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Understanding PIM Auto-RP

You can configure a more dynamic way of assigning rendezvous points (RPs) in a multicast network by means of auto-RP. When you configure auto-RP for a router, the router learns the address of the RP in the network automatically and has the added advantage of operating in PIM version 1 and version 2.

Although auto-RP is a nonstandard (non-RFC-based) function that typically uses dense mode PIM to advertise control traffic, it provides an important failover advantage that simple static RP assignment does not. You can configure multiple routers as RP candidates. If the elected RP fails, one of the other preconfigured routers takes over the RP functions. This capability is controlled by the auto-RP mapping agent.