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H3C S5120-EI Switch Series Layer 2 - LAN Switching Configuration Guide Hangzhou H3C Technologies Co.,

H3C S5120-EI Switch Series

Layer 2 - LAN Switching Configuration Guide

Hangzhou H3C Technologies Co., Ltd.

http://www.h3c.com

Software version: Release 2210 Document version: 6W100-20110915

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Preface

The H3C S5120-EI documentation set includes 10 configuration guides, which describe the software features for the H3C S5120-EI Switch Series Release 2210, and guide you through the software configuration procedures. These configuration guides also provide configuration examples to help you apply software features to different network scenarios.

The Layer 2—LAN Switching Configuration Guide describes LAN switching fundamentals and configuration. It describes how to implement flow control and load sharing, isolate uses in the same VLAN, eliminate Layer 2 loops, and divide VLANs.

This preface includes:

Audience

New and changed features

Conventions

About the S5120-EI documentation set

Obtaining documentation

Technical support

Documentation feedback

Audience

This documentation is intended for:

Network planners

Field technical support and servicing engineers

Network administrators working with the S5120-EI Switch Series

New and changed features

This section describes the new and changed features in software release 2210 over release 2208 for the S5120-EI switches.

Feature module

New features

Changed features

Restoring the default settings of an Ethernet port

Ethernet interface

N/A

Loopback interface and null interfaces

Restoring the default settings of a loopback or null interface

N/A

MAC address

MAC address table: MAC address roaming

 

management

N/A

Feature module

New features

Changed features

Restoring the default setting of an aggregate interface

Ethernet link

Limiting the number of selected ports in an aggregation group

 

aggregation

N/A

Assigning aggregation priority to ports in a static aggregation group

Port isolation

N/A

N/A

 

PVST

Spanning tree

TC snooping

N/A

BPDU tunneling

N/A

N/A

 

Isolate-user-VLAN:

Adding trunk ports to isolate-user-VLANs or secondary VLANs

After you associate a secondary VLAN with an isolate-user-VLAN, you can still perform the following tasks:

 

Common VLAN:

Adding/removing access ports to/from the isolate-user-VLAN and secondary VLAN

VLAN

Restoring the default settings of a VLAN interface

Setting the MTU of a VLAN interface

Deleting the isolate-user-VLAN or the secondary VLAN

 

Using the isolated-vlan enable command to enable Layer 2 isolation between the ports in the secondary VLAN

Changing the promiscuous or host mode of the ports in the VLANs

GVRP

N/A

N/A

QinQ

N/A

N/A

LLDP

N/A

N/A

Conventions

This section describes the conventions used in this documentation set.

Command conventions

Convention

Description

Boldface

Bold text represents commands and keywords that you enter literally as shown.

Italic

Italic text represents arguments that you replace with actual values.

[

]

Square brackets enclose syntax choices (keywords or arguments) that are optional.

{

x

|

y

|

}

Braces enclose a set of required syntax choices separated by vertical bars, from which you select one.

Convention

Description

Square brackets enclose a set of optional syntax choices separated by vertical bars, from which you select one or none.

[

x

|

y |

]

{

x

|

y

|

} *

Asterisk marked braces enclose a set of required syntax choices separated by vertical bars, from which you select at least one.

[

x

|

y |

]

*

Asterisk marked square brackets enclose optional syntax choices separated by vertical bars, from which you select one choice, multiple choices, or none.

The argument or keyword and argument combination before the ampersand (&) sign can be entered 1 to n times.

&<1-n>

#

A line that starts with a pound (#) sign is comments.

GUI conventions

Symbols

Convention

Description

Boldface

Window names, button names, field names, and menu items are in Boldface. For example, the New User window appears; click OK.

>

Multi-level menus are separated by angle brackets. For example, File > Create > Folder.

Convention

Description

An alert that calls attention to important information that if not understood or followed can result in personal injury. rmation that if not understood or followed can result in personal injury.

WARNING

An alert that calls attention to important information that if not understood or followed can result in data loss, data corruption, or rmation that if not understood or followed can result in data loss, data corruption, or damage to hardware or software.

CAUTION

An alert that calls attention to essential information.I M P O R T A N T

IMPORTANT

NOTE

An alert that contains additional or supplementary information.

T I P TIP

An alert that provides helpful information.

Network topology icons

Represents a generic network device, such as a router, switch, or firewall.that provides helpful information. Network topology icons Represents a routing-capable device, such as a router or that provides helpful information. Network topology icons Represents a routing-capable device, such as a router or

Represents a routing-capable device, such as a router or Layer 3 switch.network device, such as a router, switch, or firewall. Represents a generic switch, such as a network device, such as a router, switch, or firewall. Represents a generic switch, such as a

Represents a generic switch, such as a Layer 2 or Layer 3 switch, or a router that supports Layer 2 forwarding and other Layer 2 features. Layer 2 forwarding and other Layer 2 features.

Port numbering in examples

The port numbers in this document are for illustration only and might be unavailable on your device.

About the S5120-EI documentation set

The H3C S5120-EI documentation set includes:

Documents

Purposes

Product description and specifications

Marketing brochure

Describe product specifications and benefits.

Technology white papers

Provide an in-depth description of software features and technologies.

Hardware specifications and installation

Compliance and safety manual

CE DOCs

Provide regulatory information and the safety instructions that must be followed during installation.

Installation quick start

Guides you through initial installation and setup procedures to help you quickly set up your device.

Installation manual

Provides a complete guide to switch installation and specifications.

RPS Ordering Information for H3C Low-End Ethernet Switches

Helps you order RPSs for switches that can work with an RPS.

User manuals for RPSs

Describe the specifications, installation, and replacement of RPSs.

User manuals for interface cards

Describe the specifications, installation, and replacement of expansion interface cards.

H3C Low End Series Ethernet Switches Pluggable Modules Manual

Describes the specifications of pluggable transceiver modules.

Pluggable SFP[SFP+][XFP] Transceiver Modules Installation Guide

Describe the installation, and replacement of SFP/SFP+/XFP transceiver modules.

Software configuration

Configuration guides

Describe software features and configuration procedures.

Command references

Provide a quick reference to all available commands.

Operations and maintenance

H3C Series Ethernet Switches Login Password Recovery Manual

Helps you deal with switch login password loss.

Release notes

Provide information about the product release, including the version history, hardware and software compatibility matrix, version upgrade information, technical support information, and software upgrading.

Obtaining documentation

You can access the most up-to-date H3C product documentation on the World Wide Web at

Click the links on the top navigation bar to obtain different categories of product documentation:

[Technical Support & Documents > Technical Documents] – Provides hardware installation, software upgrading, and software feature configuration and maintenance documentation.

[Products & Solutions] Provides information about products and technologies, as well as solutions.

[Technical Support & Documents > Software Download] – Provides the documentation released with the software version.

Technical support

customer_service@h3c.com

http://www.h3c.com

Documentation feedback

You can e-mail your comments about product documentation to info@h3c.com.

We appreciate your comments.

Contents

Ethernet interface configuration ·································································································································· 1

Ethernet interface naming conventions ···························································································································1 Configuring a combo interface ·······································································································································1 Introduction to combo interfaces·····························································································································1 Configuration prerequisites·····································································································································1 Changing the active port of a combo interface····································································································1 Configuring basic settings of an Ethernet interface·······································································································2 Shutting down an Ethernet interface ·······························································································································3 Setting speed options for auto negotiation on an Ethernet interface···········································································3 Configuring flow control on an Ethernet interface·········································································································4 Configuring link change suppression on an Ethernet interface····················································································5 Configuring link-down event suppression··············································································································5 Configuring link-up event suppression ···················································································································6 Configuring loopback testing on an Ethernet interface·································································································6 Configuring jumbo frame support···································································································································7 Configuring a port group·················································································································································7 Enabling energy saving functions on an Ethernet interface··························································································8 Enabling auto power-down·····································································································································8 Configuring storm suppression ········································································································································9 Setting the statistics polling interval·································································································································9 Enabling loopback detection on an Ethernet interface ······························································································ 10 Setting the MDI mode of an Ethernet interface··········································································································· 12 Enabling bridging on an Ethernet interface ················································································································ 13 Testing the cable connection of an Ethernet interface································································································ 13 Configuring storm control on an Ethernet interface···································································································· 14 Displaying and maintaining an Ethernet interface ····································································································· 15

Loopback and null interface configuration···············································································································17

Configuring a loopback interface ································································································································ 17 Introduction to the loopback interface················································································································· 17 Configuration procedure ······································································································································ 17 Configuring the null interface ······································································································································· 18 Introduction to the null interface··························································································································· 18 Configuration procedure ······································································································································ 18 Displaying and maintaining loopback and null interfaces························································································ 18

MAC address table configuration·····························································································································20

Overview········································································································································································· 20 How a MAC address table entry is created······································································································· 20 Types of MAC address table entries ··················································································································· 20 MAC address table-based frame forwarding ···································································································· 21 Configuring the MAC address table···························································································································· 21 Configuring static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address table entries ······················································· 21 Disabling MAC address learning························································································································ 22 Configuring the aging timer for dynamic MAC address entries······································································ 23 Configuring the MAC learning limit on ports····································································································· 23 Enabling MAC address roaming························································································································· 24 Displaying and maintaining MAC address tables ····································································································· 26 MAC address table configuration example ················································································································ 26

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MAC Information configuration ································································································································28

Overview········································································································································································· 28 Introduction to MAC Information ························································································································· 28 How MAC Information works ······························································································································ 28 Configuring MAC Information······································································································································ 28 Enabling MAC Information globally ··················································································································· 28 Enabling MAC Information on an interface ······································································································· 28 Configuring MAC Information mode ·················································································································· 29 Configuring the interval for sending Syslog or trap messages········································································· 29 Configuring the MAC Information queue length································································································ 29 MAC Information configuration example···················································································································· 30

Ethernet link aggregation configuration···················································································································31

Overview········································································································································································· 31 Basic concepts ······················································································································································· 31 Aggregating links in static mode························································································································· 34 Aggregating links in dynamic mode··················································································································· 35 Load-sharing criteria for link aggregation groups ····························································································· 37 Ethernet link aggregation configuration task list········································································································· 37 Configuring an aggregation group ····························································································································· 38 Configuration guidelines ······································································································································ 38 Configuring a static aggregation group············································································································· 38 Configuring a dynamic aggregation group······································································································· 39 Configuring an aggregate interface ···························································································································· 40 Configuring the description of an aggregate interface····················································································· 40 Enabling link state traps for an aggregate interface························································································· 40 Setting the minimum number of Selected ports for an aggregation group····················································· 41 Shutting down an aggregate interface ··············································································································· 41 Restoring the default settings for an aggregate interface ················································································· 42 Configuring load sharing for link aggregation groups······························································································ 42 Configuring load-sharing criteria for link aggregation groups ········································································ 42 Enabling local-first load sharing for link aggregation······················································································· 43 Enabling link-aggregation traffic redirection··············································································································· 44 Displaying and maintaining Ethernet link aggregation ····························································································· 45 Ethernet link aggregation configuration examples····································································································· 45 Static aggregation configuration example ········································································································· 46 Dynamic aggregation configuration example ··································································································· 48

Port isolation configuration········································································································································51

Introduction to port isolation ········································································································································· 51 Assigning a port to the isolation group ······················································································································· 51 Displaying and maintaining isolation groups ············································································································· 51 Port isolation configuration example···························································································································· 52

Spanning tree configuration······································································································································53

STP··················································································································································································· 53 STP protocol packets············································································································································· 53 Basic concepts in STP············································································································································ 54 Calculation process of the STP algorithm ··········································································································· 55 RSTP················································································································································································· 60 PVST················································································································································································· 61 MSTP················································································································································································ 61 STP, RSTP, and PVST limitations ·························································································································· 61 MSTP features ························································································································································ 61 MSTP basic concepts ············································································································································ 61 How MSTP works ·················································································································································· 65

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Implementation of MSTP on devices···················································································································· 66 Protocols and standards················································································································································ 66 Spanning tree configuration task list···························································································································· 66 Configuring the spanning tree······································································································································ 71 Setting the spanning tree mode··························································································································· 71 Configuring an MST region ································································································································· 71 Configuring the root bridge or a secondary root bridge·················································································· 72 Configuring the device priority···························································································································· 73 Configuring the maximum hops of an MST region ··························································································· 74 Configuring the network diameter of a switched network················································································ 74 Configuring spanning tree timers ························································································································ 75 Configuring the timeout factor ····························································································································· 76 Configuring the maximum port rate ···················································································································· 77 Configuring edge ports········································································································································· 77 Configuring path costs of ports···························································································································· 78 Configuring the port priority ································································································································ 80 Configuring the port link type ······························································································································ 81 Configuring the mode a port uses to recognize/send MSTP packets ····························································· 81 Enabling the output of port state transition information ···················································································· 82 Enabling the spanning tree feature ····················································································································· 82 Performing mCheck··············································································································································· 84 Configuring Digest Snooping······························································································································· 84 Configuring No Agreement Check······················································································································ 86 Configuring TC snooping ····································································································································· 88 Configuring protection functions·························································································································· 90 Displaying and maintaining the spanning tree··········································································································· 93 Spanning tree configuration examples························································································································ 93 MSTP configuration example ······························································································································· 93 PVST configuration example ································································································································ 97

