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nuredin4133
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VPC Layer 2 (core) with VSS Layer 3 (distribution)?

Recently I had the opportunity to prepare two 4500X switches and two Nexus 9372 and configure VSS and vPC on them respectively. I have one Core block with Nexus VPC (Layer2) and three Distribution blocks with 4500x VSS (Layer3). WAN/DMZ is attached to the Core.
I tried in many ways, but at the end it didnt work. I dont have the LAN-Enterprise-services licence for the nexus devices so i have it to use as layer 2.
For the VPC VSS configuration i followed Cisco deployment Guide and cisco best practice.
My question is what would be the best solution for this network? Is it correct how I am trying?

 

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Reza Sharifi
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If the links between VSS switches and Nexus are layer-2 you can put them in a VPC.  If the links are layer-3, layer-3 VPC is not supported.  So you can use regular Portchannels from each Nexus.  In this case you would need 2 Portchannels, one is for the primary Nexus connecting to VSS and one for the secondary Nexus to VSS.

HTH

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Reza Sharifi
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If the links between VSS switches and Nexus are layer-2 you can put them in a VPC.  If the links are layer-3, layer-3 VPC is not supported.  So you can use regular Portchannels from each Nexus.  In this case you would need 2 Portchannels, one is for the primary Nexus connecting to VSS and one for the secondary Nexus to VSS.

HTH

Hi Reza

Thanks for your response. I tried this already, when i have only one Distribution then it works, when i add the second one then sometimes i can ping the other Distribution and sometimes not.

What you think about the solution? Should i use Layer 3 on the Core?

 

Thanks

Nuredin

Hi Nuredin,

I think, if the connections between the VSS and Nexus are layer-3, you would have a faster convergence with no STP issue.  In order to do so, you need a Portchannle from each Nexus to both VSS switches (the same way you have it in your diagram) but the key is that these Portchannels can not be in a VPC, they need to be regular Portchannles with /30 IP on the Portchannles interface.

So, example:

vss---------PO10----/30--------Nexus-1

vss---------PO20----/30--------Nexus-2

 

vss means 2 connections (one from each switch)

HTH

 

 

 

Hi Reza,

Once we have the license, then i will test it. Thanks.

Through the vPC peer link it will allow only layer 2, do i need a separate connection (layer3) between the nexus?

 

Regards

Nuredin

Hi there,

In our environment, we are running Layer 2 VPC between Nexus Core and the 4500 VSS distribution switches. Layer 3 is used on the Core Nexus and SVI's are created on the Nexus core for the various VLAN's as well as HSRP. The 4500's function as pure L2  aggregation switches. 

In this scenario, if the connections between Nexus and 4500's are changed to Layer 3 Port channel with no VPC, will this result in faster convergence? and is there any other configuration changes required on the 4500's or the Nexus when the links are changed to L3 port channel without VPC.

 

Thanks and Regards. 

Hi,

So, your access switches connect to the 4500 (VSS) (layer-2) and than the 4500 connect to Nexus (layer-2) right? Do you have a diagram of the network you can post.

HTH

 

Hi,

Yes, you are absolutely right. the access switches connect to the VSS switch and the VSS is then connected to the Nexus core. Attached a sketch of the topology.

Hi Reza,

 

Any update on this scenario? Fyi, Diagram attached below.

 

Thanks and Regards,

Mohan

Hello,

When you say it do not work, can you tell us what is the issue?

Is the VPC not coming up?

 

Thanks,

Hi,

The VPC and VSS works.

When i connect all the Distribution blocks to the Core Layer, then sometimes i can ping the other Distribution and sometimes not.

Hope you can understand me. :)

 

Nuredin

Joseph W. Doherty
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As Reza has noted, L2 VPC to L2 Etherchannel should work (I have such a setup).  If you want a "routed" connection, can you not use a dedicated SVI on both sides?