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Question 1


LSA Type 7 is generated by an ASBR inside a Not So Stubby Area (NSSA) to describe routes redistributed into the NSSA. LSA 7 is translated into LSA 5 as it leaves the NSSA. These routes appear as N1 or N2 in the routing table inside the NSSA. Much like LSA 5, N2 is a static cost while N1 is a cumulative cost that includes the cost upto the ASBR -> LSA Type 7 only exists in an NSSA area.

Question 2

Question 3


Answer B is not correct because using “passive-interface” command on ASW1 & ASW2 does not prevent DSW1 & DSW2 from sending routing updates to two access layer switches.

Question 4


From the output above, we see the following LSAs:

+ Router Link States (Area 0): LSA Type 1 (Area 0)
+ Net Link States (Area 0): LSA Type 2 (Area 0)
+ Summary Net Link States (Area 0): LSA Type 3 (Area 0)
+ Router link States (Area 4): LSA Type 1 (Area 4)
+ Net Link States (Area 4): LSA Type 2 (Area 4)
+ Summary Net Link States (Area 4): LSA Type 3 (Area 4)

There are two areas represented on this router, which are Area 0 & Area 4. So we conclude this is an ABR router.

Just for your information, from the Router Link States (Area 0) part, we only see one entry It is both the Link ID and ADV Router so we can conclude this is an IP address of one of the interfaces on the local router.

Question 5

Question 6

Questions 7


When OSPF is run on a network, two important events happen before routing information is exchanged:
+ Neighbors are discovered using multicast hello packets.
+ DR and BDR are elected for every multi-access network to optimize the adjacency building process. All the routers in that segment should be able to communicate directly with the DR and BDR for proper adjacency (in the case of a point-to-point network, DR and BDR are not necessary since there are only two routers in the segment, and hence the election does not take place).
For a successful neighbor discovery on a segment, the network must allow broadcasts or multicast packets to be sent.

In an NBMA network topology, which is inherently nonbroadcast, neighbors are not discovered automatically. OSPF tries to elect a DR and a BDR due to the multi-access nature of the network, but the election fails since neighbors are not discovered. Neighbors must be configured manually to overcome these problems -> C is not correct while D is correct.

In Point-to-Multipoint network: This is a collection of point-to-point links between various devices on a segment. These networks also allow broadcast or multicast packets to be sent over the network. These networks can represent the multi-access segment as multiple point-to-point links that connect all the devices on the segment. -> A is correct.

Question 8


OSPF forms neighbor relationship with other OSPF routers on the same segment by exchanging hello packets. The hello packets contain various parameters. Some of them should match between neighboring routers. These include:

+ Hello and Dead intervals
+ Area ID
+ Authentication type and password
+ Stub Area flag
+ Subnet ID and Subnet mask

So there are three correct answers in this question. Maybe in the exam you will see only two correct answers.

Question 9


Let’s have a quick review of LSAs Type 4 & 5:

Summary ASBR LSA (Type 4) – Generated by the ABR to describe an ASBR to routers in other areas so that routers in other areas know how to get to external routes through that ASBR. For example, suppose R8 is redistributing external route (EIGRP, RIP…) to R3. This makes R3 an Autonomous System Boundary Router (ASBR). When R2 (which is an ABR) receive this LSA Type 1 update, R2 will create LSA Type 4 and flood into Area 0 to inform them how to reach R3. When R5 receives this LSA it also floods into Area 2.


In the above example, the only ASBR belongs to area 1 so the two ABRs send LSA Type 4 to area 0 & area 2 (not vice versa). This is an indication of the existence of the ASBR in area 1.

+ Type 4 LSAs contain the router ID of the ASBR.
+ There are no LSA Type 4 injected into Area 1 because every router inside area 1 knows how to reach R3. R3 only uses LSA Type 1 to inform R2 about R8 and inform R2 that R3 is an ASBR.

External Link LSA (LSA 5) – Generated by ASBR to describe routes redistributed into the area and point the destination for these external routes to the ASBR. These routes appear as O E1 or O E2 in the routing table. In the topology below, R3 generates LSAs Type 5 to describe the external routes redistributed from R8 and floods them to all other routers and tell them “hey, if you want to reach these external routes, send your packets to me!”. But other routers will ask “how can I reach you? You didn’t tell me where you are in your LSA Type 5!”. And that is what LSA Type 4 do – tell other routers in other areas where the ASBR is!


