How to figure out switch and port via tcpdump

Okay if you have ever worked in a place where their network was complete choas with no documentation or network maps to help you figure out where something resides.

You can sometimes use tcpdump to help you figure out where the server is sitting by using tcpdump.


tcpdump -nn -v -i <NIC_INTERFACE> -s 1500 -c 1 ‘ether[20:2] == 0x2000’


root@ansible:~ # tcpdumpnn -v –i eth0 -s 1500 -c 1 ‘ether[20:2] == 0x2000’
tcpdump: listening on eth3, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 1500 bytes
03:25:22.146564 CDPv2, ttl: 180s, checksum: 692 (unverified), length 370
   Device-ID (0x01), length: 11 bytes: switch-sw02‘ 
   Address (0x02), length: 13 bytes: IPv4 (1)
   Port-ID (0x03), length: 15 bytes: ‘Ethernet0/1
   Capability (0x04), length: 4 bytes: (0x00000028): L2 Switch, IGMP snooping
   Version String (0x05), length: 220 bytes:
   Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
   IOS ™ C2950 Software (C2950-I6Q4L2-M), Version 12.1(14)EA1a, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
   Copyright (c) 1986-2003 by cisco Systems, Inc.
   Compiled Tue 02-Sep-03 03:33 by Nicola tesla
   Platform (0x06), length: 18 bytes: ‘cisco WS-C2950T-24’
   Protocol-Hello option (0x08), length: 32 bytes:
   VTP Management Domain (0x09), length: 6 bytes: ‘ecomrd
   Duplex (0x0b), length: 1 byte: full
   AVVID trust bitmap (0x12), length: 1 byte: 0x00
   AVVID untrusted ports CoS (0x13), length: 1 byte: 0x00
1 packets captured
2 packets received by filter
0 packets dropped by kernel

root@ansible:~ #

Written by Nick Tailor

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