[CentOS] change network switch need 'arp" clear cache?

Simon Billis simon at houxou.com
Tue Feb 23 19:39:39 UTC 2010


mcclnx mcc sent a missive on 2010-02-23:

> we plan to change network switch and firewall machine to new one.
> Network engineer told me after switch and firewall equipment change I
> may need run 'arp ..." to clear out cache on every CENTOS servers due
> to switch and firewall MAC address change.
> we have 30 to 40 CENTOS 4.X and 5.X my affect.  my question are:
> 1. does switch and firewall equipment change need LINUX client clear
> cache?

No, it can be completed without a cache clear. I have completed the same
sort of thing by connecting the new switch to the old one, making sure that
I can see the new switch from a server and then moving each Ethernet cable
across from the old switch to the new switch.

When it comes to the firewall, there will be a slight delay in traffic flows
which should be a couple of seconds as each server will issue an arp request
as the firewall mac address will have changed and will need to be re arp'ed.
Beware of Cisco kit however, as some of this kit has an arp timeout of 5
mins and therefore on the Cisco kit you will have to clear the arp cache of
this kit if it is in front of or behind the firewall.

> 2. if needed, how to clear cache and get new info about switch and
> firewall?
You have to delete each entry from the cache using arp -d {hostname} afaik

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