Configuring MAC Address Notification Traps

September 30, 2008 at 11:06 am | Posted in IOS services, Switching | Leave a comment

MAC address notification enables you to track users on a network by storing the MAC address activity on the switch. Whenever the switch learns or removes a MAC address, an SNMP notification can be generated and sent to the NMS. If you have many users coming and going from the network, you can set a trap interval time to bundle the notification traps and reduce network traffic. The MAC notification history table stores the MAC address activity for each hardware port for which the trap is enabled. MAC address notifications are generated for dynamic and secure MAC addresses; events are not generated for self addresses, multicast addresses, or other static addresses.

It looks like that MAC address logging can NOT be made to a Syslog server!

DOC CD Navigation

  • Catalyst 3550 Multilayer Switch Software Configuration Guide, Rel. 12.2(25)SEE
  • Administering the Switch
  • Managing the MAC Address Table
  • Configuring MAC Address Notification Traps


Switch(config)# snmp-server host traps private
Switch(config)# snmp-server enable traps mac-notification
Switch(config)# mac address-table notification
Switch(config)# mac address-table notification interval 60
Switch(config)# mac address-table notification history-size 100
Switch(config)# interface fastethernet0/4
Switch(config-if)# snmp trap mac-notification added

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