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from Huawei CLI – capture-packet …

Network administrators often need to capture packets, on switches or routers, to locate faults. Some devices do not support remote mirroring, that’s why administrators have to go on-site to capture packets, using local mirroring.

We have a useful command (capture-packet …), on some devices, to catch packets remotely. When taking S5700 switch into consideration, we can capture all packets from an interface (port mirroring) or packets matching specified rules (traffic mirroring). These capture packets can be sent to FTP or TFTP servers and displayed on terminal screen. CX600 and NE40E routers with V6R3 software version can send capture packets to local CF card (name.cap file).

Let’s look at this command:

[Huawei]capture-packet ?
  acl        Acl
  cpu        Packet send to cpu
  interface  Ingress Interface

As you can see you can use port or traffic mirroring. You can also catch packets sent to CPU.

[Huawei]capture-packet interface GigabitEthernet 0/0/1 destination ?
  ftp-server   Send to ftp server
  terminal     Output terminal
  tftp-server  Send to tftp server

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mirroring on Huawei AR19/29/49 routers

If you want to look into packets sent or received by a router, and there is no possible to display them by command, the simplest and fastest way is to use mirroring. Unfortunately, in case of AR routers, you have to go on-site to connect packets’ analyser (for example Wireshark). Comparing to NE routers, AR routers do not support remote mirroring.

There are two types of mirroring on AR routers:

  • port mirroring

Port mirroring is to copy all packets from mirroring port to another port, which is called monitor port. Monitor port is that where a monitoring device is connected to. AR routers support local port mirroring for inbound and outbound direction.

  • traffic mirroring

Traffic mirroring is to copy specified packets, by QoS policy, to a specific destination and send them to an interface for analysis. Traffic mirroring is supported on AR29 and AR49 routers.

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