Specification of the IP Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) Protocol for the Exchange of Flow Information
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Network Working Group                                     B. Claise, Ed.
Internet Draft                                       Cisco Systems, Inc.
Obsoletes: 5101                                         B. Trammell, Ed.
Category: Standards Track                                     ETH Zurich
Expires: June 22, 2013                                 December 19, 2012

   Specification of the IP Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) Protocol 
                  for the Exchange of Flow Information
                draft-ietf-ipfix-protocol-rfc5101bis-04
                                    

Abstract 

   This document specifies the IP Flow Information Export (IPFIX)
   protocol that serves for transmitting Traffic Flow information over
   the network.  In order to transmit Traffic Flow information from an
   Exporting Process to an information Collecting Process, a common
   representation of flow data and a standard means of communicating
   them is required.  This document describes how the IPFIX Data and
   Template Records are carried over a number of transport protocols
   from an IPFIX Exporting Process to an IPFIX Collecting Process.  This
   document obsoletes RFC 5101.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1.  Changes since RFC 5101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  IPFIX Documents Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.  Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     2.1.  Terminology Summary Table  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   3.  IPFIX Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     3.1.  Message Header Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     3.2.  Field Specifier Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     3.3.  Set and Set Header Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
       3.3.1.  Set Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
       3.3.2.  Set Header Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     3.4.   Record Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       3.4.1.  Template Record Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       3.4.2.  Options Template Record Format . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
         3.4.2.1.  Scope  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
         3.4.2.2.  Options Template Record Format . . . . . . . . . . 20
       3.4.3.  Data Record Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   4.  Specific Reporting Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     4.1.  The Metering Process Statistics Options Template . . . . . 24
     4.2.  The Metering Process Reliability Statistics Options 
           Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     4.3.  The Exporting Process Reliability Statistics Options
           Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
     4.4.  The Flow Keys Options Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   5.  Timing Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     5.1 IPFIX Message Header Export Time and Flow Record Time  . . . 28
     5.2 Supporting Timestamp Wraparound  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
   6.  Linkage with the Information Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
     6.1.  Encoding of IPFIX Data Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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