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  • Deployment of Dell Blade switches

    with an External J-Series Switches

    Dell M8024 Blade Switch

    Dell PowerConnect J-EX8208 Switch

    Authors: Reza Koohrangpour

    Manjesh Siddamurthy

    .

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    CONTENTS

    CONTENTS................................................................................................................................................. 1

    SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................................. 3

    The PowerConnect J-EX8200 Series .......................................................................................................... 3

    Simple Switch Mode .................................................................................................................................. 5

    TESTING SCENARIOS ............................................................................................................................. 7

    Scenario 1: Plugging and playing the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch ................................................. 7

    Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch .............. 8

    Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with Tag enabled 9

    Scenario 4: Configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups and dedicating specific Uplinks ................. 10

    Scenario 5: Adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration ........................................................................... 11

    APPENDIX A - DETAILED SCENARIO METHODOLOGY ............................................................... 14

    Scenario 1: Plugging and playing the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch ............................................... 14

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 14

    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 14

    Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch ............ 17

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 17

    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 19

    Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with Tag enabled

    ................................................................................................................................................................. 21

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 21

    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 23

    Scenario 4: Configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups and dedicating specific Uplinks ................. 25

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 25

    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 27

    Scenario 5: Adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration ........................................................................... 29

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 29

    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 32

    Scenario 6: Setting up a straight-through topology with LAG failover ................................................... 34

    On the Dell M8024 switch ................................................................................................................... 34

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    On the J-EX8208 switch ....................................................................................................................... 36

    APPENDIX B - NETWORK SWITCH CONFIGURATION INFORMATION .................................... 37

    ABOUT DELL ............................................................................................................................................ 37

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    SUMMARY

    Adding a Dell™ PowerConnect™ Blade (M-Series) switch, with a Dell PowerEdge™ M1000e

    modular blade enclosure, to an external PowerConnect™ J-Series 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 Simple Connect campaign that includes both Simple Connect for SAN and

    Simple Connect for LANs – both targeted at today’s FC SAN and Ethernet LAN environments and

    meant to serve as a supplement guide on how to interconnect equipment that makes up

    datacenter.

    The Dell PowerConnect™ J-Series product family delivers open and flexible solutions for

    datacenters and enterprise networks, based on technology from and collaborating with Juniper

    Networks. This document provides an easy to use, step by step, guide on how to configure and

    deploy DELL™ M-Series 10Gbit/s Blade Switch (M8024) (see Figure 1) with a DELL™ external

    PowerConnect™ J-EX8200 Line of Switches.

    Figure 1: The Dell PowerConnect™ M8024 switch

    The PowerConnect J-EX8200 Series

    The PowerConnect J-EX8208 modular Ethernet switch (See Figure 2), a member of the Dell

    PowerConnect J-EX Series Ethernet Switches product family, offers a flexible, powerful, and

    modular platform that delivers the performance, scalability, and high availability required for

    today’s high-density data center, campus aggregation, and core switching environments. With a

    total capacity of up to 6.2 Tbps, the EX8208 system provides a complete, end-to-end solution

    for the high-performance networks of today and into the future.

    http://www.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/networking/switch-powerconnect-m8024/pd.aspx?refid=switch-powerconnect-m8024&s=biz&cs=555http://www.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/networking/switch-powerconnect-j-8208/pd.aspx?refid=switch-powerconnect-j-8208&s=biz&cs=555

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    The PowerConnect J-EX8200 series of Ethernet switches exhibit five key characteristics that,

    working together, deliver a true enterprise switching solution:

    High Reliability: Nothing succeeds like success. That’s why the PowerConnect J-EX8200

    Series Ethernet Switches utilize much of the same established technology—including

    high-performance application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), system architecture

    and Junos operating system—that power some of the world’s largest networks. The

    result is a robust, time-tested and highly reliable network infrastructure solution for

    high-performance enterprises.

