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HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF

Hey all,


Trying to get OSPF configured on our flexfabric 5700 switches, however the guide I am following says to issue the command "ospf" but this is not an option on this switch for some reason.


I am following this guide


RIP is an option, I am wondering if this is a license issue?


Switch details below:

HP Comware Software, Version 7.1.045, Release 2311P05
Copyright (c) 2010-2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
HP FF 5700-32XGT-8XG-2QSFP+ Switch uptime is 61 weeks, 0 days, 12 hours, 19 minutes
Last reboot reason : Power on

Boot image: flash:/5700-cmw710-boot-r2311p05.bin
Boot image version: 7.1.045P21, Release 2311P05
Compiled Dec 29 2014 16:32:19
System image: flash:/5700-cmw710-system-r2311p05.bin
System image version: 7.1.045, Release 2311P05
Compiled Dec 29 2014 16:32:33

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Re: HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF


You are running code that is 2 years old.  According to the release notes, there was some major Layer 3 routing stuff added in R2418P01.  The latest code is R2432P02 and that has been available since the end of March.  I'd upgrade and see if there is any difference.

Also, remember when you do OSPF that there is an instance number that you specify as the argument to the ospf command.  You can run multiple ospf instances if you need to.



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Occasional Advisor

Re: HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF

Hi David,

Thanks for the reply. We have been advised the same from HP support.

I am planning an outage for the coming weekend to upgrade them to the newest firmware. Will update this post with the results.


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Re: HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF

Hi Steven,

Just a quick reminder that the 5700, even though it has a lot of routing features since R2418P01, is still not a platform suited for routing. Lots of people end up in here posting about routing table sizes for 5700s.


Søren Dideriksen, Network Administrator
Region Midtjylland
Occasional Advisor

Re: HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF

Thanks Søren,

Unfortunately we are in a position where we do not have much choice on this one. We are not going to be routing everything just a very small number of our Vlans, so I am hoping it doesn't cause too much of an issue.

Occasional Advisor

Re: HP FlexFabric 5700 OSPF

Was a bug with the firmware. We are able to configure this now.