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Re: Cisco Vip Cards.
> > On Dec 30, 12:25, "Robert Davila" <[email protected]> wrote: > ^^^^^^ > Blasting in from the future. > > > I'm in the process of determining weather or not to purchase several > > VIP cards and modules for a few 7513's I have at remote locations > > Since you say "several", there's one amusing (or not, as the case may > be) gotcha, which is that interface cards are reset and initialized > sequentially. For normal cards this is no big deal, but for VIPs the > process is considerably more involved and time-consuming -- the VIP is > a stand-alone system with it's own special IOS image, and it takes 2-3 > minutes to boot. Hence, expect a 7513 fully loaded with VIPs to spend > half an hour booting before it starts doing anything useful. Cisco is > apparently working on parallel booting, but AFAIK it isn't there yet. Hogwash! While I'm not a complete fan of the Cisco boot process (in particular, the apparent redundancy of much of the bootstrap process), it takes nothing like 30 minutes to load a fully loaded box. A number of our 7513's are populated with only VIP2-40s (in all 11 slots), and take on the order or ~5 minutes to load. The most time-intensive operation is decompressing the images (which themselves are getting a bit silly in size, especially the -boot images). Downloading microcode to VIP2 processors takes relatively little time. ---- Kirby Files Network Engineer GTE Internetworking [email protected]