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Configure an OSPF interface

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To configure an OSPF interface

  1. Open Routing and Remote Access.

  2. In the console tree, click OSPF.


    • Routing and Remote Access/server name/IP Routing/OSPF
  3. In the details pane, right-click the interface you want to configure, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, select the Enable OSPF for this address check box.

  5. In Area ID, click the ID of the area to which the interface belongs.

  6. In Router priority, click the arrows to set the priority of the router over the interface.

  7. In Cost, click the scroll arrows to set the cost of sending a packet over the interface.

  8. If the area to which the interface belongs is enabled for passwords, in Password, type a password.

  9. Under Network type, click the type of OSPF interface.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group. As a security best practice, consider using the Run As command rather than logging on with administrative credentials. If you have logged on with administrative credentials, you can also open Routing and Remote Access by clicking Start, clicking Control Panel, double-clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Routing and Remote Access. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • This feature is not available on the Itanium-based versions of the Windows operating systems.

  • This content is not available in this preliminary release.

  • If the interface has multiple IP addresses configured on it, then the General tab displays an IP Address box. You need to configure OSPF settings for each IP address on the interface.

  • A router priority of 0 means that the router cannot become an OSPF-designated router.

  • A larger cost means the interface is not used as much as other interfaces with a lower cost.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Working with MMC console files
Set a password on an OSPF interface
Configure the hello and dead intervals