ME 3800x and ME 3600x Switches Software Configuration Guide, Release 15.1(2)EY
Configuring HSRP
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Configuring HSRP

Table Of Contents

Configuring HSRP

Understanding HSRP

HSRP Versions

Configuring HSRP

Default HSRP Configuration

Restrictions and Guidelines

Enabling HSRP

Configuring HSRP Priority

Configuring HSRP Authentication and Timers

Enabling HSRP Support for ICMP Redirect Messages

Displaying HSRP Configurations


Configuring HSRP


This chapter describes how to use Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) on the Cisco ME 3800X and ME 3600X switch to provide routing redundancy for routing IP traffic without being dependent on the availability of any single router.


Note For complete syntax and usage information for the commands used in this chapter, see the switch command reference for this release and the Cisco IOS IP Command Reference, Volume 1 of 3: Addressing and Services, Release 12.2.


Understanding HSRP

Configuring HSRP

Displaying HSRP Configurations

Understanding HSRP

HSRP is Cisco's standard method of providing high network availability by providing first-hop redundancy for IP hosts on an IEEE 802 LAN configured with a default gateway IP address. HSRP routes IP traffic without relying on the availability of any single router. It enables a set of router interfaces to work together to present the appearance of a single virtual router or default gateway to the hosts on a LAN. When HSRP is configured on a network or segment, it provides a virtual Media Access Control (MAC) address and an IP address that is shared among a group of configured routers. HSRP allows two or more HSRP-configured routers to use the MAC address and IP network address of a virtual router. The virtual router does not exist; it represents the common target for routers that are configured to provide backup to each other. One of the routers is selected to be the active router and another to be the standby router, which assumes control of the group MAC address and IP address should the designated active router fail.


Note Routers in an HSRP group can be any router interface that supports HSRP, including routed ports and switch virtual interfaces (SVIs) on the switch.


HSRP provides high network availability by providing redundancy for IP traffic from hosts on networks. In a group of router interfaces, the active router is the router of choice for routing packets; the standby router is the router that takes over the routing duties when an active router fails or when preset conditions are met.

HSRP is useful for hosts that do not support a router discovery protocol and cannot switch to a new router when their selected router reloads or loses power. When HSRP is configured on a network segment, it provides a virtual MAC address and an IP address that is shared among router interfaces in a group of router interfaces running HSRP. The router selected by the protocol to be the active router receives and routes packets destined for the group's MAC address. For n routers running HSRP, there are n +1 IP and MAC addresses assigned.

HSRP detects when the designated active router fails, and a selected standby router assumes control of the Hot Standby group's MAC and IP addresses. A new standby router is also selected at that time. Devices running HSRP send and receive multicast UDP-based hello packets to detect router failure and to designate active and standby routers. When HSRP is configured on an interface, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) redirect messages are disabled by default for the interface.

You can configure multiple Hot Standby groups among switches that are operating in Layer 3 to make more use of the redundant routers. To do so, specify a group number for each Hot Standby command group you configure for an interface. For example, you might configure an interface on switch 1 as an active router and one on switch 2 as a standby router and also configure another interface on switch 2 as an active router with another interface on switch 1 as its standby router.

Figure 32-1 shows a segment of a network configured for HSRP. Each router is configured with the MAC address and IP network address of the virtual router. Instead of configuring hosts on the network with the IP address of Router A, you configure them with the IP address of the virtual router as their default router. When Host C sends packets to Host B, it sends them to the MAC address of the virtual router. If for any reason, Router A stops transferring packets, Router B responds to the virtual IP address and virtual MAC address and becomes the active router, assuming the active router duties. Host C continues to use the IP address of the virtual router to address packets destined for Host B, which Router B now receives and sends to Host B. Until Router A resumes operation, HSRP allows Router B to provide uninterrupted service to users on Host C's segment that need to communicate with users on Host B's segment and also continues to perform its normal function of handling packets between the Host A segment and Host B.

Figure 32-1 Typical HSRP Configuration

HSRP Versions

The switch supports these Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) versions:

HSRPv1—Version 1 of the HSRP, the default version of HSRP. It has these features:

The HSRP group number can be from 0 to 255.

