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Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

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I am wondering if the asymmetric routing and HSRP issue demonstrated in the following link as Case Study #8 will apply to any multilayer switches environment with same topology and same config as case 8? Such as if the two switches are 4506E..

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ip/hot-standby-router-protocol-hsrp/10583-62.html#t8

thank you in advance,

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Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

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Yes, and the issue (#8) isn't limited to HSRP.

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Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

thanks you Joseph for your kind reply.

Some background informatioin: Network slowness was observed a few year ago when the two switches were 6509, and it was resolved after I changed the MAC aging time and ARP timeout to the same value. For some reason, we migrated the switches to 4506E two years ago with same topology and same HSRP design (one is active for odd vlans, and the other is active for the even vlans), but kept the MAC aging time and ARP timeout as default, but so far so good. I started wondering if the issue is platform related, as different platform use different switching techologies, but any way, layer 2 and layer 3 still have different tables, and aging times.

So just want to clarify it with you that: if we still want to have HSRP load sharing, then we should adjust the MAC or ARP timeout value, to ensure good network performance, or keep HSRP active on one switch.

thanks again..

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I would suggest aligning your MAC and ARP timers as it's a generic issue on any of Cisco L3 switches, also noted when you search for dealing with unicast flooding, e.g.:

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/video/headend/Digital/QAM_Series/4022934_A.pdf

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/catalyst-6000-series-switches/23563-143.html?referring_site=smartnavRD

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Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

Thanks Joseph again for your kind help. It is much clear now..

All the best!!

New Member

Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

Hi Joshph,

In the 'Introduction' of the first article, it is saying 'However, there have been occasions in which those packets are 'flooded' through all ports on the same switch every five minutes. I don't think it is every five minutes, instead, the packets will be flooded through all ports in the same vlan after 5 minutes(CAM table aged out), untill another arp sending out (arp table timeout). Is that correct?

thanks,

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Yes, I agree with you on both points.  I.e. flooding would be limited to same VLAN (or trunk) ports.  Problem begins after CAM timer expires and until something like an ARP causes a refresh of CAM address table.

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Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

Great. Thanks a lot!!

New Member

Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

Hi Joseph,

I think the issue doesn't exist in Nexus or VSS enviroment, as they do sync the layer 2 forwarding table (mac-address-table). Is it correct?

thanks again,

Super Bronze

Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

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Yes, correct, you don't have that problem when your gateway is on a logical device.  That would apply to VSS, Nexus fabric extenders, 6800ia switches or stackable switches.

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Re: Asymmetric Routing and HSRP

thumbs up!!

  much appreciated!!

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