Configure a port to monitor network traffic

Port monitoring enables you to send a copy of every Ethernet or Fibre Channel frame coming in and going out of a downlink (server-facing) port to another port. To evaluate network traffic between ports, you can connect debugging equipment, such as a network analyzer. This capability is important in a server environment where there is limited physical access to the network interfaces on the servers.

You cannot use Virtual Connect to forward captured traffic to a server. For more information, see the HPE Virtual Connect for c-Class BladeSystem User Guide in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Information Library.

You can configure one network analyzer port (the uplink port) for up to 16 downlink server ports within a logical interconnect.

The HPE Virtual Connect 16Gb 24-Port Fibre Channel Module monitors one downlink server port.

  • Privileges: Network administrator

  • HPE Virtual Connect 16Gb 24-Port Fibre Channel Module firmware must be 4.00 or later

  1. From the main menu, select Logical Interconnects, and then select a logical interconnect.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select Actions > Configure port monitoring.

    • Click Configure port monitoring in the Port Monitoring view.

  3. Select Enabled.
  4. Select Network analyzer port for the uplink monitor port or physical downlink port.
  5. Click Add port. See Downlink port for port monitoring details for more information.
  6. Select a server port to monitor, and then click Add, or click Add + to select additional ports.
  7. Select the direction of network traffic to monitor for each port to monitor.
  8. Click OK.
  9. To verify that port monitoring has been enabled, locate the changes in the Port Monitoring view, and verify any port ID indicator color definitions.