Arista 7280QR-C36 Load Balancing Optimization for Dual Homed Systems and Networks

Arista 7280QR-C36  The Arista DCS-7280QR-C36 switch is a purpose built flexible fixed configuration 1RU system capable of supporting a wide range of interface choices. Its designed for the highest performance environments such as IP Storage, Content Delivery Networks, Data Center Interconnect and IP Peering. The 7280QR-C36 is optimized for environments with dual connected nodes such as storage and for spine applications with dual homed leaf switches. This technical application note describes the internal optimized load-balancing mechanism used within the switch and how network architects can best deploy this system to maximize overall system performance. The internal architecture of the DCS-7280QR-C36...
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Palo Alto / Arista LAG HOWTO

This is a quick guide on configuring a LAG (802.1ad LACP) between a PAN-5060 firewall and an Arista switch. * *Pre-requisite: PANOS 6.1 or above PAN Cli config:  set network interface aggregate-ethernet ae1 layer2 lacp enable yes set network interface ethernet ethernet1/3 aggregate-group ae1 set network interface ethernet ethernet1/4 aggregate-group ae1 set network interface aggregate-ethernet ae1 layer2 units ae1.100 tag 100 set address 192.168.1.1 ip-netmask 192.168.1.1/24 set network profiles interface-management-profile Trust https yes set network profiles interface-management-profile Trust ssh yes set network profiles interface-management-profile Trust snmp yes set network profiles interface-management-profile Trust ping yes set network interface vlan units vlan.100...
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MLAG switches connecting Physical server without LACP

Hi, i have a setup with two 7050X in MLAG Domain. I have most of my Physical servers connected to the two Switches 10G interfaces with LACP and LAG and everything works great. However, i have a few specific servers that needs to be connected to the two switches( one server port to first switch and second server port to the second switch) but without LACP(the servers will be in a Hyper-v Cluster with software defined nic teaming). The question is, do i need to create a LAG without LACP in order to connect the server to the switches or...
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Configure LACP with 2 ports of different switches

Hi, I’m having setup as explained in the below link. https://eos.arista.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/esxlacp5.png I want to create LACP LAG using 2 ports connected to different switch as mentioned in diagram. I’m not able to find the way to configure using 2 switches, please help me to do this.

LACP vs. LLDP in vEOS

Hello, I am using VirtualBox with the Am79C973 driver to run vEOS, and I’ve run into some issues when combining LLDP and LACP.  Individually, either works great.  But if I create a LAG with LACP enabled, LLDP stops working on the members of the LAG.  If I change the LAG to static, non-LACP configuration, LLDP works again. Is this a vEOS bug or a known limitation?  On a number of physical 7050s, the combination works as expected. Ross

Configuring Port Channel LACP Fallback on Arista Switches

The Port-Channel Fallback mode in Arista switches allows an active LACP interface to establish a Port Channel/LAG before it receives LACP PDU’s from its peer. This feature is useful in environments where customers have Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) Servers connected with a LACP Port Channel to the Ethernet switch.  Since PXE images are very small, many operating systems are unable to leverage LACP during the preboot process.  The Server NICs do not have the capability to run LACP without the assistance of a fully functional OS, and during the PXE process they are independent and have no knowledge of the...
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Configuring LACP Fallback Individual Ports on Arista Switches

LACP Fallback Individual Ports Feature Overview LACP Fallback Individual Ports is a feature introduced in EOS 4.13.0 that allows all ports in a port- channel to fallback to individual switch ports when negotiation fails The feature is applied to the port-channel interface and consists of two configuration elements which will be described in the following sections Setting the port-channel to individual fallback Setting the fallback timeout   Feature Operation LACP Fallback Individual Ports use cases This feature is useful for servers with multiple NICs where it is difficult to predict which NIC the server might use for PXE boot. Summary of...
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MLAG – basic configuration

MLAG overview LAG or link aggregation is a way of bonding multiple physical links into a combined logical link. MLAG or multi-chassis link aggregation extends this capability allowing a downstream switch or host to connect to two switches configured as an MLAG domain. This provides redundancy by giving the downstream switch or host two uplink paths as well as full bandwidth utilization since the MLAG domain appears to be a single switch to Spanning Tree (STP). Because the MLAG domain appears to STP as a single switch there are no blocked ports. Configuration The following will provide instructions on how...
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How to configure Link Aggregation Groups in EOS

This article describes the configuration of Link Aggregation Groups (LAGs) between two Arista 7050T-64 switches. The configuration examples are not specific to the switch model and this guide should apply to configuring LAGs on all Arista hardware. Static Link Aggregation Configuration of 7050-01 7050-01(config-if-Et17-20)#channel-group 200 mode on Once the above sequence is entered, Ethernet interfaces 17 through 20 are bound in a LAG as port-channel 200: 7050-01#show int po200 Port-Channel200 is down, line protocol is lowerlayerdown (notconnect) Hardware is Port-Channel, address is 001c.731c.46f9 Ethernet MTU 9214 bytes Full-duplex, Unconfigured Active members in this channel: 0 Fallback mode is: off Fallback...
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Configuring LACP Fallback in EOS

The LACP Fallback mode in Arista switches allows an active LACP interface to establish a port-channel (LAG) before it receives LACP PDUs from its peer. This feature is useful in environments where customers have Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) Servers connected with a LACP Port Channel to the switch.  Since PXE images are very small, many operating systems are unable to leverage LACP during the preboot process.  The server’s NICs do not have the capability to run LACP without the assistance of a fully functional OS; during the PXE process, they are unaware of the other NIC and don’t have a...
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VMware ESX 5 – Arista LACP guide

LACP Overview Link aggregation is a method for combining multiple Ethernet links into a single logical link with the goal of increasing both bandwidth and availability. By aggregating multiple links within a link aggregation group (LAG) customers improve performance by increasing bandwidth & ensure path redundancy in the event of a single link failure.  These benefits have made link aggregation a popular deployment standard in today’s Data Centers. Link Aggregation can be implemented in two ways: static and dynamic. With static LAG, each port-channel is created manually, with no automated mechanism to validate the port-channel configuration on the other switch....
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