Plan IRF fabric setup
Install IRF member
Connect ground wires
and power cords
Power on the switches
Configure basic IRF
Connect the physical
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.
A 5800/5820X IRF fabric can have up to 10 switches.
When you set up an IRF fabric that has both 5800 and 5820X switches, see HP 5820X
Heterogeneous IRF Feature Guide. A heterogeneous IRF fabric supports different specifications for some
features than a homogeneous IRF fabric.
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
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
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.
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
Planning IRF topology and
Identifying physical IRF ports on the member
Planning the cabling
"Installing the switch in a 19-inch
See HP 5820X & 5800 Switch Series IRF Configuration Guide.
Connect physical IRF ports on switches. Use SFP+ transceiver modules and
fibers to connect 10-Gigabit SFP+ ports over a long distance, or use SFP+
cables to connect 10-Gigabit SFP+ ports over a short distance.
All switches except the master switch automatically reboot, and the IRF fabric is
"Mounting the switch on a
"Connecting the power