HSRPv1 uses the multicast address 224.0.0.2 to send hello packets, which can conflict with Cisco Group Management Protocol (CGMP) leave processing. You cannot enable HSRPv1 and CGMP at the same time; they are mutually exclusive.

Configuring HSRP

Default HSRP Configuration

Restrictions and Guidelines

Enabling HSRP

Configuring HSRP Priority

Configuring HSRP Authentication and Timers

Enabling HSRP Support for ICMP Redirect Messages

Default HSRP Configuration

Table 32-1 Default HSRP Configuration 

Feature
Default Setting

HSRP version

Version 1

HSRP groups

None configured

Standby group number

0

Standby MAC address

System assigned as: 0000.0c07.acXX, where XX is the HSRP group number

Standby priority

100

Standby delay

0 (no delay)

Standby track interface priority

10

Standby hello time

3 seconds

Standby holdtime

10 seconds


Restrictions and Guidelines

The following restrictions apply to HSRP:

ME3600x supports 128 HSRP groups, and ME3800x supports 256 HSRP groups per VLAN or routing interface.

In the procedures, the specified interface must be one of these Layer 3 interfaces:

Routed port: a physical port configured as a Layer 3 port by entering the no switchport interface configuration command.

SVI: a VLAN interface created by using the interface vlan vlan_id global configuration command and by default a Layer 3 interface.

Etherchannel port channel in Layer 3 mode: a port-channel logical interface created by using the interface port-channel port-channel-number global configuration command and binding the Ethernet interface into the channel group. For more information, see the "Configuring Layer 3 EtherChannels" section.

All Layer 3 interfaces must have IP addresses assigned to them. See the "Configuring Layer 3 Interfaces" section.

Enabling HSRP

The standby ip interface configuration command activates HSRP on the configured interface. If an IP address is specified, that address is used as the designated address for the Hot Standby group. If no IP address is specified, the address is learned through the standby function. You must configure at least one Layer 3 port on the LAN with the designated address. Configuring an IP address always overrides another designated address currently in use.

When the standby ip command is enabled on an interface and proxy ARP is enabled, if the interface's Hot Standby state is active, proxy ARP requests are answered using the Hot Standby group MAC address. If the interface is in a different state, proxy ARP responses are suppressed.

Complete these steps in privileged EXEC mode, to create or enable HSRP on a Layer 3 interface:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

configure terminal

Enter global configuration mode.

Step 2 

interface interface-id

Enter interface configuration mode, and enter the Layer 3 interface on which you want to enable HSRP.

Step 3 

no switchport

If necessary, disable Layer 2 switching on the port to enable the Layer 3 interface.

Step 4 

standby version {1 | 2}

(Optional) Configure the HSRP version on the interface.

1— Select HSRPv1.

2— Select HSRPv2. (Not supported on ME3600/ME3800 switch.)

Note While the command exists to change the HSRP version, it is not applicable on the ME3600/ME3800 because only default HSRP version 1 is supported.

If you do not enter this command or do not specify a keyword, the interface runs the default HSRP version, that is version 1.

Step 5 

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

Create (or enable) the HSRP group using its number and virtual IP address.

(Optional) group-number—The group number on the interface for which HSRP is being enabled. The range is 0 to 255; the default is 0. If there is only one HSRP group, you do not need to enter a group number.

(Optional on all but one interface) ip-address—The virtual IP address of the hot standby router interface. You must enter the virtual IP address for at least one of the interfaces; it can be learned on the other interfaces.

(Optional) secondary—The IP address is a secondary hot standby router interface. If neither router is designated as a secondary or standby router and no priorities are set, the primary IP addresses are compared and the higher IP address is the active router, with the next highest as the standby router.

Step 6 

end

Return to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 7 

show standby [interface-id [group]]

Verify the configuration.

Step 8 

copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Save your entries in the configuration file.

Use the no standby [group-number] ip [ip-address] interface configuration command to disable HSRP.

This example shows how to activate HSRP for group 1 on an interface. The IP address used by the hot standby group is learned by using HSRP.


Note This procedure is the minimum number of steps required to enable HSRP. Other configuration is optional.


Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/1
Switch(config-if)# no switchport
Switch(config-if)# standby 1 ip
Switch(config-if)# end
Switch# show standby

Configuring HSRP Priority

The standby priority, standby preempt, and standby track interface configuration commands are all used to set characteristics for finding active and standby routers and behavior regarding when a new active router takes over.

