Cisco ACI – Convert Leaf Ports (Uplink to Downlink)

How to convert the 40/100G Leaf Uplinks Port to Downlinks. This changes them to regular ports that can be used for end systems, l3 outs, etc.

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Since ACI release 3.1(1) it’s possible to use some Leaf Uplinks as Downlink Ports. This could help you out if there is a need for some 40/100G ports but you are currently only running 10/25G Leafs.

Currently, the following Leafs support the conversion:

  • N9K-C9348GC-FXP
  • N9K-C93180LC-EX
  • N9K-C93180YC-FX
  • N9K-C93180YC-EX and N9K-C93180YC-EXU
  • N9K-C93108TC-EX
  • N9K-C93108TC-FX
  • N9K-C9336C-FX2 (only downlink to uplink conversion supported)
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There are some limitations, details can be found on the Cisco Page

Our use case was to use some of the 40/100G Uplink Ports as Downlinks on a N9K-C93180YC-FX. The main limitation there is that the last 2 ports (53 and 54) don’t support conversion, no issue if you use them as Uplinks anyway. Otherwise you have move first your Uplinks to 53/54 and then convert the ports to Downlinks.

Conversion process

The conversion process is pretty straight forward.
Head to Fabric -> Inventory, open up the respective POD and select your Leaf.

Overview of a leaf

Go to the “Interface” tab and change the mode to “Configuration”

Interface overview of a leaf

Now select the port you want to change from uplink to downlink and then select “Downlink”.

Change the port type

There will be a popup with the information about the change, “Submit” it.

Submit dialog

And that’s it, repeat for all the other interfaces you want to convert. Then reload the Leaf.

Reboot the leaf

After the switch is back up, you got the 40/100G Downlink ports ready to use.

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