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Configuring IPv6 MLD Snooping
You can use Multicast
Listener Discovery (MLD) snooping to enable efficient distribution of IP
Version 6 (IPv6) multicast data to clients and routers in a switched network on
the switch. Unless otherwise noted, the term switch refers to a standalone
switch and to a switch stack.
To use IPv6, you
must configure the dual IPv4 and IPv6 Switch Database Management (SDM) template
on the switch.
For complete syntax
and usage information for the commands used in this chapter, see the command
reference for this release or the Cisco IOS documentation referenced in the
In IP Version 4 (IPv4), Layer 2 switches can use Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping to limit the flooding of multicast traffic by dynamically configuring Layer 2 interfaces so that multicast traffic is forwarded to only those interfaces associated with IP multicast devices. In IPv6, MLD snooping performs a similar function. With MLD snooping, IPv6 multicast data is selectively forwarded to a list of ports that want to receive the data, instead of being flooded to all ports in a VLAN. This list is constructed by snooping IPv6 multicast control packets.
MLD is a protocol used by IPv6 multicast routers to discover the presence of multicast listeners (nodes wishing to receive IPv6 multicast packets) on the links that are directly attached to the routers and to discover which multicast packets are of interest to neighboring nodes. MLD is derived from IGMP; MLD Version 1 (MLDv1) is equivalent to IGMPv2, and MLD Version 2 (MLDv2) is equivalent to IGMPv3. MLD is a subprotocol of Internet Control Message Protocol Version 6 (ICMPv6), and MLD messages are a subset of ICMPv6 messages, identified in IPv6 packets by a preceding Next Header value of 58.
The switch supports two versions of MLD snooping:
MLDv1 snooping detects MLDv1 control packets and sets up traffic bridging based on IPv6 destination multicast addresses.
MLDv2 basic snooping (MBSS) uses MLDv2 control packets to set up traffic forwarding based on IPv6 destination multicast addresses.
The switch can snoop on both MLDv1 and MLDv2 protocol packets and bridge IPv6 multicast data based on destination IPv6 multicast addresses.
The switch does not support MLDv2 enhanced snooping, which sets up IPv6 source and destination multicast address-based forwarding.
MLD snooping can be enabled or disabled globally or per VLAN. When MLD snooping is enabled, a per-VLAN IPv6 multicast address table is constructed in software and hardware. The switch then performs IPv6 multicast-address based bridging in hardware.
According to IPv6 multicast standards, the switch derives the MAC multicast address by performing a logical-OR of the four low-order octets of the switch MAC address with the MAC address of 33:33:00:00:00:00. For example, the IPv6 MAC address of FF02:DEAD:BEEF:1:3 maps to the Ethernet MAC address of 33:33:00:01:00:03.
A multicast packet is unmatched when the destination IPv6 address does not match the destination MAC address. The switch forwards the unmatched packet in hardware based the MAC address table. If the destination MAC address is not in the MAC address table, the switch floods the packet to all ports in the same VLAN as the receiving port.
Listener Queries are the equivalent of IGMPv2 queries and are either General Queries or Multicast-Address-Specific Queries (MASQs).
Multicast Listener Reports are the equivalent of IGMPv2 reports
Multicast Listener Done messages are the equivalent of IGMPv2 leave messages.
MLDv2 supports MLDv2 queries and reports, as well as MLDv1 Report and Done messages.
Message timers and state transitions resulting from messages being sent or received are the same as those of IGMPv2 messages. MLD messages that do not have valid link-local IPv6 source addresses are ignored by MLD routers and switches.
The switch sends out MLD queries, constructs an IPv6 multicast address database, and generates MLD group-specific and MLD group-and-source-specific queries in response to MLD Done messages. The switch also supports report suppression, report proxying, Immediate-Leave functionality, and static IPv6 multicast group address configuration.
When MLD snooping is disabled, all MLD queries are flooded in the ingress VLAN.
