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Troubleshooting Route Redistribution

If there's one CCNP / BSCI topic that looks so easy but can lead to a real headache, it's route redistribution. I'm not even talking about the routing loops and suboptimal routing that can result when route redistribution is done without proper planning - I'm talking about the basic commands themselves. Leaving out one single command option, or forgetting what else needs to be redistributed when redistributing dynamically discovered routes, can leave you with a routing table that looks complete but does not result in full IP connectivity.

In this free CCNP / BSCI tutorial series, we'll take a look at three common errors in route redistribution configurations, and how to fix them. We'll use three routers, R1, R3, and R5. R1 and R5 are in a RIPv2 domain and R1 and R3 are in an OSPF domain. R1 will be performing two-way route redistribution.

R5 is advertising its loopback,, into the RIPv2 domain. R1 sees this route in its RIP routing table:

R1#show ip route rip is subnetted, 1 subnets

R [120/1] via, 00:00:01, Ethernet0

For R3 to see this route, route redistribution must be configured on R1. We'll use the redistribute rip command to do so.

R1(config)#router ospf 1
R1(config-router)#redistribute rip
% Only classful networks will be redistributed

The router immediately gives us a message that "only classful networks will be redistributed". What does this mean? Let's go to R3 and see if that router is receiving this route.

R3#show ip route ospf

< no output >

When we get no result from a show command, that means there's nothing to show. The only routes that will be successfully redistributed with the current configuration on R1 are classful networks, and is a subnet.

To further illustrate the point, a classful network has been added to R5. This network is /8, and is now being advertised by RIP. R1 sees this network as classful...

R1#show ip route rip

R [120/1] via, 00:00:00, Ethernet0 is subnetted, 1 subnets

R [120/1] via, 00:00:00, Ethernet0

... and R3 is receiving the route through redistribution.

R3#show ip route ospf

O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:08, Serial0.31

To redistribute both classful and classless networks, the option "subnets" must be added to the redistribute command on R1.

R1(config)#router ospf 1

R1(config-router)#no redistribute rip

R1(config-router)#redistribute rip subnets

R3 will now see both the classful and classless networks being redistributed into OSPF. ( is the network connecting R1 and R5.)

R3#show ip route ospf

O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:20, Serial0.31 is subnetted, 1 subnets

O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:20, Serial0.31 is subnetted, 1 subnets

O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:20, Serial0.31

This is one of the most common errors made during route redistribution, but now you know what to look out for! In the next part of this free CCNP / BSCI tutorial, we'll take a look at another such error.

About the Author:
Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933, is the owner of The Bryant Advantage , home of free CCNA and CCNP tutorials! Pass the CCNA exam with Chris Bryant!

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