Virtual ethernet interface

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by Ugarchina, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Ugarchina

    Ugarchina Guest

    i've noticed that my new 2960 switches have 1 virtual ethernet
    interface. anyone can explain (or post link) what this is? i can't
    find any documention.
    Ugarchina, Oct 3, 2007
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    Trendkill Guest

    Is it not for management of the device? What is the interface
    referred/named as?
    Trendkill, Oct 3, 2007
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  3. Ugarchina

    Trendkill Guest

    Trendkill, Oct 3, 2007
  4. Ugarchina

    Ugarchina Guest

    when i issue command "show version" and lists all interfaces, it says:
    24 fast ethernet interfaces
    2 gigabit ethernet interfaces
    1 virtual ethernet interface
    Ugarchina, Oct 3, 2007
  5. Ugarchina

    Trendkill Guest

    It says that on all of the IOS based switches that I have in my
    environment. I'm fairly certain this is normal, and it is most likely
    just saying that it supports virtual interfaces. However, I'm fairly
    certain that it supports more than one, but perhaps it just says 1 to
    signify the functionality. I just checked a 3550, 3560, etc, and all
    say 1 virtual interface.
    Trendkill, Oct 3, 2007
  6. Ugarchina

    Trendkill Guest

    Guess it could be a console connection too. Either way, its perfectly
    Trendkill, Oct 3, 2007
  7. Ugarchina

    Trendkill Guest

    Very well could be fact sounds like it is. All of my
    switches are just 'dumb' and l3 is owned on other 6500s and just
    trunked over. The only actual virtual interface is of course for
    management. Therefore I'll bet that is it...just never noticed it
    Trendkill, Oct 3, 2007
  8. Ugarchina

    pk Guest

    On a 3750, I noticed that, after configuring a new vlan (different from vlan
    1), the message changed to "2 virtual ethernet interfaces" (I assigned an
    IP address to the vlan and did "no shutdown" on it). So, I guess it's the
    number of active vlans (I may also be wrong, of course).
    pk, Oct 3, 2007
  9. Ugarchina

    Scott Perry Guest

    The answer is that it is a management interface for the switch.

    If you do not assign an IP address to the ethernet switch, how else will you
    remotely connect to it?
    Where would you assign it? To a physical ethernet switchport? No, you
    assign it to a vlan interface that is available behind any ethernet port
    assigned to that VLAN.

    interface vlan 1
    interface vlan 5
    description *** Management IP Address ***
    ip address
    no shutdown


    Scott Perry
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Scott Perry, Oct 3, 2007
  10. Ugarchina


    Sep 4, 2013
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    virtual interface

    wow this post is old :p
    I had the similar question today and I guess I have figured it out myself .... hope so.

    if you do "sh ip in b" in the switch, you will find out that the amount of vlan interfaces is same with the "sh ver" virtual ethernet interface. which means :

    if you type "interface vlan xx" and enter, it will create a SVI which ===== virtual ehternet interface.

    hope I am right on this and some one is still reading it ;P
    windogwow, Sep 4, 2013
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