Scalability Impact on Load Shared Groups

When static load sharing is used for the MLAG ports, and if there is a single link connecting the server node and the MLAG peer switches, the port does not need to be configured as a load shared port on the MLAG peer switches. Configuring LACP on MLAG ports can reduce the number of load shared ports that can be configured in the system.

Configuration Guidelines

  • LACP configuration for MLAG ports (system priority, LACP timeout, activity mode, etc.) should be the same on all the MLAG peer switches.
  • We recommend that the server node has a lower System Aggregation Priority than the MLAG peers so that the server node chooses which of the ports can be aggregated. As an example, there are a maximum of 8 ports that can be aggregated together, and there are eight links from Peer1 to the Server, and another eight links from Peer2 to the server node. When the server node has a lower System Aggregation Priority, it can choose which of the total available links can be aggregated together.
  • If the Port Aggregation Priority is not configured for the load shared member ports, there is a chance that only the links from server node to one of the MLAG peer are aggregated together (based on the port numbers). In this instance, the links from the server node to the other MLAG peer are unused. To avoid this, you can configure the Port Aggregation Priority on the server node so that the number of active links to the MLAG peers is balanced.
  • You must configure load sharing groups on all the MLAG ports even if they contain just one port.

Below are sample configurations.

Configuration on Peer1

create vlan "isc"   
configure vlan isc tag 4000   
enable sharing 5 grouping 5,10 lacp   
configure vlan "isc" add ports 5 tagged   
configure vlan "isc" ipaddress 1.1.1.1/8      

create mlag peer "peer2"   
configure mlag peer "peer2" ipaddress 1.1.1.2   
configure mlag peer "peer2" lacp-mac 00:11:22:33:44:55       

enable sharing 6 grouping 6,12 lacp   
enable sharing 18 grouping 18 lacp   
enable mlag port 6 peer "peer2" id 1   
enable mlag port 18 peer "peer2" id 2

Configuration on Peer2

create vlan "isc"   
configure vlan isc tag 4000   
enable sharing 5 grouping 5,10 lacp   
configure vlan "isc" add ports 5 tagged   
configure vlan "isc" ipaddress 1.1.1.2/8      

create mlag peer "peer1"   
configure mlag peer "peer1" ipaddress 1.1.1.1
configure mlag peer "peer1" lacp-mac 00:11:22:33:44:55      
enable sharing 20 grouping 20 lacp   
enable sharing 6 grouping 6,15 lacp       
enable mlag port 20 peer "peer1" id 1   
enable mlag port 6 peer "peer1" id 2 

Configuration on Server Nodes (assumed to be Extreme Switches)

enable sharing 1 grouping 1,2,3 lacp 
configure sharing 1 lacp system-priority 100     
configure lacp member-port 1 priority 10   
configure lacp member-port 2 priority 20   
configure lacp member-port 3 priority 15  
Here is an illustration of the configuration:
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LACP Ports in MLAG Configuration
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