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ISR G2 Routers - Tunnel Interface

Does anyone know why there are 3 tunnel interfaces enabled by default? They don't show up on the running config, only shows up when you issue a show ip int brief. I can't seem to remove it at all. It looks like it's not being advertised out anywhere but I still would like to know how to remove it as our global policy uses tunnel0-2 for GRE backup tunnels.

Tunnel0                YES unset  up                    up     
Tunnel1                YES unset  up                    up     
Tunnel2                YES unset  up                    up  

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Processor board ID FTX140880QM
4 FastEthernet interfaces
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
2 Serial(sync/async) interfaces
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255K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
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Re: ISR G2 Routers - Tunnel Interface

Perhaps these are leftovers of previous configurations, due to a cosmetic bug.

ISR G2 Routers - Tunnel Interface

Did you ever get this problem fixed.

I have exactly the same problem

Plays havoc with our monitoring tool  as these interfaces are always showing up as over 100% utilisation!

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ISR G2 Routers - Tunnel Interface

No. Cisco I think had said it was just part of the new version and there's nothing that can be done to remove them. We just ignored the interfaces and used the next sequence available.


Re: ISR G2 Routers - Tunnel Interface

This is because you have an WCCP L3 GRE connected device. Recent IOS exposes the actual GRE tunnels that are used, previous releases hid them. This is useful for troubleshooting but a little disconcerning if you are not used to it. This stumped me for awhile, TAC had no idea.

You can get rid of them, however. The same IOS version you are running allows WCCP L2 redirection, which is *much* lower CPU overhead on both the WAE and the router. Just change the WAE configuration to use WCCP L2 for both ingress and egress and the tunnels will go away. Obviously, the WAE has to be L2 adjacent to an interface on the router.

Let me know if I'm on track here or if you are experiencing a completely different issue.


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