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VRF support on HP 5412-zl and 5308xl

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I have been handed a client that is looking into implementing VRFs in their network.  The issue I am having is that I am unable to find any documentation which indicates if the HP 5412-zl and 5308xl support VRFs.  For that matter, I have also been unable to find any documentation that says they do not support VRFs.

If someone could provide me a link to documentation stating if these support VRFs or not, it would be greatly appreciated.  Or if someone can confirm that they support VRFs or not.

Network setup:
Core - HP 5412-zl & 5308xl
Edge - HP 3500, 2810, 2620


Thanks in advance
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by:Craig Beck
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Procurve doesn't (or at least didn't) support VRF AFAIK.

I stumbled across this which seems to confirm what I thought...

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/ProCurve-ProVision-Based/5412zl-VRF-Lite/td-p/5972741#.UzVH7vl_uyU

But then I saw this...

http://www.storm.hr/attachments/article/140/HP-Networking-E-Series-Modular-Switches.pdf

So, even though the E-series runs what I believe is Procurve OS they are VRF-lite capable.  So I think E-series will do it, but a standard Procurve switch won't.
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The only place I find that mentions VRF for the 5400 and 5300 is in the following document, and even there is is just briefly mentioned.

http://webobjects.cdw.com/webobjects/media/pdf/hp/Brochure-HP-5400-and-3500-Switch-Series.pdf?cm_sp=H-PShowcaseNET-_-Cat3Link5-_-Intelligent+Edge

I only have a print out of the hardware at the moment with software versions.  Is there any way of telling if they are v2 or not by that info, as v2 is not mentioned in the model name.  Don't really want to show up at the client saying that this is possible to implement and then sit there for a few hours and find out it is not..hehe  :-D

model          ROM                 Software version         Hardware version
5308xl        E.05.05                   E.11.21                        E.05.05
5412-zl       K.15.10                  K.15.02.0005               K.15.10
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I think that doc is implying that the modules will only support VRF-lite if they use ProVision ASIC, so you'd be better off checking that the modules you're installing in the switches are v2.

If I'm correct, the 5412zl will support these modules, however I don't believe the 5308xl will support v2 modules at all.
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