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EX2300 Virtual Chassis

Planning EX2300 Virtual Chassis

Before interconnecting EX2300 switches in a Virtual Chassis configuration, you must consider the following factors:

  • The number of switches in the Virtual Chassis and their location—You can interconnect a maximum of four EX2300 switches to form a Virtual Chassis composed exclusively of EX2300 switches.

  • Mounting—You can mount the switches in a single rack or install them on multiple racks. For information about the size and strength of racks, see Rack Requirements.

  • Cabling requirements for Virtual Chassis—You can interconnect EX2300 switches into a Virtual Chassis by using the uplink ports configured as Virtual Chassis ports (VCPs).

  • Power requirements—You must plan the installation site to meet the power requirements of the switches in a Virtual Chassis. See Power Specifications for EX2300 Switches.

  • License requirements—You must have license keys for all the devices. See Understanding Software Licenses for EX Series Switches.

Understanding EX2300 Virtual Chassis Hardware Configuration

Virtual Chassis is a feature in Juniper Networks EX2300 Ethernet Switches that allows you to interconnect two or more EX2300 switches, enabling them to operate as a unified, single, high-bandwidth switch. You can interconnect a maximum of four EX2300 switches (including EX2300-C switches) by using the uplink ports configured as Virtual Chassis ports (VCPs) to form a Virtual Chassis.

All EX2300 switch models support Virtual Chassis, and you can interconnect different models, which allows you to choose among a range of possible port configurations within the same Virtual Chassis.

The Virtual Chassis configuration includes a primary switch and a backup switch, with all other switches in the configuration designated as linecard member switches. Virtual Chassis operation is managed through the primary switch. Each switch in the Virtual Chassis is assigned a unique member ID that is displayed on the switch LCD.