Network OS Administration Guide

Supporting Network OS 6.0.1a

Part Number: 53-1003768-04

Multicast distribution tree-root selection

Network OS supports the following distribution tree behaviors.

  • The root of the distribution tree is the switch with the lowest RBridge ID. The automated selection process does not require any user intervention.
  • Each switch in the cluster optionally carries a multicast root priority. This priority setting overrides the automatically-selected multicast root. In deployments where a multicast root is required to be a specific switch that does not have the lowest RBridge ID, then the priority setting on that switch can override the root selection. If there are two switches with the same priority, then the switch with the lower RBridge ID prevails.
  • A back-up multicast root is pre-selected, which is the switch with the next lowest RBridge ID. The back-up multicast root is automatically selected by all switches should the current multicast root fail.