Configuring RIP

Routing Information Protocol (RIP) is a Distance Vector protocol. The NetScaler supports RIP as defined in RFC 1058 and RFC 2453. RIP can run on any subnet.

After enabling RIP, you need to configure advertisement of RIP routes. For troubleshooting, you can limit RIP propagation. You can display RIP settings to verify the configuration.

Enabling and Disabling RIP

Use either of the following procedures to enable or disable RIP. After you enable RIP, the NetScaler appliance starts the RIP process. After you disable RIP, the appliance stops the RIP process.

To enable or disable RIP routing by using the NetScaler command line:

At the command prompt, enter one of the following commands to enable or disable RIP:

  • enable ns feature RIP
  • disable ns feature RIP

To enable or disable RIP routing by using the NetScaler GUI:

  1. Navigate to System > Settings, in Modes and Features group, click Change advanced features.
  2. Select or clear the RIP Routing option.

Advertising Routes

RIP enables an upstream router to load balance traffic between two identical virtual servers hosted on two standalone NetScaler appliances. Route advertisement enables an upstream router to track network entities located behind the NetScaler.

To configure RIP to advertise routes by using the VTYSH command line:

At the command prompt, type the following commands, in the order shown:

Command Specifies
VTYSH Display VTYSH command prompt.
configure terminal Enter global configuration mode.
router rip Start the RIP routing process and enter configuration mode for the routing process.
redistribute static Redistribute static routes.
redistribute kernel Redistribute kernel routes.

Example:


>VTYSH
NS# configure terminal
NS(config)# router rip
NS(config-router)# redistribute static
NS(config-router)# redistribute kernel

Limiting RIP Propagations

If you need to troubleshoot your configuration, you can configure listen-only mode on any given interface.

To limit RIP propagation by using the VTYSH command line:

At the command prompt, type the following commands, in the order shown:

Command Specifies
VTYSH Display VTYSH command prompt.
configure terminal Enter global configuration mode.
router rip Start the RIP routing process and enter configuration mode for the routing process.
passive-interface < vlan_name> Suppress routing updates on interfaces bound to the specified VLAN.

Example:


>VTYSH
NS# configure terminal
NS(config)# router rip
NS(config-router)# passive-interface VLAN0

Verifying the RIP Configuration

You can display the routing table and other RIP settings.

To view the RIP settings by using the VTYSH command line:

At the command prompt, type the following commands in the following order:

Command Specifies
VTYSH Display VTYSH command prompt.
sh rip Display updated RIP routing table.
sh rip interface <vlan_name> Displays RIP information for the specified VLAN.

Example:

NS# VTYSH
NS# sh rip
NS# sh rip interface VLAN0