BPDU tunneling configuration ································································································································ 101

Introduction to BPDU tunneling ···································································································································101

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BPDU tunneling implementation·························································································································102 Configuring BPDU tunneling ·······································································································································103 Configuration prerequisites································································································································103 Enabling BPDU tunneling····································································································································104 Configuring destination multicast MAC address for BPDUs ···········································································104 BPDU tunneling configuration examples····················································································································105 BPDU tunneling for STP configuration example ·······························································································105 BPDU tunneling for PVST configuration example·····························································································106

VLAN configuration ················································································································································ 108

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VLAN ····································································································································································108 VLAN fundamentals·············································································································································108 VLAN types ··························································································································································109 Protocols and standards ·····································································································································110 Configuring basic VLAN settings································································································································110 Configuring basic settings of a VLAN interface ·······································································································111 VLAN interface overview····································································································································111 Configuration procedure ····································································································································111 VLAN interface configuration example·············································································································112 Port-based VLAN configuration ··································································································································113 Introduction to port-based VLAN ·······················································································································113

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Assigning an access port to a VLAN ················································································································114 Assigning a trunk port to a VLAN······················································································································115 Assigning a hybrid port to a VLAN···················································································································116 Port-based VLAN configuration example··········································································································117 MAC-based VLAN configuration································································································································119 Introduction to MAC-based VLAN·····················································································································119 Configuring a MAC-based VLAN······················································································································121 MAC-based VLAN configuration example ·······································································································123 Protocol-based VLAN configuration ···························································································································126 Introduction to protocol-based VLAN ················································································································126 Configuring a protocol-based VLAN·················································································································126 Protocol-based VLAN configuration example···································································································127 IP subnet-based VLAN configuration··························································································································130 Introduction ··························································································································································130 Configuring an IP subnet-based VLAN··············································································································130 IP subnet-based VLAN configuration example ·································································································131 Displaying and maintaining VLAN ····························································································································133

Isolate-user-VLAN configuration ····························································································································· 135

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Configuring isolate-user-VLAN····································································································································135 Configuring an isolate-user-VLAN······················································································································136 Configuring secondary VLANs ··························································································································136 Associating secondary VLANs with an isolate-user-VLAN ··············································································137 Displaying and maintaining isolate-user-VLAN·········································································································138 Isolate-user-VLAN configuration example··················································································································138

Voice VLAN configuration······································································································································ 141

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OUI addresses ·····················································································································································141 Voice VLAN assignment modes·························································································································141 Security mode and normal mode of voice VLANs···························································································144 Configuring a voice VLAN··········································································································································144 Configuration prerequisites································································································································144 Configuring QoS priority settings for voice traffic on an interface································································145 Configuring a port to operate in automatic voice VLAN assignment mode·················································145 Configuring a port to operate in manual voice VLAN assignment mode·····················································146 Displaying and maintaining voice VLAN ··················································································································147 Voice VLAN configuration examples·························································································································147 Automatic voice VLAN mode configuration example ·····················································································147 Manual voice VLAN assignment mode configuration example ·····································································149

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Introduction to GVRP····················································································································································152 GARP ····································································································································································152

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Protocols and standards ·····································································································································155 GVRP configuration task list········································································································································156 Configuring GVRP functions········································································································································156 Configuring the GARP timers······································································································································157 Displaying and maintaining GVRP·····························································································································158 GVRP configuration examples····································································································································158 GVRP normal registration mode configuration example·················································································158 GVRP fixed registration mode configuration example ····················································································160 GVRP forbidden registration mode configuration example············································································161

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QinQ configuration················································································································································· 163

Introduction to QinQ····················································································································································163 Background and benefits····································································································································163 How QinQ works················································································································································163 QinQ frame structure ··········································································································································164 Implementations of QinQ ···································································································································165 Modifying the TPID in a VLAN tag····················································································································165 Protocols and standards ·····································································································································166 QinQ configuration task list········································································································································167 Configuring basic QinQ ·············································································································································167 Enabling basic QinQ··········································································································································167 Configuring VLAN transparent transmission ····································································································167 Configuring selective QinQ········································································································································168 Configuring an outer VLAN tagging policy ·····································································································168 Configuring an inner-outer VLAN 802.1p priority mapping··········································································169 Configuring the TPID value in VLAN tags··················································································································170 QinQ configuration examples····································································································································170 Basic QinQ configuration example···················································································································170 Selective QinQ configuration example·············································································································173

LLDP configuration··················································································································································· 176

Overview·······································································································································································176

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Basic concepts ·····················································································································································176 How LLDP works ··················································································································································180 Protocols and standards ·····································································································································181 LLDP configuration task list ··········································································································································181 Performing basic LLDP configuration··························································································································181 Enabling LLDP ······················································································································································181 Setting the LLDP operating mode·······················································································································182 Setting the LLDP re-initialization delay···············································································································182 Enabling LLDP polling··········································································································································183 Configuring the advertisable TLVs·····················································································································183 Configuring the management address and its encoding format····································································183 Setting other LLDP parameters····························································································································184 Setting an encapsulation format for LLDPDUs···································································································185 Configuring CDP compatibility···································································································································185 Configuration prerequisites································································································································186 Configuring CDP compatibility ··························································································································186 Configuring LLDP trapping ··········································································································································187 Displaying and maintaining LLDP·······························································································································187 LLDP configuration examples ······································································································································188 Basic LLDP configuration example·····················································································································188 CDP-compatible LLDP configuration example···································································································190

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Ethernet interface configuration

Ethernet interface naming conventions

The GE and 10-GE interfaces on the S5120-EI switches are named in the format of interface-type A/B/C, where the following definitions apply:

A represents the ID of the switch in an IRF fabric. If the switch is not assigned to any IRF fabric, A uses 1.

B represents a slot number on the switch. It uses 0 for fixed interfaces, 1 for interfaces on interface expansion card 1, and 2 for interfaces on interface expansion card 2.

C represents the number of an interface on a slot.

Configuring a combo interface

Introduction to combo interfaces

A combo interface is a logical interface that comprises one optical (fiber) port and one electrical (copper) port. The two ports share one forwarding interface, so they cannot work simultaneously. When you enable one port, the other is automatically disabled.

The fiber combo port and cooper combo port are Ethernet interfaces. They have their own separate interface views, in which you can activate the fiber or copper combo port and configure other port attributes such as the interface rate and duplex mode.

