gratuitous-arps

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Aug 11th, 2009
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It appears (to me at least) that the documentation (Command References) and command lookup tool provide elusive/and almost contradict each other on what the default behavior is) for:


no ip gratuitous-arps

ip gratuitous-arps


On top of that it appears that Cisco does not support these

commands on certain IOS based Catalysts.


I thought (most likely incorrect) that 'ip gratuitous-arps' were enabled by default through 12.2?


12.3 on - no ip gratuitous-arps was the default


end of story.


Can someone please provide accurate information on this

or point me in the right direction?


Jim Abercromby


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jabercromby Tue, 08/11/2009 - 09:53
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Let me make sure I have this straight


For IOS/Router platforms = 'ip gratuitous arps'

disabled by default since 12.2


For Catalyst/Switch (MLS) etc. = 'ip arp inspection'

This is disabled by default too.


So if I am looking to see if a catalyst switch is

filtering/restricting gratuitous arps

'ip arp inspection filter vlan' commands

filtering specific vlans would have to be configured.


YES or NO?

Lucien Avramov Tue, 08/11/2009 - 10:49
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1. NO: For IOS/ROUTERS, by default, if no command is entered:

Gratuitous ARP messages are NOT sent out when the client receives the address from the local address pool.


2. YES for Catalyst, Dynamic Arp Inspection, not enabled by default

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