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Common Switch for Client, Server, and Backplane

Aug 31, 2016

In this deployment, the client, server, and backplane use dedicated interfaces on the same switch to communicate with the NetScaler cluster.

NS0 - nodeId: 0, NSIP:

NS1 - nodeId: 1, NSIP:

NS2 - nodeId: 2, NSIP:

To deploy a cluster with a common switch for the client, server, and backplane

  1. Create a cluster of nodes NS0, NS1, and NS2.
    1. Log on to the first node that you want to add to the cluster and do the following:
      create cluster instance 1 
      add cluster node 0 -state ACTIVE -backplane 0/1/1 
      enable cluster instance 1 
      add ns ip -type CLIP 
      save ns config 
      reboot -warm
    2. Log on to the cluster IP address and do the following:
      add cluster node 1 -state ACTIVE -backplane 1/1/1 
      add cluster node 2 -state ACTIVE -backplane 2/1/1
    3. Log on to the nodes and to join the nodes to the cluster.
      join cluster -clip -password nsroot 
      save ns config 
      reboot -warm

    As seen in the above commands the interfaces 0/1/1, 1/1/1, and 2/1/1 are configured as the backplane interfaces of the three cluster nodes.

  2. On the cluster IP address, create VLANs for the backplane, client, and server interfaces.
    //For the backplane interfaces 
    add vlan 10 
    bind vlan 10 0/1/1 1/1/1 2/1/1 
    //For the client-side interfaces 
    add vlan 20 
    bind vlan 20 0/1/2 1/1/2 2/1/2 
    //For the server-side interfaces 
    add vlan 30 
    bind vlan 30 0/1/3 1/1/3 2/1/3
  3. On the switch, create VLANs for the interfaces corresponding to the backplane interfaces and the client and server interfaces. The following sample configurations are provided for the Cisco® Nexus 7000 C7010 Release 5.2(1) switch. Similar configurations must be performed on other switches.
    //For the backplane interfaces. Repeat for each interface... 
    interface Ethernet2/47 
    switchport access vlan 100 
    switchport mode access 
    //For the client interfaces. Repeat for each interface... 
    interface Ethernet2/48 
    switchport access vlan 200 
    switchport mode access 
    //For the server interfaces. Repeat for each interface... 
    interface Ethernet2/49 
    switchport access vlan 300 
    switchport mode access