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Junos Telemetry

Hi All

Recently I attended a Juniper workshop in their London office and heard about Junos Telemetry concept which was really a new one for me and I quite liked it.

The basic idea is to replace traditional methods of collecting the data from devices on Management stations which helps Operations teams in more automated solution for managing their vast networks.

Traditional method which I am talking about here is SNMP which works on Pull model where Management station polls the network devices to gather useful information using MIBs and in turn displays the data to Network Admins/Operations Team. This method is being used currently and have succeed a lot. However as Hardware vendors are providing more and more APIs in their products which can be used by users to configure their devices in lots of innovative ways, polling or gather statistics via SNMP is not scalable in those scenario. Also SNMP polls the devices at regular interval which is again an operational challenge as something can happen on device between the intervals which wont be captured.

Junos Telemetry or Telemetry concept in general provides a Push model where we can configure the device to send the real time data based upon any trigger or in general for various parameters. 

Telemetry

  Source: Juniper Networks

In this blog, we are not going to see how its configured in CLI but who knows when I can get hold of appropriate Junos code and have a play on it 🙂 but till then let’s see what are its other features.

Junos Telemetry interface (JIT) as I mentioned above works on Push model where it streams the results to collector or even to Controller like Northstar to drive MPLS LSPs. Format of data what is being sent is either in form of Google Protocol buffer GPB or can be JSON based.

Juniper provides the collector software however there are open source collectors as well called OpenNTI collector which is basically a docker container consisting of 3 open-source components.

Shown below is one of the Visualization chart using Grafana,

Graphna

From application point of view, i think its one of the application could be to re-route the LSPs or create a LSP from Northstar Controller based upon the bandwidth statistics from interface. Once interface statistics reported to collector exceeds certain threshholds, Application can instruct Northstar controller to create a LSP via other route which can in long term works towards Self Driving Networks.

Other Application could be to provide more user-friendly stats about routers/network device to Operations like Memory, CPU usage in environment where thousands of routes or control packets are going via routers and memory hog can be created because of this.

Junos Telemetry Interface was introduced in Junos OS Release 15.1F3, on MX Series routers with interfaces configured on MPC1 through MPC6E, and on PTX Series routers with interfaces configured on FPC3.

So that’s all for Telemetry. I haven’t added much details on this as this is really a new concept for me and as n when I read more about it or get a chance to do hand-on on it, I will write more. Let me know your views on it and if you have used or planning to use this in your network.

Regards

Mohit

 

JUNIPER JUNOS COMMAND SERIES – 2

Hi All, lets continue our useful Junos command series by looking at 2 more interesting commands. One is really a way of doing same thing as in Cisco however 2nd is completely different command n I doubt available in other vendor CLIs.

We will look at configuration from interface stanza but can be applied to other areas.

So this is our example interface config from one of the interface.

re0.MX104_PE> show configuration interfaces ge-0/0/1
description "Test";
mtu 1600;
hold-time up 0 down 1000;
unit 0 {
 family inet {
 address 10.0.0.170/30;
 }
 family mpls;
}

Now due to any reason the interface which you were using has changed and now you need to put the same config on lets support ge-0/0/3

Lets look at current config of ge-0/0/3

re0.MX104_PE> show configuration interfaces ge-0/0/3
re0.MX104_PE>

As expected, config is empty and nothing has been configured.

Ok to configure the same parameters on new interface, one method is to go n set each configuration stanza individually. i.e..

edit
edit interface ge-0/0/3
set description “Test”
etc etc…

which is valid method but time consuming. Junos gives us facility to do the same thing by using command “copy

Using this command, you can copy the config from one interface to another without going through all those lengthy steps.

re0.MX104_PE> edit
Entering configuration mode
[edit]
re0.MX104_PE# copy interfaces ge-0/0/1 to ge-0/0/3

[edit]
re0.MX104_PE# show | compare
[edit interfaces]
+ ge-0/0/3 {
+ description "Test";
+ mtu 1600;
+ hold-time up 0 down 1000;
+ unit 0 {
+ family inet {
+ address 10.0.0.170/30;
+ }
+ family mpls;
+ }
+ }


re0.MX104_PE# delete interfaces ge-0/0/1

re0.MX104_PE# show | compare
[edit interfaces]
- ge-0/0/1 {
- description "Test";
- mtu 1600;
- hold-time up 0 down 1000;
- unit 0 {
- family inet {
- address 10.0.0.170/30;
- }
- family mpls;
- }
- }
+ ge-0/0/3 {
+ description "Test";
+ mtu 1600;
+ hold-time up 0 down 1000;
+ unit 0 {
+ family inet {
+ address 10.0.0.170/30;
+ }
+ family mpls;
+ }
+ }

So you can see this has made the configuration easy to move.

