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mDNS for kWAAS

mDNS for kWAAS

Last Updated: March 29, 2013

The multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) for kWAAS implements the mDNS Service Discovery protocol, provides the API layer to the network, and enables Kernel-based Virtual Machine Wide-Area Application Services (kWAAS) devices to easily discover wide-area services advertised by other Cisco IOS devices.

This concept module provides a brief overview of mDNS service discovery for kWAAS and IP networking on mDNS for kWAAS.

Finding Feature Information

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Information About mDNS for kWAAS

Overview of mDNS Service Discovery for kWAAS

Software modules within the Cisco software need to be able to discover services of interest. These services are announced via the multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) Service Discovery protocol. The Layer 2 domain DNS helps with the auto-discovery of these services with its capability of multicasting and decentralizing the mDNS service discovery.

mDNS service discovery is performed using IP multicast. IP multicast is the process of sending multiple IP data packets to a receiver in a single transmission.

The multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) for kWAAS implements the mDNS Service Discovery protocol, provides the API layer, and enables kWAAS to easily discover wide-area services advertised by other Cisco IOS devices.

After service discovery, the mDNS Service Discovery protocol lets you retrieve information about the cached mDNS resource records, the different mDNS requests in queue, and the mDNS statistics about the packet relays.


Note


The mDNS for kWAAS feature is enabled by default on Cisco devices. There are no configuration tasks, and this feature cannot be disabled.

Overview of IP Networking on mDNS for kWAAS

The mDNS for kWAAS feature utilizes the service discovery protocol, which provides a way to announce and discover services on the local network, thereby enabling wireless Cisco software device clients to access services advertised in a different IP network.

multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) performs DNS queries over IP multicast. mDNS supports zero configuration IP networking. Zero configuration IP networking consists of processes that let you devise an automated IP network, without the need for any intervention by a network administrator. The zero configuration IP networking method does not need any special configuration servers.

As a standard, mDNS uses multicast IP address 224.0.0.251 as the destination address and 5353 as the UDP destination port.


Note


The mDNS for kWAAS feature is enabled by default on Cisco devices. There are no configuration tasks, and this feature cannot be disabled.

Additional References for mDNS for kWAAS

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Feature Information for mDNS for kWAAS

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

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Table 1 Feature Information for mDNS for kWAAS
Feature Name Releases Feature Information

mDNS for kWAAS

Cisco IOS XE Release 3.9S

The multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) for kWAAS implements the mDNS Service Discovery protocol, provides the API layer to the network, and enables Kernel-based Virtual Machine Wide-Area Application Services (kWAAS) devices to easily discover wide-area services advertised by other Cisco IOS devices.

The following commands were introduced or modified: debug mdns, show mdns cache,show mdns requests, show mdns statistics.

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