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EtherChannel Questions 2

April 11th, 2017 in SWITCH 300-115 Go to comments

Question 1


From the output we see currently the Server_Switch is load balancing via source MAC address. By changing load-balance to another method the problem can be solved. In this case C is the best choice because other answers are surely incorrect.

Question 2


Configuration changes applied to the port-channel interface apply to all the physical ports assigned to the port-channel interface. Configuration changes applied to the physical port affect only the port where you apply the configuration. To change the parameters of all ports in an EtherChannel, apply configuration commands to the port-channel interface, for example, spanning-tree commands or commands to configure a Layer 2 EtherChannel as a trunk.

Note: If we only change the parameters on a physical port of the port-channel, the port-channel may go down because of parameter mismatch. For example, if you only configure “switchport trunk allowed vlan …” on a physical port, the port-channel will go down.

Question 3


The EtherChannel provides full-duplex bandwidth up to 800 Mbps (Fast EtherChannel) or 8 Gbps (Gigabit EtherChannel) between your switch and another switch or host.

Each EtherChannel can consist of up to eight compatibly configured Ethernet interfaces. All interfaces in each EtherChannel must be the same speed, and all must be configured as either Layer 2 or Layer 3 interfaces.

Note: 800 Mbps full-duplex means data can be transmitted at 800 Mbps and received at 800 Mbps (1600 Mbps in total).

Reference: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3550/software/release/12-1_13_ea1/configuration/guide/3550scg/swethchl.html

Question 4


From the last line of the output, we learn physical ports Fa0/13, Fa0/14, and Fa0/15 are bundled into Port-channel 1 and use LACP which is an open standard protocol.

Question 5


The EtherChannel provides full-duplex bandwidth up to 800 Mbps (Fast EtherChannel) or 8 Gbps (Gigabit EtherChannel) between your switch and another switch or host. Therefore if we have 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections, only 8 links will be used.

Question 6


Multichassis LACP (mLACP) is also supported on 7600 and ASR9000 series -> A is not correct.

mLACP supports both FastEthernet & GigabitEthernet -> B is not correct.

VSS mode does not support the mLACP for server access feature only. But mLACP is available in Virtual Switching Systems (VSS). An example of combination of VSS and mLACP is shown below:


In the topology above, the mLACP is a port channel that spans the two chassis of a VSS. Notice that the two chassis of this VSS is connected via a Virtual Switch Link (VSL). VSL is a special link that carries control and data traffic between the two chassis of a VSS. In this case the VSL is implemented as an EtherChannel with two links.

Some of the restrictions for mLACP are mentioned at http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/routers/asr920/configuration/guide/lanswitch/lanswitch-ethernet-channel-xe-3s-asr920-book/lsw_mlacp.html

+ mLACP does not support Fast Ethernet.
+ mLACP does not support half-duplex links.
+ mLACP does not support multiple neighbors.
+ Converting a port channel to mLACP can cause a service disruption (in a short time) -> D is not correct.

Question 7


When enabled, LACP tries to configure the maximum number of LACP-compatible ports in a channel, up to a maximum of 16 ports. Only eight LACP links can be active at one time. The software places any additional links in a hot-standby mode. If one of the active links becomes inactive, a link that is in the hot-standby mode becomes active in its place.
If you configure more than eight links for an EtherChannel group, the software automatically decides which of the hot-standby ports to make active based on the LACP priority. The software assigns to every link between systems that operate LACP a unique priority made up of these elements (in priority order):
+ LACP system priority
+ System ID (a combination of the LACP system priority and the switch MAC address)
+ LACP port priority
+ Port number
In priority comparisons, numerically lower values have higher priority. The priority decides which ports should be put in standby mode when there is a hardware limitation that prevents all compatible ports from aggregating.
Ports are considered for active use in aggregation in link-priority order starting with the port attached to the highest priority link. Each port is selected for active use if the preceding higher priority selections can also be maintained. Otherwise, the port is selected for standby mode.

(Reference: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/metro/me3600x_3800x/software/release/12-2_52_ey/configuration/guide/3800x3600xscg/swethchl.html#wp1144010)

Question 8


The table below lists if an EtherChannel will be formed or not for LACP:

LACP Active Passive
Active Yes Yes
Passive Yes No

Therefore if switch 1 is configured LACP in active mode, the other end must be configured as Active or Passive mode.

Note: If the other end is configure with “On” mode, the EtherChannel will not be formed because in “On” mode, no negotiation is sent so the neighbor cannot receive any EtherChannel information.

Question 9


When an EtherChannel is created, a logical interface will be created on the switches or routers representing for that EtherChannel. You can configure this logical interface the way you want. For example, assign access/trunk mode on switches or assign IP address for the logical interface on routers/Layer 3 switches… An example of a Layer 3 Etherchannel port is shown below:

interface PortChannel12
description Link to R2
ip address

Question 10


To configure EtherChannel load balancing, “issue the port-channel load-balance {src-mac | dst-mac | src-dst-mac | src-ip | dst-ip | src-dst-ip | src-port | dst-port | src-dst-port | mpls} global configuration command in order to configure the load balancing”. Therefore only the “source MAC address and destination MAC address” answer is correct.

Reference this link: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/lan-switching/etherchannel/12023-4.html

Question 11


From the outputs of the “show etherchannel summary” commands we learn that Switch1 is configuring EtherChannel with LACP while Switch2 is configuring with EtherChannel “on” mode -> the EtherChannel bundle does not go up.

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  1. Digit-All
    June 23rd, 2017

    Passed Switch exam yesterday. A few new questions in the exam that are not onthis site. There are two new drag and drop questions on stp delay and cdp/LLDP-MED

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