Spanning-Tree between HP Comware and Cisco

In the past, I had many problems with a heterogene infrastructure containing HPE 5000 Comware devices and Cisco Catalyst switches. I couldn’t get Multiple Spanning-Tree (MSTP) on the run (same revision number, same case-sensitive region-name). So we decided to go on with Per VLAN Rapid Spanning-Tree. But this also didn’t work, also no other VLANs that … Read more

Using 40GE QSFP to 4x 10GE SFP+ splitter cable

Today I was very frustrated when I connect a 40GE QSFP to 4x 10GE SFP+ splitter cable to a HPE FlexFabric 5700 48G 4XG 2QSFP+ switch (JG894A). I received the following message: [HPE]%Jan 8 19:02:19:652 2011 HPE OPTMOD/4/MODULE_IN: FortyGigE1/0/54: The transceiver is STACK_QSFP_PLUS_4SFP_PLUS. [HPE]%Jan 8 19:02:50:826 2011 HPE OPTMOD/3/TYPE_ERR: FortyGigE1/0/54: Transceiver type not supported! First reaction: … Read more

How to install HPE IMC

Today I want to show you how to install HPE Intelligent Management Center 7.2. The last version was very tricky to install cause of the SQL express installation. The newest version 7.2 is very easy. You can download the archives here: HPE IMC Standard Edition 7.2 HPE IMC Enterprise Edition 7.2 You can also test … Read more

Build-up a redundant aruba wireless infrastructure

Currently I’m evaluating the aruba controller and access-points as a new product in my company. My goal was a high available system with two wireless controller and two access-points. I created a visio graphic for this, it also contains the ip addresses of our laboratory: I’m using two aruba 7008 RW (Rest of the World) mobility controller … Read more

Enabling advanced CLI on HP v1910 Switches

I always thought, that the command line of the Comware OS based 1910/1920 switches are limited because they are “cheap”. But I found out to enable the full CLI to configure the devices like a 5000-series Switch. You can enable the full CLI with the following command: <HP 1920G Switch>_cmdline-mode on All commands can be … Read more

How to build an IRF-Stack with HP Switches 5xxx

IRF (Intelligent Resilient Framework) is an innovation from H3C. Hewlett-Packard has acquired the H3C switch-technology to build their new 5xxx series. This tutorial is based on the HP 5920AF-24XG Switch (JG296A) but it can be used also with 51xx/55xx switches. With IRF, you can virtualise all physical switches to one virtual-switch, so you have one management-ip, one switching- and … Read more

ICMPv6 ‘Multicast Listener Report’ flooding the network

Today I had a very big network problem! Since 4 o’clock a customer told us, that the network printers aren’t available and a wireless link to another location can’t be used anymore. I watched at the PRTG monitoring software and the network-ports from the HP switches were at high load/traffic:   and this was on every network port! So … Read more

Router on the edge

Good morning everyone! Today I want to explain a configuration for routing internal networks with a layer 3 routing switch and a router for accessing the internet. I call it “router on the edge”. The definition “edge router” is typically a router running EBGP (External Border Gateway Protocol) so I invent a new definition 🙂 … Read more