Do You Need More Configuration Examples?

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Mar 29th, 2010

We want to know! Tell us which technology areas need more configuration examples.

I have this problem too.
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Correct Answer by burleyman about 6 years 6 months ago

What exactly do you mean?

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Janel Kratky Mon, 03/29/2010 - 09:50

Thanks for your quick reply. We are trying to determine which technology areas to start with so that we can focus on developing more, complex config examples. For example; one customer we talked to said that examples were lacking when installing NAC wireless out of band.

Is there a particular area where think config examples are missing or inadequate?

burleyman Mon, 03/29/2010 - 10:03

Can you direct me to some current configuration examples for MPLS, OSFP, EIRGP, BGP. I would like to check them out.


Janel Kratky Mon, 03/29/2010 - 10:49

Hi Mike,

Navigating to examples for MPLS, OSPF, EIRGP, and BGP can be complicated because they reside in multiple locations.

Here's an example:

From the Support page > Product Selector > Select Configure in the left nav > then Technology (in the main window, first box on the left) > then Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) > then MPLS > Configure > Configuration Examples and Tech Notes. This may help for MPLS.

The team is working on these navigation issues so that you can find examples in the areas you need.



burleyman Mon, 03/29/2010 - 13:13

Thanks for the links. I will check them out and based on your question try and offer anything I can.


Janel Kratky Tue, 03/30/2010 - 10:58

Perfect example, thanks much! This is exactly what we want to know.

If you have other instances, please post!

neharris Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:22

Please.  Looking for examples of Hierarchical QoS (HQoS) keyed towards provisioning of Customer Edge (CE) ROUTERS facing carrier Provider Edge (PE) devices of an MPLS network. 

Specifically Cisco has moved through some design changes and marketing name changes for the 'Modular QoS CLI' (MQC) and added features, which have their respective examples, but the examples are autonomous or a la carte and not shown as they'd be when integrated into a more comprehensive solution scheme. 

For example a 5 class traffic model for a CE router connected to an MPLS network via Ethernet and ATM (DSL) to the PE utilizing Committed Access Rates in EF, AF4x, AF3x, AF2x, AF1x and best effort or default class traffic AND leveraging the Cisco 'Ethernet Overhead Accounting' that includes a real world example e.g. Carriers charge for all the overhead:

• Pre-amble                         7
• Start-of-Frame delimiter      1
• MAC destination                6
• MAC source                      6
• VLAN TAG                        4
• Ethertype/Length               2
• Payload                            46-1500
• CRC32                              4
• Interframe Gap                   12

not just the MACs, ethertype, payload and CRC's; the model(s) should include a variety of classification methods to highlight the Cisco software including policing of the EF traffic where exceeding traffic is dropped and another where it's marked down; Utilization of Cisco's Low Latency Queuing (LLQ) for that higher traffic; other classes should include newer Cisco shaping techniques like Class Based Shaping instead of the Generic Traffic Shaping usually found;  drop management techniques should be included in the bottom classes to further highlight the software's modular nature like Distributed Weighted Random Early Detection (dWRED).

To add real value and really show off Cisco's software instead of the answer to this question being a few different examples of the QoS classification, marking and queuing in the middle of a generic configuration, it should also add other 'feature flash' (I'll call it) like adjustment of Cisco's queue-limit; setting of the hardware transmit ring; use and effect of the interface bandwidth command (both inside and outside of the policy-map's classes); max-reserved-bandwidth modifications and effect; advantages in using Cisco's random-detect exponential-weighting-constant value and so on.

It's great to have all these features, Cisco has great software.  However I've found that mixing the features in a design at your desk is difficult.  In order to create a good design it's necessary to be sitting at the CLI to test the limits of integration since the parameters and their variable bounds change based on context.  What may appear to work on paper based on all the documentation, is either rejected by the IOS during implementation, or accepted by the IOS but has no effect, or empirically demonstrates a completely unexpected behavior.   Having examples that Cisco marketing and engineering has put some serious thought into in terms of showing off feature integration, that are complete tuned configurations top to bottom, would be incredibly valuable to those whom are able extrapolate to derive answers to their configuration challenges through inferred information in those feature uses and boundaries.

I hope you're able to use this, or maybe poll to validate my assertions first and then, hopefully, execute.  Or maybe you'll just send me a link that I've been missing all along – THAT would be great!



Janel Kratky Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:10

Wow, great insight and information. I can certainly understand needing a more comprehensive, integrated solution. We'll be taking your reply back to our team to discuss further. Much appreciated!

marikakis Thu, 04/08/2010 - 15:29

Hi Janel,

I am not sure if this can be strictly classified as an additional configuration example, but here it is:

The behavior of cisco BGP routers when sending MEDs to eBGP peers is not documented in any online document I have come across up to now.

There have been at least two relatively recent threads (and both close in time) where I think the questions of the authors were fundamentally due to

the lack of documentation for this behavior. Here are the threads:

My understanding is that the standards do not restrict implementations regarding this behavior and what actually happens depends on the vendor. Intuitively people do not expect MEDs to be sent to an eBGP peer without explicit configuration on the AS that originates a route. However, this can happen under certain circumstances and it can affect incoming traffic flows of the originating AS e.g. when there are 2 connections to the same upstream ISP (i.e. upsteam might receive MEDs from the originating AS and use them to decide how to send traffic back to the originating AS). The effect can sometimes vary depending on how exactly the IGP metric is being determined (e.g. in a case where 2 border routers have static routes to null0 with AD 254 and use network command to inject routes into BGP, if the border routers also redistribute the statics into OSPF, strange things can happen).

