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Types of network ports

Ports are either physical ports (NICs), or virtualized ports such as interface groups or VLANs. Interface groups treat several physical ports as a single port, while VLANs subdivide a physical port into multiple separate virtual ports.

physical ports
LIFs can be configured directly on physical ports.
interface group
A port aggregate containing two or more physical ports that act as a single trunk port. An interface group can be single-mode, multimode, or dynamic multimode.
A virtual port that receives and sends VLAN-tagged (IEEE 802.1Q standard) traffic. VLAN port characteristics include the VLAN ID for the port. The underlying physical port or interface group ports are considered VLAN trunk ports, and the connected switch ports must be configured to trunk the VLAN IDs.

The underlying physical port or interface group ports for a VLAN port can continue to host LIFs, which transmit and receive untagged traffic.

The port naming convention is e<number>letter:

For example, "e0b" indicates that an Ethernet port is the second port on the node's motherboard.

VLANs must be named by using the syntax: port_name-vlan-id. "port_name" specifies the physical port or interface group and "vlan-id" specifies the VLAN identification on the network. For example, "e1c-80" is a valid VLAN name.