Purpose of GLBP
- The purpose of GLBP is to ensure network connectivity in case of Router or access circuit failure. GLBP automatically Load balances the load from the IP traffic sources.
- Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP) is a Cisco proprietary protocol that attempts to overcome the limitations of existing redundant router protocols by adding basic load balancing functionality.
Other high availability protocols
- Active virtual gateway (AVG): Members of a GLBP group elect one gateway to be the AVG for that group. Other group members provide backup for the AVG if the AVG becomes unavailable. The AVG assigns a virtual MAC address to each member of the group.
- Active virtual forwarder (AVF): Each gateway assumes responsibility for forwarding packets sent to the virtual MAC address assigned to it by the AVG. These gateways are known as AVFs for their virtual MAC address.
- Communication: GLBP members communicate with each other using hello messages sent every 3 seconds to the multicast address 188.8.131.52, User Datagram Protocol (UDP) port 3222.
- Load sharing: Traffic from LAN clients can be shared by multiple routers.
- Multiple virtual routers: Up to 1,024 virtual routers (GLBP groups) can be on each physical interface of a router, and there can be up to four virtual forwarders per group.
- Preemption: You can preempt an AVG with a higher priority backup virtual gateway. Forwarder preemption works in a similar way, except that it uses weighting instead of priority and is enabled by default.
- Efficient resource utilization: Any router in a group can serve as a backup, which eliminates the need for a dedicated backup router because all available routers can support network traffic.
How does GLBP work
AVG - Active Virtual Gateway
The Router with the highest priority is chosen as the AVG. The AVG has the responsebility of assigning MAC addresses to the AVF Routers.
AVF - Active Virtual Forwarder
The AVF Routers Route traffic from the connected clients. Each AVF is assigned its own MAC-Address. The MAC-Address is assigned from the AVG.
When the clients broadcast ARP requests to get the MAC Address of the default gateway - 10.0.0.1 - the AVG responds with a MAC-Address of one of the AVF's. load balancing can be either
Default the hello time for GLBP is 3 seconds and holdtime is 10 seconds. In the example hello time is set to 0.25 second and holdtime is 0.7 second.
hostname R1 ! interface FastEthernet1/0 ip address 10.0.0.11 255.0.0.0 glbp 7 ip 10.0.0.1 glbp 7 priority 130 glbp 7 timers msec 200 msec 700
hostname R2 ! interface FastEthernet1/0 ip address 10.0.0.12 255.0.0.0 glbp 7 ip 10.0.0.1 glbp 7 priority 120 glbp 7 timers msec 200 msec 700
hostname R3 ! interface FastEthernet1/0 ip address 10.0.0.13 255.0.0.0 glbp 7 ip 10.0.0.1 glbp 7 priority 110 glbp 7 timers msec 200 msec 700