Catalyst Supervisor Engine 32 PISA IOS Software Configuration Guide, 12.2ZY
Configuring Unknown Unicast and Multicast Flood Blocking
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Configuring Unknown Unicast and Multicast Flood Blocking

Table Of Contents

Configuring Unknown Unicast and Multicast Flood Blocking

Understanding Unknown Traffic Flood Control

Configuring UUFB or UMFB


Configuring Unknown Unicast and Multicast Flood Blocking


This chapter describes how to configure the unknown unicast flood blocking (UUFB) and unknown multicast flood blocking (UMFB) features on the Catalyst 6500 series switches.


Note For complete syntax and usage information for the commands used in this chapter, refer to the Catalyst Supervisor Engine 32 PISA Cisco IOS Command Reference, Release 12.2ZY, at this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst6500/ios/12.2ZY/command/reference/cmdref.html


This chapter contains these sections:

Understanding Unknown Traffic Flood Control

Configuring UUFB or UMFB

Understanding Unknown Traffic Flood Control

By default, unknown unicast and multicast traffic is flooded to all Layer 2 ports in a VLAN. You can use the UUFB and UMFB features to prevent or limit this traffic.

The UUFB and UMFB features block unknown unicast and multicast traffic flooding at a specific port, only permitting egress traffic with MAC addresses that are known to exist on the port. The UUFB and UMFB features are supported on all ports that are configured with the switchport command, including private VLAN (PVLAN) ports.


Note Entering the switchport block multicast command on nonreceiver (router) ports of the VLAN could disrupt routing protocols. This command could also disrupt ARP functionality and other protocols, such as Network Time Protocol (NTP), that make use of local subnetwork multicast control groups in the 224.0.0.0/24 range.


Configuring UUFB or UMFB

To configure UUFB or UFMB, perform this task:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 2 

Router(config)# interface {{type1  slot/port} | {port-channel number}}

Selects the interface to configure.

Step 3 

Router(config-if)# switchport

Configures the port for Layer 2 switching.

Step 4 

Router(config-if)# switchport block {unicast | multicast}

Enables unknown unicast or multicast flood blocking on the port.

Step 5 

Router(config-if)# do show interfaces [type1 slot/port] switchport | include Unknown

Verifies the configuration.

1 type = fastethernet, gigabitethernet, or tengigabitethernet

This example shows how to configure UUFB on Fast Ethernet port 5/12 and how to verify the configuration:

Router# configure terminal 
Router(config)# interface fastethernet 5/12 
Router(config-if)# switchport 
Router(config-if)# switchport block unicast 
Router(config-if)# do show interface fastethernet 5/12 switchport | include Unknown 

Unknown unicast blocked: enabled