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Cisco trunking and redundancy

We have 2 Cisco switches (SG300 - layer 3). I am unfamiliar with Cisco, and have been mostly working with HP ProCurve switches.

I am trying to connect the two switches together to provide redundancy. With ProCurve, I would have the below config setup on both switches:

trunk A14,B14,C14,C16 Trk1 Trunk

Along with XRRP config like below:

xrrp
xrrp router 2
xrrp instance 2 1
xrrp instance 1 1 ip 10.0.16.1 255.255.255.224
xrrp instance 2 2
xrrp instance 1 2 ip 10.0.15.249 255.255.255.248


How do I do the same thing on Cisco switches?
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InfamusCommented:
To enable trunking,

config t

interface Gix/x (interface name you want to configure trunking)

switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q
switchport mode trunk

To enable hsrp

config t
int vlan x
standby 1 x.x.x.x (virtual ip)
standby  1 authentication whatever
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
First, the SG300 does not support HSRP or VRRP. Which means that you cannot have the same functionality as you get with XRRP.

Second, what HP calls "Trunking", Cisco calls "Etherchannel" or "Port Groups". The configuration steps can be found on this document in Chapter 9 (Port Management) on page 128.
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InfamusCommented:
@donjohnston

Thanks, don for clearing it up, I was assuming that this switch supports hsrp.

Why is HP call etherchannel a "trunking"?.   Another confusion.

@pizozulka

Let me know if you want to see a sample config of Etherchannel/Portchannel.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
The term "etherchannel" was created by Kalpana in the 90's. When Cisco bought Kalpana, they got the term, which, IIRC, is trademarked.  This means no one else can call their aggregation method "etherchannel".
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InfamusCommented:
Thanks for the info, now I get it.

:)
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pzozulkaAuthor Commented:
So if the SG300 does not support HSRP, what would happen if one of them was to fail.

For example, our ESXi server is using NIC Teaming and uses Switch A as the default gateway. What would happen if that switch would go down?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
The the switch that failed was the default-gateway then the host would not be able to get off-network until it (the host) was reconfigured to use the other switch as the default-gateway.
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