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This article explains how to configure area number greater than 255 on the FortiGate OSPF setting to match that of Cisco.

The area ID in OSPF is represented in a dotted decimal format, similar to an IP address. While Cisco routers allow a single decimal value for configuring area, a FortiGate requires the area to be configured in a dotted decimal format.

FortiOS 4.0, 5.0, 5.2

The decimal area that is configured on the Cisco will have to be converted into a dotted decimal format and then used on the FortiGate.

Example 1:

Area number configured on the Cisco 256
Corresponding dotted decimal format for FortiGate is:

Example 2:

Area number configured on Cisco 257
Corresponding dotted decimal format for FortiGate is:

Using the sniffer:

The other way, in case you do not want a conversion would be to run a sniffer on proto 89 and look at the OSPF header. The command is:

diagnose sniffer packet "proto 89" 6 0 a

Once the packets are captured, convert it using help from the related KB article 'How to import Diag Sniff Packet data to WireShark - Ethereal application'.

An example is shown below:


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