Configuring the Dell Networking Force10 Switch for Port Mirroring

The Dell Networking Force10 Switches support port monitoring on both physical and logical interfaces, such as a virtual local area network (VLAN Broadcast domain that is partitioned and isolated in a computer network at the data link layer (OSI layer 2). VLANs allow network administrators to group hosts together, even if the hosts are not on the same network switch.) and port channel. The monitored (the source) and monitoring ports (the destination) must be on the same switch.

To configure the device

  1. Enter configuration mode:


  2. Enter the destination port to use for the monitoring session, and confirm that it has no configuration:

    #interface te 0/2

  3. Remove any IP addresses that may have previously been configured:

    #no ip address

  4. Enable the port:

    #no shutdown

  5. Exit the destination port interface:


  6. Set up and identify the session number (range is from 0 - 65535):

    #monitor session 0

  7. Configure the source, the port you want to monitor, the destination port you want to send the monitored packets to, and the direction (both, Rx, or Tx):

    #source te 0/1 destination te 0/2 direction both

  8. Verify that port monitoring is active:

    #show monitor session 0

See the Knowledge Base article on the vendor website to learn more about configuring port mirroring on the Dell Networking Force 10 Switch.