The Journey of a Network Engineer

Feb 28 2011   7:58AM GMT

Troubleshooting Switch Stacks.

Sulaiman Syed Profile: Sulaiman Syed

So, today in the morning we received this entry in our syslog server:

Feb 27 17:15:58: %STACKMGR-4-STACK_LINK_CHANGE: Stack Port 1 Switch 2 has changed to state DOWN

Feb 27 17:15:58: %STACKMGR-4-STACK_LINK_CHANGE: Stack Port 2 Switch 3 has changed to state DOWN

naturally, we get the feeling that the stack link went to down. but why and how? these questions remain un-answered. Further reading in to CIsco documentation. it showed that the only reason it could happen is for faulty connection. usually a bad cable. To confirm that the link is down we used the following commands

Switch#show switch detail
Switch#  Role      Mac Address     Priority     State
*1       Master    0019.e71f.6a80     10        Ready
2       Member    f4ac.c14e.3100     1         Ready
3       Member    04fe.7fc5.2980     3         Ready

Stack Port Status             Neighbors
Switch#  Port 1     Port 2           Port 1   Port 2
1        Ok         Ok                2        3
2       Down        Ok              None       1
3        Ok        Down               1      None

As it can be seen, one link is indeed is down. and since we are using cross connection (full redundant connection) the stack did not break. Which is functioning right now.

We are investigating on how to fix the issue without causing the switches to reboot or any downtime. even 5 mins is critical for this server, since it is connected in our server farm.

We set up a test bed with two 3750 switches, going to do all possible testings before we even try to fix the current Live setup. all findings will be posted.

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  • Jcruz0526

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