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PAgP configuration (Cisco)

Technology: Switching
Area: Link aggregation
Vendor: Cisco
Software: 12.X , 15.X
Platform: Catalyst platforms

Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) is a Cisco proprietary protocol which is used for the automated, logical aggregation of Ethernet switch ports, known as an Ether Channel. There are two modes of PAgP:

  • Auto mode: it passively negotiates PAgP aggregation. If the remote end of the link is also configured with Auto mode, a PAgP EtherChannel will not form. Auto side is waiting for negotiation to start from the other end.
  • Desirable mode:that actively negotiates PAgP. The remote end must be configured in Auto or Desirable mode for a PAgP EtherChannel to form.

 

To configure interface to talk actively with PAgP packects (desirable mode):

Switch#configure terminal
Switch(configure)#interface range f0/1 - 2
Switch(configure-if-range)#channel-group 5 mode desirable
Switch(configure-if-range)#end

To verify if the ether channel is formed use following show command:


Switch#show ethernet channel summary

 

To configure interface to wait with PAgP to respond to PAgP packets from other end (auto mode):

Switch#configure terminal
Switch(configure)#interface range f0/1 - 2
Switch(configure-if-range)#channel-group 5 mode auto
Switch(configure-if-range)#end

To verify if the ether channel is formed use following show command:


Switch#show ethernet channel summary

 

Check how to configure LACP on Cisco switches.

Author: Marcin Bialy
 
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