I'm currently working with MC-LAG to get a test environment running. Unfortunately i cant get my head around one part of the configuration.
I have 4 switches, two at top and the other two connected with those switches by MC-LAG.
Switch A - - - Switch B
Switch C - - - Switch D
Now both stacks are configured with MC-LAG and i've separate interfaces for the ICCP (ae1) traffic and ICL-PL (ae2).
The ICCP traffic is configured to connect with the Lo0 of their neighbour and between Switch A and Switch B there is a routing-vlan with on both sides an IRB interface on VLAN 1.
Now i also have a ICL link, which has a different VLAN and is connected directly by a fibre. On both ends again an IRB interface on VLAN 2.
Both stacks are connected with each other with vlan 100 and this is used for routing purposes (ospf.)
There are also some tagged vlans who are just stretched.
My question is, do i need to configure those stretched vlans etc on the ICL-PL link so that mac-sync etc is done? Or is connectivity between those links enough? For now i've configured those vlans as tagged on the same link as ICCP is connected over (ae1.)
I cannot find a good answer in the Juniper documentation about the ICL-PL link and it's configuration.
First of all, I'd like to inform you that the MC-LAG configuration and topology assume 3 devices:
1) One device has regular (traditional) configuration for AE-interface.
2) Other two devices must have a configuration related to MC-LAG.
In your configuration, switchC must have a connection to switchB and switchD must have connection to switchA.
You don't need a connection between SwitchC and SwitchD.
Please use this link as a reference.
Thanks for your answer.
That would mean that i cannot connect two stacks of MC-LAG (stack of A/B and the stack of C/D) with each other?
Port 1 of switch A and C are connected and configured as AE1 on each device. Port 1 of Switch B and D are also configured with AE1. All AE1 ports are configured for MCAE functionality.
Thanks for the links and explaination.
Does anyone know if there is a "best practice" somewhere considering connecting two MC-LAG stacks?
Can it be done without the link between switch A and C? (the cross links)
i would advise best practice is to connect the cross links for a back to back MC-LAG, I have seen however several instances of this working just fine without the cross links. I have had cases of customers running it like this with no problems specific to the absence of the links even big clients.
so is it possible? yes absolutely.
I tried to draw a picture for you. The topology from picture that is all is the "best practice".
For ICCP and ICL you can use one link or two separete links.
Thanks for this!
@HGW - MC-LAG and VC are mutually conflicting, and can not be run at same time on same product/node/stack. Junos OS does allow for such a configuration, but it will not work, or be supported.
I'm not entirely clear on the question but this thread may be helpful.