Deployment of Dell M6348 Blade Switch with Cisco

Deployment of Dell M6348
Blade Switch with Cisco 4900M
Catalyst Switch (Simple Mode)
By:
Victor Teeter
Development Engineer,
Dell PowerConnect
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May 2011
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS ................................................................................................................................................. 1
SUMMARY ................................................................................................................................................... 3
Simple Switch Mode .............................................................................................................................. 3
M6348 Firmware Versions 4.1 and 3.1 ................................................................................................ 5
TESTING SCENARIOS................................................................................................................................ 6
Scenario 1: Plug and Play the Dell PowerConnect M6348 Switch ............................................... 6
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch ................................................................................................ 7
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch ............................................................................................ 9
Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M6348
switch ..................................................................................................................................................... 10
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch .............................................................................................. 10
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch .......................................................................................... 11
Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with
Tagging enabled .................................................................................................................................. 12
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch .............................................................................................. 13
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch .......................................................................................... 15
Scenario 4: Configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups and dedicating specific Uplinks
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Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch .............................................................................................. 16
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch .......................................................................................... 20
Scenario 5: Adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration .............................................................. 20
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch .............................................................................................. 21
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch .......................................................................................... 27
Scenario 6: Setting up a LAG backup for failover .......................................................................... 28
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch .............................................................................................. 29
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch .......................................................................................... 30
APPENDIX A – M6348 SCREENS USING FIRMWARE 3.1 ................................................................. 31
APPENDIX B - NETWORK SWITCH VERSIONS ................................................................................... 34
ABOUT DELL............................................................................................................................................. 34
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SUMMARY
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Adding a Dell™ PowerConnect™ blade (M-Series) switch, within a Dell PowerEdge™
M1000e modular blade enclosure, to an external Cisco Catalyst Switch is a straightforward
process. The addition of Simple Switch Mode on the Dell PowerConnect™ Blade switch
further simplifies the process, allowing integration into existing network with minimal effort.
This document is part of the Simple Connect campaign that includes both Simple Connect
for SAN and Simple Connect for LAN –targeted at today’s Fibre Channel (FC) SAN and
Ethernet LAN environments and meant to serve as a supplemental guide on how to
interconnect equipment within the Data Center.
This document provides an easy to use step-by-step guide on how to configure and deploy
the DELL™ M-Series 1Gbit/s Blade Switch (M6348) (Figure 1) with a Cisco Catalyst 4900M
Switch.
Figure 1: The Dell PowerConnect™ M6348 switch
Simple Switch Mode
Simple Switch Mode, or SSM, allows server administrators (even those with minimum
networking expertise) the ability to deploy a loop-free switching solution without having to
configure the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) or worry about STP compatibility or interaction
with the existing environment.
The primary advantages of deploying SSM are:
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Port Aggregation is easy to configure. Simply group internal ports and associate with
external ports, assign VLANs (if required), and it’s ready to go.
Automatic configuration of the external ports into a Link Aggregation Control
Protocol (LACP) trunk group.
Providing loop-free topologies without using STP.
Port Aggregation is completely interoperable. Dynamic (via LACP) and static link
aggregation is supported on the external ports.
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To enable Simple Switch Mode on a Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch, perform the
following steps via Command Line or Web Interface:
Command-Line Interface:
From global config enter the following commands
config#
config#
config#
config#
mode simple
ip address vlan 4022
port-aggregator group 1
exit
Later versions of the firmware will not require a reload of the switch, however some
earlier versions do. Reload the switch if requested. You can run the “show run”
command again to verify you are in Simple Mode. This can be seen within the first 5
lines of the running configuration.
look for:
!System Operational Mode “Simple”
Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
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Log into the switch.
Select System  Operational Mode Operational Mode Configuration.
In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode dropdown menu, and left-click Apply Changes (Figure 2).
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Figure 2: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch.