Configuration prerequisites

Before you configure a combo interface, complete the following tasks:

Use the display port combo command to identify the combo interfaces on your switch and identify the two physical ports that compose each combo interface.

Use the display interface command to determine, of the two physical ports that compose a combo interface, which is the fiber combo port and which is the copper combo port. If the current port is the copper port, the output will include “Media type is twisted pair, Port hardware type is 1000_BASE_T”. If the current port is the fiber port, the output will not include the information mentioned beforeabove. include “Media type is not sure, Port hardware type is No connector”.

Changing the active port of a combo interface

Follow these steps to change the active port of a double combo interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Activate the current interface

undo shutdown

Optional

By default, of the two ports that compose a combo interface, the one with a smaller port ID is active.

Configuring basic settings of an Ethernet interface

You can set an Ethernet interface to operate in one of the following duplex modes:

Full-duplex mode (full)—Interfaces that operate in this mode can send and receive packets simultaneously.

Half-duplex mode (half)—Interfaces that operate in this mode cannot send and receive packets simultaneously.

Auto-negotiation mode (auto)—Interfaces that operate in this mode negotiate a duplex mode with their peers.

You can set the speed of an Ethernet interface or enable it to automatically negotiate a speed with its peer. For a 100-Mbps or 1000-Mbps Ethernet interface, you can also set speed options for auto negotiation. The two ends can select a speed only from the available options. For more information, see “Setting speed options for auto negotiation on an Ethernet interface”

Follow these steps to configure an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Optional

Set the interface description

description text

By default, the description of an interface is in the format of interface-name Interface. For example, GigabitEthernet1/0/1 Interface.

Set the duplex mode of the interface

duplex { auto | full | half }

Optional

By default, the duplex mode is auto for Ethernet interfaces.

The half keyword is not applicable to Ethernet copper ports that are configured with a 1000-Mbps port speed and fiber ports.

Set the port speed

speed { 10 | 100 | 1000 | auto }

Optional

By default, an Ethernet interface automatically negotiates a speed with the peer.

The 10 and 100 keywords are not applicable to 10-GE fiber ports.

Restore the default

settings for the interface

default

Optional

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NOTE:

Make sure that the fiber port speed matches the speed requirement of the inserted transceiver module. For example, after you insert a 1000-Mbps transceiver module into a fiber port, configure the port speed with the speed 1000 or speed auto command.

Shutting down an Ethernet interface

You might need to shut down and then bring up an Ethernet interface to activate some configuration changes, for example, the speed or duplex mode changes.

Follow these steps to shut down an Ethernet interface or a group of Ethernet interfaces:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view or port group view

Enter Ethernet interface view:

interface interface-type interface-number

Enter port group view:

port-group manual port-group-name

Use any command.

To shut down an Ethernet interface, enter Ethernet interface.

To shut down all Ethernet interfaces in a port group, enter port group view.

Shut down the Ethernet interface or interfaces

shutdown

Required

By default, Ethernet interfaces are up.

e q u i r e d By default, Ethernet interfaces are up. CAUTION: Use this

CAUTION:

Use this command with caution. After you manually shut down an Ethernet interface, the Ethernet interface cannot forward packets even if it is physically connected.

Setting speed options for auto negotiation on an Ethernet interface

Speed auto negotiation enables an Ethernet interface to negotiate with its peer for the highest speed that both ends support by default. You can narrow down the speed option list for negotiation.

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Figure 1 Speed auto negotiation application scenario

IP network GE1/0/4 Switch A GE1/0/3 GE1/0/1 GE1/0/2
IP network
GE1/0/4
Switch A
GE1/0/3
GE1/0/1
GE1/0/2

Server 1

Server 2

Server 3

As shown inFigure 1, all ports on Switch A are operating in speed auto negotiation mode, with the highest speed of 1000 Mbps. If the transmission rate of each server in the server cluster is 1000 Mbps, their total transmission rate will exceed the capability of port GigabitEthernet 1/0/4, the port providing access to the Internet for the servers.

To avoid congestion on GigabitEthernet 1/0/4, set 100 Mbps as the only option available for speed negotiation on port GigabitEthernet 1/0/1, GigabitEthernet 1/0/2, and GigabitEthernet 1/0/3. As a result, the transmission rate on each port connected to a server is limited to 100 Mbps.

Follow these steps to set speed options for auto negotiation on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view Enter Ethernet interface view Set speed options for auto negotiation

system-view interface interface-type interface-number speed auto { 10 | 100 | 1000 } *

Optional

NOTE:

This function is available only for copper GE ports that support speed auto negotiation.

The speed and speed auto commands supersede each other, and whichever is configured last takes effect.

Configuring flow control on an Ethernet interface

To avoid packet drops on a link, you can enable flow control at both ends of the link. When traffic congestion occurs at the receiving end, the receiving end sends a flow control (Pause) frame to ask the sending end to suspend sending packets

With the flow-control command configured, an interface can both send and receive flow control frames: When congested, the interface sends a flow control frame to its peer. Upon receiving a flow control frame from the peer, the interface suspends sending packets.

With the flow-control receive enable command configured, an interface can receive, but not send flow control frames. When the interface receives a flow control frame from its peer, it suspends sending packets to the peer. When congested, the interface cannot send flow control frames to the peer.

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To handle unidirectional traffic congestion on a link, configure the flow-control receive enable command at one end, and the flow-control command at the other. To enable both ends of the link to handle traffic congestion, configure the flow-control command at both ends.

Follow these steps to enable flow control on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Enable TxRx flow control:

Required

Enable flow control

flow-control

Enable Rx flow control:

flow-control receive enable

Use either command.

By default, Rx flow control is disabled on an Ethernet interface.

Configuring link change suppression on an Ethernet interface

An Ethernet interface has two physical link states: up and down. Each time the physical link of an interface goes up or comes down, the physical layer reports the change to the upper layers, and the upper layers handle the change, resulting in increased overhead.

To prevent physical link flapping from affecting system performance, configure link change suppression to delay the reporting of physical link state changes. When the delay expires, the interface reports any detected change.

Link change suppression does not suppress administrative up or down events. When you shut down or bring up an interface by using the shutdown or undo shutdown command, the interface reports the event to the upper layers immediately.

Link-down event suppression enables an interface to suppress link-down events and start a delay timer each time the physical link goes down. During this delay, the interface does not report the link-down event, and the display interface brief or display interface command displays the interface state as UP. If the physical link is still down when the timer expires, the interface reports the link-down event to the upper layers.

Link-up event suppression enables an interface to suppress link-up events and start a delay timer each time the physical link goes up. During this delay, the interface does not report the link-up event, and the display interface brief or display interface command displays the interface state as DOWN. If the physical link is still up when the timer expires, the interface reports the link-up event to the upper layers.

