IP Routing Table Limit Exceeded

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Issue: One of our customers reported one of their sites couldn’t get to servers hosted at the Data Centre. Doing a traceroute from their CPE suggested that the last hop stopped at the MPLS VPN.

I enabled dynamic routing protocol debugging on the concerned devices. I could see routes have been received but the router didn’t install it in its routing table. I checked the logs and saw this:

Jul 31 16:30:33: %IPRT-3-ROUTELIMITEXCEEDED: IP routing table limit exceeded - vrf_A
Jul 31 15:18:50: %IPRT-3-ROUTELIMITEXCEEDED: IP routing table limit exceeded - vrf_A
Jul 31 08:58:45: %IPRT-3-ROUTELIMITEXCEEDED: IP routing table limit exceeded - vrf_A

Solution: There was a misconfiguration on the allowed maximum routes. It was set to 40. Changing this to a higher value resolved the issue.

ip vrf vrf_A
 maximum routes 40 80

Rejohn Cuares

He is Network Engineer working in one of the Managed Service Providers in Brisbane, Australia. His role as an engineer spans across multiple technologies like Unified Communications, Security, Wireless and Routing/Switching. He loves learning new things that makes his job fun and interesting.

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