How to Add Persistent Static Routes on RHEL 6/CentOS 6

This example will show you on how to configure the Persistent static route in RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) server. This configuration may different with other version of RHEL but the basic is almost the same. Persistent static route will permanently stored the setting and will not be deleted after rebooted. The following setting is just example only, you need to update the ip addresses and netmask in order to fit your environment :

To add a persistent static route in Redhat Enterprise Linux 6, create a file called route-X in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory. In this case, i will add persistent static route for eth0 and eth1.
1. Create a file route-eth0 rot eth0 routing :

[root@rhel6 ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0
ADDRESS0=192.168.1.0
NETMASK0=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY0=192.168.1.1

2. Create a file route-eth1 rot eth1 routing :

[root@rhel6 ~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth1
ADDRESS1=192.168.2.0
NETMASK1=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY1=192.168.2.1

Display routing table :

[root@rhel6 ~]# netstat -rn

How to Check Routing Table on Linux CentOS 6.2

In Linux operating system, routing table is used by the computer networks or servers to stores the routes of the destinations that responsible for forwarding. Routing tables contain a list of IP addresses and each of IP addresses identifies a network gateway. In this post, i will show you three ways to check and display the linux Routing Table. This command has been tested on CentOS 6.2 server.

1. Display routing table using “netstat -rn” :

[root@centos62 ~]# netstat -rn
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags   MSS Window  irtt Iface
192.168.1.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U         0 0          0 eth0
169.254.0.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.0.0     U         0 0          0 eth0
0.0.0.0         192.168.1.1     0.0.0.0         UG        0 0          0 eth0

2. Display routing table using “ip route show” :

[root@centos62 ~]# ip route show
192.168.1.0/24 dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src 192.168.1.44
169.254.0.0/16 dev eth0  scope link  metric 1002
default via 192.168.1.1 dev eth0

3. Display routing table using “route -n” :

[root@centos62 ~]# route -n
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
192.168.1.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 eth0
169.254.0.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.0.0     U     1002   0        0 eth0
0.0.0.0         192.168.1.1     0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 eth0