Attach a Collector Context to a Device Interface

Attach a collector context to an ION device interface to configure the device interface as a source interface for exporting flow records. You cannot attach a collector context to more than one interface on the same device, however you can reuse the collector context for different devices.
If you do not bind a collector context to an interface, the device uses the controller port by default to establish the connection with the third-party collector. For platforms that do not have a controller port, it is mandatory to specify a collector context and bind it to an interface. Otherwise, the device raises a major alarm
DEVICE_SW_IPFIX_COLLECTORS_DOWN
.
The device raises the
DEVICE_SW_IPFIX_COLLECTORS_DOWN
major alarm only when it is not able to connect to any of the configured collectors. There may be different collector configurations on a device that use different collector contexts. If the device is able to connect to any of the configured collectors, it will not raise the
DEVICE_SW_IPFIX_COLLECTORS_DOWN
alarm.
There are two ways of attaching a collector context to a device.
  • Select a collector context and assign it to a device interface.
    1. Select
      Policies
      IPFIX
      Contexts
      Collector
      .
    2. Click the ellipsis icon for an IPFIX Collector Context, select
      View Interface Bindings
      , and then click
      Bind Interfaces
      .
    3. Select a device and an interface to bind the collector context and
      Save
      .
      You can assign a collector context to any of the following interfaces:
      Interface Type
      Supports Collector Context
      Controller
      Yes
      Virtual Ports
      Yes
      Loopback
      No
      Standard VPN
      No
      Virtual Interfaces
      Yes
      Port Channel
      No
      Sub-interfaces
      Yes
      PPPoE
      Yes
      Bypass Pair
      Yes
      (Optional)
      Repeat the procedure to bind the collect context to an interface on another device.
  • Select a device interface and then assign the collector context.
    1. Select
      Map
      Claimed Devices
      Select a device
      Configure the device
      Interfaces
      .
    2. Select an interface to assign as a source interface for exporting flow records.
    3. Select a previously configured
      IPFIX Collector Context
      and
      Save
      .
      You can assign a collector context to only one interface of an ION device.

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