What is CHI-NOG (Chicago-NOG)

Over the last year, I haven’t been writing many new blog posts. I have been pretty busy with a new job, but also starting a new networking group called the Chicago Network Operators Group (CHI-NOG). The idea behind it is that there aren’t that many places where network engineers can meet to talk about technology, learn something new and network with each other. The communities are mostly virtual and that’s something I wanted to change by creating CHI-NOG.

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Pseudowire FAT Interoperability

I usually don’t think much about Pseudowires Sub-TLV until I encountered two IOS-XR boxes that didn’t use the same value and didn’t forward any packets. There is a special corner case of pseudowires using Flow Labels Transport (FAT) that can cause unexpected behavior and if you don’t watch out you might drop traffic. In this post I’ll go over the details of using FAT with different IOS-XR versions and what can go wrong.

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New GNS3 – Redesign changing networking again

GNS3 has been a crucial tool used by many network engineers to emulate computer networks.  It has proven to be fundamental  studying for all network certification levels such as CCNA, CCNP and CCIE. It has been crucial for network design validations within many companies.  With the news of Cisco’s VIRL, many said that GNS3 will disappear, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. GNS3 is going through a major redesign and needs the help of all the engineers that it helped over the years.

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Anycast DNS with IP SLA DNS

Recently I came across an idea to implement anycast DNS within an enterprise environment. The concept is similar to Google’s public DNS, but at an enterprise level. Using IP SLA DNS, a static tracked route and some redistribution it makes it an easy solution. The biggest benefits is that all internal clients can use the same DNS IP address no matter what locations they reside in; additional benefit is distributing the load when DNS attacks occur.

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RSVP Per Flow Limit and RSVP Call Rate

When configuring RSVP, the “ip rsvp bandwidth (bandwidth) [per flow limit]” command there is an optional parameter which limits the per flow bandwidth of individual RSVP reservation.  When using Call Admission Control for VoIP, that is the rate of an individual voice call in one direction, but the behavior is not as clear cut as it seems.

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Making RSVP work over DVMPN

When using RSVP Call Admission Control (CAC) for VoIP, DMVPN and RSVP have limitations that prevent RSVP from working over DMVPN. If you have VoIP and you can’t use location based CAC, RSVP is the only answers. So what’s the problem with RSVP over DMVPN? The root of the problem is RSVP’s loop prevention mechanism. In this post I’ll describe an original solutions to make RSVP CAC work over DMVPN.

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VIRL – Why you need to know about it!

At Cisco Live in Orlando I had the chance to demo the Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL). It is Cisco’s answer to GNS3 or Junipers’ Junosphere using virtualization to create virtual network topologies. This tools will be as revolutionary as GNS3, but at a much larger scale. It is an awesome tool that can be used for certification studying but also to validate production designs. Everyone I spoke to couldn’t wait to get their hands on it, including me!

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Which IPv6 source address to choose

In the good old days of IPv4, an interface on a host could have only one IPv4 IP address. Things were very simple, every IP host would use that one address as the source IP for all communication. When we get into IPv6, each interface can have multiple IPv6 addresses. These addresses have different scopes such as global, unique-local and link-local. If an IPv6 enabled host would like to send a packets to another host, which source IPv6 address does it choose? What if it has four addresses: 2001:10::3/64 (Global from ISP A), 2001:23::3/64 (Global from ISP B), fc00:23::3/64 (Unique-Local) and fe80:23::3 (Link-Local)?

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EIGRP Filtering with Offset-list and Delay

EIGRP Offset-list is usually used to increase the metric of routes being advertised over a link, but can it be used to filter EIGRP prefixes?

I thought about using offset-list in RIP to filter specific routes and thought how about doing the same thing in EIGRP? I haven’t run into any examples or blog posts of using Offset-list in EIGRP to filter routes so I thought about labing it out to see if that’s possible. Continue reading

When NTP access-control needs ACL for

The very simple answer is when the local NTP master controller is synching to the IP address instead of Ok, I think I need to clarify few things.  In a number of CCIE workbooks, you’ll get a task to configure NTP access-control on the master NTP router to only peer with R1.  After trying for a long time, you lookup the solution guide and realize that you were missing an ACL entry for the local address Or you finished the task, everything works, you check the solution guide and ask yourself “why did they have an ACL for the IP address I did it without it and it worked.”

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OSPF Area Range – Active vs Passive Advertisment

I was troubleshooting an OSPF area range summarization and came upon something I haven’t seen before called Passive Advertisement. There weren’t too many Cisco documents that explained it so I decided to post a really quick description explaining it in little detail and where you could see it . This could be useful for the CCIE troubleshooting section, when dealing with OSPF area summarization problems.

I will use R3 to demonstrate. This router is connected to area 0 and area 1 which makes it the only ABR connecting the two areas. R3 should be sending a summary route for the two component routes and Looks pretty simple. To verify, I check the output of show ip ospf to make sure the area 0 range command is configured:

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Can’t remember the IPv6 6to4 conversion?

What is IPv6 6to4 tunnel address? 2022::/16 or 2002::/16? How do you convert the IPv4 address into IPv6 6to4 tunnel address? Well there is the long way, which you should understand and then there is the easy way in case you need to configure it really quickly. I found this nice method where you can use the IPv6 General Prefix feature to automatically calculate the conversion. Originally this feature was used to create a variable for IPv6 network, the “general-prefix”, to easily change all IPv6 addresses in case reassignment of IP subnets.

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IPv6 ACL Explicit vs Implicit Deny Any Any

Reading the IPv6 Configuration Guide (Implementing Traffic Filters and Firewalls for IPv6 Security), I came across a little known fact that seems to be very important when configuring  IPv6 access-lists on IOS.

Usually when I configured an IPv4 ACL, I explicitly defined a deny ip any any at the end, which seems like the best practice.  But what happens when you do that same thing with IPv6 ACLs.

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BGP – Modifying the AD of Backdoor networks

As you may know that the backdoor feature of BGP changes the AD to 200. But is there a way to modify it?

There is a way, it’s not very intuitive. When you configure a network as a backdoor network you are creating a local-route that you don’t originate to others. To modify a local-route you can use the distance bgp command. Remember that bgp distance format it:

distance bgp (eBGP) (iBGP) (Local/Backdoor)

Below is a quick example where I use the route as a backdoor route.

router bgp 5
no synchronization
bgp log-neighbor-changes
network mask backdoor
neighbor remote-as 4
distance bgp 20 200 233
no auto-summary

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Redistribution RIP-OSPF Distance

Complex redistribution can be quite a challenging  task to encounter studying for the CCIE R&S lab. There doesn’t seem to be that many clearly define general rules out there. So I thought why not dissect each individual case that could cause tricky redistribution problems.

RIP and OSPF are a perfect example of two protocols that when they meet, something will go wrong by default. The reason that these two protocols are so prone to problems is for 1. RIP has no concept of an external routes and 2. OSPF has the same AD for internal and external routes.

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