I want to connect FEX directly to Nexus 7k as dual home.. but recommendation says not to connect FEX with 7k as Dual home.. I want to know the reason.. Please help.

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Dual-homing to a single N7k is a supported topology so I'm guessing you mean dual-homing to two N7ks.

The reason it isn't supported should be posed as a different question: 'Why WOULD you dual home a FEX to two separate N7ks?'

Remember, a FEX should only be thought of as a remote linecard of the upstream Nexus switch i.e. it doesn't perform local forwarding between ports. The topology you are describing would be like sharing a linecard between two chassis, something that doesn't really happen (I know people could argue that this happens in VSS or nV though).

If you have a server with a single NIC then you can only connect it to a single switch anyway. So even though you want to add redundancy upstream, you will still have a single point of failure where it connects to the FEX. Cisco's rationale is that if you really want HA for a server then you would have two NICs on it. Each NIC would be connected to a separate FEX that are each dual-homed to a separate N7k.

That doesn't go to say that this may become a supported topology in the future however.

  • the FEX, like linecards, does do local forwarding, however, it's not a free-standing switch -- without a "sup" (n7k), the forwarding tables will be unpopulated.
    – Ricky
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 4:49
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    The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender does not perform any local switching. All traffic is sent to the parentswitch that provides central forwarding and policy enforcement, including host-to-host communications between two systems that are connected to the same Fabric Extender. Source, page 19: cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus2000/sw/…
    – mbud
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 4:56
  • That's the most idiotic thing I've seen. If ever there was a reason to avoid a FEX, that'd be it. So, it's ~50 orders of magnitude stupider than a linecard, yet costs 4x that of a real, full function switch.
    – Ricky
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 5:55

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