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Basic IP Connectivity and Troubleshooting in Cisco Express Forwarding

Chapter Description

This chapter presents the general troubleshooting used on Cisco IOS routers and switches as a first step in troubleshooting IP connectivity problems. It helps you verify whether CEF is the root cause of a particular IP connectivity problem.

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Summary

This chapter covered many topics outside of CEF and presented a model that eventually leads to CEF troubleshooting. CEF is a scapegoat for many IP connectivity issues. The most common IP connectivity issues that are not CEF issues occur at the physical layer and Layer 2, such as spanning-tree or HSRP failures. Therefore, you should troubleshoot based on the OSI model. If a device uses hardware switching, conduct additional troubleshooting to isolate the issue.

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