Am I correct that if there is no switch-profile configured for pair of Cisco Nexus 5k switches, then conf sync does not work regardless that CFS(Cisco Fabric Services) is enabled over management interfaces between this pair of switches?

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Setting up the configuration synchronization mode (conf sync) involves creating a switch profile (switch-profile). Cisco has a lot of documents regarding this, e.g. Chapter: Configuring Switch Profiles:

Prerequisites for Switch Profiles

Switch profiles have the following prerequisites:

  • You must enable CFSoIP distribution over mgmt0 on both switches by entering the cfs ipv4 distribute command.
  • You must configure a switch profile with the same name on both peer-switches by entering the config sync and switch-profile
  • Configure each switch as peer switch by entering the sync-peers destination command

Configuration Guidelines and Limitations

Switch profiles have the following configuration guidelines and limitations:

  • You can only enable configuration synchronization using the mgmt0 interface.
  • You must configure synchronized peers with the same switch profile name.
  • Commands that are qualified for a switch profile configuration are allowed to be configured in the configuration switch profile
    (config-sync-sp) mode.
  • Supported switch profile commands relate to vPC commands. FCoE commands are not supported.
  • One switch profile session can be in progress at a time. Attempts to start another session will fail.
  • Supported command changes made from the configuration terminal mode are blocked when a switch profile session is in progress. You should
    not make unsupported command changes from the configuration terminal
    mode when a switch profile session is in progress..
  • When you enter the commit command and a peer switch is reachable, the configuration is applied to both peer switches or neither switch. If there is a commit failure, the commands remain in the switch profile buffer. You can then make necessary corrections and try the commit again.
  • Cisco recommends that you enable pre-provisioning for all Gigabit-Ethernet Modules (GEMs) and Cisco Nexus Fabric Extender
    modules whose interface configurations are synchronized using the
    configuration synchronization feature. Follow these guidelines in
    Cisco Nexus Fabric Extender A/A topologies where the Fabric Extenders might not be online on one switch and its configuration is changed
    and synchronized on the other switch. In this scenario, if you do not enable pre-provisioning, a commit fails and the configuration is
    rolled back on both switches.

Configuring Switch Profiles

You can create and configure a switch profile. Enter the switch-profile name command in the configuration synchronization mode (config-sync).

Before You Begin

You must create the switch profile with the same name on each switch and the switches must configure each other as a peer. When connectivity is established between switches with the same active switch profile, the switch profiles are synchronized.


  1. configuration terminal
  2. cfs ipv4 distribute
  3. config sync
  4. switch-profile name
  5. sync-peers destination IP-address
  6. show switch-profile name status
  7. exit
  8. copy running-config startup-config

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