IGMP/MLD snooping when enabled makes Virtual IP in Microsoft NLB (Network Load Balancer) not reachable
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IGMP/MLD snooping when enabled makes Virtual IP in Microsoft NLB (Network Load Balancer) not reachable

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Article ID: 307647

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Products

VMware vSphere ESXi

Issue/Introduction

Running Microsoft NLB with VIP on vDs.

Symptoms:
Virtual IP in Microsoft NLB (Network Load Balancer) will not be reachable when IGMP/MLD snooping is enabled on VDS.

Environment

VMware vSphere 7.0.x
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7

Cause

The IGMP snooping table need to be build up with IGMP join message and In Microsoft NLB, IGMP join message is not sent.
If IGMP snooping is enabled on  the vDs, the virtual switch can not build the lookup table for VIP of NLB and packets will be dropped.

Resolution

NLB is not supported when IGMP/MLD snooping is enabled on VDS multicast filtering mode.


Workaround:
Set multicast filtering mode (on vDs) to: Basic.

Additional Information

Impact/Risks:
No communication with VIP of NLB