Passive Interface Command And OSPF
To pass the BSCI exam and become a CCNP, you have to be aware of the proper use of passive interfaces.
You learned about passive interfaces in your CCNA studies, but here we’ll review the basic concept and clear up one misconception regarding passive interfaces and OSPF.
Configuring an interface as passive will still allow the interface to receive routing updates, but the interface will no longer transmit them.
While the command itself would make you think this command will be applied at the interface level, that is not the case. Below, we’ll configure ethernet0 as a RIP passive interface.
Ethernet0 will no longer send RIP routing updates, but will accept them.
The passive interface concept is clear enough with RIP, IGRP, and EIGRP – all rotocols that send routing update packets. But OSPF doesn’t send routing update ackets – OSPF sends link state advertisements.
It’s the inability of the passive interface command to stop LSAs that lead many o think that passive interfaces cannot be used with OSPF.
Even though OSPF does not sent “routing updates” in the form that RIP, IGRP, and IGRP do, you can still configure an OSPF-enabled interface as passive in order o prevent OSPF traffic from exiting or entering that interface.
No OSPF adjacency can be formed if one of the interfaces involved is a passive nterface, and if you configure an OSPF-enabled interface as passive where an djacency already exists, the adjacency will drop almost immediately.
Let’s see that in action. R1 and R2 have an existing OSPF adjacency over their thernet interfaces. In an effort to reduce routing traffic, R1’s e0 interface s configured as passive. The adjacency drops right away.
R1(config)#router ospf 1
18:31:11: %OSPF-5-ADJCHG: Process 1, Nbr 220.127.116.11 on Ethernet0 from FULL to DOWN,
Neighbor Down: Interface down or detached
Knowing how to use the passive interface command is a vital part of being a CNP, and of being a master networker. Good luck to you in both of these pursuits!