The only documentation I could find regarding this issue is on page 19 of the cisco press title "BGP Design and Implementation" (R. Zhang and M. Bartell). So, could we have a online document with a detailed description of the behavior of cisco routers when sending MEDs to eBGP peers under various circumstances, related show command output, pitfalls to avoid and any configuration needed so that administator maintains informed control over what is being advertised?

Kind Regards,


Sandeepkumar Patel Wed, 03/31/2010 - 22:29


I need configuration example for Dial Peer/ SIP trunking between Unified Communication manager & Unified Communication manager express over WAN connection.

Can please guide me for this scenario? or can you give me the existed configuration example link.



kymorris Fri, 04/02/2010 - 08:32

880 - 890 series configuration examples for wireless.

Any of these ISR type devices that contain wireless components are a nightmare to configure. I found one sample config but it was completely useless.

Actually a basic config for the whole device would be good, since people tend to think that they are plug and play but they are not.

alfredos Tue, 05/25/2010 - 09:56

Indeed. I dare say that just a couple well thought out configs would cover the wireless features that most netadmins need.

I, for one, would be most happy with sample configurations for WPA2 and WPA2 Enterprise without external server, avoiding the use of IRB, in ISR and ISR-G2 devices.

It's not that the devices are not plug and play... It's that they are unnecessarily hard to configure due to lack of task-oriented documentation and real-life examples. Try this: Choose a netadmin with a pretty decent background in general networking but less wireless experience. Ask him/her to configure say an ISR as access point with WPA2 with shared key using the provided documentation on CCO. Measure time and use of bad words during the experiment.

Marwan ALshawi Sun, 04/04/2010 - 18:14


i am happy that we have somewhere to give feed back about this area

first of all Cisco configuration examples in i think its one of the best among other venders in term of documents' layout and examples' details

however i think there are some technologies do not have enough examples such as:


Telepresence specially integration with other systems and Telepresence Recording even in the partner section there are few examples


PFR   --- I created a configuration example in  netpro as document i think its one of the few detailed examples in this technology !!!


some of UC features,   I  mean the new features in CUCM 7 and the coming version 8 ( most of the current documents uses CCM 4)

this is whats at the top of my mind now

thank you for this discussion


jonasdiaz Mon, 04/05/2010 - 14:20

Yeah, please I will recommend some confg examples of NAM, Network Analysis Module...

angelblacut Mon, 04/12/2010 - 14:27


Could somebody post a configuration of any switch and routers able to support BGP4, I need to simulate a IXP in Bolivia, gathering around 10 ISP, is this info that public? Thanks!

Tim Glen Tue, 04/13/2010 - 09:06

How about more config examples showing how to use ISAKMP with RSA-SIG, obtaining cert from MS CA or Verisign and other providers.  

Thx Much!!

bischoff_s Wed, 04/14/2010 - 11:05

Thanks for asking. Yes, I'm in need of new configuration examples. My problem at the moment is that I can't find configuration examles for the C4908M and ME4924-10GE switch. The problem is the configuration of the management interface to support tacacs+, ssh, tftp and so on. I found some configuration examples for using inband management with special VFRs and the use of an Loopback interface, but I'm looking for configuration examples using the built in separate management interface of this switch. It would be glad from you, if you can put new configuration examples to CCO.

With kind regards

Stefan Bischoff

Jon Marshall Wed, 04/14/2010 - 14:12


Catalyst QOS can be a very confusing subject. It is well documented for each switch type but what i think would be very useful would be a side by side comparison of how MQC classification/marking/queueing/policing etc. can be transferred to a Catalyst configuration.

Obviously you can't always do a straight comparison because the capabilities are not the same but it could still be generalised to an extent.


stevjarbeck Thu, 04/15/2010 - 20:18

Yes, Cisco has a slew of config examples, but for whatever reason they never seem relevant to me....This could be me....But, I feel Cisco needs to provide more config examples and update older config examples with each IOS release if the features/functionality changes.  I feel that many of the config examples are too "vanilla", "cookie cutter" configs that fail to address "real world" scenarios.

My two cents worth...



Janel Kratky Fri, 04/16/2010 - 09:08

Really appreciate your insight, Steve.

If you have a specific example, please do advise. Thanks!

Frans Verschoor Wed, 04/21/2010 - 05:04

How about a switch and Nac Guest Server Integration Guide, Like The WLC and Nac Guest server integration Guide.



ericohermoso Thu, 04/22/2010 - 09:38


I have 2 IPS 4270 AND I want to set up for promiscous mode and also failover for this two devices. Do you have a configuration samples? Please if you have kindly give me a samples.

thank you and best regards

raziel78kain Thu, 04/29/2010 - 07:08

Dear Janel,

could you provide some configuration examples to configure DNS SRV to provide high availability in a complex VOIP scenario (CallManager, Presence, Unity Connection, IPCC, ...)?

We would like these examples both DNS and appliance side.

Moreover, could you provide some configuration examples to get high availability for some VOIP services, such as CallManger URL directory access?

Is there a way to get that without a load balancer, but only with the use of DNS?

Thanks and regards.

Janel Kratky Mon, 05/03/2010 - 07:51

Thanks so much for your detailed reply and for contributing to the types of technology areas that need more examples. Your input will help shape our focus - thanks!

Janel Kratky Mon, 05/03/2010 - 07:55

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Janel Kratky Mon, 06/28/2010 - 10:13

Thanks to everyone that replied to this thread about needing more, complex configuration examples for specific technology areas. We are working closely with teams at Cisco to provide examples on Cisco's DocWiki. DocWiki uses wiki technology to improve collaboration regarding Cisco documentation. Log in today and click on the configuration example icon. Enter a page name in the open text field and click create page to add your example.


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