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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

I entered "no ip proxy-arp" on a distribution switch and an entire vlan lost connectivity to everything else. Any ideas?

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

What is the default gateway for this vlan? Also where is the IP address associated with this default gateway.

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

the default gateway is the distribution switch. the ip is on an SVI on the distribution switch.

so i entered:

int vlan 32

no ip proxy arp

and everything on vlan 32 dropped.

vlan 32 is configured like this:

int vlan 32

ip address 10.1.32.1 255.255.255.0

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

What did the devices in vlan 32 have as their default gateway ?

Was it the vlan 32 IP address ?

If so it should not have dropped connectivity. If the devices didn't have a default gateway set then disabling proxy arp would indeed stop communcation outside that vlan.

Jon

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

The gateway is 10.1.32.1. The servers do have a default gateway set.

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Re: No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

Is the subnet mask on the servers the same as on the vlan interface ie. 255.255.255.0 ?

Edit - presumably the servers are using 10.1.32.x addressing ?

Jon

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

It is on the ones that I have checked. This ip addressing is 10.1.32.x

No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

When you turn off ip proxy, can you clear the ARP cache on the router and on your host pc you are using to test?

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

If the servers have the right IPs with the correct subnet mask and are using the correct default gateway then this shouldn't have happened.

Basically proxy arp is used when a client arps out for a device that is not on it's own subnet. It would do this for a number of reasons ie. -

1) the client has no defautl gateway set so it thinks eveything is local ie. every other device is on it's subnet

2) the actual subnet is a /24 but the client has been configured into a larger subnet eg. a /23 for example

if the above happens then the client arps out for devices that are not actually on the same subnet. If proxy arp is enabled on the L3 interface for that subnet then the L3 device can respond to the client with it's own mac address. The client then sends the traffiic to the switch thinking it is sending traffic directly to the destination device and the switch actually then forwards it on.

But like i say, with the information you have provided disabling it should not have stopped connectivity to remote subnets.

Jon

No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

What router model and IOS code do you have?

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

3750,

12.2(46)SE

No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

What model of 3750 is it?

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No ip proxy-arp killed all network connectivity

WS-C3750G-12S

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