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How to add route of alterante network after MPLS line install?

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Hello guys,

I just had an MPLS line installed between my location and a branch location in Europe. We are two independent networks that have no common connection prior to this MPLS.

Since the install I have added the static route to each workstation or server that needs to access a program from overseas's servers.

I have been told there is away to set up one static route from either the firewall, or DHCP on my domain controller so that I dont have to add a static route to each pc??

How can this be done?

I have a Sonciwall firewall/router and my domain controller is a 2008 server.

Thank you for your help.
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Hey, with the Sonicwall appliance what you can do a couple different things for routing.
First you can create address object for the MPLS gateway and the Subnet of your Euro office
If you are not familiar you just go to Network Address Objects and Add
you will have a set of fields to fill in
Add address objectAnd simply build a route in your Sonicwall that says route any LAN traffic looking for your Euro office to the IP of your MPLS router. In the image below your destination will be the address object you created for the Euro office.
add routeSo as long as your servers and desktops use your sonicwall firewall as its default gateway it will now route all traffic destined for your Euro office to the MPLS router.
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and I should keep checked "disable route when the interface is disconnected"?

what does that mean?
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by:schmitty007
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Its just the default setting which means basically as I understand it what it says, it will disable the route you just created if the interface you are routing on, in this case your LAN interface is ever disconnected. If your LAN interface becomes disconnected you have more to worry about then this one route. :)

So leaving it checked is perfectly fine, basically if you have a secondary interface you are routing traffic to as an alternative so it has a lower cost and that interface goes down it will then try to route that traffic out of your default route.
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Excellent post.
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