Configuring link-down event suppression

Follow these steps to enable an Ethernet interface to suppress link-down events:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Set a link-down event suppression interval

link-delay delay-time

Required

Link-down event suppression is disabled by default.

Configuring link-up event suppression

Follow these steps to configure link-up event suppression on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Set a link-up event

link-delay delay-time mode up

Required

suppression

interval

Link-up event suppression is disabled by default.

NOTE:

The link-delay mode up command and the link-delay command supersedes each other, and whichever is configured last takes effect.

Configuring loopback testing on an Ethernet interface

If an Ethernet interface does not work normally, you can enable loopback testing on it to identify the problem. Loopback testing has the following types:

Internal loopback testingTests all on-chip functions related to Ethernet interfaces.

External loopback testing—Tests hardware of Ethernet interfaces. To perform external loopback testing on an Ethernet interface, connect a loopback plug to the Ethernet interface. The switch sends test packets out the interface, which are expected to loop over the plug and back to the interface. If the interface fails to receive any test packet, the hardware of the interface is faulty.

An Ethernet interface in a loopback test does not forward data traffic.

Follow these steps to enable loopback testing on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Optional

Enable loopback testing

loopback { external | internal }

Disabled by default.

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NOTE:

On an interface that is physically down, you can only perform internal loopback testing. On an interface administratively shut down, you can perform neither internal nor external loopback testing.

The speed, duplex, mdi, and shutdown commands are not available during loopback testing.

During loopback testing, the Ethernet interface operates in full duplex mode. When you disable loopback testing, the interface returns to its duplex setting.

Loopback testing is a one-time operation, and is not recorded in the configuration file.

Configuring jumbo frame support

An Ethernet interface might receive some frames larger than the standard Ethernet frame size (called "jumbo frames") during high-throughput data exchanges such as file transfers. Usually, an Ethernet interface discards jumbo frames. With jumbo frame support enabled, the interface can process frames larger than the standard Ethernet frame size yet within the specified range.

In interface configuration mode (Ethernet interface view or port group view), you can set the length of jumbo frames that are allowed to pass through the Ethernet interface.

If you execute the command in Ethernet interface view, the configuration takes effect only on the interface.

If you execute the command in port group view, the configuration takes effect on all ports in the port group.

Follow these steps to configure jumbo frame support in interface view or port group view:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Required

Configure jumbo frame support

jumboframe enable [ value ]

By default, the switch allows jumbo frames within 9216 bytes to pass through Ethernet interfaces.

If you set the value argument multiple times, the latest configuration takes effect.

Configuring a port group

Some interfaces on your switch might use the same set of settings. To configure these interfaces in bulk rather than one by one, you can assign them to a port group.

You create port groups manually. All settings made for a port group apply to all the member ports of the group.

Even though the settings are made on the port group, they are saved on each interface basis rather than on a port group basis. You can only view the settings in the view of each interface by using the display current-configuration or display this command.

Follow these steps to configure a manual port group:

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Create a manual port group and enter manual port group view

port-group manual

Required

port-group-name

 

Required

Assign Ethernet interfaces to the manual port group

group-member

If you use the group-member interface-type interface-start-number to interface-type interface-end-number command to add multiple ports in batch to the specified port group, make sure that the interface-end-number argument must be greater than the interface-start-number argument.

interface-list

Enabling energy saving functions on an Ethernet interface

Enabling auto power-down

With the auto power-down function, the system automatically stops supplying power to an interface and the interface enters the power save mode if the interface is in down state for a certain period of time (which depends on the chip specifications and is not configurable). When the interface goes up, the system supplies power to the interface and the interface enters its normal state.

Follow these steps to enable auto power-down:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view or port group view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Enter port group view

port-group manual

port-group-name

Use either command.

To enable auto power-down on an Ethernet interface, enter Ethernet interface view.

To enable auto power-down on a group of Ethernet interfaces, enter port group view.

Enable auto power-down

port auto-power-down

Required

Disabled by default.

NOTE:

When you connect an interface enabled with auto power-down to a device, if the link cannot go up properly, disable auto power-down on the interface and try again.

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Configuring storm suppression

You can use the storm suppression function to limit the size of a particular type of traffic (broadcast, multicast, or unknown unicast traffic) as a whole globally in system view or on a per-interface basis in Ethernet interface view or port group view.

NOTE:

The storm suppression thresholds configured for an Ethernet interface might become invalid if you enable the storm control function for the interface. For information about the storm control function, see Configuring storm control on an Ethernet interface.”

In interface or port group view, you set the maximum size of broadcast, multicast or unknown unicast traffic allowed to pass through an interface or each interface in a port group. When the broadcast, multicast, or unknown unicast traffic on the interface exceeds this threshold, the system discards packets until the traffic drops below this threshold.

Follow these steps to set storm suppression thresholds on one or multiple Ethernet interfaces:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view or port group view

Enter Ethernet interface view:

interface interface-type interface-number

Enter port group view:

port-group manual port-group-name

Use either command.

To configure storm suppression on an Ethernet interface, enter Ethernet interface view.

To configure storm suppression on a group of Ethernet interfaces, enter port group view.

Set the broadcast suppression threshold ratio

broadcast-suppression { ratio | pps max-pps | kbps max-kbps }

Optional

By default, all broadcast traffic is allowed to pass through.

Set the multicast suppression threshold ratio

multicast-suppression { ratio | pps max-pps | kbps max-kbps }

Optional

By default, all multicast traffic is allowed to pass through.

Set the unknown unicast suppression threshold ratio

unicast-suppression { ratio | pps max-pps | kbps max-kbps }

Optional

By default, all unknown unicast traffic is allowed to pass through.

NOTE:

For an Ethernet interface that belongs to a port group, if you set a traffic suppression threshold for the interface in both Ethernet interface view and port group view, the threshold configured last takes effect.

Setting the statistics polling interval

Follow these steps to set the statistics polling interval globally or on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

 

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Set the statistics polling interval on the Ethernet interface

flow-interval interval

Optional

The default interface statistics polling interval is 300 seconds.

To display the interface statistics collected in the last polling interval, use the display interface command.

To clear interface statistics, use the reset counters interface command.

Enabling loopback detection on an Ethernet interface

If a switch receives a packet that it sent, a loop has occurred to the switch. Loops might cause broadcast storms, which degrade network performance. You can use this feature to detect whether a loop has occurred.

Depending on whether the receiving interface is the same as the sending interface, loops fall into the following type: single-port loopback and multi-port loopback.

Single-port loopback occurs when an interface receives a packet that it sent out and the receiving interface is the same as the sending interface, as shown in Figure 2.

