Interface Mac Addresses

Can someone tell me why show interface command shows 2 mac addresses.Even though they are the same.?

Hardware is EtherChannel, address is 0016.47d3.ed8c (bia 0016.47d3.ed8c)


Thanks
jskfanAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Craig BeckCommented:
An interface can have a software-configured MAC address.  This is displayed when you use the show interface command.  The MAC address in brackets (bia 0016.47d3.ed8c) is the burned-in MAC address - the hardware-set value.
0
jskfanAuthor Commented:
the Burned in MAC is what the manufacturer print on the Network Adapter Card.
Where does the software-configured MAC address come from ?
0
Craig BeckCommented:
It could come from HSRP, bridge configuration, or any number of other features depending on configuration.
0
Big Business Goals? Which KPIs Will Help You

The most successful MSPs rely on metrics – known as key performance indicators (KPIs) – for making informed decisions that help their businesses thrive, rather than just survive. This eBook provides an overview of the most important KPIs used by top MSPs.

Craig BeckCommented:
.... if the software MAC and burned-in MAC both match it means that the interface is using the burned-in MAC.
0
jskfanAuthor Commented:
I happened to see this on the switch, there is no HSRP configured
0
Craig BeckCommented:
Ok, I think you misunderstood me...

The interface on the switch shows the 'configured' MAC address (The MAC address currently attached to that interface), and the Hardware MAC address.
If the MAC address has not been 'configured' the switch will still show the MAC address which is in use on that interface AND the hardware MAC address, as set by the device manufacturer.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
eeRootCommented:
Can you post the config for the port?
0
Marius GunnerudSenior Systems EngineerCommented:
There will always be a software mac address (configurable) and a hardware mac address (non-configurable) because both the software and hardware require that they have it. By default the software mac address will use the hardware mac address because none have been hardcoded. If you change the software mac address by use of the interface command mac-address aaaa.aaaa.aaaa, for example, the output of the show interface command will look something like this:
Hardware is Fast Ethernet, address is aaaa.aaaa.aaaa (bia c205.2648.f100)
0
jskfanAuthor Commented:
good explanation guys!
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Switches / Hubs

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.