbering, everything else is the same. I would actually go ahead and preconfigure the standby switch with all the copied commands from the 24 port switch, so in case of failure, all you need to do is switch the cables...

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Hello,

 

the only difference is the interface numbering, everything else is the same. I would actually go ahead and preconfigure the standby switch with all the copied commands from the 24 port switch, so in case of failure, all you need to do is switch the cables...

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Hello

Probably no need to even copy any config, if the exiting core stacked it would only a matter of maybe of renumbering/prioritizing the replacement switch?



kind regards
Paul

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Stacking the switches together may be the easier solution for you as mentioned by @paul driver , keep in mind that both switches must be running the same features. e.g IP Base on both. 

 

However if you decide to go the manual route of configuring the device from the CLI the process is pretty simple.

Console to your present switch and do the  sh run  command, the configuration will be listed simply copy the info to a notepad and transfer to your new switch.

 

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

". . . keep in mind that both switches must be running the same features. e.g IP Base on both. "

"must" is not actually true on the 3750 series (to stack them), but it's a very good suggestion (also recommended [also not always required] they have the same IOS version too).

BTW, on the subject of stacking, you might also consider stacking all three 3750s. This way, even if a stack member fails, your percentage of lost ports would be less. Further, if devices like servers support bonded links, it may be possible to have a server connected to multiple stack members, so loss of one stack member wouldn't drop the server. Lastly, if you use VLANs, and if you have "extra" VLAN (for the same VLAN) ports on all three switches, you would only need to reconnect a host, to another switch, to bring it back on-line. I.e. downtime in minutes, and without needing any device reconfiguration (or insuring your cold spare's configuration is still "current").
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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

I'm really impressed with all the quick and knowledgeable replies. All post have educated me and can be used, I wish I could mark them all as Solutions.

 

Below is a simplified example of the network:

 

(Server Room)

WS-C3750E-24TD-S 

 

<10Gb fibre>

 

(Office)

WS-C3750E-48TD-S

[Stack]

WS-C3750G-12S-E

<1Gb fibres to edge switches>

 

From the helpful posts I would think keeping a copy of the configs in case the stack does auto populate the replacement switch.

 

Thank you all kindly

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Re: Loading a 24 port config onto a 48 port switch

Hello


@CMax wrote:

I'm really impressed with all the quick and knowledgeable replies. All post have educated me and can be used, I wish I could mark them all as Solutions.

 

Below is a simplified example of the network:

 

(Server Room)

WS-C3750E-24TD-S 

 

<10Gb fibre>

 

(Office)

WS-C3750E-48TD-S

[Stack]

WS-C3750G-12S-E

<1Gb fibres to edge switches>

 

From the helpful posts I would think keeping a copy of the configs in case the stack does auto populate the replacement switch.

 

Thank you all kindly


 

Just like to say for the stack if you lose the physical switch the configuration isnt lost as it provisioned to the stack not the switch.

 

 



kind regards
Paul

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