Dynamic routing in Linux and BSD

Dynamic routing are becomming more and more common these days, but not on the server side. Actually, Windows 2008 Server no longer supports Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), even though 2003 server did. The most common way of implementing dynamic routing in larger networks, are in the Wide Area Network (WAN) between firewalls. In this guide I will show how to use OSPF in Linux by using the Quagga Software Routing Suite.

As usual I use Debian linux, so let’s start by installing Quagga.

apt-get install quagga

That was not very hard. Let’s take a look at the different configuration files located in /etc/quagga/.


This file enables and disables the different services available in the routing suite. There are several supported protocols such as RIP, BGP and OSPF.



Zebra is the service that transfers configuration from Quagga to the operating system. Zebra takes care of updating interface addresses, routing tables, hostname, etc.

hostname server01
log file /var/log/quagga/zebra.log
password cliSecretPassword
interface bond0
    ip address
interface eth0
interface eth1
interface lo

As you can clearly see from this configuration file, the server has hostname server01 and has bonded the eth0 and eth1 to a new bond0 interface.


This file configures the OSPF service. This is not a very advanced setup.

service advanced-vty
log file /var/log/quagga/ospfd.log
interface bond0
        ip ospf authentication message-digest
        ip ospf message-digest-key 1 md5 SECRETPASS

# Loopback
#interface lo
#    ip ospf priority 0

router ospf
        redistribute static
        network area
        area authentication message-digest

Here the OSPF service is instructed to join area with key 1 set as SECRETPASS. Also, the service redistributes all static routes. In this example, the server is a stub area.

I will be posting more configuration later.

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