Backup route with better eigrp metric

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by Daniel Eyholzer, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. Hi there

    We have several routers which are distributing routes with EIGRP. There is
    a subnet that needs to be routed over a serial link. The router on both
    sides of this link does not talk EIGRP or any other routing protocol with
    each other, so I have defined a static route (ip route s1) This route is redistributed to the other routers in the
    network. Then we have a backup link to the same subnet (subnet from above
    behinde the serial link). This backup link is only available if the serial
    link goes down. On the router providing the backup link I have defined a
    route with an administrative distance of 250. (ip route 250)

    This all works fine. If the serial link goes down, the traffic is routed
    over the backup link but if the serial link comes up again the route over
    the serial link is not choosen by EIGRP because the metric of this link is
    higher. I need to delete and reinsert the backup route to get rid of the
    backup route.

    Any idea how I could solve this problem?

    Daniel Eyholzer, Dec 3, 2004
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  2. Two ways to get around it (nasty little feature, isn't it :)

    1 - If the subnet below is not in use, make the backup route with a
    shorter prefix (ip route ...) That way,
    when the real route is available it will ALWAYS win because longer
    prefix (more specific route) always wins regardless of any metrics.

    2 - Redistribute the static routes with explicit rather than default
    EIGRP metrics. Adjust so the preferred route will have a better metric
    even at the routers with the backup link. Route maps make it very easy
    to precisely control what static routes get distributed with what

    Good luck and have fun!
    Vincent C Jones, Dec 4, 2004
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  3. Okay this is not an option for my case, because the subnet below is in

    I will have a look at route maps and check out how I can redistribute
    static routes with an explicit EIGRP metric. Are there any good docs
    about how to do that?

    Thanks! ;-)
    Daniel Eyholzer, Dec 5, 2004
  4. Daniel Eyholzer

    Hansang Bae Guest

    CCO has good examples. Other good references are "Slattery/Burton's
    Advanced IP Routing" book and of course, Doyle's VOL I.



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