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Disabling the ETS Recommendation TLV

The enhanced transmission selection (ETS) Recommendation TLV communicates the ETS settings that the switch wants the connected peer interface to use. If the peer interface is “willing,” the peer interface changes its configuration to match the configuration in the ETS Recommendation TLV. By default, the switch interfaces send the ETS Recommendation TLV to the peer. The settings communicated are the egress ETS settings defined by configuring hierarchical scheduling on the interface.

We recommend that you use the same ETS settings on the connected peer that you use on the switch interface and that you leave the ETS Recommendation TLV enabled. However, on interfaces that use IEEE DCBX as the DCBX mode, if you want an asymmetric configuration between the switch interface and the connected peer, you can disable the ETS Recommendation TLV.


Disabling the ETS Recommendation TLV on interfaces that use DCBX version 1.01 as the DCBX mode has no effect and does not change DCBX behavior.

If you disable the ETS Recommendation TLV, the switch still sends the ETS Configuration TLV to the connected peer. The result is that the connected peer is informed about the switch DCBX ETS configuration, but even if the peer is “willing,” the peer does not change its configuration to match the switch configuration. This is asymmetric configuration—the two interfaces can have different parameter values for the ETS attribute.

To disable the ETS Recommendation TLV: