Connect sx6036 with another sx6036 standalone to expand

hello,

We have two production switches :

  • Mellanox sx6036 IB switch running as a standalone running Version 3.6.3004 and partition the whole with 192.168.64.0/24 network.

  • Mellanox sx6036 IB switch running as a standalone running Version 3.6.6106 and partition the whole with 192.168.128.0/24 network

We’d like to connect these two switches together to expand the number of port since one has a limited left of free ports. We want to know how to go about making that setup work (process, documentation) with one running as a Master with SM and the other as HA (slave).
Do they have to run on the same Version (the highest of the two)?
Can that be done without having to reload the switches?

Thanks
Daniel

Hello Daniel.Prieto,

Thank you for posting your inquiry on the NVIDIA Developer Forum - Infrastructure and Networking - Section.

The following MLNX-OS UM link will provide you the information on how-to configure your IB switches into HA → https://docs.nvidia.com/networking/display/MLNXOSv3102102/Subnet+Manager+High+Availability

For this the MLNX-OS version on both switches needs to be aligned. We recommend to do this in a maintenance window/downtime as the switch OS upgrades requires a reload of the switch.

Thank you and regards,
~NVIDIA Networking Technical Support

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