Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator

Link aggregation groups

The Link Aggregation Groups (LAG) functionality allows you to group two or more ports on your SD-WAN appliance to work together as a single port. This ensures increased availability, link redundancy, and enhanced performance.

The LAG functionality is available only on the following platforms:

  • Citrix SD-WAN 110 SE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 210 SE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 410 SE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 1100 SE/PE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 2100 SE/PE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 4100 SE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 5100 SE/PE
  • Citrix SD-WAN 6100 SE/PE

Note

The LAG functionality is not supported on VPX/VPXL platforms.

From Citrix SD-WAN 11.3 release onwards, the 802.3AD Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) protocol based negotiations are supported. The LACP is a standard protocol and provides more functionality for LAGs.

While configuring Link Aggregation Groups (LAG), you can configure the Mode and Transmission Policy. Mode defines how the ports handle the traffic. The following are the supported modes:

  • Active-Backup: In Active-Backup mode, at any time only one port is active, and the other ports are in backup mode. You can send the traffic through one port at a time. The Active-Backup mode supports rely on the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) package for LAG functionality.
  • LACP: You can send the traffic through all the ports simultaneously. As a benefit, you get more bandwidth along with the link redundancy mechanism.

As LAG groups have many ports, the transmission policy helps to select the port that can be used to send traffic. The Transmission Policy drop-down list can be enabled only if the mode is LACP. The following are the supported transmission policies:

  • MAC+IP: The link selection for a given packet is based on the layer 2 and 3 parameters. So, the source and destination MAC and IP addresses take these parameters and hash them. According to hash, it selects the port.
  • IP+L4: The IP+L4 policy is based on the source and destination IP and layer 4 ports and protocol. The IP+L4 policy notifies which packet is going through which port. Packet with the same parameters will always be sent on one of the links. That means, the same or single flow (same source and destination Mac and IP) always goes through the same ports and not distributes across the other ports. As a benefit, the out of order packets cannot reach to the destination device.

You can create virtual interfaces using LAGs and these interfaces are further used to configure LAN/WAN links and HA.

Note

  • A minimum of two ports and a maximum of four ports are supported per LAG.
  • All members of LAG must be of the same type, for example 1/1 or 1/2. 1/1 and 10/1 are not supported LAG configuration.
  • The Link State Propagation (LSP) feature is not supported, if LAGs are used as Ethernet interfaces in Interface Groups.
Platform Maximum number of LAGs supported LACP supported ports
110 1 1/1
    1/2
    1/3
210 2 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3
    1/4
    1/5
410 1 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3 or 1/4
    1/5 or 1/6
1100 3 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3 or 1/4
    1/5
    1/6
    1/7
    1/8
2100 3 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3 of 1/4
    1/5
    1/6
    1/7
    1/8
4100 4 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3 or 1/4
    10/1
    10/2
    10/3
    10/4
    10/5
    10/6
5100 3 10/1 or 10/2
    10/3 or 10/4
    10/5
    10/6
    10/7
    10/8
6100 4 1/1 or 1/2
    1/3 or 1/4
    10/1 or 10/2
    10/3 or 10/4
    10/5
    10/6
    10/7
    10/8

To configure link aggregation groups, at the site level, navigate to Configuration > Advanced Settings > LAG and select the member Ethernet interfaces to form a link aggregation group.

Link aggregation groups

Once the ports are added to the LAG, you can select the LAGs to configure interfaces under Site Configuration. These interfaces are further used to configure LAN/WAN links and HA. You cannot change settings for individual member ports, any configuration changes made to the LAG, is automatically pushed to the member ports.

Link aggregation groups interfaces

In the Interfaces section, click Link Aggregation Group to quickly change the LAG configuration if necessary.

Change Link aggregation groups configuration

You can view the details of the interfaces that are configured with LAG and LACP under Reports > Appliance Reports > LACP LAG Group. For more information, see Appliance reports.