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GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

Dear All,

Just wanted to check if GLBP load balancing with Round Robin option will send traffic to two routers (part of the group) if there is only one host sending traffic.

My customer has got a setup where a single firewall is sending outbound traffic to 2 WAN routers (each terminating a WAN link) which will run GLBP in the LAN. The objective is to send traffic equally to both the routers and ultimately in the WAN, and not to load a single WAN link.

Thanks a lot for your time.

Regards

Gnanavel.      

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GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

So you have two internet routers setup with GLBP.  Both of them are connected to a switch I'm assuming and then you have your Firewalls inside interface connected to a switch.  Firewall is a default gateway for the hosts and then it is sending the traffic out to the VIP of the GLBP configured routers?

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GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

Hi,

Round-robin load balance equally using each forwarder in turn. With Round Robin each VF MAC address is used sequentially in ARP replies for the virtual IP address. It's default method of load balancing on GLBP.

Hope it will help.

Hope it will help. Best regards, Abzal
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GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

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No, GLBP won't balance (if it sees all traffic from the same MAC).

If the FW supports multi-path static routing, you might use mHSRP on both routers.

Or you might (optimally) outbound load balance using OER/PfR (if supported).

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GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

Joseph I have a question in regards to your post.  You mentioned if it is from the same MAC GLBP won't load balance.  I am running GLBP on two of my switches but I'm using the load balancing method as weighted.  So it would be different in that case?

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Mohammad Ali wrote:

Joseph I have a question in regards to your post.  You mentioned if it is from the same MAC GLBP won't load balance.  I am running GLBP on two of my switches but I'm using the load balancing method as weighted.  So it would be different in that case?

If I recall correctly, I don't believe it matters.  GLBP responds to a host's ARP request.  The different GLBP methods deal with what's returned to the ARP request, i.e. how the hosts are balanced across the GLBP group.  Each host, though, only has one destination MAC (for the gateway IP), so all traffic from that client will go to the same GLBP group member.

If you have multiple hosts, they will be divided (depending on GLBP method) among the GLBP group members.

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Re: GLBP- Round Robin Load Balancing

Thanks a lot Joseph, Muhammed, Abzal for your valuable inputs.

So, if it is a single host sending traffic, for example firewall, there is no way we can load balance using GLBP. All the traffic will always hit a single VRF.

Is my understanding correct?

Regards

Gnanavel.

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