Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Port Channel Setup

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Referring to our Cisco UCS lab setup, we will now configure our 10Gb port channel links from our Fabric Interconnect to our Cisco 3750 Stack.

1. Our first step will be to configure the etherchannel or portchannel settings on our Cisco 3750 Stack. Referring to the image below enter in the following commands.


2. Now that we have our Cisco 3750 stack configuration done we will move onto the Cisco Fabric Interconnect to create our port channels. Launch Cisco UCS Manager and click on the LAN tab and expand LAN – LAN Cloud – Fabric A and Fabric B.


3. Right click on Port Channels and select Create Port Channel. Enter in an ID and give the Port-Channel a name. I will be making the ID the same as the port channel that I created on the Cisco 3750 Stack for simplicity.


4. As you can see in our lab setup we have connected ports 17 and 18 on the fabric interconnect to the Cisco 3750 stack. Select these two ports on the left hand side and click the arrow pointing to the right to add these two ports to the port channel.


5. Once you are done click finish and you will see a dialog box displaying that the port channel has been successfully setup.


6. Last step is the enable the port channel. Click on Enable Port Channel.


7. Another dialog box asks if you are sure. Click Yes.


8. As you can see from the Cisco 3750 stack log, interface te1/0/1 and te2/0/1 change state to up and Port-Channel 13 has also changed state to up.


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  • Pbedorf

    I assume that you have to do the same configuration on Switch2?

    • yes that’s correct if you want to setup a port channel on both switches

  • kkroggy

    I would really like to see a sample Procurve upstream switch configuration for a UCS port channel setup.

  • Whoareume

    Ive only got 2 uplinks to the core, is a prerequisite to have proper config 4 uplinks. 2 on each FI? The two portchannels are showing as up and suspended.

    • yes you would need 2 per FI, and you would need to also set the uplink-policy to 2 port minimum