Redistribution: Using Distribute Lists to Control Redistribution

Redistribution: Using Distribute Lists to Control Redistribution

distribute-list = filter networks in routing updates (From IOS Help)

Once you perform route redistribution, you’ll often find that you need to fine-tune the process by allowing some routes to be redistributed while preventing redistribution of other routes. We can do that with distribute lists.

A distribute-list uses an ACL to define the routes to be redistributed – and explicitly or implicitly prohibited from redistribution.

Example for redistribution into OSPF to filter out networks and

R1(config)#access-list 17 deny
R1(config)#access-list 17 deny
R1(config)#access-list 17 permit any

We would assume the command is completed in OSPF as follows:

R1(config-router)#distribute-list 17 out serial0
% Interface not allowed with OUT for OSPF

But OSPF will not work in this manner, as the routing updates are in the format of LSAs, where as EIGRP and RIP aren’t. Hence we can’t filter LSAs as such.


We need to specify a protocol as apposed to an interface.


R1(config-router)#distribute-list 17 out rip

This will filter routes going into OSPF, that match ACL 17 and originate from RIP.

NOTE: OSPF will converge extremely quickly and this will/should show in the best routes asap.

***show ip protocols will also show any applied distribute lists and their direction!***

RIP Example:

R1(config)#router rip
R1(config-router)#distribute-list 17 ?
in Filter incoming routing updates
out Filter outgoing routing updates
R1(config-router)#distribute-list 17 in ?
BRI ISDN Basic Rate Interface
Ethernet IEEE 802.3
Loopback Loopback interface
Null Null interface
Serial Serial
R1(config-router)#distribute-list 17 in ethernet0