Chapter 11. OSPF Management

In this chapter, we discuss how to manage the OSPF protocol. At the macro level, a network administrator must decide how to organize an Autonomous System (AS) that runs OSPF as its routing protocol. This involves answering the following questions.

  • Where are the boundaries of the AS?

  • Which links should be preferred for data traffic, and which links should be avoided?

  • What information learned from other ASs should be imported into the AS? Conversely how much of the AS’s internal routing information should be advertised to other ASs?

  • Should the OSPF AS be divided into areas? If so, where should the area boundaries be placed?

  • Does the OSPF routing within the AS need to be protected from hostile attackers?

After determining the ...

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