Alternate Way for Configuring EIGRP on NX-OS

Carole Warner Reece

Most Cisco documents state that networks and interfaces are added to the EIGRP routing process in NX-OS using the interface configuration mode. The Cisco NX-OS/IOS EIGRP Comparison page states this, so do the Configuring EIGRP pages in the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Unicast Routing Configuration Guide, Release 5.x documentation. These commands work fine. However, I recently found that this is not the only way to configure EIGRP on the Nexus 7000.

One of my customers asked me to look over his EIGRP configuration. He had two IP interfaces configured on SVIs:

N7K1# sh ip int brie
IP Interface Status for VRF "default"(1)
Interface            IP Address      Interface Status
Vlan5           protocol-up/link-up/admin-up      
Vlan24           protocol-up/link-up/admin-up      

The VLANs were running on port-channels on a N7K-M108X2-12L (10 Gbps Ethernet XL Module) and a  N7K-M148GS-11L (1000 Mbps Optical Ethernet XL Module.)  He had three EIGRP neighbors on VLAN 24:

N7K1# sh ip eigrp nei
IP-EIGRP neighbors for process 100 VRF default
H   Address           Interface     Hold   Uptime      SRTT        RTO     Q    Seq
                                    (sec)                          (ms)   Cnt   Num
2           vlan24    10       2w3d         1        200     0    149 
1           vlan24    11       2w3d         1        200     0    120 
0            vlan24    11       2w3d         1        200     0    18  

Only VLAN 24 was an EIGRP interface:

N7K1# sh ip eigrp int brie
IP-EIGRP interfaces for process 100 VRF default

                         Xmit Queue  Mean   Pacing Time     Multicast    Pending
Interface       Peers   Un/Reliable  SRTT    Un/Reliable    Flow Timer   Routes
vlan24              3          0/0     1          0/1            50         0

I then noticed he had implemented EIGRP the ‘old fashioned’ way, and had configured network statements under the EIGRP routing process:

N7K1# sh run eigrp

!Command: show running-config eigrp
!Time: Wed Nov 23 11:00:00 2011

version 5.1(4)
feature eigrp

router eigrp 100

interface Vlan5
  ip passive-interface eigrp 100


I also checked his interface configuration:

N7K1# sh run int vlan5, vlan 24

!Command: show running-config interface Vlan5, Vlan24
!Time: Fri Nov 23 11:13:38 2011

version 5.1(4)

interface Vlan5
  no ip redirects
  ip address
  ip passive-interface eigrp 100
  hsrp version 2
  hsrp 5
    preempt delay minimum 60
   priority 110
   timers 1 3
   no shutdown

interface Vlan24
  no ip redirects
  ip address
  no shutdown


What I learned – at least with some versions of NX-OS, you can configure EIGRP using network commands under the routing process.

In any case, I prefer using interface commands to configure EIGRP in NX-OS – I think it allows you more control. Based on the Cisco documentation, it appears to be the supported mechanism so if you have to call TAC it is probably what they expect to see.

— cwr


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