NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure

The NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure specifies the configuration parameters for a network adapter (NIC) that is connected to a Hyper-V extensible switch port.

Syntax


typedef struct _NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS {
  NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER           Header;
  ULONG                        Flags;
  NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_NAME         NicName;
  NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_FRIENDLYNAME NicFriendlyName;
  NDIS_SWITCH_PORT_ID          PortId;
  NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_INDEX        NicIndex;
  NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_TYPE         NicType;
  NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_STATE        NicState;
  NDIS_VM_NAME                 VmName;
  NDIS_VM_FRIENDLYNAME         VMFriendlyName;
  GUID                         NetCfgInstanceId;
  ULONG                        MTU;
  USHORT                       NumaNodeId;
  UCHAR                        PermanentMacAddress[NDIS_MAX_PHYS_ADDRESS_LENGTH];
  UCHAR                        VMMacAddress[NDIS_MAX_PHYS_ADDRESS_LENGTH];
  UCHAR                        CurrentMacAddress[NDIS_MAX_PHYS_ADDRESS_LENGTH];
  BOOLEAN                      VFAssigned;
} NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS, *PNDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS;

Members

Header

The type, revision, and size of the NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure. This member is formatted as an NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER structure.

The Type member of Header must be set to NDIS_OBJECT_TYPE_DEFAULT. To specify the version of the NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure, the Revision member of Header must be set to the following value:

NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS_REVISION_1

Original version for NDIS 6.30 and later.

Set the Size member to NDIS_SIZEOF_NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS_REVISION_1.

Flags

A ULONG value that contains a bitwise OR of flags. The following flag value is defined.

ValueMeaning
NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_FLAGS_NIC_INITIALIZING

This flag is set when the OID_SWITCH_NIC_CREATE OID is issued for the first time in the lifetime of a VM NIC object. If this flag is set:

  • A Hyper-V Extensible Switch extension can optionally reduce the value of the MTU member in the NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure if it needs to reserve headroom for encapsulation before it passes the OID down the stack. The extension will not be able to reserve encapsulation headroom for any other type of NIC.
  • The extension should not increase the MTU value.

This flag will be set only if the NicType member is NdisSwitchNicTypeSynthetic.

 

NicName

An NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_NAME value that specifies the unique internal name of the network adapter that is connected to an extensible switch port.

For more information, see the Remarks section.

NicFriendlyName

An NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_FRIENDLYNAME value that specifies the user-friendly description of the network adapter.

PortId

An NDIS_SWITCH_PORT_ID value that contains the unique identifier of the extensible switch port to which the network adapter is connected.

NicIndex

An NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_INDEX value that specifies the index of the network adapter that is connected to the extensible switch port specified by the PortId member.

For more information on NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_INDEX values, see Network Adapter Index Values.

NicType

An NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_TYPE value that specifies the type of the network adapter that is connected to an extensible switch port.

NicState

An NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_STATE value that specifies the current state of the network adapter.

VmName

An NDIS_VM_NAME value that specifies the unique internal name of the Hyper-V child partition in which the guest operating system that exposes the network adapter is running.

The Hyper-V child partition is also known as a virtual machine (VM).

Note  This member is valid only if the NicType member contains a value of NdisSwitchNicSyntheticNic or NdisSwitchNicEmulatedNic.

VMFriendlyName

An NDIS_VM_FRIENDLYNAME value that specifies the external name of the Hyper-V child partition that is attached to the VF. This member contains the user-friendly description of the partition.

NetCfgInstanceId

A GUID value that specifies the NetCfgInstanceId registry value of the underlying network adapter.

Note  This member is valid only if the NicType member is set to NdisSwitchNicTypeExternal or NdisSwitchNicTypeInternal. NetCfgInstanceId will not be valid until after the virtual network adapter has been initialized.

MTU

A ULONG value that specifies the maximum transmission unit (MTU) size, in bytes, for the network adapter.

Note  The value of this member can change during the lifetime of a VM NIC. Therefore, extensions should read this member of the NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure that is passed down with the following OIDs:

NumaNodeId

A USHORT value that specifies the identifier for the preferred Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) node of a CPU. On computers that support NUMA architecture, the preferred NUMA node is the CPU that has the smallest distance to the network adapter.

Note  This member is valid only if the NicType member is set to NdisSwitchNicTypeSynthetic or NdisSwitchNicTypeEmulated.

PermanentMacAddress

A UCHAR array that specifies the media access control (MAC) address as configured on the host partition for the network adapter. This can be different from the MAC address currently in use by the network adapter.

VMMacAddress

A UCHAR array that specifies the MAC address that is configured on the network adapter inside the VM itself. The field is all zeros for non VM NICs. If AllowMacSpoofing (from NDIS_SWITCH_PORT_PROPERTY_SECURITY) is TRUE, this address will also be applied to the CurrentMacAddress.

