Example: Configuring MPLS on EX8200 and EX4500 Switches

 

You can configure MPLS on switches to increase transport efficiency in your network. MPLS services can be used to connect various sites to a backbone network and to ensure better performance for low-latency applications such as voice over IP (VoIP) and other business-critical functions.

To implement MPLS on the switches, you must configure two provider edge (PE) switches—an ingress PE switch and an egress PE switch— and at least one provider (transit) switch. You can configure the customer edge (CE) interfaces on the PE switches of the MPLS network as either circuit cross-connect (CCC) or IP (family inet) interfaces.

This example shows how to configure an MPLS tunnel using a simple interface as a CCC:

Note

This example shows how to configure MPLS using a simple interface as a CCC. For information on configuring a tagged VLAN interface as a CCC, see Configuring an MPLS-Based VLAN CCC Using a Layer 2 VPN (CLI Procedure) or Configuring an MPLS-Based VLAN CCC Using a Layer 2 Circuit (CLI Procedure).

Requirements

This example uses the following hardware and software components:

  • Junos OS Release 10.1 or later for switches

  • Three EX Series switches

Before you begin configuring MPLS, ensure that you have configured the routing protocol (OSPF or IS-IS) on the core interface and the loopback interface on all the switches. This example includes the configuration of OSPF on all the switches. For information on configuring IS-IS as the routing protocol, see the Junos OS Routing Protocols Configuration Guide.

Overview and Topology

This example includes an ingress or local PE switch, an egress or remote PE switch, and one provider switch. It includes CCCs that tie the customer edge interface of the local PE switch (PE-1) to the customer edge interface of the remote PE switch (PE-2). It also describes how to configure the core interfaces of the PE switches and the provider switch to support the transmission of the MPLS packets. In this example, the core interfaces that connect the local PE switch and the provider switch are individual interfaces, while the core interfaces that connect the remote PE switch and the provider switch are aggregated Ethernet interfaces.

Note
  • Core interfaces cannot be tagged VLAN interfaces.

  • Core interfaces can be aggregated Ethernet interfaces. This example includes a LAG between the provider switch and the remote PE switch because this type of configuration is another option you can implement. For information on configuring LAGs, see Configuring Aggregated Ethernet Links (CLI Procedure).

Figure 1 shows the topology used in this example.

Figure 1: Configuring MPLS on EX Series Switches
Configuring MPLS on
EX Series Switches

Table 1 shows the MPLS configuration components used for the ingress PE switch in this example.

Table 1: Components of the Ingress PE Switch in the Topology for MPLS with Interface-Based CCC

Property

Settings

Description

Local PE switch hardware

EX Series switch

PE-1

Loopback address

lo0 127.1.1.1/32

Identifies PE-1 for interswitch communications.

Routing protocol

ospf traffic-engineering

Indicates that this switch is using OSPF as the routing protocol and that traffic engineering is enabled.

MPLS protocol and definition of label-switched path

mpls

label-switched-path lsp_to_pe2_ge1



to 127.1.13

Indicates that this PE switch is using the MPLS protocol with the specified LSP to reach the other PE switch (specified by the loopback address).

The statement must also specify the core interfaces to be used for MPLS traffic.

RSVP

rsvp

Indicates that this switch is using RSVP. The statement must specify the loopback address and the core interfaces that will be used for the RSVP session.

Interface family

family inet

family mpls

family ccc

The logical units of the core interfaces are configured to belong to both family inet and family mpls.

The logical unit of the customer edge interface is configured to belong to family ccc.

Customer edge interface

ge-0/0/1

Interface that connects this network to devices outside the network.

Core interfaces

ge-0/0/5.0 and ge-0/0/6.0 with IP addresses 10.1.5.1/24 and 10.1.6.1/24

Interfaces that connect to other switches within the MPLS network.

CCC definition

connections

remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2

interface ge-0/0/1.0

transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1

receive-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1

Associates the circuit cross-connect (CCC), ge-0/0/1, with the LSPs that have been defined on the local and remote PE switches.

Table 2 shows the MPLS configuration components used for the egress PE switch in this example.

