How to force Loopack interface to be advertised with a /24 netmask

Many of you already know that usually when you advertise a Loopback interface into OSPF it is advertised with /32 netmask (one IP address) even if the IP address under Loopback interface is with a /24 netmask. If you checked my previous post, you’ll see at the end that I’m right, and the Lo0 address is advertised with /32 netmask.

But what if you have to advertised as a /24 subnet (task require or some testing) ? There is “dirty little trick” to do it. I will use the same topology and design like in the post before. If you do no have the topology please download it here.

Watch the movie:

How to advertise subnet into OSPF without network or redistribution command

During my CCIE R&S preparation for lab exam, I encounter a task that requested me to advertise a subnet into OSPF routing protocol, but without using network statement or redistribution command. Since back then I was a little confuse about this, I said to post here maybe it help others.

Please download the topology used in this example here. We have already OSPF prepared and the task request to advertise interface Loopack0 from R0 to OSPF without using network statement or redistribution command.

See how to do it here: