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MTU mismatch on Server and Switch

If the server is set to 9000 MTU and the GigabitEthernet port on Cat 6500 is set to default (1500), would the traffic between the two drop completely, or it would it be dropped only for frames sent above 1500 or the traffic would flow normally unaffected.

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Re: MTU mismatch on Server and Switch

Hello Cisco_lite,

the server will try to use frames with size bigger then 1500 bytes those frames are discarded by the switch.

if the server can perform any Path mtu discovery it will adjust the sizes of packets so that they can travel.

So the impact depends on the protocol and application.

However, this is not a good scenario:

you should enable jumbo frames or increase system mtu to allow the servers to use bigger frames.

Or you reduce to 1500 bytes the server MTU

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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Re: MTU mismatch on Server and Switch

If the server is set to MTU 9000 and the Cat 6500 interface MTU is set to 9216, would there be any communication problem. i.e. switch MTU is bigger than server MTU.

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Re: MTU mismatch on Server and Switch

Hello Cisco_Lite,

>> If the server is set to MTU 9000 and the Cat 6500 interface MTU is set to 9216, would there be any communication problem. i.e. switch MTU is bigger than server MTU.

within the L2 vlan server will be able to use frames of size 9000 bytes with no problem

when going through a routed network the normal size will be used if path mtu discovery works well ( I don't expect routers to be able to support so big packets)

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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