Only catch here is that target interface in which you want to copy the configuration should be totally empty of any configuration otherwise you will see error like this.

re0.MX104_PE# copy interfaces ge-0/0/1 to ge-0/0/3
error: target statement 'ge-0/0/3' already exists

Ok so that’s was one command

Lets move over to next command which is similar to Cisco or might be to other vendors but most of the Juniper engineers are not aware of this.

This is to delete the whole interface config and put that into default mode.

In Cisco IOS, we would be doing something like default interface <interface name> under config mode to put the config into default config.

In Juniper to achieve the same thing, you need to either delete individual statements under interface config or you can just mention delete at the top interface level which would prompt you for confirmation and will delete everything.

[edit]
re0.MX104_PE# edit interfaces ge-0/0/1

[edit interfaces ge-0/0/1]
re0.MX104_PE# show
description "Test";
mtu 1600;
hold-time up 0 down 1000;
unit 0 {
 family inet {
 address 10.0.0.170/30;
 }
 family mpls;
}

[edit interfaces ge-0/0/1]
re0.MX104_PE# delete
Delete everything under this level? [yes,no] (no) yes

[edit interfaces ge-0/0/1]
re0.MX104_PE# show | compare
[edit interfaces ge-0/0/1]
- description "Test";
- mtu 1600;
- hold-time up 0 down 1000;
- unit 0 {
- family inet {
- address 10.0.0.170/30;
- }
- family mpls;
- }

Only difference is that in Cisco using “default”, there will still be configuration present under interface like “no ip address” etc etc however in Junos, this will delete everything under it.

So that’s all, I hope you liked this article as well and will make use of these commands in your day to day operational work or troubleshooting.

Regards

Mohit Mittal

ARP, InARP, RARP, Proxy ARP & Gratuitous ARP?? Whats this all about!!

There are lots of Arp terms in Network field today i.e. ARP, RARP, InARP, Proxy ARP and Gratuitous ARP. This was really confusing for me atleast in my early networking days and I am sure people who are new to networking must be in same situation. So I thought of putting the details here in order to alleviate their confusion. So let’s start

 1) ARP (Address Resolution Protocol)

ARP or Address Resolution protocol is a protocol as its name states which works on TCP/IP Layer 2. Networking between devices can’t be done without using this protocol which basically helps in getting the mac-address of connected router or gateway from IP Address. So for example, host/computer is connected to Router over Ethernet and we have manually configured IP Addresses on both sides with Router acting as Gateway for Host computer. Before Host can send packet to Router, it needs to build Layer 2 Frame and this frame encapsulates Packet including Payload/Date. You know that Frame has Source MAC-Address and Destination MAC-Address fields apart from other fields. So host can take out source-mac address from value burned in its NIC (Network Interface card) however it won’t be knowing the destination mac-address and in order to get the value of destination mac address host uses ARP. So Host will send broadcast ARP request message (destination FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF MAC address), which is accepted by all computers, requesting an answer for router’s gateway mac-address which is returned by Router in form for Arp-reply as a unicast.

APR_Packet Format

54:1e:56:f7:7d:4a > ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, ethertype 802.1Q (0x8100), length 46: vlan 602, p 0, ethertype ARP, arp who-has 20.20.20.20 tell 20.20.20.200

00:00:00:5e:00:00 > 54:1e:56:f7:7d:4a, ethertype 802.1Q (0x8100), length 64: vlan 602, p 0, ethertype ARP, arp reply 20.20.20.20 is-at 00:00:00:5e:00:00

2) InARP ( Inverse ARP)

Now what is Inverse Arp then? Inverse ARP as you might guess is the opposite of ARP.  Instead of using layer 3 IP address to find a layer 2 MAC address, Inverse ARP uses layer 2 MAC addresses to find a layer 3 IP address.

