We've got a client who needs to set up multicast routing between two sites (and between two vlans) in order for some video encoders at remote sites to find servers at the central site. I've never had experience with this. The setup looks something like:
encoders -> Cisco 4506 -> (CSME) -> Cisco 4510 -> Cisco 8540 -> Cisco3560 -> servers
The Cisco 4506 is the default gateway for the remote site vlan, let's call it vlan 22. The Cisco 4510 is the default gateway for the central site vlan, let's call it vlan 33
Also factoring into this, a previous (before my time here) set up of ip multicasting in sparse mode was done using other remote sites using3640 routers with the 8540 as the RP. I don't know what it was intended for, or if it was ever successfully configured, but I'm not sure it's in use any more.
Here's what's been done so far... the Cisco 4506 now has:
ip multicast-routing ip pim rp-address 10.99.99.1 [the address of the 8540] interface Vlan22 ip pim sparse-dense-mode [the video encoder vendor recomended this] [there's also a ip helper-address pointing to a local server for dhcp]
The 4510 has:
ip multicast-routing ip pim rp-address 10.99.99.1 interface Vlan33 ip pim sparse-dense-mode
- non-multicast traffic seems to be OK between the vlans
- the encoders never see the servers
- "show ip pim neighbor" shows no results (just headers)
- "show ip multi int vlan33" on the central site shows a large and growing number of multicast in packets, but zero out packets. Same results for vlan22 on the remote site.
Could the problem be igmp packets not getting exchanged? Like I said, I've never set up ip multicast routing before.