    Security Risk Management: The PowerConnect J-EX8200 Series Ethernet Switches are

    fully compatible with the Unified Access Control (UAC), delivering an extra layer of

    security by first authenticating users and performing virus checks, then enforcing

    precise, end-to-end security policies that determine who can access what network

    resources, as well as quality of service (QoS) policies to ensure delivery of business

    processes. Integrated anomaly-based threat detection provides additional protection by

    being able to identify and block distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

    Network Virtualization: The J-EX8200 Series switches support hardware based generic

    routing encapsulation (GRE) tunneling for sending mirrored traffic from remote

    locations to monitoring devices in the network operations center for centralized

    troubleshooting and analysis, or to build segregated overlay networks without the

    challenges associated with Spanning Tree.

    Application Control: Successfully managing a network requires knowing how it’s being

    used in order to optimize application delivery and maximize efficiency. Integrated high-

    performance ASICs on the chassis-based J-EX8200 series of Ethernet switches provide

    wire-like speed forwarding for any and all packet sizes. To ensure application traffic is

    properly prioritized, the J-EX8200 Series Ethernet Switches support a robust eight QoS

    queues per port—more than enough to establish separate queues for control plane,

    voice, video and multiple levels of data traffic, with room to converge other networks

    such as building automation and security cameras.

    Lower TCO: A highly scalable pay-as-you-grow architecture, network designs with lower

    power consumption, space and associated cooling requirements, a common operating

    system, and unified management tools across the J-Series portfolio all combine to help

    reduce operational and capital expenses for J-EX8200 Series Ethernet Switch customers.

    The high-performance, high-density platforms let users start small and grow

    incrementally, saving valuable space in crowded wiring closets and data centers while

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    lowering recurring power and cooling costs. Using a common version of the Junos

    operating system across the switch families helps ensure consistency throughout the

    infrastructure and accelerates the learning curve. And unified management tools

    consolidate system monitoring and maintenance, saving time and money. Working

    together, these J-EX Series switch attributes help advance the economics of networking

    by allowing businesses to spend less money and time on their network infrastructure—

    and more on innovative technologies that help them gain a competitive edge

    The PowerConnect J-EX8208 is designed for Enterprise and Public customers of all sizes. The J-

    EX8208 switch is optimized for both data center and campus aggregation and core.

    Figure 2: The PowerConnect™ J-EX8208 switch

    Simple Switch Mode

    Simple Switch Mode, or SSM, allows server administrators, or anyone with very limited

    expertise in configuring Ethernet Switches, the ability to deploy a loop-free switching solution

    without having to configure the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) or design its integration into the

    existing environment.

    The primary advantages of deploying SSM are as follows:

    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.

    SSM automatically configures multiple external ports into a Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) trunk group.

    By using Aggregator Groups, the feature provides loop-free operation without using STP. Port Aggregation is completely interoperable. Dynamic (via LACP) and static link

    aggregation is supported on the external ports.

    http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Simple+Connect+for+M-Series+PowerConnect

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    To enable Simple Switch Mode on a Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, perform the following

    steps:

    1. Log into the switch. 2. Select System Operational Mode Operational Mode Configuration.

    In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu, and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 3).

    Figure 3: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    TESTING SCENARIOS

    This document presents an overview of variety of different network deployment scenarios and

    then provides step by step set up guide using configuration tools with screen shots as visual

    guide. Intent of the paper is to show how some of the built in features like Simple Switch

    firmware can be used to easily and quickly configure both equipment to work with each other

    without requiring extensive knowledge of network.

    In the sections that follow, we discuss some of the new features of the hardware and software,

    give an overview of the deployment process, and present the following eight sample scenarios:

    Scenario 1: Plugging and playing the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

    In this section, we provide an overview of the plug-and-play process with the Dell

    PowerConnect M8024 switch, by configuring Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) on J-

    EX8208 switch ports. Dell’s plug-and-play features with Simple Switch Mode allow for quick

    integration of a new Dell switch into a network. We provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the J-EX8208 switch, configure LACP on “ae0” Link Aggregation Interface.

    2. Assign an IP address to “ae0” interface.

    3. Create a device count, which represents how many aggregated interface (port channel

    group) are functional.

    4. Connect the cables from the J-EX8208 Blade switch to the Dell PowerConnect M8024

    switch. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically create an aggregate group

    and establish network connectivity.

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    Figure 4: Graphic representation of Scenario 1.

    Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect

    M8024 switch

    In this section, we provide an overview of configuring the VLANs on the internal ports of the

    Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, while configuring those on the J-EX8208. VLANs allow for

    greater granularity and quality of service (QoS) control over simple sub-netting, and Dell

    switches with Simple Switch Mode enabled offer quick and easy VLAN configuration. We

    provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, enter the Internal Port VLAN configuration

    screen, select a port, and change the default Untagged VLAN (we changed port 1/xg1 to

    VLAN 101).

    2. On the J-EX8208 switch, create a two-port channel group with LACP and trunking enabled.

    3. Allow VLAN 101 through the new port channel.

    4. Connect the cables. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically make a four-

    port LAG and tag all communications from the designated internal port as VLAN 101.

    Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    Four-Port

    Link Aggregation Group (LAG)

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    Figure 5: Graphic representation of Scenario 2.

    Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server

    NIC with Tag 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. We

    provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, enter the Internal Port VLAN configuration

    screen, select a port, and add several Tagged VLANs (we changed port 1/xg6 to include

    VLANs 2-3).

    2. On the J-EX8208 switches, create a two-port aggregation group on “ae0” interface and

    trunking enabled.

    3. Allow VLANs 2-3 through the new aggregation group (port channel).

    4. Connect the cables. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically make a two-

    port LAG. From now on, you can modify VM communications so that you can tag them to

    various VLANs.

    VLAN 101

    Dell PowerEdge

    M710 Blade Server

    Dell PowerConnect

    M8024 Switch

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    VLAN 101

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    Figure 6: Graphic representation of 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 J-EX8208 witch network. Doing this allows us to physically separate traffic for

    easier administration. We provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, enter the Port Configuration screen, and change

    the group ID of the ports you desire to Group 2 (we changed ports 1/xg14 and ports 1/xg21-

    1/xg22 to Group 2).

    2. On the J-EX8208 switch, create two two-port aggregation groups (ae0 & ae1) with LACP

    enabled.

    3. Connect the cables. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically make two two-

    port LAGs, separating the traffic from between the two groups created earlier.

    Dell PowerConnect

    M8024 Switch

    Dell PowerEdge

    M710 Blade Server

    VLAN 2 VLAN 3

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    VLAN 2 VLAN 3

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    Figure 7: Graphic representation of 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.

    We provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, enter the Port Configuration screen, and change

    the group ID of ports to Group 2 (we changed ports 1/xg14 and ports 1/xg21-1/xg22 to

    Group 2).

    2. Enter the Internal Port VLAN configuration screen, select a port, and add several Tagged

    VLANs (we changed port 1/xg6 to include VLANs 2 and port 1/xg14 to include VLANS 3).

    3. On the J-EX8208 switches, create two two-port channel groups with LACP enabled.

    4. Connect the cables. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically make two two-

    port LAGs, separating the traffic from between the two groups created earlier.

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    2 Two-Port

    Link Aggregation Group (LAG)

    Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

    ae0

    ae1

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    Figure 8: Graphic representation of Scenario 5.

    Scenario 6: Setting up a straight-through topology with LAG 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. We

    provide detailed instructions in Appendix A.

    1. On the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch, enter the Port Configuration screen, and change

    the Lag Role of ports to Secondary (we changed ports 1/xg23-1/xg24 to Secondary).

    2. On the J-EX8208switches, create two two-port channel groups with LACP enabled.

    3. Connect the cables. The Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch will automatically make a two-

    port LAG with a secondary backup LAG that it will failover to in the event of a cable or port

    failure.

    VLAN 2

    Dell PowerConnect

    M8024 Switch

    Dell PowerEdge

    M710 Blade Server

    VLAN 2 VLAN 3

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    VLAN 3

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    Figure 9: Graphic representation of Scenario 6.

    Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

    2 Two-Port

    Link Aggregation Group (LAG)

    Dell J-EX8208 10Gig Blade Switch

    Primary LAG

    Backup LAG

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    APPENDIX A - DETAILED SCENARIO METHODOLOGY

    In this appendix, we provide detailed descriptions of the test scenarios we followed and

    screenshots for each step, as appropriate. In each scenario, we assume that the associated

    switches are at factory default configurations.

    Scenario 1: Plugging and playing the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu, and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 10).