M6348 Firmware Versions 4.1 and 3.1
Command line and Web interface examples in the main body of this document are shown
using M6348 firmware version 4.1.0.6. If you are using firmware version 3.1.x.x, Appendix A
provides CLI and Web interface screens for the first three scenarios, using firmware 3.1.5.7 for
those examples. One primary difference between the two firmware versions is how ports
are addressed. For 3.1.5.7 the ports are shown as x/y, where x is the device and y is the port.
If you are using firmware 4.1.0.6 on the M6348 then your ports will show up as x/y/z, where x
is the device, y is the module, and z is the port. For example:
firmware 3.1.x.x
firmware 4.1.x.x
1/g33
Gi1/0/33
1/xg1
Te1/0/1
All Scenarios 1–6 are shown using the 4.1 firmware; however Appendix A also
includes 3.1 screens for the first three Scenarios.
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TESTING SCENARIOS
In the sections that follow, we present an overview of a variety of different network
deployment scenarios and then provide step-by-step set up guidence using configuration
tools with screen shots as a visual guide. Intent of the paper is to show how some of the
features of Simple Switch firmware can be used to easily and quickly configure both
equipment to work with each other without requiring extensive knowledge of network.
Scenario 1: Plug and Play the Dell PowerConnect M6348 Switch
In this section, we will setup a basic network connection between the PowerConnect M6348
blade switch and the Cisco Catalyst 4900M to allow a Dell blade server to connect to the
Cisco Catalyst through the PowerConnect M6348.
By default, all internal ports and the first 8 external ports of a PowerConnect M6348 are in
port-aggregator group 1, but this can be changed by the user. All ports (internal and external)
within a port aggregator group can communicate. There is a maximum of 8 external ports
in any port-aggregator group. When one or more cables are plugged into external ports of
the same port-aggregator group and in the same LAG role (primary or secondary) they are
automatically in a LAG (link aggregation group). Secondary LAG roles are for backup LAGs in
case of a LAG failure.
External ports don’t need to be side by side to be in the same port aggregator group.
For example, ports 33 and 40 can be in group 1 and ports 34 and 35 can be in group
2. Having multiple external Ethernet ports of different speeds (e.g. 1G and 10G) in the
same LAG is not supported, however they can be in the same port-aggregator group
as long as one speed is used as a primary LAG and the other as a secondary (backup)
LAG. All ports in a port-aggregator group only go to a single destination, which
eliminates the need for STP.
Upstream switches should have port-fast enabled on any links connected to an
external port of an M6348 while in Simple Mode. Internal ports of an M6348 are not
active unless there is at least one active external connection.
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Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch
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Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
By default external ports 33 through 40 (1GB ports) are in port-aggregator group “1”.
In this example, we’ll remove these ports from group “1” in order to add two 10GB
ports (Xg1 and Xg2) to the group. Figure 4 shows the command-line interface for
configuring Dell M6348 switch using firmware version 4.1. For details on formware
3.1 please refere to Appendix A.
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Figure 4: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 1
Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Port Configuration.
 Select only the ports you want to use in the group by removing or placing the group
number in the field beside the port. For this example we removed the “1”’s beside
Gigabit ports 33 – 40 (Figure 5) and placed a “1” in the fields beside Te1/0/1 and
Te1/0/2 (Figure 6).
Figure 5: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 1
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Figure 6: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 1
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Click Apply.
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Configure Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) on Cisco Catalyst switch ports,
setting up a 2-port port channel with LACP using the ports to be connected to Dell
PowerConnect M6348.
Login to the Catalyst 4900M and make the following changes (Figure 7):
Figure 7: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 1
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Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell
PowerConnect M6348 switch
In this section, we provide an overview of configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell
PowerConnect M6348 switch. VLANs allow for greater granularity and quality of service
(QoS) control over simple sub-netting, and Dell switches with Simple Switch Mode enabled
offer a quick and easy VLAN configuration. In this example we will configure VLANs across
the internal ports of the M6348 and then extend these VLANs into the external network by
configuring the Cisco Catalyst switch.
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Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
Figure 9 shows the command-line interface for configuring the Dell M6348 switch
using firmware version 4.1. For details on firmware 3.1 please refere to Appendix A.
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Figure 9: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 2.
Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Internal Port VLAN.
 Select any port from the Internal-Port menu. For this example we chose port Gi1/0/1.
 Enter a VLAN number, i.e. 100, in the Untagged-VLAN field (Figure 10).
Figure 10: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 2.
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Click Apply.
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Login to the Catalyst 4900M and make the following changes (Figure 11):
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Figure 11: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 2.
Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to
connect to a server NIC with Tagging enabled
In this section, we provide an overview of configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to
connect to a server NIC with Tagging enabled, which is useful for management of VMs.
Adding a tagged or untagged VLAN to an internal port will add the same VLAN
(tagged only) to all external ports that are members of the same port aggregator
group as the internal port. The same VLAN cannot be in multiple aggregator groups
on the M6348.
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Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch
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Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
Figure 13 shows the command-line interface for configuring Dell M6348 switch using
firmware version 4.1. For details on formware 3.1 please refere to Appendix A.
Figure 13: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 3.
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Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Internal Port VLAN.
 Select a port from the Internal-Port drop-down menu, i.e Gi1/0/1.
 From the Tagged-VLANs list select one or more VLANs, i.e 101-103 (Figure 14).
Figure 14: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 3.
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Click Apply
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Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Login to the Catalyst 4900M and make the following changes (Figure 15):
Figure 15: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 3.
Scenario 4: Configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups and
dedicating specific Uplinks
In this section, we provide an overview of configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups
(AGs to group specific attached blade servers) and dedicating specific Uplinks to carry that
traffic to the Cisco Catalyst switch network. Doing this allows us to physically separate traffic
for easier administration.
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Figure 16: Graphic representation of Scenario 4.
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
Figure 17 shows the command-line interface for configuring the Dell M6348 switch
using firmware version 4.1.
Figure 17: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Port Configuration.
 Add Group 2 ports:
o Change the group ID of half of the internal ports, i.e Gi1/0/17-32, to group 2
(Figure 18).
Figure 18: Web Interface for the Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Change the group ID of the external ports you want to use, i.e Te1/0/3-4 to group
2 (Figure 19).
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Figure 19: Web Interface for the Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Add Group 1 ports:
o Verify the group ID of the other half of the internal ports, i.e. Gi1/0/1-16,
remains in group 1 (the default for internal ports) (Figure 20).
Figure 20: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Remove the group ID from all default external ports, i.e. Gi1/0/33-40 (Figure 21).
Figure 21: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Change the group ID of the external ports you want to use, i.e. Te1/0/1-2, to group
1 (Figure 22).
Figure 22: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 4.
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Click Apply
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Login to the Catalyst 4900M and enter the following commands (Figure 23) to
configure port channels and add them to the ports. In this example we are adding
ports 1-2 to port-channel 1 and ports 3-4 to port-channel 2.
Figure 23: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 4.
Scenario 5: Adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration
In this section, we provide an overview of adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration, which
combine the advantages of virtual network administration with physical network separation.
The Tengigabitethernet ports 1/0/3 and 1/0/4 used in this example on the M6348 are CX4s and
will require your Catalyst 4900M to have X2-CX4-10G modules installed in order to connect the
second LAG.
Ports Tengigabitethernet 1/0/3 and 1/0/4 on the M6348 are in stacking mode by default. You
will need toggle them to ethernet mode to establish links to the Catalyst 4900M.
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Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch
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Figure 24: Graphic representation of Scenario 5.
Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
Figure 25 shows the command-line interface for configuring Dell M6348 switch using
firmware version 4.1.
