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Understanding Application-Aware Policy Control for Subscriber Management

 

Starting in Junos OS Release 16.1R4 and in Junos OS Release 17.2R1, you can configure application-aware policy control, which defines the treatment to apply to a subscriber’s packets based on the specific application being used by the subscriber (for example, Facebook) or based on Layer 3 and Layer 4 service data flow (SDF) information for the IP flow (for example, the source and destination IP addresses). Starting in Junos OS Release 19.3R2, application-aware policy control is also supported if you have enabled Next Gen Services on the MX240, MX480 or MX960 router with the MX-SPC3 card.

You configure application-aware policy control by configuring policy and charging control (PCC) rules, which identify the conditions that must be met (such as the application that the traffic is using) and the action to take on that traffic (such as specifying a maximum bit rate). PCC rules can be activated for a subscriber in one of two ways:

  • PCC rule activation control by dynamic profile—The dynamic profile assigned to a subscriber identifies a static PCEF profile, which specifies PCC rules. The dynamic profile indicates whether to activate all the rules in the PCEF profile or just a subset of the rules. The PCEF profile and PCC rule names can be variables in the dynamic profile, and the names are obtained by RADIUS during subscriber authorization.

  • PCC rule activation by a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) server—Starting in Junos OS Release 18.2R1, a PCRF can directly activate a PCC rule that is configured on the MX Series router by sending a Rule-Install-Name AVP over the Gx interface to the MX Series router during service activation. The specified PCC rule must be identified in a dynamic PCEF profile. If the Rule-Install-Name is also the name of a dynamic profile, then the rule is ignored and the dynamic profile is used.

Benefits

Application-aware policy control allows highly customizable, differentiated services for subscribers.

Release History Table
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Starting in Junos OS Release 19.3R2, application-aware policy control is also supported if you have enabled Next Gen Services on the MX240, MX480 or MX960 router with the MX-SPC3 card.
Starting in Junos OS Release 18.2R1, a PCRF can directly activate a PCC rule that is configured on the MX Series router by sending a Rule-Install-Name AVP over the Gx interface to the MX Series router during service activation.
Starting in Junos OS Release 16.1R4 and in Junos OS Release 17.2R1, you can configure application-aware policy control, which defines the treatment to apply to a subscriber’s packets based on the specific application being used by the subscriber (for example, Facebook) or based on Layer 3 and Layer 4 service data flow (SDF) information for the IP flow (for example, the source and destination IP addresses).