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August 3rd, 2017 in ROUTE 300-101 Go to comments

Question 1


The command “show ip cef” is used to display the CEF Forwarding Information Base (FIB) table. There are some entries we want to explain:
+ If the “Next Hop” field of a network prefix is set to receive, the entry represents an IP address on one of the router’s interfaces. In this case, and are IP addresses assigned to interfaces on the local router.
+ If the “Next Hop” field of a network prefix is set to attached, the entry represents a network to which the router is directly attached. In this case the prefix is a network directly attached to router R2’s Fa0/0 interface.

But there are some special cases:
+ The all-0s host addresses (for example, and the all-1s host addresses (not have in the output above but for example, also show as receive entries.
+ is the local broadcast address for a subnet
+ maybe it is a reserved link-local address
+ This is the default route that matching all other addresses (also known as “gateway of last resort”). In this case it points to -> Answer C is correct.

Reference: CCNP Routing and Switching ROUTE 300-101 Official Cert Guide

Question 2


The “show adjacency” command is used to display information about the Cisco Express Forwarding adjacency table or the hardware Layer 3-switching adjacency table.

There are two known reasons for an incomplete adjacency:
+ The router cannot use ARP successfully for the next-hop interface.
+ After a clear ip arp or a clear adjacency command, the router marks the adjacency as incomplete. Then it fails to clear the entry.

Note: Two nodes in the network are considered adjacent if they can reach each other using only one hop.

Reference: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ip/express-forwarding-cef/17812-cef-incomp.html

Question 3


The “show ip cache” command displays the contents of a router’s fast cache. An example of the output of this command is shown below:


Note: If CEF is disabled and fast switching is enabled, the router begins to populate its fast cache.

Question 4

Question 5


Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF) provides the ability to switch packets through a device in a very quick and efficient way while also keeping the load on the router’s processor low. CEF is made up of two different main components: the Forwarding Information Base (FIB) and the Adjacency Table. These are automatically updated at the same time as the routing table.

The adjacency table is tasked with maintaining the layer 2 next-hop information for the FIB.

Question 6


The explanation of this question is too lengthy so we recommend to read this article: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ip/express-forwarding-cef/26083-trouble-cef.html

Question 7


Glean adjacency – in short when the router is directly connected to hosts the FIB table on the router will maintain a prefix for the subnet rather than for the individual host prefix. This subnet prefix points to a GLEAN adjacency.
Punt adjacency – When packets to a destination prefix can’t be CEF Switched, or the feature is not supported in the CEF Switching path, the router will then use the next slower switching mechanism configured on the router.

Question 8


Nodes in the network are said to be adjacent if they can reach each other with a single hop across a link layer. In addition to the FIB, CEF uses adjacency tables to prepend Layer 2 addressing information. The adjacency table maintains Layer 2 next-hop addresses for all FIB entries.

Reference: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ios/12_2/switch/configuration/guide/fswtch_c/xcfcef.html

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  1. Marcus
    April 6th, 2018

    About Q4 I think there is an incorrect question. No answers are valid there. The correct answer should be “punt”, i.e. “sending a packet to the next fastest switching level”. I think so.

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