Inverse ARP was mostly used by Framerelay and ATM Networks to map the DLCI to IP Address. So router basically asks the IP Address of destination or other end of PVC by listing DLCI for that router.

3) RARP (Reverse ARP)

Reverse ARP is same as Inverse ARP however it was mainly used for device configuration. In InARP IP Address of remote end was being asked however RARP task is to get the IP Address for its own purpose.

A network administrator creates a table in a local area network’s gateway router that maps the physical machine (or Media Access Control – MAC address) addresses to corresponding IP Addresses. When a new machine is set up, its RARP client program requests it’s IP Address from the gateway router. Assuming that an entry has been set up in the router table, the RARP server will return the IP address to the machine which can store it for future use.

Reverse ARP has been deprecated and replaced by BOOTP which was then later replaced by DHCP.

4) Proxy ARP

As we mentioned above that the ARP is basically to find out Layer 2 address from Layer 3 IP Address. Now suppose host is connected to router over Ethernet and host has one address 10.10.0.1/16 and router has 10.10.10.0/24.

Host wants to resolve the ARP for 10.10.0.100 and thinks that Router is also in same subnet so should be able to get the mac-address however as Routers by design limit broadcast domains so won’t be sending the arp reply back and request will be rejected. If on the other hand router has any other interface connected to 10.10.0.0/16 network and proxy-arp is enabled, in that case Router will send the arp reply to host by listing its own mac-address basically acting as proxy for destination Network. In this case we don’t have to change the netmask of host and it will work fine.

On Cisco interfaces, when we configure “no ip proxy-arp”, we are disabling this behaviour.

5) Gratuitous ARP

Gratuitous ARP is by far the interesting version of ARP and lets see how gratuitous ARP works. We will go through 2 use cases here:

Firstly let’s discuss some of the properties of GARP

  • Both source and destination IP in the packet are the IP of the host issuing the gratuitous ARP
  • The destination MAC address is the broadcast MAC address (ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff) . This means the packet will be flooded to all ports on a switch
  • No reply is expected

1st use case of GARP is finding duplicate IP Address on LAN. Host which wakes up lets say after reboot sends GARP by putting the Sender IP address and Target IP Address as its own IP and broadcast the frame using Ethernet II destination address of all FFs.

It is not expecting any reply however if someone replies back with mac-address corresponding to Target IP Address then it means that IP address is being used somewhere else in LAN which is a problem. In this way host can detect duplicates.

2nd use case of GARP is case of redundancy protocols like VRRP/HSRP. VRRP (Virtual Redundancy Routing Protocol) or HSRP works by providing redundant physical gateways to host reachable over same Virtual address in order for Host to reach destination networks even though one physical router is down.

GARP_VRRP

VRRP has VIP (Virtual IP) concept which is shared among 2 VRRP routers and one of them is Active at any one time and holds Virtual MAC-Address corresponding to this VIP. Whenever host requests for ARP for 10.1.1.1, Master router will reply back with Virtual MAC Address.

Now we know that Switch updates its MAC Address table by looking at Mac address being learned on which port. Assuming Router 1 is Master currently, Switch will have entry in its table for Virtual Mac address learnt via Eth1 interface.

Let’s suppose that Router 1 goes down and in that case Router 2 sends GARP forcing switch to update its MAC-address table in order for it to update new location of Virtual MAC address reachable over new port i.e Eth2.

In this way, Host never sees an issue and packets sent by it will always egress a correct port.

Format of Gratuitous ARP

GARP Format

So that’s all, I hope you enjoyed this blog and I was able to clear some of your confusion. Let me know if you still have any doubt.

Thanks

Mohit Mittal

L2VPN using Kompella – Junos

In my earlier blog on L2VPN via CCC https://networkzblogger.com/2017/04/23/l2vpn-via-ccc-in-junos/ we saw in that method customer interface needs to be bind with LSP and for each customer we need to have separate LSP configured which is not ideal from operational perspective. In this blog we will look at another method of achieving this where BGP is used as signalling protocol which automates the connections, so manual configuration of the association between the LSP and the customer edge interface is not required.

This config is also called Kompella after its author (https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-kompella-l2vpn-l2vpn-00) where BGP is used to signal the control plane and it uses a two label stack as Martini. The VC (VPN) label is signalled via BGP and transport label can be signaled via either RSVP or LDP.

