Hi community,Is it necessary to stack power cables while stacking switches in Cisco Catalyst 9300 into the HA mode (I am stacking using StackWise-480)?
If you are asking if it is mandatory, no it is not.
If you are asking if it is a good idea, it depends on whether you are using PoE models, and whether you are using single or double power supplies on each switch in the stack.
If you are using single power supply for each switch, or double power supplies for some of the switches, the excess power (unused portion of the power) coming from all the switches in the stack may help in case of a failure of one of the power supplies (provided that excess power is enough to compansate for the failed power supply).
If you are using double power supplies for each switch in the stack, and actually a single power supply for each switch is sufficient, then you already have redundancy for each switch, and you may not worry about stacking the power supplies.
If you are using PoE switches, and the power supply (power supplies) cannot quite deliver the power needed by all ports on the switch, the excess power coming from the other switches in the stack may help compansate that deficiency.
@Ender Kefoglu Thanku soo much Sir
You can do it, but you don't have to.
We have noticed that the power stacking cables are pretty unwieldy - but the basic idea is to allow for power resilience without needing dual power supplies in every switch chassis.
if you do stack power then you need to deal with the power budgets across each stack.
You also need to think about what happens if you lose a power strip in a rack, so several PSUs go offline at the same time.....
@Stephen Hope Thanks soo much SIr
I am using Cisco Catalyst 3560G which was not in use for a while.
When I start the switch, firstly it hangs during boot then I reset it multiple times and then the page (see below) appears on the console but I'm not able to run any command.
Secondly, all ports are not responding: when I check them no ports or led up when I connect it.
What should I do? Does it is related to hardware failure or a firmware issue? Possibly, something else. Please advise!
Until now, I have been using a Cisco Catalyst 2960 switch. But now I'm considering changing it to a D-Link one.
Would you recommend me doing this change? If so, why?