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Understanding How to Configure VXLANs and Layer 3 Logical Interfaces to Interoperate

 
Note

The use case and additional configuration described in this topic apply only to QFX5110 switches.

In the sample EVPN-VXLAN network segments shown in Figure 1 (Before), hosts A and B need to exchange traffic. When host A sends a packet to host B or vice versa, the packet must traverse the following networking entities:

  • On QFX5110 switch: a pure Layer 3 logical interface configured using the set interfaces interface-name unit logical-unit-number family inet address ip-address/prefix-length or the set interfaces interface-name unit logical-unit-number family inet6 address ipv6-address/prefix-length command.

  • A VXLAN tunnel between the QFX5110 switch and the QFX10002 switch.

  • On QFX10002 switch: a pure Layer 3 logical interface configured as described in the first bullet.

Figure 1: Results When Routing Traffic Between a VXLAN and a Layer 3 Logical Interface Is Disabled (Before) and Enabled (After)
Results When Routing
Traffic Between a VXLAN and a Layer 3 Logical Interface Is Disabled
(Before) and Enabled (After)

By default, routing traffic between a VXLAN and a Layer 3 logical interface is disabled. When this functionality is disabled, the pure Layer 3 logical interface on the QFX5110 switch drops Layer 3 traffic from host A and VXLAN-encapsulated traffic from the QFX10002 switch. To prevent the pure Layer 3 logical interface on the QFX5110 switch from dropping this traffic, you can perform some additional configuration on the switch.

The additional configuration on the QFX5110 switch entails the following on a physical interface (Figure 1 (After)):

  • Reconfiguring the pure Layer 3 logical interface as a Layer 2 logical interface and associating this interface with a dummy VLAN and a dummy VXLAN network identifier (VNI).

  • Creating an IRB interface, which provides Layer 3 functionality within the dummy VLAN.

For example:

In lieu of the original pure Layer 3 logical interface, the newly created Layer 2-Layer 3 logical interfaces can now handle Layer 3 traffic from host A and VXLAN-encapsulated traffic from the QFX10002 switch.