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WARNING: You must master subnetting using our course or some other trusted materials before you start using these shortcut approaches. It is a common issue for Cisco candidates to move directly to subnetting shortcuts for the exams without fully understanding exactly how subnetting functions.

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Question 3: Your co-worker has decided upon use of the 172.16.0.0 address space for a section of your network. This section requires 15 subnets. What subnet mask will you recommend?

Step 1: I reference the Powers of Two chart I created on my scratch paper when I encountered the first question. The forumla for the number of subnets you can create based on subnet bits is 2^s. From the chart I see if we “borrow” 4 bits we can create 16 subnets.

2^7=128  |  2^6=64  |  2^5=32  |  2^4=16  |  2^3=8  |  2^2-=4 | 2  ^1=2  |  2^0=1

Step 2: Borrowing 4 bits beyond the Class B boundary results in 255.255.128+64+32+16 = 240. Our mask is 255.255.240.0.

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WARNING: You must master subnetting using our course or some other trusted materials before you start using these shortcut approaches. It is a common issue for Cisco candidates to move directly to subnetting shortcuts for the exams without fully understanding exactly how subnetting functions.

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Question 2: You have run the ipconfig command and discovered your IP address and mask are 192.168.20.102 and 255.255.255.224. How many hosts are permitted on your subnet?

Step 1: I reference the Powers of Two chart I created on my scratch paper when I encountered the first question. Adding 128 + 64 + 32 = 224. There are 3 bits used for subnetting and that leaves 5 bits for hosts.

2^7=128  |  2^6=64  |  2^5=32  |  2^4=16  |  2^3=8  |  2^2-=4 | 2  ^1=2  |  2^0=1

Step 2: The equation for the number of hosts per subnet is 2^h – 2 where h is the number of host bits. From the chart I see that 2^5  = 32. 32-2 = 30 hosts per subnet! Too easy!

As always, let us know in the comments if you have a quicker approach.

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One of community members found this great subnetting practice page. Enjoy!

Subnetting Practice Page

In this post, we will examine the steps required to ensure full reachability over a Serial interface between two Cisco routers. Here is the network diagram that presents the topology used in this scenario:

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This post was created using GNS3 and follows what I thought was some of the most lab and real-world relevant content from the Cisco ASA documentation in the area of IP Routing:

Here is the topology used:

### Initial Setup

First, we place the necessary IP configurations on the devices for our initial connectivity:

```R0:
en
conf t
host R0
line con 0
exec-time 0 0
logg synch
!
int fa0/0
no shut
end```
```R1:
en
conf t
host R1
line con 0
exec-time 0 0
logg synch
int fa0/0
no shut
!
interface loopback 20
end```
```R2:
en
conf t
host R2
line con 0
exec-time 0 0
logg synch
int fa0/0
no shut
end```
```FW0:
en
conf t
host FW0
!
int e0
nameif outside
no shut
!
int e1
nameif inside
no shut
!
int e2
nameif DMZ
security-level 50
no shut
!
end```

At this point, I will be sure to ping each connected router from the PIX to ensure IP connectivity. Remember, by default you can ping from the PIX and to the PIX, but you cannot ping through the PIX.

### Static Routing

First, I will create a simple static route to the “remote” loopback network that I have created on R1. Notice that to create a static route we simply use the route command, followed by the interface name, then the network and mask, and finally the next hop. Notice how similar this is to the syntax for a static route on a router, although one major difference is the command does not begin with ip.

```FW0:
conf t
route inside 10.10.20.0 255.255.255.0 10.10.10.100
end  ```

Verification of this static route can be accomplished with a show route and a ping of the remote destination address 10.10.20.100.

### Default Static Routing

In order to configure a default static route, use the route command but with an all 0′s network prefix and mask. The PIX/ASA allow a shortcut of 0 and 0 to represent 0.0.0.0 and 0.0.0.0. Here I configure a default static route pointing to our outside router.

```FW0:
conf t
route outside 0 0 192.168.1.100
end```

Verification for this configuration is a quick show route. The PIX/ASA should now show a gateway of last resort and the static route should be marked as a candidate default.

### Static Route Tracking

An issue with the static route we just configured is the fact that if the destination gateway of last resort is down, the route is not removed from the routing table. This issue can be circumvented with the static route tracking capability.

First, I use the Cisco IOS IP Service Level Agreements (SLAs) monitor feature to track the availability of the gateway. This is done with the following commands:

```FW0:
conf t
sla monitor 1
type echo protocol ipIcmpEcho 192.168.1.100 interface outside
exit
sla monitor schedule 1 life forever start-time now
end```

Notice these commands instruct the SLA monitor to ping the gateway starting now and to do this forever. I picked an SLA_ID of 1 to bind these commands together.

Next, I will associate a tracked static route with the SLA monitoring process using the following commands. Notice here that I have used a Track_ID of 20 and I have recreated our default static route so that it includes the Track_ID. Notice also here that the track command is tied to the SLA monitor with the SLA_ID of 1.

```FW0:
conf t
track 20 rtr 1 reachability
route outside 0 0 192.168.1.100 track 20
end```

A nifty verification at this point is to move to R0 (the gateway of last resort) and run debug ip icmp. You will find that this router is being pinged every minute by the firewall now as a reachability test.

Next, I create a backup default static route. This is simply another default static route entry that possesses a higher administrative distance than the original static default route:

```FW0:
conf t
route outside 0 0 192.168.1.55 22```

For verification, you can shut the interface on the default gateway and run a show route on the PIX/ASA to ensure the backup is installed.

### Dynamic Routing – OSPF

Now it is time to tackle a dynamic routing protocol configuration. Here I configure an MD5 authenticated neighborship between R2 and FW0. Notice that the network command on the PIX/ASA requires a subnet mask as opposed to a wildcard mask.

```R2:
conf t
router ospf 1
network 172.16.1.100 0.0.0.0 area 0
!
interface fastethernet 0/0
ip ospf authentication message-digest
ip ospf message-digest-key 1 md5 cisco
!
end```
```FW0:
conf t
router ospf 1
network 172.16.1.1 255.255.255.255 area 0
!
interface e2
ospf authentication message-digest
ospf message-digest-key 1 md5 cisco
!
end```

For verification, simply run show ospf neighbor on FW0.

### Dynamic Routing – RIP version 2

Next, we will run RIP version 2 on the PIX/ASA and advertise the DMZ subnet to the internal router R1. Here are the configurations:

```R1:
conf t
router rip
version 2
no auto-summary
passive-interface default
network 10.0.0.0
no passive-interface fa0/0
end```
```FW0:
conf t
router rip
version 2
no auto-summary
network 172.16.0.0
network 10.0.0.0
end```

Verification for RIP in this example would include show ip route on R1 and debug rip on FW0.

### Conclusion

I certainly hope you have enjoyed this blog on IP routing with the PIX/ASA. While my goal was to hit the highlights, please keep in mind the fact that there are many features of the dynamic routing protocols that are available and not covered here. In fact, there are even some static routing features that were omitted in this discussion. Just remember that these features should be very easy to find in the documentation link when you are in the heat of battle.

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