Thursday, October 1, 2009
Link Aggregation in AIX
Link Aggregation ( Network Bonding ) in AIX
Link aggregation means you can give one IP address to two network cards and connect to two different switches for redundancy purpose. In this only one network card will be active in one time, and when it got failed the other network card goes active and let us continue our work.
It is better to use through SMIT.
Devices > Communication > EtherChannel / IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation > Add An EtherChannel / Link Aggregation
here select the network card that you want to use, ie active.
Eg: select ent0
IMP : then select Mode as 8023ad
then select backup adapter for redundancy.(press F4 to show N/W adapters.)
now ent0 and ent1 got bonded.
then automatically a virtual adapter will be created named ent2.
then put IP address and all to this virtual adapter.
Communications Applications and Services > TCP/IP > Minimum Configuration & Startup
here select ent2 ( new bonded virtual adapter )
put IP Address and all,
give start now option.
Now you are successfully completed Link aggregation and check whether it works or not by removing the 2nd cable to the network card and check ping, then put the 2nd cable and remove 1st cable. 2 - 3 drops normally occurs in my experience.