There was yet another question recently on the discussion forums (I almost never have to search too hard for ideas to write about) concerning how to configure PIM-SM on the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 series. While I’ve written in the past about DVMRP and PIM-SM on the Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 in I’ve never written about running PIM-SM on any of the stackable Ethernet Routing Switches (the 4500 or 5000 series). It honestly took me longer to figure out to configure VLC (with all the changes it’s gone through) than it took for me to configure the Ethernet Routing Switch 5520 or setup the two Windows XP clients. I downloaded VLC v1.1.10 and configured one Windows XP desktop (192.168.200.10) to act as the streaming Multicast server while the other Windows XP laptop (192.168.100.10) would act as the Multicast receiver. I utilized a Multicast address of 126.96.36.199 for this test and I made sure to set the TTL for the UDP stream greater than 1.
While running through the initial configuration I realized that you must have an Advanced License to enable PIM-SM on the Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 series. Since I don’t have any “spare” Advanced Licenses I downloaded the evaluation license from Avaya’s support website and loaded it on my test switch.
Here’s the configuration I used for the Ethernet Routing Switch 5520;
interface vlan 100 ip address 192.168.100.1 255.255.255.0 2 ip pim enable interface vlan 200 ip address 192.168.200.1 255.255.255.0 3 ip pim enable exit ip pim enable ip pim static-rp ip pim static-rp 188.8.131.52/32 192.168.200.1
With PIM-SM configured I setup VLC on the Windows XP desktop (192.168.200.10) to Multicast the video stream to 184.108.40.206. I then setup the Windows XP laptop (192.168.100.10) to receive the Multicast stream on udp://220.127.116.11:1234. It took me a few minutes to work through some of the new menus on VLC but I eventually got it working.
I was able to confirm everything was working properly with the “show ip pim mroute” command.
5520-48T-PWR(config)#show ip pim PIM Admin Status: Enabled PIM Oper Status: Enabled PIM Boot Strap Period: 60 PIM C-RP-Adv Message Send Interval: 60 PIM Discard Data Timeout: 60 PIM Join Prune Interval: 60 PIM Register Suppression Timer: 60 PIM Uni Route Change Timeout: 5 PIM Mode: Sparse PIM Static-RP: Enabled Forward Cache Timeout: 210 5520-48T-PWR(config)#show ip pim static-rp Group Address Group Mask RP Address Status --------------- --------------- --------------- ------- 18.104.22.168 255.255.255.255 192.168.200.1 Valid 5520-48T-PWR(config)#show ip pim mroute Src: 0.0.0.0 Grp: 22.214.171.124 RP: 192.168.200.1 Upstream: NULL Flags: WC RP Incoming Port: Vlan200-null, Outgoing Ports: Vlan100-21 Joined Ports: Pruned Ports: Leaf Ports: Vlan100-21 Asserted Ports: Prune Pending Ports: Assert Winner Ifs: Assert Loser Ifs: TIMERS: Entry JP RS Assert 178 0 0 0 VLAN-Id: 100 200 Join-P: 0 0 Assert: 0 0 Src: 192.168.200.10 Grp: 126.96.36.199 RP: 192.168.200.1 Upstream: NULL Flags: SPT CACHE SG Incoming Port: Vlan200-31, Outgoing Ports: Vlan100-21 Joined Ports: Pruned Ports: Leaf Ports: Vlan100-21 Asserted Ports: Prune Pending Ports: Assert Winner Ifs: Assert Loser Ifs: TIMERS: Entry JP RS Assert 179 0 0 0 VLAN-Id: 100 200 Join-P: 0 0 Assert: 0 0 Total Num of Entries Displayed 2 Flags Legend: SPT = Shortest path tree WC = (*,Grp) entry RP = Rendezvous Point tree CACHE = Kernel Cache ASSERTED = Asserted SG = (Src,Grp) entry FWD_TO_RP = Forwarding to RP FWD_TO_DR = Forwarding to DR SG_NODATA = SG Due to Join IPMC_ERR = IPMC Add Failed
As i understand it Michael, PIM-SM can only be executed on a stand alone ERS5520, not a stack at the present time?
I’m awaiting the day when Avaya develop the Small Campus Architecture to include Multicast operations using the 5000 series switches.
Michael McNamara says
Was there some reference in the documentation that leads you to that understanding? Have you tried it yourself?
Thanks for the comment!
It was in the previous releases 5.x.x Michael, my apologies. We have a setup with this software baseline.
There is no issue at all running PIM-SM on a stack of 5000 switches. I am doing this now, on a campus environment with 63 x 5300 distribution stacks.
One thing I will point out is that there are are couple of bugs with PIM-SM on code versions prior to 6.2.1.
One is – no support for PIM Virtual Neighbor (this precludes PIM-SM use in a VRRP environment) and the other is a display bug in the output from your mroute command above Michael. The wrong info is displayed.
Both of these were fixed in 6.2.1.
GHANMI Sadok says
can you say: how to simulate Ethernet Routing Switch Avaya
Free simulator of Avaya
Michael McNamara says
Sorry, no such simulator exists… lab gear