IP SLA is a tool built into Cisco routers. It allows for the continuous monitoring on parts of the network.

There are number of different types of probes that can be set up with IP SLA to monitor different things, such as:

  • Delay
  • Jitter
  • Packet Loss
  • Packet Sequencing
  • Path
  • Connectivity
  • Server or Website Download Time
  • Voice Quality

Configuring an IP SLA

ip sla 10
 icmp-echo source-interface GigabitEthernet0/0
  frequency 300

The above example will send an ICMP echo to sourced from the IP address on GigabitEthernet0/0 every 300 seconds

The SLA can be switched on with the following command

ip sla schedule 10 life forever start-time now

There is many options on when an SLA should start, and how long it should last for. The above configuration starts the SLA monitoring immediately with no expiration.

The SLA configuration can be viewed with the command show ip sla configuration 10



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