When MLD snooping is enabled, received MLD queries are flooded in the ingress VLAN, and a copy of the query is sent to the CPU for processing. From the received query, MLD snooping builds the IPv6 multicast address database. It detects multicast router ports, maintains timers, sets report response time, learns the querier IP source address for the VLAN, learns the querier port in the VLAN, and maintains multicast-address aging.
When the IPv6 multicast router is a Catalyst 6500 switch and you are using extended VLANs (in the range 1006 to 4094), IPv6 MLD snooping must be enabled on the extended VLAN on the Catalyst 6500 switch in order for the Catalyst 2960, 2960-S, 2960-C, or 2960-X switch to receive queries on the VLAN. For normal-range VLANs (1 to 1005), it is not necessary to enable IPv6 MLD snooping on the VLAN on the Catalyst 6500 switch.
When a group exists in the MLD snooping database, the switch responds to a group-specific query by sending an MLDv1 report. When the group is unknown, the group-specific query is flooded to the ingress VLAN.
When a host wants to leave a multicast group, it can send out an MLD Done message (equivalent to IGMP Leave message). When the switch receives an MLDv1 Done message, if Immediate- Leave is not enabled, the switch sends an MASQ to the port from which the message was received to determine if other devices connected to the port should remain in the multicast group.
Multicast Client Aging Robustness
You can configure port membership removal from addresses based on the number of queries. A port is removed from membership to an address only when there are no reports to the address on the port for the configured number of queries. The default number is 2.
Multicast Router Discovery
Like IGMP snooping, MLD snooping performs multicast router discovery, with these characteristics:
Ports configured by a user never age out.
Dynamic port learning results from MLDv1 snooping queries and IPv6 PIMv2 packets.
If there are multiple routers on the same Layer 2 interface, MLD snooping tracks a single multicast router on the port (the router that most recently sent a router control packet).
Dynamic multicast router port aging is based on a default timer of 5 minutes; the multicast router is deleted from the router port list if no control packet is received on the port for 5 minutes.
IPv6 multicast router discovery only takes place when MLD snooping is enabled on the switch.
Received IPv6 multicast router control packets are always flooded to the ingress VLAN, whether or not MLD snooping is enabled on the switch.
After the discovery of the first IPv6 multicast router port, unknown IPv6 multicast data is forwarded only to the discovered router ports (before that time, all IPv6 multicast data is flooded to the ingress VLAN).
The processing of MLDv1 join messages is essentially the same as with IGMPv2. When no IPv6 multicast routers are detected in a VLAN, reports are not processed or forwarded from the switch. When IPv6 multicast routers are detected and an MLDv1 report is received, an IPv6 multicast group address is entered in the VLAN MLD database. Then all IPv6 multicast traffic to the group within the VLAN is forwarded using this address. When MLD snooping is disabled, reports are flooded in the ingress VLAN.
When MLD snooping is enabled, MLD report suppression, called listener message suppression, is automatically enabled. With report suppression, the switch forwards the first MLDv1 report received by a group to IPv6 multicast routers; subsequent reports for the group are not sent to the routers. When MLD snooping is disabled, report suppression is disabled, and all MLDv1 reports are flooded to the ingress VLAN.
The switch also supports MLDv1 proxy reporting. When an MLDv1 MASQ is received, the switch responds with MLDv1 reports for the address on which the query arrived if the group exists in the switch on another port and if the port on which the query arrived is not the last member port for the address.
MLD Done Messages and Immediate-Leave
When the Immediate-Leave feature is enabled and a host sends an MLDv1 Done message (equivalent to an IGMP leave message), the port on which the Done message was received is immediately deleted from the group.You enable Immediate-Leave on VLANs and (as with IGMP snooping), you should only use the feature on VLANs where a single host is connected to the port. If the port was the last member of a group, the group is also deleted, and the leave information is forwarded to the detected IPv6 multicast routers.
