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Using OSPF’s

BSCI exam success, not to mention earning your CCNP, can come down to your OSPF route summarization skills.

There are a few different commands and situations you need to be ready for, and one of these situations is the proper use of the “summary-address” command.

The summary-address command should be used on an ASBR in order to summarize routes that are being injected into the OSPF domain via redistribution. In the following example, four routes are being redisitributed into OSPF on R1, making R1 an ASBR.

interface Loopback16
ip address
interface Loopback17
ip address
interface Loopback18
ip address
interface Loopback19
ip address
R1(config)#router ospf 1
R1(config-router)#redistribute connected subnets

These four routes are seen on downstream router R2 as External Type-2, the default for routes redistributed into OSPF.

R2#show ip route ospf
O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:07, Serial0
O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:07, Serial0
O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:07, Serial0
O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:07, Serial0

To summarize networks learned by redistribution, use the OSPF command summary-address. You can probably do this summarization in your head, but do so before continuing with the lab.

R1(config)#router ospf 1

Look at the change in R2s OSPF table.

R2#show ip route ospf
O E2 [110/20] via, 00:00:05, Serial0

The external routes have been successfully summarized. Note that the summary route is still marked as an E2 route.

Theres an interesting route installed into R1s OSPF table as well.

R1#show ip route ospf
O is a summary, 00:01:51, Null0

When you configure summary routes in OSPF, a route to null0 will be installed into the OSPF routing table. This helps to prevent routing loops. Any packets destined for the routes that have been summarized will have a longer match in the routing table….

C is directly connected, Loopback17
C is directly connected, Loopback16
C is directly connected, Loopback19
C is directly connected, Loopback18

O is a summary, 00:03:10, Null0
O is a summary, 00:07:53, Null0

… and packets that do not match one of the summarized routes but do match the summary route will be dropped.


March 17, 2007 - Posted by | BSCI, CCNP

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