We configured a OTV DCI in my previous post and it was working as expected and by design. But during testing of all the VLANs I discovered a problem with HSRP over OTV, but only for 1 specific VLAN. The test results:
A ping from a host in DC1 in VLAN 10 to the HSRP address gives random drops
A ping from a host in DC1 in any VLAN to the HSRP address pings without any problems
Shutdown the SVI of VLAN 10 in DC2, A ping from a host in DC1 in VLAN 10 to the HSRP address without any problems
VLAN 10 is still disabled in DC2, but a host can ping the HSRP address from DC2 to DC1. This should be impossible because of the FHRP filtering
Changing the standby group number (they are the same in DC1 and DC2 to keep the same MAC address) partially solved the problem, but some hosts in DC1 got the HSRP MAC of DC2 in the ARP table. This is not what we want.
Moving the SVI from a 6500 switch to a 3750 switch in DC1, none of the above problems
I still have no idea why this problem only exists for VLAN 10, all other VLANs work as expected but I’ve found a good workaround for this in the configuration guide:
During a project I’ve been working on, we needed to configure OTV on a Cisco ASR. I did write a blog for configuring OTV on a Nexus 7000 before (click here) but the configuration on a Cisco ASR router is a bit different. The used technologies and basic configuration steps are equal, but the syntax is different for a few configuration steps .
Unfortunately, the documentation is not as good as for the Nexus 7000. I’ve found one good configuration guide (here) but this guide isn’t covering all. So, it’s a good reason to write a blog post about the basic OTV configuration on a Cisco ASR router.
As you can see in the diagram, the ASR routers are back-to-back connected. There is no guideline how to connect these routers, as long as there is IP connectivity between them with multicast capabilities and a MTU of atleast 1542 btyes.
I was working on a installation and configuration of a C3850 switch with LAN base license.
What is in the name with LAN Base license… As we all know from previous licenses (like 3750-X licenses), there is no routing available but… there is basic routing functionality available in the LAN base license for C3850 switches!
There are some limitations for routing with LAN base license though:
Maximum of 15 static routes
no routing protocols, only static routing
During the test phase of our implementation, we encountered performance issues:
File transfers inside VLAN’s: no issues
Inter-VLAN file transfers: slow throughput with a maximum of ~10Mb/s
I wrote a blog about Cisco Champion nominations a few weeks ago: this post. Today, november 15th, the first Cisco Champions are selected and I’m very honored and proud to let you know that I’m invited to the program!
I’ll keep you informed about the program and offcourse I keep blogging about the technologies and products I work with. This all to share the needed knowledge to everyone who needs it.
I want to thank everyone who nominated me for the program!
Cisco started the Cisco Champion program for people who are passionate about (Cisco) Datacenter technologies and love to share their knowledge with the rest of the world by blogging, twittering and other social media.
The nominations are open until oct 31th and it’s possible to nominate me and all other great bloggers we all check out regularly.
How to nominate?
Send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure the text “Data Center” is in the message body.
All nominations are appreciated!
More information about the Cisco Champion program can be found here: