IRF – Intelligent Resilient Framework

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Developed by 3Com under code name XRN in 2003, became IRF after 3Com (H3C) was purchased by HP. Like Cisco VSS act as virtualization technology that a provide an unified management and a non-stop maintenance of the network.

You can find the full history here

Only same series devices can form an IRF, including:

  • HPE FlexNetwork HSR6800 Router Series
  • HPE FlexFabric 5700 Switch Series
  • HPE 5900 Switch Series
  • HPE 5920 Switch Series
  • HPE 5940 Switch Series

For technicals we include a little script to build a 3 devices IRF touch and go,

Device member #1:

irf member 1 priority 10
 int ten 1/1/1
 shut
 int ten 1/1/2
 shut
 quit
 irf-port 1/1
 port group int ten 1/1/1
 quit
 irf-port 1/2
 port group int ten 1/1/2
 quit
 int ten 1/1/1
 undo shut
 int ten 1/1/2
 undo shut
 quit
 irf-port-configuration active
 sa fo
 reboot

Device member #2:

irf member 1 renumber 2
 quit
 sa fo
 reboot
int ten 2/1/1
 shut
 int ten 2/1/2
 shut
 quit
 irf-port 2/1
 port group int ten 2/1/1
 quit
 irf-port 2/2
 port group int ten 2/1/2
 quit
 int ten 2/1/1
 undo shut
 int ten 2/1/2
 undo shut
 quit
 irf-port-configuration active
 sa fo
 quit
 reboot

Device member #3

irf member 1 renumber 3
 quit
 sa fo
 reboot
int ten 3/1/1
 shut
 int ten 3/1/2
 shut
 quit
 irf-port 3/1
 port group int ten 3/1/1
 quit
 irf-port 3/2
 port group int ten 3/1/2
 quit
 int ten 3/1/1
 undo shut
 int ten 3/1/2
 undo shut
 quit
 irf-port-configuration active
 sa fo
 reboot

Final confs&checks:

irf member 1 description bla.bla.bla
irf member 2 description bla.bla.bla
irf member 3 description bla.bla.bla
dis irf
dis irf port-configuration
sa fo
reboot

EXTRA confs:

system-view
 sysname bla.bla.bla
 clock timezone CEST add 01:00:00
 clock timezone #Web#1#01 add 01:00:00
 telnet server enable
 ssh server enable
 undo ip http enable

 command-alias enable
 command-alias mapping display show
 command-alias mapping undo no
 command-alias mapping quit exit

#Automatic Backup:

job backup_configs
view Copy-to-TFTP
time 5 repeating at 21:30 week-day Sun command save force
time 10 repeating at 22:00 week-day Sun command tftp ip.address put startup.cfg customer/switch.cfg

Enjoy!

.glitchlist crew


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