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This paper investigates a generalized protection framework for availability-guaranteed connection provisioning in an optical wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) network. Reliability is a crucial concern in high-speed optical networks. A service level agreement (SLA), which mandates high service availability even in the face of network failures must be met in provisioning a reliable connection. In this study, a new link-state-modeling mechanism is developed to form a dynamic link-state parameter called link and resource availability (LRA), which represents physical-layer availability and resource status for an optical link. Such up-to-date link-state information can be used by a standard link-state routing protocol to efficiently provision reliable connections. Based on the link-state availability model, LRA, a connection-provisioning algorithm is then proposed which can guarantee customers' availability requirements. A new generalized protection model is developed through dynamic LRA-based provisioning. Numerical results demonstrate the performance of the proposed provisioning approach to be promising.