The silence was deafening!

So bit of a development with this.  We had three stack failure events 
which required a hard reboot to sort.  We made the decision to upgrade to 
8.0.30q (we also replaced the CX4 cable, just in case it is degraded in 
some way).  Upgrade was all fine.

Initially after the reboot, we didn't see the ping loss issues.  But over 
the past few hours it has started to creep in again, much the same as 
previously.  I've not re-done all the tests like shutting down one then 
the other ospf interface to see if it makes any difference to the problem, 
but my gut feeling is it will be just the same.

Anyone any thoughts?  Could there be some sort of hardware failure in one 
of the units that might cause these symptoms?  Maybe I might have more 
diagnostic tools available.  What might also be interesting is trying to 
downgrade back to the 7.4 version we were running previously, where we 
didn't see these issues.  But that's more service-affecting downtime.

Jethro.



On Fri, 16 Feb 2018, Jethro R Binks wrote:

> I thought I was doing the right thing by upgrading a couple of my slightly 
> aging FCXs to target path release 8.0.10m, which tested fine on an 
> unstacked unit with a single OSPF peering.
> 
> The ones I am running on are stacks of two, each with two 10Gb/s 
> connections to core, one OSPF peering on each.
> 
> Since the upgrade, both stacks suffer packet loss every 2 minutes (just 
> about exactly) for about 5-10 seconds, demonstrated by pinging either a 
> host through the stack, or an interface on the stack.  There are no log 
> messages or changes in OSPF status or spanning tree activity.  When it 
> happens, of course a remote session to the box stalls for the same period.
> 
> Shutting down either one of the OSPF links doesn't make a difference.  
> CPU never changes from 1%.  No errors on ints.  I've used dm commands to 
> catch packets going to CPU at about the right time and see nothing 
> particularly alarming and certainly no flooding of anything.
> 
> This only started after the upgrade to 8.0.10m on each of them.  I have 
> other FCX stacks on other code versions not exhibiting this issue.
> 
> Some of the comments in this thread seem to be reflective of my issue:  
> 
> https://www.reddit.com/r/networking/comments/4j47uo/brocade_is_ruining_my_week_i_need_help_to/
> 
> I'm a little dismayed to get these problems on a Target Path release, 
> which I assumed would be pretty sound.  I've been eyeing a potential 
> upgrade to something in the 8.0.30 (recommendations?), with the usual 
> added excitement of bringing a fresh set of bugs.
> 
> Before I consider reporting it, I wondered if anyone had any useful 
> observations or suggestions.
> 
> And, as an aside, I wonder how we're all getting along in our new homes 
> for our dissociated Brocade family now.  Very sad to see the assets of a 
> once good company scattered to the four winds like this.
> 
> Jethro.
> 
> .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .
> Jethro R Binks, Network Manager,
> Information Services Directorate, University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
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Jethro R Binks, Network Manager,
Information Services Directorate, University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

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