When configuring HSRP priority, follow these guidelines:

Assigning a priority allows you to select the active and standby routers. If preemption is enabled, the router with the highest priority becomes the active router. If priorities are equal, the current active router does not change.

The highest number (1 to 255) represents the highest priority (most likely to become the active router).

When setting the priority, preempt, or both, you must specify at least one keyword (priority, preempt, or both).

The priority of the device can change dynamically if an interface is configured with the standby track command and another interface on the router goes down.

The standby track interface configuration command ties the router hot standby priority to the availability of its interfaces and is useful for tracking interfaces that are not configured for HSRP. When a tracked interface fails, the hot standby priority on the device on which tracking has been configured decreases by 10. If an interface is not tracked, its state changes do not affect the hot standby priority of the configured device. For each interface configured for hot standby, you can configure a separate list of interfaces to be tracked.

The standby track interface-priority interface configuration command specifies how much to decrement the hot standby priority when a tracked interface goes down. When the interface comes back up, the priority is incremented by the same amount.

When multiple tracked interfaces are down and interface-priority values have been configured, the configured priority decrements are cumulative. If tracked interfaces that were not configured with priority values fail, the default decrement is 10, and it is noncumulative.

When routing is first enabled for the interface, it does not have a complete routing table. If it is configured to preempt, it becomes the active router, even though it is unable to provide adequate routing services. To solve this problem, configure a delay time to allow the router to update its routing table.

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, use one or more of these steps to configure HSRP priority characteristics on an interface:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

configure terminal

Enter global configuration mode.

Step 2 

interface interface-id

Enter interface configuration mode, and enter the HSRP interface on which you want to set priority.

Step 3 

standby [group-number] priority priority [preempt [delay delay]]

Set a priority value used in choosing the active router. The range is 1 to 255; the default priority is 100. The highest number represents the highest priority.

(Optional) group-number—The group number to which the command applies.

(Optional) preempt—Select so that when the local router has a higher priority than the active router, it assumes control as the active router.

(Optional) delay—Set to cause the local router to postpone taking over the active role for the shown number of seconds. The range is 0 to 3600(1 hour); the default is 0 (no delay before taking over).

Use the no form of the command to restore the default values.

Step 4 

standby [group-number] [priority priority] preempt [delay delay]

Configure the router to preempt, which means that when the local router has a higher priority than the active router, it assumes control as the active router.

(Optional) group-number—The group number to which the command applies.

(Optional) priority—Enter to set or change the group priority. The range is 1 to 255; the default is 100.

(Optional) delay—Set to cause the local router to postpone taking over the active role for the number of seconds shown. The range is 0 to 3600 (1 hour); the default is 0 (no delay before taking over).

Use the no form of the command to restore the default values.

Step 5 

standby [group-number] track type number [interface-priority]

Configure an interface to track other interfaces so that if one of the other interfaces goes down, the device's Hot Standby priority is lowered.

(Optional) group-number—The group number to which the command applies.

type—Enter the interface type (combined with interface number) that is tracked.

number—Enter the interface number (combined with interface type) that is tracked.

(Optional) interface-priority—Enter the amount by which the hot standby priority for the router is decremented or incremented when the interface goes down or comes back up. The default value is 10.

Step 6 

end

Return to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 7 

show running-config

Verify the configuration of the standby groups.

Step 8 

copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Save your entries in the configuration file.

Use the no standby [group-number] priority priority [preempt [delay delay]] and no standby [group-number] [priority priority] preempt [delay delay] interface configuration commands to restore default priority, preempt, and delay values.

Use the no standby [group-number] track type number [interface-priority] interface configuration command to remove the tracking.

This example activates a port, sets an IP address and a priority of 120 (higher than the default value), and waits for 300 seconds (5 minutes) before attempting to become the active router:

Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/1
Switch(config-if)# no switchport
Switch(config-if)# standby ip 172.20.128.3
Switch(config-if)# standby priority 120 preempt delay 300
Switch(config-if)# end

Configuring HSRP Authentication and Timers

You can optionally configure an HSRP authentication string or change the hello-time interval and holdtime.

