Cisco 6500 Goes Virtual - Virtual Switch Mode Conversion

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-01-28 Print this article Print

eWEEK Labs visited Cisco's engineering labs in January for a first-hand look at the step-by-step process of converting two Catalyst 6500 switch chassis into one virtual chassis using the latest Virtual Switching Supervisor blade and Virtual Switching System 1440 software.


CiscoWorks includes a Virtual Switch Mode Conversion tool that's used to select the switches to be converted. Here, you can see that sw-1 and sw-2 are selected for conversion.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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