Multi-port loopback occurs when a switch receives a packet that it sent out but the receiving interface might not be the sending interface, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 2 Single-port loopback

as shown in Figure 3 . Figure 2 Single-port loopback Figure 3 Multi-port loopback You can

Figure 3 Multi-port loopback

Figure 2 Single-port loopback Figure 3 Multi-port loopback You can enable loopback detection to detect loops
Figure 2 Single-port loopback Figure 3 Multi-port loopback You can enable loopback detection to detect loops

You can enable loopback detection to detect loops on an interface and, if the interface supports the loopback-detection action command, configure the protective action to take on the receiving interface

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when a loop is detected, for example, to shut down the interface. Depending on whether a protective action is configured, the switch takes the actions in Table 1 to alleviate the impact of the loop condition.

Table 1 Actions to take upon detection of a loop condition

Actions

Port type

No protective action is configured

A protective action is configured

Perform the configured protective action.

Place the receiving interface in controlled mode. The interface does not receive or send packets.

Access port

Generate traps and log messages.

 

Generate traps.

Delete all MAC address entries of the interface.

Delete all MAC address entries of the interface.

 

Generate traps.

Create traps and log messages.

Hybrid or

If loopback detection control is enabled, take the configured protective action on the interface.

trunk port

If loopback detection control is enabled, place the receiving interface in controlled mode. The interface does not receive or send packets.

Delete all MAC address entries of the interface.

Delete all MAC address entries of the interface.

Follow these steps to configure loopback detection:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enable global loopback detection

 

Required

loopback-detection enable

Disabled by default.

 

Optional

Enable multi-port loopback detection

loopback-detection multi-port-mode enable

By default, multi-port loopback detection is disabled, and the switch can only detect single-port loopback.

Set the loopback detection interval

loopback-detection interval-time time

Optional

30 seconds by default.

Enter Ethernet interface view or port group view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Enter port group view

port-group manual

port-group-name

Use either command.

To configure loopback detection on one interface, enter Ethernet interface view.

To configure loopback detection on a group of Ethernet interfaces, enter port group view.

Enable loopback detection on the interface

 

Required

loopback-detection enable

Disabled by default.

Enable loopback detection control on a trunk port or a hybrid port

loopback-detection control enable

Optional

Disabled by default.

 

Optional

Enable loopback detection in all the VLANs on the trunk or hybrid port

loopback-detection per-vlan enable

By default, a trunk or hybrid port performs loopback detection only in its port VLAN ID (PVID).

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Set the protective action to take on the interface when a loop is detected

loopback-detection action { no-learning | semi-block | shutdown }

Optional

By default, a looped interface does not receive or send packets; the system generates traps and deletes all MAC address entries of the looped interface.

With the shutdown keyword specified, the switch shuts down the looped ports and set their physical state to Loop down. When a looped port recovers, you must use the undo shutdown command to restore its forwarding capability.

NOTE:

To use loopback detection on an Ethernet interface, you must enable the function both globally and on the interface.

To disable loopback detection on all interfaces, run the undo loopback-detection enable command in system view.

To enable a hybrid or trunk port to take the administratively specified protective action, you must use the loopback-detection control enable command on the port.

When you change the link type of an Ethernet interface by using the port link-type command, the switch removes the protective action configured on the interface. For more information about the port link-type

command, see Layer 2—LAN Switching Command Reference.

Setting the MDI mode of an Ethernet interface

NOTE:

Fiber ports do not support the MDI mode setting.

You can use both crossover and straight-through Ethernet cables to connect copper Ethernet interfaces.

To accommodate these types of cables, a copper Ethernet interface can operate in one of the following

Medium Dependent Interface (MDI) modes:

Across mode

Normal mode

Auto mode

A copper Ethernet interface uses an RJ-45 connector, which comprises eight pins, each playing a

dedicated role. For example, pins 1 and 2 transmit signals, and pins 3 and 6 receive signals. The pin

role varies by the MDI modes as follows:

In normal mode, pins 1 and 2 are transmit pins, and pins 3 and 6 are receive pins.

In across mode, pins 1 and 2 are receive pins, and pins 3 and 6 are transmit pins.

In auto mode, the interface negotiates pin roles with its peer.

To

enable the interface to communicate with its peer, make sure that its transmit pins are connected to the

remote receive pins. If the interface can detect the connection cable type, set the interface in auto MDI mode. If not, set its MDI mode by using the following guidelines:

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When a straight-through cable is used, set the interface to work in the MDI mode different than its peer.

When a crossover cable is used, set the interface to work in the same MDI mode as its peer, or set either end to work in auto mode.

Follow these steps to set the MDI mode of an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Optional

Set the MDI mode of the Ethernet interface

mdi { across | auto | normal }

By default, a copper Ethernet interface operates in auto mode to negotiate pin roles with its peer.

Enabling bridging on an Ethernet interface

When an incoming packet arrives, the device looks up the destination MAC address of the packet in the MAC address table. If an entry is found, but the outgoing interface is the same as the receiving interface, the device discards the packet.

To enable the device to forward such packets rather than drop them, enable the bridging function on the Ethernet interface.

Follow these steps to enable bridging on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Enable bridging on the Ethernet interface

 

Required

port

bridge enable

Disabled by default.

Testing the cable connection of an Ethernet interface

NOTE:

Fiber ports do not support this feature.

If the link of an Ethernet port is up, testing its cable connection will cause the link to come down and then go up.

You can test the cable connection of an Ethernet interface for a short or open circuit. The switch displays cable test results within five seconds. If any fault is detected, the test results include the length of the faulty cable segment.

Follow these steps to test the cable connection of an Ethernet interface:

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Ethernet interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

Test the cable connected to the Ethernet interface

virtual-cable-test

Required

Configuring storm control on an Ethernet interface

Storm control compares broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast traffic regularly with their respective traffic thresholds on an Ethernet interface. For each type of traffic, storm control provides a lower threshold and a higher threshold.

For management purposes, you can configure the interface to send threshold event traps and log messages when monitored traffic exceeds the upper threshold or drops below the lower threshold from the upper threshold.

When a particular type of traffic exceeds its upper threshold, the interface does either of the following, depending on your configuration:

Blocks this type of traffic, while forwarding other types of traffic. Even though the interface does not forward the blocked traffic, it still counts the traffic. When the blocked traffic drops below the lower threshold, the port begins to forward the traffic.

