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Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hello all,

 

I have two Nexus 93180YC-FX in VPC mode. One ESX is actually connected : 2 links 10gbps on each Nexus with a VPC.

The load balance on Nexus side is : port-channel load-balance src-dst ip

The Nexus or used only on level 2 and devices like ESX have the level 3.

 

My problem is : only one link, between the Nexus and the ESX, is used for the traffic and it's always the same. I know there is a role priority between both Nexus but I would like both Nexus / links take the traffic to the ESX 50/50. Is it possible in VPC mode ?

vpc-cisco.png

 

Nexus's settings :

Nexus 1

  • role priority 100
  • vpc domain 20
  • vpc role primary

Nexus 2

  • role priority 200
  • vpc domain 20
  • vpc role secondary

 

Regards,

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Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hi
im setup like that and both sides and when looking at the packet counters are sending traffic from the ESX ROIB servers and utilizing both links using LB below , also check are you teamed on ESX side correctly ,systems teams look after that for me but maybe you have access to check

SH RUN | I load
port-channel load-balance ethernet source-dest-port

interface port-channel3
description VPC for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
no lacp suspend-individual
switchport access vlan 74
logging event port link-status
logging event port trunk-status
vpc 3


XXXXXXX# sh int e1/3 | sEC TX
TX
6361229910 unicast packets 1088086069 multicast packets 421158334 broadcast packets
7870474313 output packets 3785465685698 bytes
1880947130 jumbo packets
0 output error 0 collision 0 deferred 0 late collision
0 lost carrier 0 no carrier 0 babble 0 output discard
0 Tx pause
XXXXXXX# sh int e1/3 | sEC TX
TX
6361233307 unicast packets 1088086225 multicast packets 421158391 broadcast packets
7870477923 output packets 3785466416349 bytes
1880947161 jumbo packets
0 output error 0 collision 0 deferred 0 late collision
0 lost carrier 0 no carrier 0 babble 0 output discard
0 Tx pause

##############################
SW2
XXXXXXX# sh int e1/3 | Sec TX
TX
27362921686 unicast packets 1087363315 multicast packets 418516069 broadcast packets
28868801070 output packets 6296658032011 bytes
1386303909 jumbo packets
0 output error 0 collision 0 deferred 0 late collision
0 lost carrier 0 no carrier 0 babble 0 output discard
0 Tx pause
XXXXXXX# sh int e1/3 | Sec TX
TX
27362924912 unicast packets 1087363469 multicast packets 418516132 broadcast packets
28868804513 output packets 6296658496978 bytes
1386303909 jumbo packets
0 output error 0 collision 0 deferred 0 late collision
0 lost carrier 0 no carrier 0 babble 0 output discard

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Beginner

Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hello,

 

the ESX's conf seemes good because on a standalone Nexus (no VPC), the trafic passes both 10Gbps links.

 

Is the role primary / secondary could be the problem like a role active / standby ?

 

Regards

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Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hi
No your roles look right , yes thats what i would expect standalone too ,but its teamed to load balance too yes on server side yes
Try the LB source dest port see if it makes a diff , i remember we tested a,lot of these globally on rollout and we use this widely now may give you a more LB flow over both channels
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Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hello,

OK I'll try it soon and give you a feedback.

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Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

Hello,

I forgot to give you a feedback. The settings are correct and all it works.

 

Thak for your support.

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Re: Nexus - VPC and ESX

great good stuff
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