Why do I see the PAM bonded NICs as 'inactive' or 'disconnected' from within my switches (or other network devices)?

Document ID : KB000103508
Last Modified Date : 27/06/2018
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Introduction:
Some customers using network devices configured to use LACP find the ports where the PAM bonded NICs are plugged in as 'inactive' or 'disconnected':

Diconnected or Inactive ports.
Question:
Why do I see the PAM bonded NICs as 'inactive' or 'disconnected' from within my switches (or other network devices)?
Environment:
Hardware Appliances running any PAM server version up to 3.2 (the newest release as of June 2018).
Answer:
 
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  • So, we currently do not support LACP for bonding.
  • If a network device is configured to use LACP, it expects that the bonded NICs connected to its ports also be configured to use LACP and this is not the case with the PAM server bonded NICs.
     
Additional Information:
The following idea has been opened in the PAM community to consider this feature for future PAM versions:

https://communities.ca.com/ideas/235740181-lacp-link-aggregation-control-protocol-support-as-pam-server-bonding-mode

Feel free to vote it, if you consider it can be of help including LACP as bonding mode in future PAM releases.