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Configuration Guide - IP Service

S1720, S2700, S5700, and S6720 V200R012(C00 and C20)

This document describes the configurations of IP Service, including IP address, ARP, DHCP, DHCP policy VLAN, DNS, mDNS gateway, mDNS relay, UDP Helper, IP performance optimization, IPv6, DHCPv6, IPv6 DNS, IPv6 over IPv4 tunnel, and IPv4 over IPv6 tunnel.
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Disabling a VLANIF Interface from Broadcasting ARP Packets

Disabling a VLANIF Interface from Broadcasting ARP Packets

Usage Scenario

By default, a VLANIF interface broadcasts ARP packets in a VLAN. On the large Layer 2 aggregation network shown in Figure 2-21, a VLANIF interface is created on the aggregation PE to function as a user gateway.
Figure 2-21  Layer 2 aggregation network

In this scenario, the VLANIF interface by default broadcasts ARP packets. These ARP packets are flooded on the user network, consuming a large number of network resources, which affects services and gateway performance.

To resolve this problem, disable the aggregation gateway's VLANIF interface from broadcasting ARP packets.

NOTE:

Only the S5720EI, S5720HI, S5730HI, S6720EI, S6720HI, and S6720S-EI support disabling a VLANIF interface from broadcasting ARP packets.

Procedure

  1. Run system-view

    The system view is displayed.

  2. Run interface vlanif vlan-id

    A VLANIF interface is created and the VLANIF interface view is displayed.

  3. Run arp broadcast disable

    The VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets.

    NOTE:
    Exercise caution when disabling a VLANIF interface from broadcasting ARP packets because this affects the following scenarios in the following ways:
    • Proxy ARP scenarios, including intra-VLAN proxy ARP and inter-VLAN proxy ARP

      After a VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets, the proxy does not forward ARP Request messages from a host to their destinations even if all proxy conditions are met. As a result, proxy ARP fails.

    • Scenarios in which hosts send unicast packets

      For example, in ping operations, ICMP Echo Request messages must be encapsulated with MAC addresses mapped to the destination IP addresses. If the host does not have ARP entries, it must send ARP Request messages to learn the MAC address mapped to the destination IP address. However, the VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets, and therefore cannot send ARP Request messages. Subsequently, the host cannot obtain the MAC address mapped to the destination IP address, causing a ping operation failure. This problem also occurs in other scenarios in which hosts send unicast packets.

    • Strict ARP learning scenarios

      In a strict ARP learning scenario, a device learns MAC addresses only of ARP Reply messages in response to ARP Request messages that it sends. If the VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets, it cannot actively send ARP Request messages. As a result, strict ARP learning fails.

    • VLAN aggregation scenarios

      If the VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets, the super VLAN will not broadcast ARP packets to all its sub-VLANs.

    After a VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets, gratuitous ARP packets will still be sent normally.

    Switching between enabling and disabling the ARP broadcasting function on a VLANIF interface will cause the direct routes to flap temporarily.

Verifying the Configuration

Run the display this include-default command in the VLANIF interface view to check whether the VLANIF interface is disabled from broadcasting ARP packets.

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Updated: 2018-12-24

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