OS10 Enterprise Edition User Guide Release 10.4.0E(R3)


DCBX configuration notes

  • To exchange link-level configurations in a converged network, DCBX is a prerequisite for using DCB features, such as PFC and ETS. DCBX is also deployed in topologies that support lossless operation for FCoE or iSCSI traffic. In these scenarios, all network devices must be DCBX-enabled so that DCBX is enabled end-to-end.
  • DCBX uses LLDP to advertise and automatically negotiate the administrative state and PFC/ETS configuration with directly connected DCB peers. If you disable LLDP on an interface, DCBX cannot run. Enable LLDP on all DCBX ports,
  • DCBX is disabled at a global level by default. Enable DCBX globally on a switch to activate the exchange of DCBX TLV messages with PFC, ETS, and iSCSI configurations.
  • DCBX is enabled by default on OS10 interfaces. You can manually reconfigure DCBX settings on a per-interface basis. For example, you can disable DCBX on an interface ( no lldp tlv-select dcbxp command) or change the DCBX version ( dcbx version command).
  • For DCBX to be operational, DCBX must be enabled at both the global and interface levels. If the show lldp dcbx interface command returns the message DCBX feature not enabled, DCBX is not enabled at both levels.
  • OS10 supports DCBX versions: CEE and IEEE2.5.
  • By default, DCBX advertises all TLVs—PFC, ETS Recommendation, ETS Configuration, DCBXP, and basic TLVs.
  • A DCBX-enabled port operates in a manual role by default. The port operates only with user-configured settings and does not auto-configure with DCB settings received from a DCBX peer. When you enable DCBX, the port advertises its PFC and ETS configurations to peer devices but does not accept external, or propagate internal, DCB configurations.
  • DCBX detects misconfiguration on a peer device when DCB features are not compatibly configured with the local switch. Misconfiguration detection is feature-specific because some DCB features support asymmetric (non-identical) configurations.

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