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Hierarchy Level


Enable Layer 2 mapping of ARP or neighbor discovery next hops in the kernel for the specified instance or interface. IS-IS Layer 2 mapping ensures that forwarding next-hop resolution is topology-driven rather than traffic-driven, which results in minimal traffic loss while activating an Ethernet link.

IS-IS LAN and point-to-point Hellos supply all relevant Layer 2 and Layer 3 binding address information for address resolution. The device at the receiving end can extract the information and populate the ARP or neighbor discovery cache of the kernel even before the route installation time. When Layer 2 mapping is enabled, IS-IS installs ARP or neighbor discovery next-hop entries into the forwarding table. Because this provides Layer 2 next-hop bindings ahead of time, IS-IS networks do not experience traffic loss while bringing up a link.


The default setting is no-layer2-map for both instances and interfaces.

Required Privilege Level

routing—To view this statement in the configuration.

routing-control—To add this statement to the configuration.

Release Information

Statement introduced in Junos OS Release 16.1.