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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jumbo frames (w/ df.bit =1) on VSL link? How do we set MTU on a VSL link?

We are testing out a VSS solution to a customer who, against our STRONG recommendation will need to plug single-homed some servers into a pair of 6748-GE-TX that exist on VSS both chassis. The distance between the two boxes will be superior to 100m.

We are testing out the scenario where we have jumbo frames crossing the VSL between the two chassis, and we can't get past 1500byte frames.

We understand and agree that the power of the VSS is on the MEC, but in case some machines are single-homed, and they send out unfragmentable jumbo frames to the network, they do not seem to get past the VSL link.

The IOS client does not allow us to set the MTU on the VSL link.How can we achieve it?

Tips:

There is no way to configure the MTU on the VSL (port-channel or physical links).
By default the VSL supports an MTU of 9126 already, so it doesn't require additional configuration.This is why it cannot be configured from the IOS CLI.

There is one known cosmetic issue with the above that will be fixed in future IOS versions in the SXI train. When running the command 'sh interface' the MTU will be showing 1500, however this is incorrect.This cosmetic issue is reported in the following bug:

CSCsz01779 "MTU on VSL should be 9216":Click here for details.So if the frames are actually not passing end2end in your case the reason could be not on VSL link,but on some other port in transit.It could on Servers side as well.

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