Each OSPF area only allows some specific LSAs to pass through. Below is a summarization of which LSAs are allowed in each OSPF area:

Area Restriction
Normal None
Stub No Type 5 AS-external LSA allowed
Totally Stub No Type 3, 4 or 5 LSAs allowed except the default summary route
NSSA No Type 5 AS-external LSAs allowed, but Type 7 LSAs that convert to Type 5 at the NSSA ABR can traverse
NSSA Totally Stub No Type 3, 4 or 5 LSAs except the default summary route, but Type 7 LSAs that convert to Type 5 at the NSSA ABR are allowed

Reference: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ip/open-shortest-path-first-ospf/13703-8.html

Therefore there are two OSPF areas that prevent LSAs Type 4 & 5: Totally Stub & NSSA Totally Stub areas

  1. Anonymous
    August 27th, 2017

    For Question 7 , the listed answer is A and D but the Explanation as given in the “Link” is seem to be C and D.
    Based on the reference book, manually config. (discover) neighbor is needed for 1) the Point-to-multipoint (non-broadcast) and 2) NBMA (or Frame relay). This question has to be read very carefully – as stated ” C is not correct while D is correct”.

  2. 1Way
    October 21st, 2017

    Q9. Stub areas do not receive type 4 LSA’s either, so answers should be B,C and F.

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  11. Anonymous
    December 11th, 2017

    Agree with 1Way. Stubby areas (stubby or nssa) do not forward Type 4 LSA because they are meaningless without Type 5 LSA. I don’t understand why the answers aren’t A, B, C, and F, with the best two being A and C since they restrict ONLY Type 4 and Type 5 LSA.

  12. ExamSoon
    January 11th, 2018

    Hi, new questions I have.
    Which three restrictions apply to OSPF stub areas? (Choose three)?
    A. No virtual links are allowed.
    B. The area cannot be a backbone area.
    C. Redistributions not allowed unless the packet is changed to a type 7 packet.
    D. The area has no more then 10 routers.
    E. No autonomous system border routers are allowed.
    F. Interarea routers are supressed.

    What are the answers? ABC or ABE or maybe BCE ?

  13. JOB
    January 15th, 2018

    HI Exam soon i think the answer is ABE b/c -Routers inside stub areas cannot redistribute external routes into the stubby area, because that would require a Type 5 LSA in the area.(not type 7 LSA)

  14. Shannon
    January 16th, 2018

    According to this post (http://packetlife.net/blog/2008/jun/24/ospf-area-types/), Q9 is wrong. There is no LSA’s type 4 or 5 in Stub, Totally Stub, NSSA nor Tottally NSSA area. Am I missing something in that question?


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  16. jrocky
    February 21st, 2018

    I’m confused with Q9, agree with @Shannon. From my understanding, stuby, totally stubby, NSSA and NSSA totally stub won’t accept external routes. So no LSA 4 and 5 in any case.
    Maybe we can think as NSSA and NSSA totally stub generating LSA4 which ABR converts to LSA5 in normal areas, so maybe the best answer would be B and C??? (stub and totally stub).

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  23. ab
    April 10th, 2018

    For the question 3, the answer is C but why is not A. If i put all the interface in passive-interface default, there is no update. What is the difference between A and C?

  24. Marcus
    April 13th, 2018

    @ab in case “A” the neighborship between the Core and the Distribution layer will be lost, isn’t it?

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  26. Csnavarro
    April 24th, 2018

    I believe that question 9 is wrong too, because stub areas by default doesn’t allow LSA 4 or 5, just 1,2,3 and 7.

  27. Marcus
    May 4th, 2018

    Q8 in other dump looks like:
    Using new backup router in spite of faulty one in OSPF domain but relationship with neighbor in one interface only not working, what is the reason of this problem? (Choose two)

    A. area ID mismatch
    B. authentication mismatch
    C. process id of OSPF not match
    D. OSPF timers not match
    E. MTU mismatch

    Is says it’s not working “in one interface only”.
    C – obviouslly incorrect
    A – area settings is settings for ospf process rather than interface
    B – authentication can be set up as in ospf process as an interface too
    D – OSPF timers is an interface properties
    E – MTU also is an interface property

    So, possible answer may be D and E, because it is more plausible. Are you agree?

  28. Anonymous
    May 31st, 2018

    For Q8) Using new backup router in spite of faulty one in OSPF domain but relationship with neighbor in one interface only not working, what is the reason of this problem? (Choose two)

    A. area ID mismatch
    B. authentication mismatch
    C. process id of OSPF not match
    D. OSPF timers not match

    Answer: A, D

    You can read the following Cisco document for the answer. If there was an Authentication mismatch, then two Routers would not become neighbors at all (on all interfaces and not just one)


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