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HSRP, VLAN and VTP Query

Hi Everyone,

I currently look after 6 x 6509 switches, 2 are dedicated core switches (which I'll call (a) and (b)), whilst the other 4 are edge switches. One of the core switches is a VTP server (a), the other 5 all vtp clients. Going through the configs, I've noticed a few areas I need some clarity over.

Firstly, I have a large number of VLANs (15 in total), each with IP addresses configured from the subnets in each vlan on both Core Switches (i.e. Vlan 10 has on (a) ip address 10.x.x.2 and on (b) ip address 10.x.x.3 with an HSRP of 10.x.x.1 on both, 20.x.x.2 (a) and 20.x.x.3 (b) and an HSRP 20.x.x.1 for vlan 20 etc). In a nutshell, each vlan taking the first 3 ip addresses of the subnet.

At present, as the second core switch is a vtp client, I am not able to configure an IP address within a new vlan I create on the second switch to remain consistent with the current config, so I'm assuming this switch must have been configured as a VTP server at some point. That said, is it necessary for HSRP to have 2 ip addresses (one on each vlan on the 2 cores) to work properly, or is this in error and why hasn't the VTP domain removed these addresses?

I'd also like to know the impact on routing should HSRP become active. At present our DHCP server configures clients to point to the DG as the HSRP address (10.x.x.1), yet when performing a trace route, it hops to the ip address of the vlan (10.x.x.2) and ignores the HSRP address.

Say for example, if that switch went offline in the current configuration, would a trace route hop to 10.x.x.3 instead of 10.x.x.2 or does the .2 stay active (broadcast) as a result of its VTP domain membership.

Please advise as I'm largely concerned about the current configuration. If you need further clarity on anything, please advise.

Kind Regards

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Re: HSRP, VLAN and VTP Query

Not sure why you can;t configure IP on the second switch. Do you receive an error message of any sort.. duplilcate IP ?


HSRP requires 3 address, 1 virtual and 2 physical. Pinging the virtual address (.1) will result in the echo coming from the physical IP of the active switch. This is normal.

Your DHCP needs to "point" to the virtual, should it fail, the other switch carries on with the virtual address.

YOu also need to consider what happens if you swtich A buys the farm.... consider making "B a VTP server as well.

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Re: HSRP, VLAN and VTP Query


The ability to configure an ip address on a vlan interface has nothing to do with whether the switch is in vtp server or vtp client mode.

Vtp is a layer 2 protocol and is concerned with propogating vlan information across all your switches.

When you create a new vlan and create the SVI for it and then try applying an ip address what is the error message ?


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