lldptool-vdp (8) - Linux Manuals

lldptool-vdp: Show / manipulate VDP TLV configuration


vdp - Show / manipulate VDP TLV configuration


lldptool -t -i ethx -V vdp -c enableTx

lldptool -T -i ethx -V vdp -c enableTx=[yes|no]

lldptool -t -i ethx -V vdp -c mode

lldptool -T -i ethx -V vdp -c mode=<mode>,<mgrid>,<typeid>,<typeidversion>,<instanceid>,<mac>,<vlan>

lldptool -t -i ethx -V vdp -c role

lldptool -T -i ethx -V vdp -c role=[station|bridge]


The VSI discovery protocol (VDP) is NOT a TLV in the LLDP sense but rather a protocol to manage the association and deassociation of virtual station interfaces (VSIs) between the station and an adjacent switch. VDP uses ECP as transport for VDP TLVs. An ECP frame may contain multiple VDP TLVs. Each VDP TLVs contains a mode, typeid, version, instanceid, mac and vlan for a VSI.


Enables or disables VDP
shows or sets modes for VSIs with the following parameters:
mode (0=preassociate, 1=preassociate with RR, 2=associate, 3=deassociate)
manager (database) id
VSI type id
VSI type id version
VSI instance id
VDP filter info format
VSI mac address
VSI vlan id

shows or sets the role of the local machine to act as either station (default) or bridge.

Theory of Operation

The VDP protocol is used to pre-associate, associate or deassociate VSIs to and adjacent switch. Information about the VSIs is formatted into VDP TLVs which are then handed to ECP for lower-level transport. Each ECP frame may contain multiple VDP TLVs.

Two ways to receive VSI information exist in llpdad: via netlink or with lldptool. netlink is used by libvirt to communicate VSIs to lldpad. lldptool can be used to associate/deassociate VSIs from the command line. This is especially helpful for testing purposes.


Display if vdp is enabled on eth8
lldptool -t -i eth8 -V vdp -c enableTx
Enable vdp on eth8
lldptool -T -i eth8 -V vdp -c enableTx=yes
Display the currently configured VSIs for eth8
lldptool -t -i eth8 -V vdp -c mode
Associate a VSI on eth8
lldptool -T -i eth8 -V vdp -c mode=2,12,1193046,1,fa9b7fff-b0a0-4893-8e0e-beef4ff18f8f,2,52:54:00:C7:3E:CE,3
Display the locally configured role for VDP on eth8
lldptool -t -i eth8 -V vdp -c role
Set the local role for VDP on eth8
lldptool -T -i eth8 -V vdp -c role=bridge


IEEE 802.1Qbg (http://www.ieee802.org/1/pages/802.1bg.html)


Currently the code in lldpad reflects draft 0 of the upcoming standard. ECP/VDP TLVs on the wire can be decoded with wireshark > v1.8.


Jens Osterkamp


lldptool-evb(8), lldptool(8), lldpad(8)