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Connect Wireshark directly to Virtual Connect (VC)?

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Connect Wireshark directly to Virtual Connect (VC)?

Thomas had VC port monitoring question:






My understanding is that an external workstation with wireshark installed can connect directly (no switch required) to an uplink port on a VC Ethernet module. HP Sales has told the customer that they must use a switch between the VC Ethernet and the workstation. The customer doesn't want to buy another switch to monitor the ports.


Would you please correct/clarify?




Cullen responded:




Connecting a server directly to the uplink port is preferred for traffic monitoring, as connecting to a switch has the possibility of replaying the traffic across the network, which will lead to network loops and take systems down.




Any other suggestions? Have you used Wireshark to monitor network traffic on Virtual Connect?