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Monitoring all traffic with wireshark on Powerconnect 5424

Posted on 2011-03-04
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I need to monitor all traffic that is coming into the core switch to find a bandwidth hog.
The switch is a Dell Powerconnect 5424, how would I accomplish this? Do I set up port mirroring?
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To open the Port Mirroring page, click Switch¿ Ports¿ Port Mirroring in the tree view.

Destination Port — The port number to which port traffic is copied.
• Source Port — Defines the port number from which port traffic is mirrored.
• Type — Indicates if the source port is RX, TX, or both RX and TX.
• Status — Indicates if the port is currently monitored (Active) or not monitored (Ready).
• Remove — When selected, removes the port mirroring session.

Adding a Port Mirroring Session
1 Open the Port Mirroring page.
2 Click Add.
The Add Source Port page opens.
3 Select the destination port from the Destination Port drop-down menu.
4 Select the source port from the Source Port drop-down menu.
294 Configuring Device Information
5 Define the Type field.
6 Click Apply Changes.

The new source port is defined, and the device is updated.

Deleting a Copy Port from a Port Mirroring Session
1 Open the Port Mirroring page.
2 Select the Remove check box.
3 Click Apply Changes.

The selected port mirroring session is deleted, and the device is updated.

Configuring a Port Mirroring Session Using CLI Commands

The following table summarizes the equivalent CLI commands for configuring a Port Mirroring session
as displayed in the Port Mirroring page.

The following is an example of the CLI commands:


CLI Command Description
port monitor src-interface [rx | tx] Starts a port monitoring session.
Console(config)# interface ethernet g1
Console(config-if)# port monitor g8
Console# show ports monitor

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Thanks for the help, just what I needed.
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