To enable CDP on a vNetwork Distributed Switches (vDS) installed on an ESX Server:

  1. Connect to vCenter Server using the vSphere Client.

  2. In the vCenter Server home page, click Networking.

  3. Right-click vDS and click Edit Settings.

  4. Go to Properties and select Advanced. Select the options to set the CDP settings.


    An example of configuring CDP for a Cisco 6500 physical switch:

    switch# config terminal
    switch(config)# cdp run
    switch(config)# interface g1/1
    switch(config-if)# cdp enable
    switch# show cdp neighbors
    Capability Codes: R - Router, T - Trans Bridge, B - Source Route Bridge
                    S - Switch, H - Host, I - IGMP, r - Repeater, P - Phone
    Device ID                        Local Intrfce   Holdtme   Capability Platform         Port ID Gig   1/1             121       S           VMware ESXvmnic2 Gig   1/2             121       S           VMware ESXvmnic3