Cisco 2950 port probelm

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
My company has 4 cisco 2950 switches and 4 3com switches. This just started happening last week where the 3com switches seem to give out, but then come back up after a while.  I did notice that the port the crossover cable is plugged into on the Cisco switch will go amber at that point.  I look at the log and the crossover cable port is going up and down, but when I look at the interface, is shows line up protocol up.  This seems to happen every day at the same time.  We have tried switching ports where the crossover cable was plugged into on the cisco switch and the same thing happens.

Any ideas of where I can even start looking? This all started last week!  I originally though it was a bad 3com switch, I got a new one, plugged that in and the same thing happened.  That's the only network change that happened.

Thank you in advance
Question by:cas_three
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    by:Don Johnston
    Could be a spanning-tree issue. Maybe a rouge switch is being introduced and trying to become the root.

    When it's happening, look at the spanning-tree data. See if you've got ports that are listening or learning. Also verify that the root is still where it's supposed to be.
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    Don't forget to also change he cross-over cable. Sometimes it's the simplest things that cause the biggest issues just because we overlook them. If it still happens after this then you can rule out the physical medium for connectivity.

    Author Comment

    Thank you both!  We have already changed the cross-over cable, hoping it was something as simple as that, but no luck.  I'll look into the spanning-tree data and see what I can find there.

    Is that something that would happen at the same time every day though?

    Thank you!
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    by:Don Johnston
    No. But if someone has a switch in their office and it's hooked up to a power strip and they turn in on when they come in...

    It's a stretch, but it's possible.

    Author Comment

    We are a very small company, about 20 people, no one has any switches in their office.  But I'll check it out to be 100% positive.

    Would be nice if the log gave you a little more detail.  I'm a novice user when it comes to Cisco equipment, so please bear with me.

    Thank you!

    Author Comment

    I'm sorry to have to ask this, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for with spanning tree.  I did a show spanning-tree and this is what it comes up with:

      Spanning tree enabled protocol ieee
      Root ID    Priority    32769
                 Address     0012.7f1e.c540
                 Cost        38
                 Port        24 (FastEthernet0/24)
                 Hello Time   2 sec  Max Age 20 sec  Forward De

      Bridge ID  Priority    32769  (priority 32768 sys-id-ext
                 Address     0012.7f1e.cbc0
                 Hello Time   2 sec  Max Age 20 sec  Forward De
                 Aging Time 300

    Interface        Role Sts Cost      Prio.Nbr Type
    ---------------- ---- --- --------- -------- --------------
    Fa0/2            Desg FWD 19        128.2    P2p
    Fa0/3            Desg FWD 19        128.3    P2p
    Fa0/5            Desg FWD 19        128.5    P2p
    Fa0/6            Desg FWD 19        128.6    P2p
    Fa0/7            Desg FWD 19        128.7    P2p
    Fa0/8            Desg FWD 19        128.8    P2p
    Fa0/9            Desg FWD 19        128.9    P2p
    Fa0/11           Desg FWD 19        128.11   P2p

    Interface        Role Sts Cost      Prio.Nbr Type
    ---------------- ---- --- --------- -------- --------------

    Fa0/13           Desg FWD 19        128.13   P2p
    Fa0/14           Desg FWD 19        128.14   P2p
    Fa0/15           Desg FWD 19        128.15   P2p
    Fa0/16           Desg FWD 19        128.16   P2p
    Fa0/17           Desg FWD 19        128.17   P2p
    Fa0/18           Desg FWD 19        128.18   P2p
    Fa0/19           Desg FWD 19        128.19   P2p
    Fa0/20           Desg FWD 19        128.20   P2p
    Fa0/22           Desg FWD 19        128.22   P2p
    Fa0/23           Desg FWD 19        128.23   P2p
    Fa0/24           Root FWD 19        128.24   P2p

    Port Fa0/9 is the crossover cable that's plugged into a 3com switch.  The root port is a crossover cable plugged into another Cisco 2950 switch, we have had no problems with that port, just thought the information might be helpful.

    Here is the info from show spanning-tree summary:

     Cisco-3#show spanning-tree summary
    Switch is in pvst mode
    Root bridge for: none
    EtherChannel misconfig guard is enabled
    Extended system ID           is enabled
    Portfast Default             is disabled
    PortFast BPDU Guard Default  is disabled
    Portfast BPDU Filter Default is disabled
    Loopguard Default            is disabled
    UplinkFast                   is disabled
    BackboneFast                 is disabled
    Pathcost method used         is short

    Name                   Blocking Listening Learning Forwarding STP Active
    ---------------------- -------- --------- -------- ---------- ----------
    VLAN0001                     0         0        0         19         19
    ---------------------- -------- --------- -------- ---------- ----------
    1 vlan                       0         0        0         19         19

    No changes have been made recently.

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    Just keep this in mind the next time you have the problem. When it happens again, compare the results. If they're the same, it's not a spanning-tree related issue. If they're different, then you've got a new switch or link that's causing the problem.

    Author Comment

    So from the results above, everything looks normal and good?

    As I mentioned, this seems to happen at the same time everyday, around 2:00pm.  I will keep an eye out and run the same commands if/when it happens again.

    Thank you!
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    by:Don Johnston
    Impossible to say without a complete network diagram and spanning-tree output for every switch.

    But that doesn't matter. What matters is that unless you know of a new switch or link, there shouldn't be any changes in spanning-tree output.
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    This isn't really adding much to the question but if you only have 20~ hosts why do you have 8 switches.  One 2950 properly equip is capable of servicing the 20 hosts you have.

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