I have the need to mirror/monitor a port on a HP A5800 AF, but to send the mirrored data for packet capturing to a host which is a virtual server.

I'm thinking of having the mirrored traffic dumped on a temporary VLAN which is in the trunk to the ESX host and add that vlan to the guest machine as secondary NIC.

From the documentation it seems I can mirror a vlan, but the "monitor" host has to be directly connected to a physical interface.

Since this is a remote datacentre I'm currently not in a condition to have a physical machine connected to the switch as recipient for the packet capture.

The switch's OS is ComWare v5.20

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.


  • Just a wild guess: can you connect a cable from the mirror port to a port that is tagged with the VLAN that connects back to your monitor host?
    – FelixHJ
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 13:33
  • Thanks Felix, that would have been my choice if I could quickly access the datacentre. Not the case at the time.
    – b1r0
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:35
  • If you can get someone to put do a patch at the switch, you could do a quick and dirty and run the cable from the monitor port to port in a new VLAN.
    – Stuggi
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 8:18
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    – Ron Maupin
    Commented Aug 11, 2017 at 17:35

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You want what Cisco calls rspan. Someone put together a comparison of the ways to do this with comware, cisco, and provision: here

(switch with traffic of interest)
[Comware5]mirroring-group 1 remote-source
[Comware5]vlan 960
[Comware5]mirroring-group 1 remote-probe vlan 960
[Comware5]mirroring-group 1 mirroring-port g1/0/18 both
[Comware5]mirroring-group 1 monitor-egress g1/0/6

(switch where analyzer is connected)
[Comware52]vlan 960
[Comware52]interface g1/0/1
[Comware52-GigabitEthernet1/0/1]port link-type trunk
[Comware52-GigabitEthernet1/0/1]port trunk permit vlan 960
[Comware52]mirroring-group 1 remote-destination
[Comware52]mirroring-group 1 remote-probe vlan 960
[Comware52]mirroring-group 1 monitor-port g1/0/2

[*]display mirroring-group 1
  • Thanks Ricky. My question was for mirroring on a single switch and yes, if I'm not mistaken, that would have been the way to go if I had the recipient "monitor-port" directly connected to the switch's port, but I needed to send the mirrored/captured packets into a VLAN not to a port. Unfortunately at the time I had access only to a guest VM and I couldn't touch the host's interface which has 50 vlan in the trunk.
    – b1r0
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:49
  • That's exactly what that does. Mirror into a VLAN, trunk vlan to other switch(es), egress in that vlan on some other port. In theory you can span into a vlan that never leaves the switch. (I don't know if any additional encapsulation is done on the mirrored traffic.)
    – Ricky
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 20:24

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