Table 2: Components of the Egress PE Switch in the Topology for MPLS with Interface-Based CCC

Property

Settings

Description

Remote PE switch hardware

EX Series switch

PE-2

Loopback address

lo0 127.1.1.3/32

Identifies PE-2 for interswitch communications.

Routing protocol

ospf traffic-engineering

Indicates that this switch is using OSPF as the routing protocol and that traffic engineering is enabled.

MPLS protocol and definition of label-switched path

mpls

label-switched-path lsp_to_pe1_ge1



to 127.1.1.1

Indicates that this PE switch is using the MPLS protocol with the specified label-switched path (LSP) to reach the other PE switch.

The statement must also specify the core interfaces to be used for MPLS traffic.

RSVP

rsvp

Indicates that this switch is using RSVP. The statement must specify the loopback address and the core interfaces that will be used for the RSVP session.

Interface family

family inet

family mpls

family ccc

The logical unit of the core interface is configured to belong to both family inet and family mpls.

The logical unit of the customer edge interface is configured to belong to family ccc.

Customer edge interface

ge-0/0/1

Interface that connects this network to devices outside the network.

Core interface

ae0 with IP address 10.1.9.2/24

Aggregated Ethernet interface on PE-2 that connects to aggregated Ethernet interface ae0 of the provider switch and belongs to family mpls.

CCC definition

connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1

interface ge-0/0/1.0

transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1;

receive-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1;

Associates the CCC, ge-0/0/1, with the LSPs that have been defined on the local and remote PE switches.

Table 3 shows the MPLS configuration components used for the provider switch in this example.

Table 3: Components of the Provider Switch in the Topology for MPLS with Interface-Based CCC

Property

Settings

Description

Provider switch hardware

EX Series switch

Transit switch within the MPLS network configuration.

Loopback address

lo0 127.1.1.2/32

Identifies provider switch for interswitch communications.

Routing protocol

ospf traffic-engineering

Indicates that this switch is using OSPF as the routing protocol and that traffic engineering is enabled.

MPLS protocol

mpls

Indicates that this switch is using the MPLS protocol.

The statement must specify the core interfaces that will be used for MPLS traffic.

RSVP

rsvp

Indicates that this switch is using RSVP. The statement must specify the loopback and the core interfaces that will be used for the RSVP session.

Interface family

family inet

family mpls

The logical units for the loopback interface and the core interfaces belong to family inet.

The logical units of the core interfaces are also configured to belong to family mpls.

Core interfaces

ge-0/0/5.0 and ge-0/0/6.0 with IP addresses 10.1.5.1/24 and 10.1.6.1/24

and ae0 with IP address 10.1.9.1/24

Interfaces that connect the provider switch (P) to PE-1.

Aggregated Ethernet interface on P that connects to aggregated Ethernet interface ae0 of PE-2.

Configuring the Local PE Switch

CLI Quick Configuration

To quickly configure the local ingress PE switch, copy the following commands and paste them into the switch terminal window of PE-1:

[edit]

set protocols ospf traffic-engineering

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/6.0

set protocols mpls label-switched-path lsp_to_pe2_ge1 to 127.1.1.3

set protocols mpls interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols mpls interface ge-0/0/6.0

set protocols rsvp interface lo0.0

set protocols rsvp interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols rsvp interface ge-0/0/6.0

set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.1/32

set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.5.1/24

set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.6.1/24

set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family mpls

set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family mpls

set interfaces ge-0/0/1 unit 0 family ccc

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 interface ge-0/0/1.0

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 receive-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1

Step-by-Step Procedure

To configure the local ingress PE switch:

  1. Configure OSPF with traffic engineering enabled:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-1# set ospf traffic-engineering
  2. Configure OSPF on the loopback address and the core interfaces:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-1# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

    user@switchPE-1# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/5.0

    user@switchPE-1# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/6.0

  3. Configure MPLS on this PE switch (PE-1) with a label-switched path (LSP) to the other PE switch (PE-2):
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-1# set mpls label-switched-path lsp_to_pe2_ge1 to 127.1.1.3