    Figure 10: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Type the following commands into the switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]#edit chassis

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    [edit chassis]

    [email protected]# set aggregated-devices ethernet device-count 1

    [email protected]#exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# edit interfaces ae0

    [edit interfaces ae0]

    [email protected]# set unit 0 family inet address 18.1.1.5/24

    [email protected]# set aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]# exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]#edit interfaces xe-0/0/5

    [email protected]#set ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]#edit interfaces xe-0/0/6

    [email protected]# set ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    3. Connect cables from the J-EX8208 switch to the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

    Performing the above configurations on the J-EX8208 switch using Juniper GUI interface, J-Web (see Figures 11, 12, & 13).

    Figure 11: Creating the Device Count

    Note

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    Figure 12: Configuring LACP on ‘ae0’ Interface

    Figure 13: Commit Command

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    Scenario 2: Configuring VLANs on the internal ports of the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu, and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 14). The switch will reset after this and you

    will need to log in again.

    Figure 14: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    4. Select SwitchingPort AggregatorInternal Port VLAN Configuration.

    5. In the Internal-Port drop-down menu, select a port (we chose 1/xg1) (See Figure 15).

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    Figure 15: Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

    6. In the Untagged-VLAN textbox, write a VLAN (we chose 101), and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 16).

    Figure 16: Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

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    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Type the following commands into the switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]# set chassis aggregated-devices ethernet device-count 2

    [email protected]# edit interfaces ae1 unit 0

    [edit interfaces ae1.0]

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching port-mode

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching port-mode trunk vlan

    members vlan101

    [email protected]# exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/3 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/4 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit check

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    3. Connect the cables from the J-Ex8208 switch to the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    Performing the above configurations on the J-EX8208 switch using Juniper GUI interface, J-Web (see Figures 17, 18, & 19)

    Note

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    Figure 17: Creating VLAN ‘101’

    Figure 18: Creating LAG interface ‘ae1’

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    Figure 19: Creating a Trunk

    Scenario 3: Configuring multiple VLANs per internal port to connect to a server NIC with Tag enabled

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 20). The switch will reset after this and you

    will need to log in again.

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    Figure 20: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 Switch

    4. Select SwitchingPort AggregatorInternal Port VLAN Configuration.

    5. In the Internal-Port drop-down menu, select a port (we chose 1/xg6) (See Figure 21).

    Figure 21: Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024

    6. In the Tagged-VLANs box, select your VLANs (we chose 2-3), and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 22).

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    Figure 22: Selecting tagged VLANs in Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Type the following commands into the switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]# set chassis aggregated-devices ethernet device-count 2

    [email protected]# edit interfaces ae0 unit 0

    [edit interfaces ae0.0]

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching port-mode

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching port-mode trunk vlan

    members vlan2

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching port-mode trunk vlan

    members vlan3

    [email protected]# exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/5 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/6 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit check

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

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    Performing the above configurations on the J-EX8208 switch using Juniper GUI interface, J-Web (see Figures 23 & 24).

    Figure 23: Configuring Trunk VLAN ‘2 & 3’ on ‘ae0’

    Figure 24: Verification of the configuration

    Note

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    Scenario 4: Configuring multiple Port Aggregation Groups and dedicating specific Uplinks

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down menu and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 25). The switch will reset after this and you will need to log in again.

    Figure 25: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    4. Select SwitchingPort Aggregator Port Configuration (see Figure 26).

    Figure 26: The Port Configuration screen on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    5. In the Port Configuration screen, change the Group ID of the internal port (we changed port

    14) and change the Group ID of the external ports (we changed ports 21 and 22 to Group 2)

    (See Figure 27).

    Figure 27: Assigning Group 2 to internal ports on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Type the following commands into the switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]#edit chassis

    [edit chassis]

    [email protected]# set aggregated-devices ethernet device-count 2

    [email protected]#exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/5 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/6 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit check

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae1 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/3 ether-options 802.3ad ae1

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/4 ether-options 802.3ad ae1

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    3. Connect cables from the J-EX8208 switch to the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch. The Dell

    PowerConnect M8024 should automatically create two two-port LAGs, each configured

    with half of the internal ports.

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    Performing the above configurations on the J-EX8208 switch using Juniper GUI interface, J-Web (see Figures 28 & 29).

