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Virtual Connect FLex-10 and Gen8 Server Configuration

chuckk281
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Virtual Connect FLex-10 and Gen8 Server Configuration

Mark had a customer question:

 

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Customer has BL460c Gen8 servers with 530FLB LOM modules configured so each port is assigned to VC Flex-10 IC modules. It is configured to use four NICs. 2-4Gb NICs and 2-2Gb NICs. For the uplink they have a 10Gb connection into each VC Flex-10 IC Module. The VC is setup for auto mode. They would like to be able to have both uplink connections active simultaneously and understand that in the event of a failure performance will be impacted. Is there a way to do this? I vaguely remember some time ago that there were cookbooks that helped with things like this, but I have not been able to find anything related to the Gen8 servers. Can anyone point me in the right direction for documentation on this? Or provide feedback on doing this?

 

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Aleksandar Replied:

 

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In order to have the uplink in Active-Active mode, you have to configure two Shared Uplink Sets each containing a copy the VLANs that the customer will use on the enclosure. Then on server level you can set the teaming to load balance accordingly.

 

You can check the FlexFabric (flex-10 included) cookbook page 39.  The VC firmware used in the book is little bit older, but the concept is the same in newer versions:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02616817/c02616817.pdf

 

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