Recently a colleque of mine noticed something strange in the STP configuration from a couple of HP ProCurve switches. He had a network, which was configured by another party, with switches running MST en RSTP mode spanning-tree. He noticed a lot of topology changes in the configuration, but couldn’t find out where they were coming from.
Yesterday I came in another native HP ProCurve environment with two 5412zl switches en multiple 3500yl switches. All the switches have MST configured and I noticed the same strange behavior. One switch had an uptime from 29 days, but had more than 700.000 topology changes. The last change was 11 hours ago. I checked the logging and noticed that ports going up and down, aren’t counted as a topology change. I have looked at different forums, but cannot find a reason for the topology changes.
My colleque and I will try to investigate the problem further, when we have some time left ;-). I hope we can come back on this issue, but maybe some of you already noticed the same problems and know the cause of it….
The right time synchronization is very important while troubleshooting different kind of problems. Most network components have the option to synchronize their time with a time server on the internal network or the internet. This post shows how to configure NTP with the right time zone on Cisco and HP ProCurve components. The example configurations use the NTP servers from pool.ntp.org.
clock timezone MET 1
clock summer-time MEST recurring last Sun Mar 2:00 last Sun Oct 3:00
ntp server 18.104.22.168
ntp server 22.214.171.124
time timezone 60
time daylight-time-rule Western-Europe
sntp server 126.96.36.199
sntp server 188.8.131.52
During an check-up on a network, I looked at the configuration of two HP ProCurve 5400zl switches. One of these switches functions as the core switch and default gateway for the various VLANs. To improve the availability and redundancy of the default gateway, I mentioned the configuration of VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol).
On of the two core switches had the opportunity to enable VRRP with the command: router vrrp. The other core switch didn’t had the option to enable VRRP. I found this a bit strange, because both switches have the same hardware properties and firmware version. I spent some time looking at the HP Procure website.There I noticed that theHP ProCurve 5400zl switches require a Premium License to enable VRRP. I didn’t even knew that HP ProCurve switches had different kind of licenses, but after contacting the supplier and obtaining the license, I could enable VRRP and improve the availability of the network.
Cisco Live (aka Cisco Networkers) 2008 has opened the registration for Orlando, Florida.
Cisco Live is Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference. The conference features Networkers, the premier education and training program, and other special programs designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s IT and communications professional from increasing technical proficiency to understanding the impact of technology on business. My collegue ELM and myself already registered for this great conference.
I heard a lot of good things about Cisco Live, especially about the technical presentations. The conference is from June 22 till June 26. I am really looking forward to meet and talk to (experienced) people and learn more about (upcomming) technologies.