We would be looking at below topology where we will be configuring the MPLS L2VPN or Juniper L2CIRCUIT between M10i and MX960 PEs. M320s in between are just acting as Transit P/PE nodes and no configuration specifically needed on them for L2VPN however normal RSVP/LDP/MPLS/IGP config needs to be configured for transport label same as how L3VPN works.

L2VPN Kompella

MX104s are acting as RR so BGP neighborship will appropriate family needs to be activated between PEs-RRs.

For BGP based L2VPNs, following configuration needs to be configured

  1. BGP group with family l2vpn signalling
  2. Routing instance using instance type “l2vpn”
  3. Ethernet link needs to be established with Customer and same needs to be defined under Routing-instance.

Let’s start with Juniper l2vpn configuration.

First BGP Group where l2vpn signalling family needs to be enabled for PE-RR group.

BGP neighborship between M10i and one of the RR.

M10i-PE> show configuration protocols bgp group L2VPN-RRs
type internal;
family l2vpn {
    signaling;
}
authentication-algorithm md5;
authentication-key-chain BGP-L2VPN-key-chain;
neighbor 10.198.123.234;  <<<<<<<<< Loopback of RR1
neighbor 10.198.123.237;  <<<<<<<<< Loopback of RR2

BGP neighborship between M10i and one of the RR.

M10i-PE > show bgp neighbor 10.198.123.234
Peer: 10.198.123.234+179 AS 65004 Local: 10.198.123.213+50453 AS 65004
 Group: L2VPN-RRs Routing-Instance: master
 Type: Internal State: Established Flags: <Sync>
 Options: <Preference LocalAddress GracefulRestart LogUpDown AddressFamily Rib-group Refresh>
 Address families configured: l2vpn-signaling
 Local Address: 10.198.123.213 Holdtime: 90 Preference: 170
 Peer ID: 10.198.123.234 Local ID: 10.198.123.213 Active Holdtime: 90
 NLRI for restart configured on peer: l2vpn
 NLRI advertised by peer: l2vpn
 NLRI for this session: l2vpn
 Peer supports Refresh capability (2)
 Restart time configured on the peer: 120
 Stale routes from peer are kept for: 300
 Restart time requested by this peer: 120
 NLRI that peer supports restart for: l2vpn
 NLRI peer can save forwarding state: l2vpn
 NLRI that peer saved forwarding for: l2vpn
 NLRI that restart is negotiated for: l2vpn
 NLRI of received end-of-rib markers: l2vpn
 NLRI of all end-of-rib markers sent: l2vpn.
.
.

Even though customer facing config is not part of MPLS L2VPN, I will define it here which is using l2vpn encapsulation vlan-ccc.

M10i-PE > show configuration interfaces fe-0/1/1
description "Connected to CE-1";
vlan-tagging;
link-mode full-duplex;
encapsulation vlan-ccc;
unit 2 {
 encapsulation vlan-ccc;
 vlan-id 1001;
 family ccc;
}

Fairly simple configuration which is using encapsulation vlan-ccc.

OK, lets move to 2nd and 3rd part which is routing-instance configuration. I have highlighted important bits below. Off course for this L2VPN type you need to define RD, RT, and Interface which I am not mentioning specifically but you can see below.

M10i-PE > show configuration routing-instances L2VPN
instance-type l2vpn;
interface fe-0/1/1.2;
route-distinguisher 10.198.123.213:2;
vrf-target target:65004:2;
protocols {
 l2vpn {
 encapsulation-type ethernet-vlan;
 site Audi {
 site-identifier 2;
 interface fe-0/1/1.2 {
 remote-site-id 3;
 }
 }
 }
}

Important bit is instance-type l2vpn which enables this routing-instance for L2VPN. Under protocols l2vpn we have to enable the encap type as ethernet-vlan and then under site parameters we need to be define local site-identifier which is in our case is 2 and an optional remote-site-id. I have defined remote-site-id as 3 which will be configured on MX960 Remote-PE as its local site-identifier.

