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Step
1.
Plan IRF fabric setup.
2.
Install IRF member
switches.
3.
Connect grounding
cables and power
cords.
4.
Power on the switches.
5.
Configure basic IRF
settings.
6.
Connect the physical
IRF ports.

Planning IRF fabric setup

This section describes issues that an IRF fabric setup plan must cover.
Planning IRF fabric size and the installation site
Choose switch models and identify the number of required IRF member switches, depending on the user
density and upstream bandwidth requirements. The switching capacity of an IRF fabric equals the total
switching capacities of all member switches.
An HP 5130 IRF fabric can have a maximum of 9 switches.
Plan the installation site depending on your network solution, as follows:
Place all IRF member switches in one rack for centralized high-density access.
Distribute the IRF member switches in different racks to implement the ToR access solution for a data
center.
Identifying the master switch and planning IRF member IDs
Determine which switch you want to use as the master for managing all member switches in the IRF fabric.
An IRF fabric has only one master switch. You configure and manage all member switches in the IRF
fabric at the CLI of the master switch. IRF member switches automatically elect a master. You can affect
the election result by assigning a high member priority to the intended master switch. For more
information about master election, see HP 5130 EI Switch Series IRF Configuration Guide.
Description
Plan the installation site and IRF fabric setup parameters:
Planning IRF fabric size and the installation site
Identifying the master switch and planning IRF member IDs
Planning IRF topology and connections
Identifying physical IRF ports on the member switches
Planning the cabling scheme
See
"Installing the switch in a 19-inch
workbench."
See
"Grounding the
switch" and
N/A
See HP 5130 EI Switch Series IRF Configuration Guide.
Connect physical IRF ports on switches. Use SFP+ transceiver modules and
fibers for connections over a long distance, or use SFP+ DAC cables or twisted
pair cables for connections over a short distance.
All switches except the master switch automatically reboot, and the IRF fabric is
established.
25
rack" or
"Mounting the switch on a
"Connecting the power
cord."

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