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May 22 2011   5:15AM GMT

How to configure HRSP between Nexus 7000 and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches?

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Configuring HRSP in a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch is often an easy task and it takes slight different approach. Recently we had some issues in our Data Centre and then I was forced to configuring the HSRP between a Cisco Nexus 7010 Switch and Cisco Catalyst 6506 E Switch. The configuration was quite simple, I would like to share the steps need to configure HSRP between a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches.

In the below example I will configure HRSP for VLAN 34 with a subnet of

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch Configuration

Step 1 – Create VLAN 34 in Cisco Catalyst Switch and assign an IP Address

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config)#interface vlan 34

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config-if)#ip address

Step 2 – Configure HSRP group id, priority and timers, my active switch will be Cisco 6500 Switch due to its priority

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config-if)# standby 34 ip

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config-if)# standby 34 timers 1 3

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config-if)# standby 34 priority 150

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01(config-if)# standby 34 preempt

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Configuration

Step 1 – Create VLAN 34 in Cisco Nexus Switch and assign an IP Address

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config)# interface vlan 34

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config-if)# ip address

Step 2 – Configure HSRP group id, priority and timers , Nexus will be in standby mode

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config-if)#hsrp 34

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config-if-hsrp)# priority 110

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config-if-hsrp)# timers 1 3

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002(config-if-hsrp)# ip

Verify the HSRP States

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Switch Status

MBGF-DAC-6500-BB01:1#sho standby brief

P indicates configured to preempt.


Interface   Grp Prio P State    Active          Standby         Virtual IP

Vl34        34  150  P Init     local 


Nexus 7000 Series Switch HSRP Status

VDC-Admin-AG01-MB-1256-002# sho hsrp group 34

Vlan34 – Group 34 (HSRP-V1) (IPv4)

Local state is Standby, priority 110 (Cfged 110)

Forwarding threshold(for vPC), lower: 1 upper: 110

Hellotime 1 sec, holdtime 3 sec

Next hello sent in 0.179000 sec(s)

Virtual IP address is (Cfged)

Active router is

Standby router is local

Virtual mac address is 0000.0c07.ac22 (Default MAC)

2 state changes, last state change 2d18h

IP redundancy name is hsrp-Vlan34-34 (default)


Configuring HRSP is a quite a simple and if you are facing any problems configuring you can post your scenario in the comments area of this post.

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  • jdcool

    Make sure you consdier the version of HSRP. 

    Nexus: int vlan 34

    hsrp ver 1

    not all IOS will support HSRP v2.

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  • jacobongaro11
    configuration of the vlan in router and switches for new generation and beyond PoEs
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  • dacrump
    Having trouble getting HSRP working. I have two NEX 7K's, and have config'd the vlan, virtual initerface (SVI), and HSRP group.  Here's what the config looks like:

    show interface vlan501
    Vlan501 is down (VLAN is down), line protocol is down, autostate enabled
      Hardware is EtherSVI, address is  d867.d97b.05c2
      Internet Address is

    show hsrp group 501
    Vlan501 - Group 501 (HSRP-V2) (IPv4)
      Local state is Initial(Interface Down), priority 100 (Cfged 100)
        Forwarding threshold(for vPC), lower: 1 upper: 100 
      Hellotime 3 sec, holdtime 10 sec
      Virtual IP address is (Cfged)

    how vlan id 501

    VLAN Name                             Status    Ports
    ---- -------------------------------- --------- -------------------------------
    501  VLAN0501                         active

    show running-config interface Vlan501
    !Time: Wed Jan 28 08:42:05 2015

    interface Vlan501
      no shutdown
      no ip redirects
      ip address
      hsrp version 2
      hsrp 501 

    From the post above I've done virtually all the same things barring IP addrs, hsrp group #, and vlan id. Any help would be appreciated. Thx.  
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