In same way we will be configuring the MX960 PE

MX960-PE> show configuration interfaces ge-1/1/9.700
encapsulation vlan-ccc;
vlan-id 700;
family ccc;

MX960-PE> show configuration routing-instances L2VPN
instance-type l2vpn;
interface ge-1/1/9.700;
route-distinguisher 10.198.123.205:3;
vrf-target target:65004:2;
protocols {
 l2vpn {
 encapsulation-type ethernet-vlan;
 site Bentley {
 site-identifier 3;
 interface ge-1/1/9.700 {
 remote-site-id 2;
 }
 }
 }
}

Once this is configured, let’s check the routing table on M10i

M10i-PE > show route table L2VPN.l2vpn.0
L2VPN.l2vpn.0: 3 destinations, 5 routes (3 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
Restart Complete
+ = Active Route, - = Last Active, * = Both

10.198.123.205:3:3:1/96 <<<<<<<<<------------ Learnt from MX960
 *[BGP/170] 13:56:58, localpref 100, from 10.198.123.237
 AS path: I, validation-state: unverified
 > via so-0/0/0.0, Push 299888
 [BGP/170] 13:56:58, localpref 100, from 10.198.123.234
 AS path: I, validation-state: unverified
 > via so-0/0/0.0, Push 299888
.
.
.
10.198.123.213:2:2:3/96 <<<<<<<<-------------- Local route on M10i
 *[L2VPN/170/-101] 16:56:08, metric2 1
 Indirect

This output is showing us RD value of 10.198.123.205:3 plus value of remote-side identifier which is 3 as well plus label-offset value which is 1

In same way, local route has RD value of 10.198.123.213:2 plus value of remote-side identifier which is 2 and label-offset value of 3. Will explain label-offset later.

So this completes our BGP control signalling path.

L2VPN connection state is up between both PEs

M10i-PE > show l2vpn connections up
Layer-2 VPN connections:

Instance: L2VPN
Edge protection: Not-Primary
 Local site: Audi (2)
 connection-site Type St Time last up # Up trans
 3               rmt  Up May 2 20:53:51 2017 1
 Remote PE: 10.198.123.205, Negotiated control-word: Yes (Null)
 Incoming label: 800006, Outgoing label: 800003
 Local interface: fe-0/1/1.2, Status: Up, Encapsulation: VLAN

Now we can move over to forwarding path where we will see MPLS labels. As in case of L3VPNs, we have 2 Labels on each packet i.e. VPN Label and other is transport label.

Transport label is calculated in same way where label is assigned for next-hop which in our case is remote-PE MX960 loopback address and this label can be learnt by any method LDP or RSVP and will be advertised to M10i PE by its immediate neighbour which in our case is M320.

So to check the label stack which is being pushed at M10i, we can see the MPLS.0 table.

M10i-PE > show route table mpls.0
mpls.0: 25 destinations, 25 routes (25 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
Restart Complete
+ = Active Route, - = Last Active, * = Both
.
.
.
fe-0/1/1.2 *[L2VPN/7] 14:27:18, metric2 1
 > via so-0/0/0.0, Push 800003, Push 299888(top) Offset: 252

So you can see two labels are being pushed, TOP (transport) label is 299888 which is advertised by M320

M320-Transit-P-1> show ldp database session 10.198.123.213
.
.

Output label database, 10.198.123.202:0--10.198.123.213:0
 Label Prefix
 306336 10.198.123.100/32
 299808 10.198.123.201/32
 3      10.198.123.202/32
 299792 10.198.123.203/32
 308832 10.198.123.204/32
 299888 10.198.123.205/32
 304288 10.198.123.211/32

VPN Label is 800003 which is calculated little bit differently in case of L2VPNs and not directly advertised by Remote-Pes.

Formula to calculate VPN label is

L2VPN label = Label-Base (remote) + Site-Id(Local) – Label-Offset (remote)

Label-base (remote) value is what we can get from MX960 by looking at its L2VPN.l2vpn table

MX960-PE > show route table L2VPN.l2vpn.0 extensive
L2VPN.l2vpn.0: 3 destinations, 5 routes (3 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
.
.
 Advertised metrics:
 Flags: Nexthop Change
 Nexthop: Self
 Localpref: 100
 AS path: [65004] I
Path 10.198.123.205:3:3:1 Vector len 4. Val: 0
 *L2VPN Preference: 170/-101
 Next hop type: Indirect, Next hop index: 0
 Address: 0xa5d246c
.
.
.
 Label-base: 800002, range: 2, status-vector: 0x0, offset: 1
 Secondary Tables: L2VPN.l2id.0

You can see above that label-base is 800002 on MX960 and Label-offset value is 1

So as per our equation above,

L2VPN Label = 800002 + 2 (Site-id local on M10i)  – 1  = 800003

Once this VPN Label reaches MX960, it is pop as per normal MPLS procedures and out to CE-2 interface.