  4. Configure MPLS on the core interfaces:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-1# set mpls interface ge-0/0/5.0

    user@switchPE-1# set mpls interface ge-0/0/6.0

  5. Configure RSVP on the loopback interface and the core interfaces:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-1# set rsvp interface lo0.0

    user@switchPE-1# set rsvp interface ge-0/0/5.0

    user@switchPE-1# set rsvp interface ge-0/0/6.0

  6. Configure IP addresses for the loopback interface and the core interfaces:
    [edit]

    user@switchPE-1# set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.1/32

    user@switchPE-1# set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.5.1/24

    user@switchPE-1# set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.6.1/24


  7. Configure family mpls on the logical unit of the core interface addresses:
    [edit]

    user@switchPE-1# set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family mpls

    user@switchPE-1# set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family mpls




  8. Configure the logical unit of the customer edge interface as a CCC:
    [edit interfaces ge-0/0/1 unit 0]

    -user@PE-1# set family ccc
  9. Configure the interface-based CCC from PE-1 to PE-2:Note

    You can also configure a tagged VLAN interface as a CCC. See Configuring an MPLS-Based VLAN CCC Using a Layer 2 VPN (CLI Procedure) or Configuring an MPLS-Based VLAN CCC Using a Layer 2 Circuit (CLI Procedure).

    [edit protocols]

    user@PE-1# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 interface ge-0/0/1.0

    user@PE-1# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1

    user@PE-1# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe2 receive-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1

Results

Display the results of the configuration:

user@switchPE-1> show configuration

Configuring the Remote PE Switch

CLI Quick Configuration

To quickly configure the remote PE switch, copy the following commands and paste them into the switch terminal window of PE-2:

[edit]

set protocols ospf traffic-engineering

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ae0

set protocols mpls label-switched-path lsp_to_pe1_ge1 to 127.1.1.1

set protocols mpls interface ae0

set protocols rsvp interface lo0.0

set protocols rsvp interface ae0

set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.3/32

set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.9.2/24

set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family mpls

set interfaces ge-0/0/1 unit 0 family ccc

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 interface ge-0/0/1.0

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1

set protocols connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 receive-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1

Step-by-Step Procedure

To configure the remote PE switch (PE-2):

  1. Configure OSPF with traffic engineering enabled:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-2# set ospf traffic-engineering
  2. Configure OSPF on the loopback interface and the core interface:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-2# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

    user@switchPE-2# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ae0

  3. Configure MPLS on this switch (PE-2) with a label-switched path (LSP) to the other PE switch (PE-1):
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-2# set mpls label-switched-path lsp_to_pe1_ge1 to 127.1.1.1

  4. Configure MPLS on the core interface:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchPE-2# set mpls interface ae0
  5. Configure RSVP on the loopback interface and the core interface:
    [edit protocols]

    ser@switchPE-2# set rsvp interface lo0.0

    user@switchPE-2# set rsvp interface ae0
  6. Configure IP addresses for the loopback interface and the core interface:
    [edit]

    user@switchPE-2# set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.3/32

    user@switchPE-2# set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.9.2/24


  7. Configure family mpls on the logical unit of the core interface:
    [edit]

    user@switchPE-2# set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family mpls

  8. Configure the logical unit of the customer edge interface as a CCC:
    [edit interfaces ge-0/0/1 unit 0]

    user@PE-2# set family ccc
  9. Configure the interface-based CCC from PE-2 to PE-1:
    [edit protocols]

    user@PE-2# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 interface ge-0/0/1.0

    user@PE-2# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 transmit-lsp lsp_to_pe1_ge1

    user@PE-2# set connections remote-interface-switch ge-1-to-pe1 receive-lsp lsp_to_pe2_ge1

Results

Display the results of the configuration:

user@switchPE-2> show configuration

Configuring the Provider Switch

CLI Quick Configuration

To quickly configure the provider switch, copy the following commands and paste them into the switch terminal window:

[edit]

set protocols ospf traffic-engineering

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/6.0

set protocols ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ae0

set protocols mpls interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols mpls interface ge-0/0/6.0

set protocols mpls interface ae0

set protocols rsvp interface lo0.0

set protocols rsvp interface ge-0/0/5.0

set protocols rsvp interface ge-0/0/6.0

set protocols rsvp interface ae0

set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.2/32

set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.5.1/24

set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.6.1/24

set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.9.1/24

set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family mpls

set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family mpls

set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family mpls



Step-by-Step Procedure

To configure the provider switch:

