Monthly Archives: April 2014

Using EEM to Remotely Change a WAN IP – Part 2

In my last EEM post I provided a simple means to change an IP address and default route of a Cisco router using a script that makes the change without requiring interactive user input. This is helpful if you are remotely changing a device’s WAN/Internet IP and waiting for some on-site hands to move a cable over to a new ISP or WAN SP connection. That first script, however, would make the change and then exit. What would happen if the new Internet connection had a problem, or the on-site help couldn’t move the cable for some reason? Proper testing and preparation should help you avoid most of those issues but you just never know.

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Using EEM to Remotely Change a WAN IP – Part 1

I often work remotely on customers’ infrastructures with their remote hands on-site. When a small office or branch changes ISPs or IP blocks, I occasionally find myself in a position where I have to change the only public IP address of a device like a branch office router or firewall, with no out-of-band management. The trouble with this is fairly obvious (on a Cisco device): by changing the IP address via which I am accessing the device over SSH, I will lose my own management session to it. Once the management session is lost, I can’t update the default route, and now the device is broken and I get to walk the on-site hands (who are often not very Cisco-literate) through changing a default route.

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