When configuring these attributes, follow these guidelines:

The authentication string is sent unencrypted in all HSRP messages. You must configure the same authentication string on all routers and access servers on a cable to ensure interoperation. Authentication mismatch prevents a device from learning the designated Hot Standby IP address and timer values from other routers configured with HSRP.

Routers or access servers on which standby timer values are not configured can learn timer values from the active or standby router. The timers configured on an active router always override any other timer settings.

All routers in a Hot Standby group should use the same timer values. Normally, the holdtime is greater than or equal to 3 times the hellotime.

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, use one or more of these steps to configure HSRP authentication and timers on an interface:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

configure terminal

Enter global configuration mode.

Step 2 

interface interface-id

Enter interface configuration mode, and enter the HSRP interface on which you want to set authentication.

Step 3 

standby [group-number] authentication string

(Optional) authentication string—Enter a string to be carried in all HSRP messages. The authentication string can be up to eight characters in length; the default string is cisco.

(Optional) group-number—The group number to which the command applies.

Step 4 

standby [group-number] timers hellotime holdtime

(Optional) Configure the time between hello packets and the time before other routers declare the active router to be down.

group-number—The group number to which the command applies.

hellotime—The hello interval in seconds. The range is from 1 to 255; the default is 3 seconds.

holdtime—The time in seconds before the active or standby router is declared to be down. The range is from 1 to 255; the default is 10 seconds.

Step 5 

end

Return to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 6 

show running-config

Verify the configuration of the standby groups.

Step 7 

copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Save your entries in the configuration file.

Use the no standby [group-number] authentication string interface configuration command to delete an authentication string. Use the no standby [group-number] timers hellotime holdtime interface configuration command to restore timers to their default values.

This example shows how to configure word as the authentication string required to allow Hot Standby routers in group 1 to interoperate:

Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/1
Switch(config-if)# no switchport
Switch(config-if)# standby 1 authentication word
Switch(config-if)# end
 
   

This example shows how to set the timers on standby group 1 with the time between hello packets at 5 seconds and the time after which a router is considered down to be 15 seconds:

Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# interface gigabitethernet0/1
Switch(config-if)# no switchport
Switch(config-if)# standby 1 ip 
Switch(config-if)# standby 1 timers 5 15
Switch(config-if)# end

Enabling HSRP Support for ICMP Redirect Messages

ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) redirect messages are automatically enabled on interfaces configured with HSRP. This feature filters outgoing ICMP redirect messages through HSRP, in which the next hop IP address might be changed to an HSRP virtual IP address. ICMP is a network layer Internet protocol that provides message packets to report errors and other information relevant to IP processing. ICMP provides diagnostic functions, such as sending and directing error packets to the host.

When the switch is running HSRP, make sure hosts do not discover the interface (or real) MAC addresses of routers in the HSRP group. If a host is redirected by ICMP to the real MAC address of a router and that router later fails, packets from the host are lost.

For more information, see the Cisco IOS IP Configuration Guide, Release 12.2.

Displaying HSRP Configurations

From privileged EXEC mode, use this command to display HSRP settings:

show standby [interface-id [group]] [brief] [detail]

You can display HSRP information for the whole switch, for a specific interface, for an HSRP group, or for an HSRP group on an interface. You can also specify whether to display a concise overview of HSRP information or detailed HSRP information. The default display is detail. If there are a large number of HSRP groups, using the show standby command without qualifiers can result in an unwieldy display.

This is a an example of output from the show standby privileged EXEC command, displaying HSRP information for two standby groups (group 1 and group 100):

Switch# show standby 
VLAN1 - Group 1
   Local state is Standby, priority 105, may preempt
   Hellotime 3 holdtime 10
   Next hello sent in 00:00:02.182
   Hot standby IP address is 172.20.128.3 configured
   Active router is 172.20.128.1 expires in 00:00:09
   Standby router is local
   Standby virtual mac address is 0000.0c07.ac01
   Name is bbb
VLAN1 - Group 100
   Local state is Active, priority 105, may preempt
   Hellotime 3 holdtime 10
   Next hello sent in 00:00:02.262
   Hot standby IP address is 172.20.138.51 configured
   Active router is local
   Standby router is unknown expired
   Standby virtual mac address is 0000.0c07.ac64
   Name is test