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ISIS with large MTU size

Hi

I will appreciate recomedations and suggestions to help me configure and run ISIS between two routers  with large MTU size.

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ISIS with large MTU size

Hello Ibrahim,

you can use a different MTU for ISIS PDUs by setting the CLNS mtu using interface command

clns mtu

disabling hello-padding should also be considered under router isis process.

In the past there have been issues with large MTU like 9000 bytes that should be solved in more modern IOS versions.

When testing, test the adjacency setup and also the capability to recover after a fault (rebuilding of ISIS adjacency).

As this was reported as troublesome ( ISIS adjacency rebuilding).

Be also aware that implementation of point-to-point network type concept is different in IOS and in IOS XR, with the first one still using separate L1  and L2  LAN hellos (at least in some IOS versions of C7600/C6500)  and IOS XR moving to L1L2 serial hello in the logical point-to-point.

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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ISIS with large MTU size

Hi

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have got 7206 VXR at both ends. Below is how the interfaces are configured.

One of my Customer needs to change to a higher MTU size  but ISIS stops working whenever I try to increase the MTU size. It works if i decrease the mtu. For testing i used "clns mtu 1500"and ISIS went down but when I used "clns mtu 90", it works fine.

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Re: ISIS with large MTU size

Hello Ibrahim,

you have GRE Tunnel interfaces

in the past in a scenario like yours (GRE Tunnels between CE routers in an MPLS L3 VPN  in my case) I used

clns mtu 1460

+

no isis hello-padding

and this worked fine for us.

It looked like it was enough to accomodate GRE overhead to have a working ISIS adjacency over the GRE tunnel.

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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