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Does my Cisco device (Router/Switch) support NetFlow Export?

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It can become quite complicated to determine which Cisco devices support NetFlow export and in what version. PRTG Network Monitor currently supports NetFlow V5, V9, and IPFIX.

catalyst cisco ios ipfix netflow prtg version xflow

Created on Jun 7, 2010 8:49:17 AM by  Daniel Zobel [Paessler Support]

Last change on Oct 25, 2013 3:44:36 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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Hardware Based Cisco Switches

Hardware based switches like the 4000/4500– and 6000/6500 series perform the processing of data packets inside their hardware application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and can only export NetFlow if this feature is built into their hardware, which is the case only for the top-notch supervisor cards and may even require the additional NetFlow card.

Here are a few particular characteristics. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetFlow#NetFlow_support for a list of supported devices.

Catalyst 4k / 4000

Model(s)NetFlow SupportIOSNetFlow Version(s)
Supervisor I, II, II Plus, IIInone
Supervisor IVoptional, requires NetFlow Daughter Card12.1.(19)EWV1, V5, V8
Supervisor Voptional, requires NetFlow Daughter Card12.2(25)SGV1, V5, V8
Supervisor V-10GEbuilt-in12.2(25)EWV5, V8

PRTG Network Monitor currently supports NetFlow V5, V9, and IPFIX.

Catalyst 6k / 6000

The configuration can be quite complicated for these models, depending on the code you are running on the Cat6k. Available options are CATOS, hybrid, and native mode; all with different features and capabilities. There are also different versions of NetFlow export if the export is coming from the SP or from the RP (slow path/fast path).

Model 12000

ModelNetFlow SupportIOSNetFlow Version(s)
12000yes12.0(14)SV5
12000yes12.0(6)SV8
12000yes12.3(1), 12.0(24)S, 12.2(18)S, 12.3(2)TV9

PRTG Network Monitor currently supports NetFlow V5, V9, and IPFIX.

Other Cisco Devices and Software Based Routers

Basically all software based Cisco devices with Cisco IOS software (most smaller routers) may be able to support NetFlow export V5 with IOS version 11.1CA or later. Important: Not everything which is configurable under the IOS is supported and tested by Cisco!

Device(s)NetFlow SupportIOSNetFlow Version(s)
All software basedlikely11.1CA or laterV5
Cisco 800, 1700, 2600, 3600, 3700, 6400, 7200, 7300, 7500yes12.3(1), 12.0(24)S, 12.2(18)S, 12.3(2)TV9

Have a close look at the release notes for details.

Also, remember that when the NetFlow export is processed by the software you should expect some CPU load impact and you should carefully watch the CPU load of your device!

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetFlow#NetFlow_support for a list of supported devices.

Created on Jun 7, 2010 9:22:49 AM by  Daniel Zobel [Paessler Support]

Last change on Jun 9, 2017 3:31:05 PM by  Gerald Schoch [Paessler Support]



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