First Hop Redundancy Protocols Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS XE Release 3S (Cisco ASR 1000)
HSRP Version 2
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HSRP Version 2

HSRP Version 2

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Information About HSRP Version 2

HSRP Version 2 Design

HSRP version 2 is designed to address the following restrictions in HSRP version 1:

  • In HSRP version 1, millisecond timer values are not advertised or learned. HSRP version 2 advertises and learns millisecond timer values. This change ensures stability of the HSRP groups in all cases.

  • In HSRP version 1, group numbers are restricted to the range from 0 to 255. HSRP version 2 expands the group number range from 0 to 4095.

  • HSRP version 2 provides improved management and troubleshooting. With HSRP version 1, you cannot use HSRP active hello messages to identify which physical device sent the message because the source MAC address is the HSRP virtual MAC address. The HSRP version 2 packet format includes a 6-byte identifier field that is used to uniquely identify the sender of the message. Typically, this field is populated with the interface MAC address.

  • The multicast address is used to send HSRP hello messages. This address can conflict with Cisco Group Management Protocol (CGMP) leave processing.

Version 1 is the default version of HSRP.

HSRP version 2 uses the new IP multicast address to send hello packets instead of the multicast address of, used by HSRP version 1. This new multicast address allows CGMP leave processing to be enabled at the same time as HSRP.

HSRP version 2 permits an expanded group number range, 0 to 4095, and consequently uses a new MAC address range 0000.0C9F.F000 to 0000.0C9F.FFFF. The increased group number range does not imply that an interface can, or should, support that many HSRP groups. The expanded group number range was changed to allow the group number to match the VLAN number on subinterfaces.

When the HSRP version is changed, each group will reinitialize because it now has a new virtual MAC address.

HSRP version 2 has a different packet format than HSRP version 1. The packet format uses a type-length-value (TLV) format. HSRP version 2 packets received by an HSRP version 1 device will have the type field mapped to the version field by HSRP version 1 and subsequently ignored.

The Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP) also addresses the same restrictions relative to HSRP version 1 that HSRP version 2 does. See the Configuring GLBP document for more information on GLBP.

Jitter timers

Jitter timers are used in HSRP. They are recommended for timers running on services that work realtime and scale. Jitter timers are intended to significantly improve the reliability of HSRP, and other FHRP protocols, by reducing the chance of bunching of HSRP groups operations, and thus help reduce CPU and network traffic spikes. In the case of HSRP, a given device may have up to 4000 operational groups configured. In order to distribute the load on the device and network, the HSRP timers use a jitter. A given timer instance may take up to 20% more than the configured value. For example, for a hold time set to 15 seconds, the actual hold time may take 18 seconds.

In HSRP, the Hello timer (which sends the Hello Packet) has a negative Jitter, while the Holddown timer (which checks for failure of a peer) has a positive jitter.

How to Configure HSRP Version 2

Changing to HSRP Version 2

HSRP version 2 was introduced to prepare for further enhancements and to expand the capabilities beyond what is possible with HSRP version 1. HSRP version 2 has a different packet format than HSRP version 1.


  • HSRP version 2 is not available for ATM interfaces running LAN emulation.
  • HSRP version 2 will not interoperate with HSRP version 1. An interface cannot operate both version 1 and version 2 because both versions are mutually exclusive. However, the different versions can be run on different physical interfaces of the same device. You cannot change from version 2 to version 1 if you have configured groups above the group number range allowed for version 1 (0 to 255).


    1.    enable

    2.    configure terminal

    3.    interface type number

    4.    ip address ip-address mask

    5.    standby version {1 | 2}

    6.    standby [group-number] ip [ip-address [secondary]]

    7.    end

    8.    show standby

     Command or ActionPurpose
    Step 1 enable

    Device> enable

    Enables privileged EXEC mode.

    • Enter your password if prompted.

    Step 2 configure terminal

    Device# configure terminal

    Enters global configuration mode.

    Step 3 interface type number

    Device(config)# interface vlan 400

    Configures an interface type and enters interface configuration mode.

    Step 4 ip address ip-address mask

    Device(config-if)# ip address

    Sets an IP address for an interface.

    Step 5 standby version {1 | 2}

    Device(config-if)# standby version 2 

    Changes the HSRP version.

    Step 6 standby [group-number] ip [ip-address [secondary]]

    Device(config-if)# standby 400 ip

    Activates HSRP.

    • The group number range for HSRP version 2 is 0 through 4095. The group number range for HSRP version 1 is 0 through 255.

    Step 7 end

    Device(config-if)# end

    Ends the current configuration session and returns to privileged EXEC mode.

    Step 8 show standby

    Device# show standby

    (Optional) Displays HSRP information.

    • HSRP version 2 information will be displayed if configured.


    Configuration Examples for HSRP Version 2

    Example: Configuring HSRP Version 2

    The following example shows how to configure HSRP version 2 on an interface with a group number of 350:

    Device(config)# interface vlan 350
    Device(config-if)# standby version 2
    Device(config-if)# standby 350 priority 110 
    Device(config-if)# standby 350 preempt 
    Device(config-if)# standby 350 timers 5 15
    Device(config-if)# standby 350 ip 

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    Feature Information for HSRP Version 2

    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.

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    Table 1 Feature Information for HSRP Version 2

    Feature Name


    Feature Information

    HSRP Version 2

    HSRP Version 2 feature was introduced to prepare for further enhancements and to expand the capabilities beyond what is possible with HSRP version 1. HSRP version 2 has a different packet format than HSRP version 1.

    In Cisco IOS XE Release 3.5S, support was added for the Cisco ASR 903 Router.

    The following commands were introduced or modified by this feature: show standby, standby ip, standby version.