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Scalability for Stateful NAT
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Scalability for Stateful NAT

Scalability for Stateful NAT

Last Updated: December 18, 2011

The Scalability for Stateful NAT feature allows Stateful Network Address Translation (SNAT) to control the Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) state change until the NAT information is completely exchanged. The ability to change the default TCP mode to User Datagram Protocol (UDP) mode, and the ability to disable asymmetric queuing have been added. When UDP mode is used, SNAT will send messages over UDP mode using a proprietary acknowledgement/retransmit mechanism.

Finding Feature Information

Your software release may not support all the features documented in this module. For the latest feature information and caveats, see the release notes for your platform and software release. To find information about the features documented in this module, and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, see the Feature Information Table at the end of this document.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Restrictions for the Scalability for Stateful NAT Feature

The Scalability for Stateful NAT feature is not available in Primary/Backup mode.

SNAT features are not backward compatible. See "Configuring NAT for High Availability" for information on SNAT features introduced in other releases of Cisco IOS software.

Information About Scalability for Stateful NAT

SNAT Feature Design

Two or more Network Address Translators function as a translation group. One member of the group handles traffic requiring translation of IP address information. It also informs the backup translator of active flows as they occur. The backup translator can then use information from the active translator to prepare duplicate translation table entries, and in the event that the active translator is hindered by a critical failure, the traffic can rapidly be switched to the backup. The traffic flow continues since the same network address translations are used, and the state of those translations has been previously defined.

Only sessions that are statically defined already receive the benefit of redundancy without the need for this feature. In the absence of SNAT, sessions that use dynamic NAT mappings would be severed in the event of a critical failure and would have to be reestablished. Stateful NAT enables continuous service for dynamically mapped NAT sessions.

SNAT can be configured to operate with HSRP to provide redundancy and the active and standby state changes are managed by HSRP.

Benefits of SNAT Scalability

This feature enables SNAT control of the HSRP state change until the NAT information is completely exchanged.

  • The TCP default transport mode can be switched to UDP mode with acknowledgement/retransmit support.
  • Queuing during asymmetric routing can be disabled to avoid delay in the data path for the creation of new entries and traffic on special ports (Application Layer Gateway (ALG) support).

How to Configure SNAT in HSRP Mode

Configuring SNAT in HSRP Mode

Perform this task to configure an HSRP router with SNAT.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface ethernet interface-number port-number

4.    standby group-name ip [ip-address[secondary]]

5.    standby delay reload seconds

6.    standby group-number preempt delay minimum seconds reload seconds sync seconds

7.    exit

8.    ip nat stateful id id-number redundancy name mapping-id map-number [protocol udp] [as-queuing disable]

9.    ip nat pool name start-ip end-ip prefix-length prefix-length

10.    ip nat inside source route-map name pool pool-name mapping-id map-number [overload]


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables higher privilege levels, such as privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface ethernet interface-number port-number


Example:

Router(config)# interface ethernet 1/1

 

Enters interface configuration mode.

 
Step 4
standby group-name ip [ip-address[secondary]]


Example:

Router(config-if)# standby SNATHSRP ip 10.1.1.1 secondary

 

Enables the HSRP protocol.

 
Step 5
standby delay reload seconds


Example:

Router(config-if)# standby delay reload 60

 

This command must be configured in order for SNAT to control HSRP state change until NAT information is completely exchanged.

 
Step 6
standby group-number preempt delay minimum seconds reload seconds sync seconds


Example:

Router(config-if)# standby 1 preempt delay minimum 60 reload 60 sync 60

 

This command must be configured in order for SNAT to control HSRP state change until NAT information is completely exchanged.

 
Step 7
exit


Example:

Router(config-if)# exit

 

Returns to global configuration mode.

 
Step 8
ip nat stateful id id-number redundancy name mapping-id map-number [protocol udp] [as-queuing disable]


Example:

Router(config)# ip nat stateful id 1 redundancy snathsrp mapping-id 10 protocol udp as-queuing disable

 

Specifies SNAT on routers configured for HSRP. The optional UDP protocol and disabling of asymmetic queuing is also configured.

 
Step 9
ip nat pool name start-ip end-ip prefix-length prefix-length


Example:

Router(config)# ip nat pool snatpool1 10.1.1.1 10.1.1.9 prefix-length 24

 

Defines a pool of IP addresses.

 
Step 10
ip nat inside source route-map name pool pool-name mapping-id map-number [overload]


Example:

Router(config)# ip nat inside source route-map rm-101 pool snatpool1 mapping-id 10 overload

 

Enables stateful NAT for the HSRP translation group.

 

Configuration Examples for SNAT in HSRP Mode

Configuring SNAT in HSRP Mode Example

The following example shows how to configure SNAT in HSRP mode with asymmetric queuing disabled and UDP enabled:

!
standby delay minimum 30 reload 60
standby 1 ip 10.1.1.1
standby 1 name SNATHSRP
standby 1 preempt delay minimum 60 reload 60 sync 60
!
ip nat Stateful id 1
redundancy SNATHSRP
mapping-id 10
as-queuing disable
protocol udp
ip nat pool SNATPOOL1 10.1.1.1 10.1.1.9 prefix-length 24
ip nat inside source route-map rm-101 pool SNATPOOL1 mapping-id 10 overload
ip classless
ip route 10.1.1.0 255.255.255.0 Null0
no ip http server
ip pim bidir-enable

Additional References

Related Documents

Related Topic

Document Title

Using HSRP and SNAT for high availability configuration tasks

"Configuring NAT for High Availability" module

NAT commands: complete command syntax, command mode command history, defaults, usage guidelines, and examples

Cisco IOS IP Addressing Services Command Reference

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Feature Information for Scalability for Stateful NAT

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Table 1 Feature Information for <Phrase Based on Module Title>

Feature Name

Releases

Feature Information

Scalability for Stateful NAT

12.4(3) 12.4(4)T

The Scalability for Stateful NAT feature allows Stateful Network Address Translation (SNAT) to control the Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) state change until the NAT information is completely exchanged. The ability to change the default TCP mode to User Datagram Protocol (UDP) mode, and the ability to disable asymmetric queuing have been added. When UDP mode is used, SNAT will send messages over UDP mode using a proprietary acknowledgement/retransmit mechanism.

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