Shuts down automatically. The interface shuts down automatically and stops forwarding any traffic. When the blocked traffic drops below the lower threshold, the port does not forward the traffic. To bring up the interface, use the undo shutdown command or disable the storm control function.

shutdown command or disable the storm control function. – CAUTION: Alternatively, you can configure the storm

CAUTION:

Alternatively, you can configure the storm suppression function to control a specific type of traffic. Do not enable them both on an Ethernet interface at the same time because the storm suppression and storm control functions are mutually exclusive. For example, with an unknown unicast suppression threshold set on an Ethernet interface, do not enable storm control for unknown unicast traffic on the interface. For more information about storm suppression, see Configuring storm suppression.”

Follow these steps to configure storm control on an Ethernet interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Set the traffic polling interval of the storm control module

storm-constrain interval seconds

Optional

10 seconds by default.

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Enable storm control, and set the lower and upper thresholds for broadcast, multicast, or unknown unicast traffic

storm-constrain { broadcast | multicast | unicast } { pps | kbps | ratio } max-pps-values min-pps-values

Required

Disabled by default.

Set the control action to take when monitored traffic exceeds the upper threshold

storm-constrain control { block | shutdown }

Optional

Disabled by default.

Enter Ethernet interface view

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enable the interface to send storm control threshold event traps.

storm-constrain enable trap

Optional

By default, the interface sends traps when monitored traffic exceeds the upper threshold or drops below the lower threshold from the upper threshold.

Enable the interface to log storm control threshold events.

storm-constrain enable log

Optional

By default, the interface outputs log messages when monitored traffic exceeds the upper threshold or drops below the lower threshold from the upper threshold.

NOTE:

For network stability, use the default or set a higher traffic polling interval.

Storm control uses a complete polling cycle to collect traffic data, and analyzes the data in the next cycle. It takes a port at least one polling interval and at most two polling intervals to take a storm control action.

The storm control function allows you to set the upper and lower thresholds for all three types of packets respectively on the same interface.

Displaying and maintaining an Ethernet interface

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

display interface [ interface-type ] brief [ down ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Display Ethernet interface information

 

Available in

display interface interface-type interface-number [ brief ]

any view

 

[

| { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Display traffic statistics for the specified interfaces

display counters { inbound | outbound } interface

interface-type ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

[

Available in

any view

Display traffic rate statistics over the last sampling interval

display counters rate { inbound | outbound } interface

interface-type ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

[

Available in

any view

Display information about discarded packets on the specified interfaces

display packet-drop interface [ interface-type

interface-number ] ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

[

Available in

any view

Display summary information about discarded packets on all interfaces

display packet-drop summary [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Available in

any view

Display information about a manual port group or all manual port groups

display port-group manual [ all | name port-group-name ]

Available in

[

| { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

any view

Display information about the loopback function

display loopback-detection [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Available in

any view

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

display storm-constrain [ broadcast | multicast | unicast ]

Display information about storm control

interface interface-type interface-number ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

[

Available in

any view

Clear the interface statistics

reset counters interface [ interface-type

Available in

[

interface-number ] ]

user view

 

reset packet-drop interface [ interface-type

Available in

[

interface-number ] ]

user view

Clear the statistics of discarded packets on the specified interfaces

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Loopback and null interface configuration

Configuring a loopback interface

Introduction to the loopback interface

A loopback interface is a software-only virtual interface. It delivers the following benefits.

The physical layer state and link-layer protocols of a loopback interface are always up unless the loopback interface is manually shut down.

To save IP address resources, you can assign an IP address with an all-F mask to a loopback interface. When you assign an IPv4 address whose mask is not 32-bit, the system automatically changes the mask into a 32-bit mask. When you assign an IPv6 address whose mask is not 128-bit, the system automatically changes the mask into a 128-bit mask.

You can enable routing protocols on a loopback interface, and a loopback interface can send and receive routing protocol packets.

Because of the benefits mentioned above, loopback interfaces are widely used in the following scenarios.

You can configure a loopback interface address as the source address of the IP packets that the device generates. Because loopback interface addresses are stable unicast addresses, they are usually used as device identifications. When you configure a rule on an authentication or security server to permit or deny packets generated by a device, you can simplify the rule by configuring it to permit or deny packets that carry the loopback interface address identifying the device. When you use a loopback interface address as the source address of IP packets, be sure to perform any necessary routing configuration to make sure that the route from the loopback interface to the peer is reachable. All data packets sent to the loopback interface are treated as packets sent to the device itself, so the device does not forward these packets.

Configuration procedure

Follow these steps to configure a loopback interface:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Create a loopback interface and enter loopback interface view

interface loopback

 

interface-number

 

Optional

Set the interface description

description text

By default, the description of a loopback interface is interface name Interface.

Shut down the loopback interface

shutdown

Optional

 

By default, a loopback interface is up.

Restore the default settings for the loopback interface

default

Optional

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NOTE:

You can configure settings such as IP addresses and IP routes on loopback interfaces. For more

information, see Layer 3—IP Services Configuration Guide and Layer 3—IP Routing Configuration Guide.

Configuring the null interface

Introduction to the null interface

A null interface is a completely software-based logical interface, and is always up. However, you cannot

use it to forward data packets or configure an IP address or link-layer protocol on it. With a null interface specified as the next hop of a static route to a specific network segment, any packets routed to the network segment are dropped. The null interface provides a simpler way to filter packets than ACL. You can filter uninteresting traffic by transmitting it to a null interface instead of applying an ACL.

For example, by executing the ip route-static 92.101.0.0 255.255.0.0 null 0 command (which configures

a static route that leads to null interface 0), you can have all the packets destined to the network segment 92.101.0.0/16 discarded.

Only one null interface, Null 0, is supported on your switch. You cannot remove or create a null interface.

Configuration procedure

Follow these steps to enter null interface view:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

 

Required

Enter null interface view

interface null 0

The Null 0 interface is the default null interface on your switch. It cannot be manually created or removed.

Set the interface description

 

Optional

description text

By default, the description of a null interface is interface name Interface.

Restore the default settings for the null interface

default

Optional

Displaying and maintaining loopback and null interfaces

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Display information about loopback interfaces

display interface [ loopback ] [ brief [ down ] ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

display interface loopback interface-number [ brief ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Available in any view

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Display information about the null interface

display interface [ null ] [ brief [ down ] ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

display interface null 0 [ brief ] [ | { begin | exclude | include } regular-expression ]

Available in any view

Clear the statistics on a loopback interface

reset counters interface [ loopback [ interface-number ] ]

Available in user view

Clear the statistics on the null interface

reset counters interface [ null [ 0 ] ]

Available in user view

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MAC address table configuration

Overview

An Ethernet device uses a MAC address table for forwarding frames through unicast instead of broadcast. This table describes from which port a MAC address (or host) can be reached. When forwarding a frame, the device first looks up the MAC address of the frame in the MAC address table for

a match. If the switch finds an entry, it forwards the frame out of the outgoing port in the entry. If the switch does not find an entry, it broadcasts the frame out of all but the incoming port.