800003 *[L2VPN/7] 14:37:16
 > via ge-1/1/9.700, Pop Offset: 4

In same way, MX960 will also calculate the VPN label for traffic flowing from MX960 to M10i.

So that’s all for this blog. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know if you still have any issues.

 

Regards

Mohit Mittal


	

L2VPN via CCC in Junos!!!!

L2VPNs are another type of VPNs which Service providers have in their kitty to connect their customers over its MPLS environment. With L2VPNs, service providers extend the Customer LAN over the SP network and customer don’t have any idea that they are connected over the MPLS network. There are many variants of L2VPNs and majority of them use LDP/BGP schemes to configure this. However first method which was implemented for carrying layer 2 traffic over a MPLS network was CCC (Circuit Cross Connect) which we will talk here and still being used by many SPs to connect their customers.

CCC scheme always use an RSVP Signaled LSP which has advantage of taking Traffic Engineering properties of RSVP. For each connection between Customers we need to have a dedicated LSP which is different from LDP/BGP schemes which use same Transport LSP to send the traffic E2E.

As we have dedicated LSP between 2 End Point PEs, there is no concept of VPN Label to associate the corresponding VRF/Customer interface in case of CCC scheme. Also in CCC, as there is only label E2E, we need to disable the PHP (Penultimate Hop Popping) so that Penultimate Hop Router doesn’t Pop the label which would otherwise send plain Ethernet Frame to Egress PE and PE won’t be knowing what to do with this.

For a point-to-point CCC connection, the connection is bidirectional, so an RSVP-signaled LSP is required in each direction between the two PEs.

We will look at configuration of L2VPN via CCC method on Junos where we will use the below Network to configure it.

VPN CCC Model

As the connection needs to be bidirectional, we will only look at the forwarding path from Left to right however other direction would be using the same method.

On Ingress side, Customer CE-1 is connected to ge-0/1/8/.601 interface on MX104 PE and interface config would be:

Re1@Ingress_PE> show configuration interfaces ge-0/1/8
description "Connected to Customer CE-1";
vlan-tagging;
mtu 1522;
encapsulation vlan-ccc;
unit 601 {
    encapsulation vlan-ccc;
    vlan-id 601;
    family ccc;
}

Vlans 512-4094 are only reserved for vlan-ccc encapsulation so you need to use vlan greater than equal to 512.

On Egress side, Customer CE-2 is connected to xe-2/0/0.601 interface on MX960 PE and interface config would be:

Re1@Egress_PE> show configuration interfaces xe-2/0/0
description "Connected to Customer CE-2";
vlan-tagging;
mtu 1522;
encapsulation vlan-ccc;
unit 601 {
 encapsulation vlan-ccc;
 vlan-id 601;
 family ccc;
}

Next config is to create a Label switched path from Ingress to Egress with an optional strict ‘path’ to fully utilize the TE properties otherwise router will dynamically calculate the path towards Egress.

In our case, we have defined the path

So LSP from Ingress MX104 PE to Egress PE MX960 via Transit PE looks like:

Re1@Ingress_PE > show configuration protocols mpls label-switched-path MX104-MX960
to 10.198.123.205;
bandwidth 100m;
optimize-timer 900;
preference 200;
priority 5 0;
primary MX104-MX960; <<<<< Path

Re1@Ingress_PE > show mpls lsp name MX104-MX960
Ingress LSP: 11 sessions
To             From           State Rt P ActivePath LSPname
10.198.123.205 10.198.123.100 Up    0 * MX104-MX960 MX104-MX960
Total 1 displayed, Up 1

LSP is Up and everything looks fine from Ingress to Egress. In same way we have to configure the LSP from MX960 to MX104 in other direction. Once both LSPs are up, we have to bind these LSPs and Ingress Interface under one connection on MX104 and same way in MX960.

