Etherchannel Cisco PAgP Configuration on GNS3


*Link Aggregation (LAG) is one of the most important in network operation. Especially in backbone networks link aggregation is used for redundancy and bandwidth increase. In small networks, it is also used for the same purpose. In this Etherchannel Cisco PAgP Configuration lesson, we will learn how to configure Etherchannel with PAgP with GNS3.


For out PAgP Etherchannel Configuration, we will use the below two switches topology. We will configure the link between them as a PAgP Link Aggregation (LAG).




Here, we will aggregate, three ports of each switch and create one logical channel. To do this, there are two alternatives. One of them is LACP and the other is PAgP. In this example, we will use PAgP with GNS3.


Before going to configuration steps, let’s remember the modes of PAgP. PAgP has two modes. These are given below:


  • Desirable
  • Auto


Desirable mode sends requests to form link aggregation actively. Auto mode does not send requests but waits for it. SO, if both ends are configured as auto, then link aggregation cannot be formed. But one of them is in desirable mode, then link aggregation is formed. Below, you can find the different cases of these PAgP modes.


Now, let’s configure each switch for PAgP.


You can check also another PAgP Example


Etherchannel Configuration on Switch_1


To configure Cisco PAgP on Cisco swithes, we will start with the first switch, switch_1. On first switch, we will configure each port as the member of our etherchannel. And to do this we will add “channel-group” command with group number and the required mode. In the first switch we will use PAgP Auto mode.


Switch_1(config)# interface gi0/0

Switch_1(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode auto

Switch_1(config)# interface gi0/1

Switch_1(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode auto

Switch_1(config)# interface gi0/2

Switch_1(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode auto



To download the GNS3 files of this lab, visit GNS3 Lab Files Page


Etherchannel Configuration on Switch_2


On the second switch, switch_2, we will configure the ports similarly. This time, our mode will be PAgP desirable.


Switch_2(config)# interface gi0/0

Switch_2(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode desirable

Switch_2(config)# interface gi0/1

Switch_2(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode desirable

Switch_2(config)# interface gi0/2

Switch_2(config-if)# channel-group 1 mode desirable



Cisco PAgP Configuration Verification

With this configuration, all the interfaces are bundled together. To verify our Etherchannel, we will use “show etherchannel 1 summary” command like below. As you can see below, our logical channel is there and it is configured with Cisco PAgP.




We can also use “show etherchannel 1 detail” to view the detailed information about Etherchannel Cisco PAgP Configuration.


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