    Figure 28: Configure LAG on ae0 & ae1 interfaces

    Figure 29: Simple Mode configuration

    Note

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    Scenario 5: Adding VLANs in a multi-AG configuration

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu, and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 30). The switch will reset after this and you

    will need to log in again.

    Figure 30: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    4. Select SwitchingPort AggregatorPort Configuration (see Figure 31).

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    Figure 31: The Port Configuration screen on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    5. In the Port Configuration screen, change the Group ID of the internal ports (we changed

    port 14). In the same Port Configuration screen, change the Group ID of the external ports

    (we changed ports 21 and 22 to Group 2), and click Apply Changes (See Figure 32).

    Figure 32: Assigning Group 2 to internal ports on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    6. Select SwitchingPort AggregatorInternal Port VLAN Configuration (see Figure 33).

    Figure 33: Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    7. In the Internal Port drop-down menu, select a port (we chose 1/xg1).

    8. In the Tagged-VLANs box, applying VLANs 2 to port 1/xg6 (see Figure 34).

    Figure 34: Selecting VLANs for the first port in Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    9. Repeat step 9, applying VLANs 3 to port 1/xg14, (see Figure 35).

    Figure 35: Selecting VLANs for the first port in Internal Port VLAN Configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Type the following commands into the switch to configure the first J-EX8208 Switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]# set chassis aggregated-devices

    ethernet device-count 1

    [email protected]# edit interfaces ae0 unit 0

    [edit interfaces ae0.0]

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode trunk vlan members vlan101

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode trunk vlan members vlan102

    [email protected]# exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/5 ether-

    options 802.3ad ae0

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    S[email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/6 ether-

    options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    3. Type the following commands into your second J-EX8208 Switch.

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]# set chassis aggregated-devices

    ethernet device-count 1

    [email protected]# edit interfaces ae0 unit 0

    [edit interfaces ae0.0]

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode trunk vlan members vlan103

    [email protected]# set family ethernet-switching

    port-mode trunk vlan members vlan104

    [email protected]# exit

    [edit]

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-

    ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/5 ether-

    options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/6 ether-

    options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    4. Connect cables from the J-EX8208 switches to the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

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    Scenario 6: Setting up a straight-through topology with LAG failover

    On the Dell M8024 switch

    1. Log into the switch.

    2. Select SystemOperational ModeOperational Mode Configuration.

    3. In the Operational Mode Configuration screen, select Enable in the Simple Mode drop-down

    menu, and left-click Apply Changes (see Figure 36). The switch will reset after this and you

    will need to log in again.

    Figure 36: Simple Mode configuration on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

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    4. Select SwitchingPort AggregatorPort Configuration (see Figure 37).

    Figure 37: The Port Configuration screen on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch.

    5. In the Port Configuration screen, change the Lag Role of the external ports (we changed

    ports 21 and 22 to Secondary), and click Apply Changes (see Figure 38).

    Figure 38: Assigning a Secondary LAG to external ports on the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch

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    6. In the Port Configuration screen Global Configuration Enable LAG Failover Admin

    Mode (see Figure 39).

    Figure 39: Simple Mode configuration

    On the J-EX8208 switch

    1. Log into the switch

    2. Assuming that you configured the Dell PowerConnect M8024 with two different groups,

    type the following commands into the switch:

    [email protected]>configure

    [email protected]# set chassis aggregated-devices ethernet device-count 2

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae0 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/5 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/6 ether-options 802.3ad ae0

    [email protected]# commit check

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# set interfaces ae1 aggregated-ether-options lacp active

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/3 ether-options 802.3ad ae1

    [email protected]#set interfaces xe-0/0/4 ether-options 802.3ad ae1

    [email protected]# commit

    [email protected]# exit

    3. Connect cables from the J-EX8208 switch to the Dell PowerConnect M8024 switch. The

    Dell PowerConnect M8024 should automatically create one two-port LAG with a two-

    port backup in case of cable or port failure.

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    APPENDIX B - NETWORK SWITCH CONFIGURATION

    INFORMATION

    Figure 40 provides detailed configuration information for the network switches we used.

    Network switch Dell PowerConnect M8024 Dell PowerConnect J-EX8208

    Software version 3.1.3.12 10.3R2.11

    Figure 40: Detailed configuration information for the network switches.

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