  1. Configure OSPF with traffic engineering enabled:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchP# set ospf traffic-engineering
  2. Configure OSPF on the loopback interface and the core interfaces:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchP# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface lo0.0

    user@switchP# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/5

    user@switchP# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ge-0/0/6

    user@switchP# set ospf area 0.0.0.0 interface ae0
  3. Configure MPLS on the core interfaces on the switch:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchP# set mpls interface ge-0/0/5

    user@switchP# set mpls interface ge-0/0/6

    user@switchP# set mpls interface ae0
  4. Configure RSVP on the loopback interface and the core interfaces:
    [edit protocols]

    user@switchP# set rsvp interface lo0.0

    user@switchP# set rsvp interface ge-0/0/5

    user@switchP# set rsvp interface ge-0/0/6

    user@switchP# set rsvp interface ae0

  5. Configure IP addresses for the loopback interface and the core interfaces:
    [edit]

    user@switchP# set interfaces lo0 unit 0 family inet address 127.1.1.2/32

    user@switchP# set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.5.1/24

    user@switchP# set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.6.1/24

    user@switchP# set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family inet address 10.1.9.1/24


  6. Configure family mpls on the logical unit of the core interface addresses:
    [edit]

    user@switchP# set interfaces ge-0/0/5 unit 0 family mpls

    user@switchP# set interfaces ge-0/0/6 unit 0 family mpls

    user@switchP# set interfaces ae0 unit 0 family mpls


Results

Display the results of the configuration:

user@switchP> show configuration

Verification

To confirm that the configuration is working properly, perform these tasks:

Verifying the Physical Layer on the Switches

Purpose

Verify that the interfaces are up. Perform this verification task on each of the switches.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show interfaces terse

Meaning

The show interfaces terse command displays status information about the Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on the switch. This output verifies that the interfaces are up. The output for the protocol family (Proto column) shows that interface ge-0/0/1.0 is configured as a circuit cross-connect. The output for the protocol family of the core interfaces (ge-0/0/5.0 and ge-0/0/6.0) shows that these interfaces are configured as both inet and mpls. The Local column for the core interfaces shows the IP address configured for these interfaces.

Verifying the Routing Protocol

Purpose

Verify the state of the configured routing protocol. Perform this verification task on each of the switches. The state must be Full.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show ospf neighbor

Meaning

The show ospf neighbor command displays the status of the routing protocol. This output shows that the state is Full, meaning that the routing protocol is operating correctly—that is, hello packets are being exchanged between directly connected neighbors.

Verifying the Core Interfaces Being Used for MPLS Traffic

Purpose

Verify that the state of the MPLS interface is Up. Perform this verification task on each of the switches.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show mpls interface

Meaning

The show mpls interface command displays the status of the core interfaces that have been configured to belong to family mpls. This output shows that the interface configured to belong to family mpls is Up.

Verifying the Status of the RSVP Sessions

Purpose

Verify the status of the RSVP sessions. Perform this verification task on each of the switches.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show rsvp session

Meaning

This output confirms that the RSVP sessions are Up.

Verifying the Assignment of Interfaces for MPLS Label Operations

Purpose

Verify which interface is being used as the beginning of the CCC and which interface is being used to push the MPLS packet to the next hop. Perform this task only on the PE switches.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show route forwarding-table family mpls

Meaning

This output shows that the CCC has been set up on interface ge-0/0/1.0. The switch receives ingress traffic on ge-0/0/1.0 and pushes label 299792 onto the packet, which goes out through interface ge-0/0/5.0. The output also shows when the switch receives an MPLS packet with label 29976, it pops the label and sends the packet out through interface ge-0/0/1.0

After you have checked the local PE switch, run the same command on the remote PE switch.

Verifying the Status of the CCC

Purpose

Verify the status of the CCC. Perform this task only on the PE switches.

Action

user@switchPE-1> show connections

Meaning

The show connections command displays the status of the CCC connections. This output verifies that the CCC interface and its associated transmit and receive LSPs are Up. After you have checked the local PE switch, run the same command on the remote PE switch.