Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) allows vSphere administrators to determine which port of a physical Cisco switch connects to a vSphere standard switch or vSphere distributed switch. When CDP is enabled for a vSphere distributed switch, you can view the properties of the Cisco switch such as device ID, software version, and timeout.

Procedure

  1. Browse to a distributed switch in the vSphere Web Client navigator.
  2. Click the Manage tab, and click Settings > Properties.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. In the Discovery Protocol section, select Cisco Discovery Protocol from the Type drop-down menu .
  6. Set the Operation from the drop-down menu.

    Option

    Description

    Listen

    ESXi detects and displays information about the associated Cisco switch port, but information about the vSphere distributed switch is not available to the Cisco switch administrator.

    Advertise

    ESXi makes information about the vSphere distributed switch available to the Cisco switch administrator, but does not detect and display information about the Cisco switch.

    Both

    ESXi detects and displays information about the associated Cisco switch and makes information about the vSphere distributed switch available to the Cisco switch administrator.

  7. Click OK.