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c7000 interconnect bays configuration validation

 
chuckk281
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c7000 interconnect bays configuration validation

Angel was looking to get a configuration confirmation for a customer:

 

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Hello,

 

We have a customer with a c7000 enclosure with the following interconnect bay configuration:

 

Bay 1: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 2: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 3: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 4: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 5: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 6: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

 

With half-height servers installed on it.

 

Now, customer wants to install in the same enclosure full-height servers with more Ethernet ports. We are thinking on the following interconnect bays configuration:

 

Bay 1: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 2: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 3: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 4: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 5: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 6: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 7: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 8: Virtual Connect Flex-10

 

Full-height servers will have a dual port Flex-NIC mezzanine installed on mezzanine-3.

 

The previous interconnect bays configuration does not appear as a valid one on Virtual Connect QuickSpecs, but as half-height servers are not going to use 4 ports mezzanine cards on mezzanine 2, and dual port mezzanines installed on mezzanine-3 of full-height servers are mapped to bays 7 and 8, question is: is supported this interconnect bay configuration?

 

We know that changing the interconnect bays to:

 

Bay 1: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 2: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 3: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 4: Virtual Connect Flex-10

Bay 5: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 6: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 7: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

Bay 8: Virtual Connect Fibre Channel

 

is a supported configuration, but we want to avoid stopping production servers to change the interconnect bay configuration.

 

Thanks in advance for any answer,

 

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Monty replied:

 

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There are four redundant fabrics supported in the c7000.  I think your configuration adding a Flex-10 fabric to bays 7 and 8 connected to full-height servers Mezz 3 will work as described as you are not using four-port cards in Mezz 2 or Mezz 3 on any server.

 

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Comments or other suggestions for Angel?