Lets check on MX104 Ingress

Re1@Ingress_PE > show configuration protocols connections remote-interface-switch L2VPN
interface ge-0/1/8.601;
transmit-lsp MX104-MX960; 
receive-lsp MX960-MX104;  

Once we have configured this on both sides, we should have this connection Up and running. Lets check this.

Re1@Ingress_PE > show connections remote-interface-switch L2VPN
CCC and TCC connections [Link Monitoring On]
Legend for status (St): Legend for connection types:
 UN -- uninitialized if-sw: interface switching
 NP -- not present rmt-if: remote interface switching
 WE -- wrong encapsulation lsp-sw: LSP switching
 DS -- disabled tx-p2mp-sw: transmit P2MP switching
 Dn -- down rx-p2mp-sw: receive P2MP switching
 -> -- only outbound conn is up Legend for circuit types:

So we have UP state once config is done on both sides. Our L2VPN is ready to accept and switch the traffic to egress. For any chance if there is any issue in config like vlan-mismatch on other end or LSP is down because of any reason like path or Bandwidth issue, connection won’t be up and we can see from the various legend from the command output showing exactly where is the issue.

Now as Control plane is configured, let’s check how Forwarding plane looks like.

Lets see the label which has been allocated by Ingress PE for this LSP.

Re1@Ingress_PE > show rsvp session ingress up name MX104-MX960
Ingress RSVP: 11 sessions
To             From           State Rt Style Labelin Labelout LSPname
10.198.123.205 10.198.123.100 Up    0 1 FF         - 307680   MX104-MX960
Total 1 displayed, Up 1, Down 0

Re1@Ingress_PE > show route table mpls.0 label-switched-path MX104-MX960 extensive
mpls.0: 25 destinations, 25 routes (25 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
Restart Complete
ge-0/1/8.601 (1 entry, 1 announced)
TSI:
KRT in-kernel ge-0/1/8.601.0 /32 -> {Push 307680}
 *CCC Preference: 200/1
 Next hop type: Router, Next hop index: 829
 Address: 0x2b4c224
 Next-hop reference count: 2
 Next hop: 10.0.0.169 via ge-0/0/1.0 weight 0x1, selected
 Label-switched-path MX104-MX960
 Label operation: Push 307680
 Label TTL action: no-prop-ttl
 Session Id: 0x3
 State: 
 Local AS: 65004
 Age: 19:10 Metric: 328
 Validation State: unverified
 Task: MPLS
 Announcement bits (1): 0-KRT
 AS path: I

Lets look at Transit PE-1. As you can see below, Label from MX104 Ingress is being swapped here with 300928.

Re1@Transit-PE-1> show rsvp session transit name MX104-MX960
Transit RSVP: 13 sessions
To             From           State Rt Style Labelin Labelout LSPname
10.198.123.205 10.198.123.100 Up 0 1 FF      307680  300928 MX104-MX960
Total 1 displayed, Up 1, Down 0

Similarly on Transit PE-2

Re1@Transit-PE-2> show rsvp session transit name MX104-MX960
Transit RSVP: 7 sessions
To             From           State Rt Style Labelin Labelout LSPname
10.198.123.205 10.198.123.100 Up 0 1 FF      300928  300427  MX104-MX960
Total 1 displayed, Up 1, Down 0

At Egress PE,

Re1@Egress-PE> show rsvp session egress up name MX104-MX960
Egress RSVP: 29 sessions
To             From           State Rt Style Labelin Labelout LSPname
10.198.123.205 10.198.123.100 Up 0 1 FF      300427  -        MX104-MX960
Total 1 displayed, Up 1, Down 0

Re1@Egress-PE> show route table mpls.0 label 300427 extensive
mpls.0: 81 destinations, 81 routes (81 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
Restart Complete
300427 (1 entry, 1 announced)
TSI:
KRT in-kernel 300427 /52 -> {Pop }
 *CCC Preference: 7
 Next hop type: Router, Next hop index: 1725
 Address: 0xe9414fc
 Next-hop reference count: 2
 Next hop: via xe-2/0/0.601, selected
 Label operation: Pop
 Load balance label: None;
 Label element ptr: 0xa7c8780
 Label parent element ptr: 0x0
 Label element references: 20
 Label element child references: 0
 Label element lsp id: 0
 Session Id: 0x0
 State: 
 Local AS: 65004
 Age: 2d 2:21:13
 Validation State: unverified
 Task: MPLS global
 Announcement bits (1): 1-KRT
 AS path: I

Just to confirm this all, you can use the below command on Ingress/Egress PE which shows what all labels being pushed and used for this LSP via CCC.

