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Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

NYCExchg
Occasional Visitor

Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

Hi,
I am moving from an all Cisco environment to HP ProCurve. The question I have is it possible to configure two 2910al's in a failover config so that in case 1 of them fails it can failover to the other one. Does the ProCurve use heartbeats like Cisco?
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cenk sasmaztin
Honored Contributor

Re: Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

if you want L2 redundancy (non routing operation)yes we can with 2910 switch
cenk

NYCExchg
Occasional Visitor

Re: Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

Just to get a better understanding, is it based upon heartbeats or better still can you point me to some documentation for the same.
Any pointers are appreciated.Thanks.
Tore Valberg
Trusted Contributor

Re: Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

Hi

Some procurve switches use VRRP for L3 redundency. And VRRP uses heartbeats indeed.

However the 2910 does not have VRRP support.

3500, 5400, 6600 and 8200 switches do have it. Note it requires an extra license on the switch to use.

Tore
NYCExchg
Occasional Visitor

Re: Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

My network diagram is something like,


Server 1 Server 2
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Procurve 1----------Procurve 2
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SAN1 SAN2

I want to establish some sort of Level 2 redundancy. I want to see a configuration document or something of that sort that could help me design this better.

Thanks for your inputs so far.
Tore Valberg
Trusted Contributor

Re: Connecting two HP 2910al in failover config

Maybe distributed trunking might be something for you.

Have a look at:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.procurve.com%2Ftraining%2FManuals%2F3500-5400-6200-6600-8200-MCG-Sept09-12-PortTrunk.pdf&ei=YBBYTPGeBIaNnQeo8ZjNCA&usg=AFQjCNFFG54KZf373b_3PiUWr4rkfw8Fsg

Otherwise you could simply set up fail-over nic teams on the servers and use spanning tree on the switches.

Tore