Configuring basic IRF settings
After you install the IRF member switches, power on the switches, and log in to each IRF member
switch (see HP 5830 Switch Series Fundamentals Configuration Guide) to configure their member IDs,
member priorities, and IRF port bindings.
Follow these guidelines when you configure the switches:
Assign the master switch higher member priority than any other switch.
Bind physical ports to IRF port 1 on one switch and to IRF port 2 on the other switch. You
perform IRF port binding before or after connecting IRF physical ports depending on the
To bind the ports on an interface card to an IRF port, you must install the interface card first. For
how to install an interface card, see HP LSPM2SP2P Interface Card User Guide.
Execute the display irf configuration command to verify the basic IRF settings.
For more information about configuring basic IRF settings, see HP 5830 Switch Series IRF
Connecting the physical IRF ports
Use SFP+ cables or SFP+ transceiver modules and fibers to connect the IRF member switches as
Wear an ESD wrist strap when you connect SFP+ cables or SFP+ transceiver modules and fibers. For
how to connect them, see
Accessing the IRF fabric to verify the configuration
To verify the basic functionality of the IRF fabric after you finish configuring basic IRF settings and
connecting IRF port:
Log in to the IRF fabric through the console port of any member switch.
Create a Layer 3 interface, assign it an IP address, and make sure the IRF fabric and the remote
network management station can reach each other.
Use Telnet, web, or SNMP to access the IRF fabric from the network management station. (See
HP 5830 Switch Series Fundamentals Configuration Guide.)
Check that you can manage all member switches as if they were one node.
Display the running status of the IRF fabric by using the commands in
Table 9 Displaying and maintaining IRF configuration and running status
Display information about the IRF fabric
Display all members' configurations
SFP/SFP+/XFP Transceiver Modules Installation Guide
display irf configuration