How a MAC address table entry is created

The switch automatically obtains entries in the MAC address table, or you can add them manually.

MAC address learning

The device can automatically populate its MAC address table by obtaining the source MAC addresses (called “MAC address learning”) of incoming frames on each port.

When a frame arrives at a port, Port A for example, the device performs the following tasks:

1. Verifies the source MAC address (for example, MAC-SOURCE) of the frame.

2. Looks up the source MAC address in the MAC address table.

If an entry is found, the device updates the entry.

If no entry is found, the device adds an entry for MAC-SOURCE and Port A.

3. After obtaining this source MAC address, when the device receives a frame destined for MAC-SOURCE, the device finds the MAC-SOURCE entry in the MAC address table and forwards the frame out Port A.

The device performs the learning process each time it receives a frame from an unknown source MAC address, until the MAC address table is fully populated.

Manually configuring MAC address entries

With dynamic MAC address learning, a device does not distinguish between illegitimate and legitimate frames, which can invite security hazards. For example, when a hacker sends frames with a forged source MAC address to a port different from the one that the real MAC address is connected, the device creates an entry for the forged MAC address, and forwards frames destined for the legal user to the hacker instead.

You can bind specific user devices to the port by manually adding MAC address entries to the MAC address table of the switch.

Types of MAC address table entries

A MAC address table can contain the following types of entries:

Static entries, which are manually added and never age out.

Dynamic entries, which can be manually added or dynamically obtained and might age out.

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Blackhole entries, which are manually configured and never age out. Blackhole entries are configured for filtering out frames with specific source or destination MAC addresses. For example, to block all packets destined for a specific user for security concerns, you can configure the MAC address of this user as a blackhole MAC address entry.

To adapt to network changes and prevent inactive entries from occupying table space, an aging mechanism is adopted for dynamic MAC address entries. Each time a dynamic MAC address entry is obtained or created, an aging time starts. If the entry has not updated when the aging timer expires, the device deletes the entry. If the entry has updated before the aging timer expires, the aging timer restarts.

NOTE:

A static or blackhole MAC address entry can overwrite a dynamic MAC address entry, but not vice versa.

MAC address table-based frame forwarding

When forwarding a frame, the device adopts the following forwarding modes based on the MAC address table:

Unicast mode: If an entry is available for the destination MAC address, the device forwards the frame out of the outgoing interface indicated by the MAC address table entry.

Broadcast mode: If the device receives a frame with the destination address as all-ones, or no entry is available for the destination MAC address, the device broadcasts the frame to all the interfaces except the receiving interface.

Configuring the MAC address table

The configuration tasks discussed in the following sections are all optional and can be performed in any order.

NOTE:

The MAC address table can contain only Layer 2 Ethernet ports and Layer 2 aggregate interfaces.

This document covers the configuration of unicast MAC address table entries, including static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address table entries. For more information about configuring static multicast MAC address table entries for IGMP snooping and MLD snooping, see IP Multicast Configuration Guide.

Configuring static, dynamic, and blackhole MAC address table entries

To help prevent MAC address spoofing attacks and improve port security, you can manually add MAC address table entries to bind ports with MAC addresses. You can also configure blackhole MAC address entries to filter out packets with certain source or destination MAC addresses.

Adding or modifying a static, dynamic, or blackhole MAC address table entry globally

Follow these steps to add or modify a static, dynamic, or blackhole MAC address table entry in system view:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Add or modify a dynamic or static MAC address entry

mac-address { dynamic | static } mac-address interface interface-type interface-number vlan vlan-id

Add or modify a blackhole MAC address entry

mac-address blackhole mac-address vlan vlan-id

Required

Use either command.

Make sure that you have created the VLAN and assign the interface to the VLAN.

Adding or modifying a static or dynamic MAC address table entry on an interface

Follow these steps to add or modify a static or dynamic MAC address table entry in interface view:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Enter Layer 2 Ethernet interface view or Layer 2 aggregate interface view

interface interface-type interface-number

 

Required

Add or modify a static or dynamic MAC address entry

mac-address { dynamic | static } mac-address vlan vlan-id

Make sure that you have created the VLAN and assign the interface to the VLAN.

Disabling MAC address learning

Sometimes, you might need to disable MAC address learning to prevent the MAC address table from being saturated, for example, when your device is being attacked by a large amount of packets with different source MAC addresses.

Disabling global MAC address learning

Disabling global MAC address learning disables the learning function on all ports.

Follow these steps to disable MAC address learning:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Disable global MAC address learning

mac-address mac-learning disable

Required

Enabled by default.

NOTE:

When MAC address learning is disabled, the obtained MAC addresses remain valid until they age out.

Disabling MAC address learning on ports

After enabling global MAC address learning, you can disable the function on a single port, or on all ports in a port group as needed.

Follow these steps to disable MAC address learning on an interface or a port group:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

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To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enable global MAC address learning

undo mac-address mac-learning disable

Optional

Enabled by default.

 

Enter Layer 2 Ethernet interface view or Layer 2 aggregate interface view:

Required

 

Use either command.

Enter interface view or port group view

interface interface-type interface-number

Enter port group view:

port-group manual port-group-name

Settings in Layer 2 Ethernet interface view or Layer 2 aggregate interface view take effect on the interface only. Settings in

port group view take effect on all member ports in the port group.

Disable MAC address learning on the interface or all ports in the port group

mac-address mac-learning disable

Required

Enabled by default.

NOTE:

When MAC address learning is disabled, the obtained MAC addresses remain valid until they age out.

For configuration about port groups, see the chapter “Ethernet interface configuration.”

Configuring the aging timer for dynamic MAC address entries

The MAC address table uses an aging timer for dynamic MAC address entries for security and efficient use of table space. If a dynamic MAC address entry has failed to update before the aging timer expires, the device deletes the entry. This aging mechanism ensures that the MAC address table can quickly update to accommodate the latest network changes.

Set the aging timer appropriately. Too long an aging interval might cause the MAC address table to retain outdated entries, exhaust the MAC address table resources, and fail to update its entries to accommodate the latest network changes. Too short an interval might result in removal of valid entries, causing unnecessary broadcasts, which might affect device performance.

Follow these steps to configure the aging timer for dynamic MAC address entries:

To do…

Use the command…

Remarks

Enter system view

system-view

Configure the aging timer for dynamic MAC address entries

mac-address timer { aging seconds | no-aging }

Optional

300 seconds by default.

The no-aging keyword disables the aging timer.

You can reduce broadcasts on a stable network by disabling the aging timer to prevent