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what virtual IP should i use on a cisco WLC

Peter Boerjesson

I know a lot of documentation says the virtual ip should be and that's what I've used previously. But I recall a friend of mine saying the had been allocated and would actually be used on the internet hence that's a bad address to use now. I know cisco recommended another one (which also is public but would never be used). I've totally forgotten what the new recommended IP address should be, could someone help me out here?



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Hi Vimal,


1. How come primary and secondary wlc has same Management IP?

If you doing HA, then both unit will share same management IP address. They have unique IP on "redundancy management" interface in order you to manage them individually.


2. Virtual IP: is this something I have to initialise locally to the controller or it should be advertised to the network (APs

No, this is not a routable within your network. Just define it on your WLCs which need to be in same mobility cluster.(ie same virtual IP address in all your WLCs as long as they establish mobility peering)





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Legend, I wish Cisco Would have explained in that simple way.

Thank you.



Virtual IP is used for three things:


* DHCP proxying (WLC hides the real DHCP server identity to the clients and shows this instead)

   The Virtual IP address does not really matter here.


* Guest login splash page redirection. If WLC is to present the guest login screen it uses the 

   Virtual IP. Should be a non-existing, non-routable address.


* Mobility tunnel creation to other WLC´s. All WLCs must share the same Virtual IP address

   to form a group besides the group/domain configuration as well as same SW version
   (well, its recommended but there are exceptions where different versions work)


Some cloud proxies have started to use for their proxy, and this breaks the guest login

splash page presentation if used. If virtual IP is changed the mobility tunnels might break, so this

should be changed for all WLCs in the same Mobility Domain in same service window.


How would you go about changing an estate of 30 + controllers from to 192.0.2.x?

Is it as simple as one at a time?



We are facing the same issue. We have over 40 WLC 5508 all with same virtual

Any recommendations on how to maybe leave in place with a DNS type work around? Or suggest easy way to change all? Big issue is when you change virtual address you have to reboot (x40) the WLCs for it to take affect...!! 


Thanks in advance

Are you fielding problems from your virtual being Biggest problem we had was on our WLC anchor guest configuration. That required the reboot and it was not a big deal. But the foreign (the ones at our campuses) we just did them over time with code upgrades, troubleshooting, or other planned maintenance. There was no hurry as it did not affect anything locally, like I said just our guests that use to redirect for a splash page.


Thanks for your input

When guest try to connect---they have to click refresh or launch new browsers several times.... in order to get web auth sign on screen to pop up....some never get it (I am told)

If we change the anchor to 192.x.x.x we will break all remote WLCs being able to access guest... we will not be able to change address and reboot all 40+ in one much down time and possible issues...

So you are using a Cisco anchor/foreign guest solution, right? We did not see any issues with guests dropping if you change only the guest anchor WLC first. After all everything guest is being sourced from the WLC in your DMZ. Not sure the on the foreign is even a factor. It's been a while since we did this but if you can do it, you might want to change the DMZ anchor late in the evening or weekend and perform your own tests from a foreign location to see if the foreign needs to be changed in synchronization with the anchor.

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