CurrentMacAddress

A UCHAR array that specifies the MAC address that is currently being used in the switch for the network adapter. If AllowMacSpoofing and AllowTeaming are both FALSE, then this value will be equal to PermanentMacAddress. If AllowMacSpoofing is TRUE, this value will be equal to the VMMacAddress. If AllowTeaming is TRUE and teaming failover has occurred inside the VM, the CurrentMacAddress will be equal to the MAC address that was failed over to the network adapter or PermanentMacAddress if no failover has occurred.

VFAssigned

A BOOLEAN value that, if set to TRUE, specifies that the network adapter is attached to a PCI Express (PCIe) virtual function (VF). A VF is exposed by an underlying physical network adapter that supports the single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) interface.

For more information, see the Remarks section.

Note  The VFAssigned member is valid only if the NicType member contains a value of NdisSwitchNicTypeEmulated or NdisSwitchNicTypeSynthetic. This member must be set to FALSE if the NicType member contains a value of NdisSwitchNicTypeExternal or NdisSwitchNicTypeInternal.

Remarks

OID query requests of OID_SWITCH_NIC_ARRAY return an NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_ARRAY structure that contains zero or more elements. Each element is formatted as an NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure.

The NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS structure is also used in the following OID requests:

Note  The NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_NAME, NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_FRIENDLYNAME, NDIS_VM_NAME, and NDIS_VM_FRIENDLYNAME data types are type-defined by the IF_COUNTED_STRING structure. A string that is defined by this structure does not have to be null-terminated. However, the length of the string must be set in the Length member of this structure. If the string is null-terminated, the Length member must not include the terminating null character.

Guidelines for the NicType and NicName Members

Based on the value NicType member, the format of the NicName member is as follows:

  • If the NicType member is set to NdisSwitchNicTypeExternal, the value of the NicName member is the unique instance identifier (InstanceId) of the physical network adapter that is bound to the external network adapter. This type of network adapter is exposed in the management operating system that runs in the Hyper-V parent partition.

    The external network adapter provides a connection to the physical network interface that is available on the host. The external network adapter can be accessed by the Hyper-V parent partition and all child partitions.

    Note  The InstanceId value is generated by the Plug and Play manager that runs in the management operating system.

  • If the NicType member is set to NdisSwitchNicTypeInternal, the value of the NicName member is the device display name that identifies the internal network adapter. This type of network adapter is exposed in the management operating system of a Hyper-V parent partition.

    The internal network adapter can be accessed by the Hyper-V parent partition and all child partitions. However, the internal network adapter does not connect to the physical network interface that is available on the host.

    Note  The device display name is generated by the Hyper-V WMI management layer that runs in the management operating system.

  • For all other NicType member values, the value of the NicName member is uniquely assigned to the synthetic or emulated network adapter by the policy management interface. These types of network adapters are exposed in the guest operating system that runs is a Hyper-V child partition.

Guidelines for the VFAssigned Member

A PCIe VF is created and allocated by an underlying physical adapter that supports the SR-IOV interface. After the PCIe VF is created, the virtualization stack attaches, or assigns, a Hyper-V child partition to the VF. The guest operating system that runs in this partition exposes a virtual machine (VM) network adapter that is attached, or assigned to the underlying SR-IOV physical adapter.

If the VFAssigned member is set to TRUE, packets are routed directly between the underlying SR-IOV physical network adapter and the virtual adapter. However, because the extensible switch is not involved in packet delivery, extensible switch port policies, such as access control lists (ACLs), are not applied to these packets.

The extension can remove a VF assignment by issuing an NDIS_STATUS_SWITCH_PORT_REMOVE_VF status indication. This indication causes the packets to be delivered through an extensible switch port instead of directly between the VM network adapter and the SR-IOV physical adapter. This allows the extensible switch port policies to be applied to packets that are received or sent over the extensible switch port. When the extension makes the NDIS_STATUS_SWITCH_PORT_REMOVE_VF status indication, it specifies which extensible switch port the virtual network adapter is connected to.

For more information, see NDIS_STATUS_SWITCH_PORT_REMOVE_VF.

Requirements

Version

Supported in NDIS 6.30 and later.

Header

Ntddndis.h (include Ndis.h)

See also

NDIS_OBJECT_HEADER
NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_ARRAY
NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_PARAMETERS
NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_STATE
NDIS_SWITCH_NIC_TYPE
NDIS_STATUS_SWITCH_PORT_REMOVE_VF
OID_SWITCH_NIC_ARRAY
OID_SWITCH_NIC_CONNECT
OID_SWITCH_NIC_CREATE
OID_SWITCH_NIC_DELETE
OID_SWITCH_NIC_DISCONNECT
OID_SWITCH_NIC_SAVE
OID_SWITCH_NIC_SAVE_COMPLETE
OID_SWITCH_NIC_UPDATED

 

 

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