Figure 25: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Port Configuration.
 Add Group 2 ports:
o Change the group ID of half of the internal ports, i.e. Gi1/0/17-32, to group 2
(Figure 26).
Figure 26: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Change the group ID of the external ports you want to use, i.e. Te1/0/3-4, to group
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Figure 27: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Add Group 1 ports:
o Verify the group ID of the other half of the internal ports, i.e. Gi1/0/1-16, remains in
group 1 (the default for internal ports) (Figure 28).
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Figure 28: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Figure 29: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Figure 30: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Click Apply
Follow these next steps to assign internal port VLANs.
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Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Internal Port VLAN
Make sure Group Id is set to 1.
Select a port from the Internal-Port drop-down menu, i.e. Gi1/0/1.
In the Tagged-VLANs menu, select the VLANs, i.e. 101-103, for this port (Figure 31).
Figure 31: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Click Apply.
Change the Group Id to 2.
Select a port from group 2 using the Internal-Port drop-down menu, i.e. Gi1/0/17.
In the Tagged-VLANs menu, select the VLANs, i.e. 104-106, for this port (Figure 32).
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Figure 32: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 5.
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Click Apply.
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Login to the first Catalyst and enter the following commands (Figure 33) to configure
trunking and multiple VLANs on a port-channel.
Figure 33: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 5.
Login to the second Catalyst and enter the following commands (Figure 34) to again
configure trunking and multiple VLANs on a port-channel.
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Figure 34: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 5.
Scenario 6: Setting up a LAG backup for failover
In this section, we provide an overview of setting up a straight-through topology with LAG
failover. Simple Switch Mode LAG failover allows Dell switches to automatically change from
the primary to the backup LAG in the event of a port failure, reducing potential downtime.
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Configuring the Dell M6348 Switch
Command-Line Interface:
If you are using the M6348 CLI, enter the following commands to remove all external
1Gig ports from port-aggregator group 1. Then add two external 10Gig ports to
group 1 as the primary LAG and another two external 10Gig ports to group 1 as the
secondary LAG. Figure 36 shows the command-line interface for configuring Dell
M6348 switch using firmware version 4.1.
Figure 36: Command-Line Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 6.
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Web Interface:
Follow the steps below:
 Select Switching > Port Aggregator > Port Configuration
 In the Port Configuration screen, make ports Te1/0/1-4 members of Group Id 1.
 Remove the 1 from the Group Id fields for ports Gi1/0/33-48.
 Verify the Lag Role fields for Te1/0/1 and Te1/0/2 are set to Primary.
 Change the Lag Role of ports Te1/0/3 and Te1/0/4 to 2 Secondary (Figure 37).
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Figure 37: Web Interface for Dell M6348 Switch for Scenario 6.
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Click Apply.
Configuring the Cisco 4900M Switch
Login to the Catalyst 4900M and make the following changes (Figure 38):
Figure 38: Command-Line Interface for Cisco 4900M Catalyst switch for Scenario 6.
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APPENDIX A – M6348 SCREENS USING
FIRMWARE 3.1
This appendix shows how the commands in this document look if you are using firmware
version 3.1.x.x on your M6348. Examples are shown for the scenarios 1 through 3 only.
Dell recommends that you run the latest firmware available for your device.
Figure A1: Introduction: Enabling Simple Mode
Figure A2: Scenario 1: Plug and play the Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch
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Figure A3: Scenario 1: Plug and play the Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch
Figure A4: Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch
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Figure A5: Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M6348 switch
Figure A6: Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with Tag enabled
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Figure A7: Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with Tag enabled
APPENDIX B - NETWORK SWITCH VERSIONS
Version information for the network switches we used are as follows:
Network switch
Software version
Dell PowerConnect M6348
Cisco Catalyst 4900M
3.1.5.7 and 4.1.0.6
12.2(54)SG1 (fc1)
Figure B1: Switch Firmware Versions
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