Re1@Ingress_PE > show connections remote-interface-switch L2VPN labels
CCC and TCC connections [Link Monitoring On]
Legend for status (St): Legend for connection types:
 UN -- uninitialized if-sw: interface switching
 NP -- not present rmt-if: remote interface switching
 WE -- wrong encapsulation lsp-sw: LSP switching
 DS -- disabled tx-p2mp-sw: transmit P2MP switching
 Dn -- down rx-p2mp-sw: receive P2MP switching
 -> -- only outbound conn is up Legend for circuit types:
  Outgoing labels: Push 307680

Re1@Egress_PE > show connections remote-interface-switch L2VPN labels
CCC and TCC connections [Link Monitoring On]
Legend for status (St): Legend for connection types:
 UN -- uninitialized if-sw: interface switching
 NP -- not present rmt-if: remote interface switching
 WE -- wrong encapsulation lsp-sw: LSP switching
 DS -- disabled tx-p2mp-sw: transmit P2MP switching
 Dn -- down rx-p2mp-sw: receive P2MP switching
 -> -- only outbound conn is up Legend for circuit types:
  Incoming labels: 300427
 Outgoing labels: Push 301040

Others labels shown in above commands are for opposite direction from Egress to Ingress.

So that’s all for L2VPN CCC. I hope I have been able to clear your doubts if you had any. if you have any queries, please let me know. In future blogs, we will discuss other methods of doing L2VPN.

Regards

Mohit

BGP Route Distinguisher vs Route Target

In this post I will try to clarify the difference between route distinguisher and route target within the Cisco world of MPLS VPN’s. The main confusion comes from the fact that in most Cisco Press books they always show the route distinguisher value and route target value as the same.
They are not the same and are used for completely different things.
In simple terms the route distinguisher is used to create a unique 96 bit address called the VPNv4 address.
This ensures that even if two customers are running the 10.0.0.0/8 address space their addresses remain unique within the MPLS network.
The Route Target is a 64 bit BGP community used to tag prefixes. It tells the Remote PE routers which prefix it can import.

Route Distinguisher

The route distinguisher has only one purpose, to make IPv4 prefixes globally unique. It is used by the PE routers to identify which VPN a packet belongs to, e.g to enable a router to distinguish between 10.0.0.1/8 for Customer A and 10.0.0.1/8 for Customer B. The route distinguisher is made up of an 8 byte field prefixed to the customer 4 Byte IPv4 address, the resulting 12 byte field makes a unique VPNv4 address.

RD

R1(config)#ip vrf Customer_A

If we type “rd ?” you can see 2 options for configuring the RD..

R1(config-vrf)#rd ?
ASN:nn or IP-address:nn VPN Route Distinguisher

For the purpose of this description I will configure the RD value as 65355:10 which AS number 65535 and Unique value 10 combinatin

R1(config-vrf)#rd 65355:10

To verify this value enter the command sh ip vrf
R1#sh ip vrf
Name Default RD Interfaces
Customer_A 65355:10

Route Target

The route target on the other hand is an 8 byte field which is a BGP extended Communities Attribute and it defines which prefixes are exported and imported on the PE routers.

RT

So for example consider Router R3 has 2 VRF’s configured on it “Customer_A” and “Customer_B” so you would define under each vrf a unique route target value, these take the same format as the route distinguisher, but for the purpose of this explanation we are going to use 1:1 for Customer_A and 2:2 for Customer_B. On R3 we want to export and import the prefixes for Customer A and B, however on router R1 we only want to import and export the prefixes for Customer_A and on router R2 we only want to import and export the prefixes for Customer_B

To conclude, the route distinguisher and route target values perform two completely separate functions, and although in a lot of cisco books the values are the same (which they can be) it is confusing to someone learning MPLS for the first time as they assume they do the same thing.
The route distinguisher makes a unique VPNv4 address across the MPLS network and the route target defines which prefixes get imported and exported on the PE routers.

 

Regards

Mohit Mittal