When Immediate Leave is not enabled in a VLAN (which would be the case when there are multiple clients for a group on the same port) and a Done message is received on a port, an MASQ is generated on that port. The user can control when a port membership is removed for an existing address in terms of the number of MASQs. A port is removed from membership to an address when there are no MLDv1 reports to the address on the port for the configured number of queries.
The number of MASQs generated is configured by using the ipv6 mld snooping last-listener-query count global configuration command. The default number is 2.
The MASQ is sent to the IPv6 multicast address for which the Done message was sent. If there are no reports sent to the IPv6 multicast address specified in the MASQ during the switch maximum response time, the port on which the MASQ was sent is deleted from the IPv6 multicast address database. The maximum response time is the time configured by using the ipv6 mld snooping last-listener-query-interval global configuration command. If the deleted port is the last member of the multicast address, the multicast address is also deleted, and the switch sends the address leave information to all detected multicast routers.
When Immediate Leave is not enabled and a port receives an MLD Done message, the switch generates MASQs on the port and sends them to the IPv6 multicast address for which the Done message was sent. You can optionally configure the number of MASQs that are sent and the length of time the switch waits for a response before deleting the port from the multicast group.
When you enable MLDv1 Immediate Leave, the switch immediately removes a port from a multicast group when it detects an MLD Done message on that port. You should only use the Immediate-Leave feature when there is a single receiver present on every port in the VLAN. When there are multiple clients for a multicast group on the same port, you should not enable Immediate-Leave in a VLAN.
Topology Change Notification Processing
When topology change notification (TCN) solicitation is enabled by using the ipv6 mld snooping tcn query solicit global configuration command, MLDv1 snooping sets the VLAN to flood all IPv6 multicast traffic with a configured number of MLDv1 queries before it begins sending multicast data only to selected ports. You set this value by using the ipv6 mld snooping tcn flood query count global configuration command. The default is to send two queries. The switch also generates MLDv1 global Done messages with valid link-local IPv6 source addresses when the switch becomes the STP root in the VLAN or when it is configured by the user. This is same as done in IGMP snooping.
MLD Snooping in Switch Stacks
The MLD IPv6 group address databases are maintained on all switches in the stack, regardless of which switch learns of an IPv6 multicast group. Report suppression and proxy reporting are done stack-wide. During the maximum response time, only one received report for a group is forwarded to the multicast routers, regardless of which switch the report arrives on.
The election of a new stack master does not affect the learning or bridging of IPv6 multicast data; bridging of IPv6 multicast data does not stop during a stack master re-election. When a new switch is added to the stack, it synchronizes the learned IPv6 multicast information from the stack master. Until the synchronization is complete, data ingress on the newly added switch is treated as unknown multicast data.
Enabled. MLD snooping must be globally enabled for VLAN MLD snooping to take place.
IPv6 Multicast addresses
IPv6 Multicast router ports
MLD snooping Immediate Leave
MLD snooping robustness variable
Global: 2; Per VLAN: 0.
The VLAN value overrides the global setting. When the VLAN value is 0, the VLAN uses the global count.
Last listener query count
Global: 2; Per VLAN: 0.
The VLAN value overrides the global setting. When the VLAN value is 0, the VLAN uses the global count.
Last listener query interval
Global: 1000 (1 second); VLAN: 0.
The VLAN value overrides the global setting. When the VLAN value is 0, the VLAN uses the global interval.
TCN query solicit
TCN query count
MLD listener suppression
When configuring MLD
snooping, consider these guidelines:
You can configure
MLD snooping characteristics at any time, but you must globally enable MLD
snooping by using the ipv6 mld
snooping global configuration command for the configuration to take
When the IPv6
multicast router is a Catalyst 6500 switch and you are using extended VLANs (in
the range 1006 to 4094), IPv6 MLD snooping must be enabled on the extended VLAN
on the Catalyst 6500 switch in order for the switch to receive queries on the
VLAN. For normal-range VLANs (1 to 1005), it is not necessary to enable IPv6
MLD snooping on the VLAN on the Catalyst 6500 switch.
