Configuration of HP IRF (Intelligent Resilient Framework)

HP’s Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) is an advanced technology that allows one to virtualize 2 or more switches into a single switching and routing system also known as a “virtual switch”. IRF is available on the new HP A series switches such as the A5120 model and the A5500-5800 models.

From Wikipedia:
Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) is a software virtualization technology developed by H3C (3Com). Its core idea is to connect multiple network devices through physical IRF ports and perform necessary configurations, and then these devices are virtualized into a distributed device. This virtualization technology realizes the cooperation, unified management, and non-stop maintenance of multiple devices.[1] This technology follows some of the same general concepts as Cisco’s VSS and vPC technologies.

Basic Configuration;

Step 1:
Login to the switch through the console port

Step 2:
Ensure that both switches are running the same software version

[H3C] system view
[H3C]display version

Step 3:
Reset the configuration of the switches.

reset saved-configuration

Step 4:
Assign a unit number to each S5800. Switch 1 or 2. (Later you will see the unit number on the right side the switch on the front panel led)

On unit 1:

[H3C]irf member 1 renumber 1
Warning: Renumbering the switch number may result in configuration change or loss. Continue?[Y/N]:y

On unit 2:

[H3C]irf member 1 renumber 2
Warning: Renumbering the switch number may result in configuration change or loss. Continue?[Y/N]:y

Step 5:
Save the configuration and reboot the switches

save irf.cfg
startup saved-configuration irf.cfg

Step 6:
Setting priority on Master S5800.
On unit 1:

[H3C]irf member 1 priority 32

Step 7:
Shutdown the 10 Gbps port that will form the IRF Group (on both switches)
On Unit 1:

[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/25
[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/26

On Unit 2:

[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/27
[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/28

Step 8:
Assign the 10 Gbps port to an IRF port group
On Unit 1:

[H3C]irf-port 1/1
[H3C-irf-port]port group interface TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/25
[H3C-irf-port]port group interface TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/26

On Unit 2:

[H3C]irf-port 2/2
[H3C-irf-port]port group interface TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/27
[H3C-irf-port]port group interface TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/28

Step 9:
Enable the 10 Gbps ports that will form the IRF (on both switches)
On unit 1:

[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/25
[H3C-Ten-GigabitEthernet1/0/25]undo shutdown
[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 1/0/26
[H3C-Ten-GigabitEthernet1/0/26]undo shutdown

On unit 2:

[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/27
[H3C-Ten-GigabitEthernet2/0/25]undo shutdown
[H3C]int TenGigabitEthernet 2/0/28
[H3C-Ten-GigabitEthernet2/0/26]undo shutdown
Step 10: Activate the IRF Port Configuration (on both switches)
[H3C]irf-port-configuration active

Step 11:
Save the configuration


Step 12:
Connect the 2 10GbE Direct Attach Cables (DACs) as Shown in the IRF Diagram
NOTE: The secondary switch (unit 2) will now reboot automatically.

Step 13:
The IRF stack should now be formed. Verify IRF operation

[H3C]display irf
[H3C]display irf configuration
[H3C]display irf topology
[H3C]display devices


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