How to configure Netsight as IPfix collector?

  • 2 December 2016
  • 6 replies

Hello everyone,

I have a question concearning IPfix configuration on theNetsight. I'm currently working for a customer, who is using Netsight(ver. to collect Netflow Traffic from Enterasys Switches, but is now planning to use Extremes Summit x460-G2 switcheswith out-of-band management. Since these switches can not use Netflow I decidedto configure IPfix instead. According to the following GTAC-Article Netsight should beable to handle IPfix:

After I have configured the switch I noticed that there isno flow traffic displayed in OneView (Analytics>Flows). With the "show port ipfix" command I verified,that flow data is actually collected on the Switch. On the Netsight I checked with the netstat- andtcpdump-command that udp port 2075 is open and that the Netsight receives theIPfix traffic from the switch.

Since this seems to be okay I think that I either have toconfigure Netsight as an IPfix collector or that I have to adjust thedashboard.

Can someone please help?

This would be my switches ipfix configuration:


# Module ipfix configuration.


enable ip-fix

configure ip-fix domain 1

configure ip-fix ip-address protocol udpL4-port 2075 vr "VR-Mgmt"

configure ip-fix source ip-address vr"VR-Mgmt"

configure ip-fix ports 1-47 ingress-and-egress

enable ip-fix ports 1-47 all_traffic

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,

Michael Eisenschmid

6 replies

Userlevel 3
Hi Michael, you need to install the Extreme Analytics Application appliance and you nedd to send the ipfix traffic to this appliance. Then you add the purview collector in the OneView configuration
Userlevel 5

There are two ways you can handle this. The X460-G2 can generate IP-FIX flows and technically they are Netflow V.10 - with the ability to provide specific information that vendors can add up and above that of Netflow V9. Netsight can take direct flows as a collector and you can also feed a Purview engine as was suggested (and as I have outlined in previous posts on the hub - search for IPFIX and purview)

I assume you have the front side of the switch configured to Netsight, not the management port? If so the default output of IP-Fix is to the vr vr-mgmt. You have the port 2075 correct but you need to specify the vr - the command should be like this - "configure ip-fix ip-address protocol udp L4-port 2075 vr vr-default" -- This will send flows directly to Netsight and you will see then as top talkers/top apps, etc in the dashboard almost immediately.

Give it a shot and let me know...

Userlevel 5
Here is the prior post for your convienience...

Thank you all for your fast replies.
Sadly my customer does not own a purview at the moment.

Actually the management port is configured to the netsight. The IP-address of the Switch is configured on the management VLAN for out-of-band Management. So i think the "vr-mgmt" statement should be correct?

The switches IP-address appears in the Netsight under Analytics>Flows as server but not as flow source.

I will be at the customers site on Tuesday and will check the netflow collector settings then.

Kind regards
Userlevel 3
Hi Bill, in case the ExtremeManagement server do the role of netflow collector, I suppose it will have a flow cache (as the engine) for the real-time traffic, but regarding the netflow database for the long time store? Will ExtremeManagement use it's mysql db for this or is not implemented?
Hello Bill,

as suggested I tried changing the VR to VR-Default. Sadly it did not help.

After entering the command "tcpdump -i eth0 s0 port 2075" on the Netsight I noticed that i dont recieve packets anymore.

So I think that VR-Mgmt was correct.

Kind regards,