MLD snooping and
IGMP snooping act independently of each other. You can enable both features at
the same time on the switch.
The maximum number of multicast entries allowed on the switch or
switch stack is determined by the configured SDM template.
The maximum number of address entries allowed for the switch or
switch stack is 4000.
Disabling MLD Snooping on the Switch (CLI)
By default, IPv6 MLD
snooping is globally disabled on the switch and enabled on all VLANs. When MLD
snooping is globally disabled, it is also disabled on all VLANs. When you
globally enable MLD snooping, the VLAN configuration overrides the global
configuration. That is, MLD snooping is enabled only on VLAN interfaces in the
default state (enabled).
You can enable and
disable MLD snooping on a per-VLAN basis or for a range of VLANs, but if you
globally disable MLD snooping, it is disabled in all VLANs. If global snooping
is enabled, you can enable or disable VLAN snooping.
privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to globally enable MLD snooping on the
the robustness variable on a VLAN basis, which determines the number of general
queries that MLD snooping sends before aging out a multicast address when there
is no MLD report response. The range is 1 to 3; the default is 0. When set to
0, the number used is the global robustness variable value.
the last-listener query count on a VLAN basis. This value overrides the value
configured globally. The range is 1 to 7; the default is 0. When set to 0, the
global count value is used. Queries are sent 1 second apart.
the maximum response time that the switch waits after sending out a MASQ before
deleting a port from the multicast group. The range is 100 to 32,768 thousands
of a second. The default is 1000 (1 second).
the last-listener query interval on a VLAN basis. This value overrides the
value configured globally. The range is 0 to 32,768 thousands of a second. The
default is 0. When set to 0, the global last-listener query interval is used.
Enables topology change notification (TCN) solicitation, which means that VLANs
flood all IPv6 multicast traffic for the configured number of queries before
sending multicast data to only those ports requesting to receive it. The
default is for TCN to be disabled.
When TCN is enabled, specifies the number of TCN queries to be sent. The range
is from 1 to 10; the default is 2.
privileged EXEC mode.
mld snooping querier [vlan
Switch(config)# show ipv6 mld snooping querier vlan 1
Verifies that the MLD snooping querier information for the switch or for the
Listener Message Suppression (CLI)
listener message suppression is enabled by default. When it is enabled, the
switch forwards only one MLD report per multicast router query. When message
suppression is disabled, multiple MLD reports could be forwarded to the
privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to disable MLD listener message
Command or Action
Switch# configure terminal
no ipv6 mld
Switch(config)# no ipv6 mld snooping listener-message-suppression
privileged EXEC mode.
show ipv6 mld snooping
Switch# show ipv6 mld snooping
Verify that IPv6
MLD snooping report suppression is disabled.
Displaying MLD Snooping Information
You can display MLD snooping information for dynamically learned and statically configured router ports and VLAN interfaces. You can also display IPv6 group address multicast entries for a VLAN configured for MLD snooping.
Table 2 Commands for Displaying MLD Snooping Information
show ipv6 mld snooping [vlan vlan-id]
Displays the MLD snooping configuration information for all VLANs on the switch or for a specified VLAN.
(Optional) Enter vlanvlan-id to display information for a single VLAN. The VLAN ID range is 1 to 1001 and 1006 to 4094.
show ipv6 mld snooping mrouter [vlanvlan-id]
Displays information on dynamically learned and manually configured multicast router interfaces. When you enable MLD snooping, the switch automatically learns the interface to which a multicast router is connected. These are dynamically learned interfaces.
(Optional) Enters vlanvlan-id to display information for a single VLAN. The VLAN ID range is 1 to 1001 and 1006 to 4094.
show ipv6 mld snooping querier [vlanvlan-id]
Displays information about the IPv6 address and incoming port for the most-recently received MLD query messages in the VLAN.
(Optional) Enters vlanvlan-id to display information for a single VLAN.The VLAN ID range is 1 to 1001 and 1006 to 4094.