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Example: Removing Private AS Numbers


Understanding Private AS Number Removal from AS Paths

By default, when BGP advertises AS paths to remote systems, it includes all AS numbers, including private AS numbers. You can configure the software so that it removes private AS numbers from AS paths. Doing this is useful when any of the following circumstances are true:

  • A remote AS for which you provide connectivity is multihomed, but only to the local AS.

  • The remote AS does not have an officially allocated AS number.

  • It is not appropriate to make the remote AS a confederation member AS of the local AS.

Most companies acquire their own AS number. Some companies also use private AS numbers to connect to their public AS network. These companies might use a different private AS number for each region in which their company does business. In any implementation, announcing a private AS number to the Internet must be avoided. Service providers can use the remove-private statement to prevent advertising private AS numbers to the Internet.

In an enterprise scenario, suppose that you have multiple AS numbers in your company, some of which are private AS numbers, and one with a public AS number. The one with a public AS number has a direct connection to the service provider. In the AS that connects directly to the service provider, you can use the remove-private statement to filter out any private AS numbers in the advertisements that are sent to the service provider.


Changing configuration statements that affect BGP peers, such as enabling or disabling remove-private or renaming a BGP group, resets the BGP sessions. Changes that affect BGP peers should only be made when resetting a BGP session is acceptable.

The AS numbers are stripped from the AS path starting at the left end of the AS path (the end where AS paths have been most recently added). The routing device stops searching for private ASs when it finds the first nonprivate AS or a peer’s private AS. If the AS path contains the AS number of the external BGP (EBGP) neighbor, BGP does not remove the private AS number.


As of Junos OS 10.0R2 and later, if there is a need to send prefixes to an EBGP peer that has an AS number that matches an AS number in the AS path, consider using the as-override statement instead of the remove-private statement.

The operation takes place after any confederation member ASs have already been removed from the AS path, if applicable.

The software is preconfigured with knowledge of the set of AS numbers that is considered private, a range that is defined in the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) assigned numbers document. The set of 16 bit AS numbers reserved as private are in the range from 64,512 through 65,534, inclusive. The 32 bit AS numbers reserved as private are in the range from 4,200,000,000 through 4,294,967,294 inclusive.

Example: Removing Private AS Numbers from AS Paths

This example demonstrates the removal of a private AS number from the advertised AS path to avoid announcing the private AS number to the Internet.


No special configuration beyond device initialization is required before you configure this example.


Service providers and enterprise networks use the remove-private statement to prevent advertising private AS numbers to the Internet. The remove-private statement works in the outbound direction. You configure the remove-private statement on a device that has a public AS number and that is connected to one or more devices that have private AS numbers. Generally, you would not configure this statement on a device that has a private AS number.

Figure 1 shows the sample topology.

Figure 1: Topology for Removing a Private AS from the Advertised AS Path
Topology for Removing a
Private AS from the Advertised AS Path

In this example, Device R1 is connected to its service provider using private AS number 65530. The example shows the remove-private statement configured on Device ISP to prevent Device R1’s private AS number from being announced to Device R2. Device R2 sees only the AS number of the service provider.


CLI Quick Configuration

To quickly configure this example, copy the following commands, paste them into a text file, remove any line breaks, change any details necessary to match your network configuration, and then copy and paste the commands into the CLI at the [edit] hierarchy level.

Device R1

Device ISP

Device R2

Device ISP

Step-by-Step Procedure

The following example requires you to navigate various levels in the configuration hierarchy. For information about navigating the CLI, see Using the CLI Editor in Configuration Mode in the CLI User Guide.

To configure Device ISP:

  1. Configure the interfaces.
  2. Configure EBGP.
  3. For the neighbor in autonomous system (AS) 200 (Device R2), remove private AS numbers from the advertised AS paths.
  4. Configure the AS number.


From configuration mode, confirm your configuration by entering the show interfaces, show protocols, and show routing-options commands. If the output does not display the intended configuration, repeat the instructions in this example to correct the configuration.

If you are done configuring the device, enter commit from configuration mode. Repeat the configuration on Device R1 and Device R2, changing the interface names and IP address, as needed, and adding the routing policy configuration.


Confirm that the configuration is working properly.

Checking the Neighbor Status


Make sure that Device ISP has the remove-private setting enabled in its neighbor session with Device R2.


From operational mode, enter the show bgp neighbor command.

user@ISP> show bgp neighbor


The RemovePrivateAS option shows that Device ISP has the expected setting.

Checking the Routing Tables


Make sure that the devices have the expected routes and AS paths.


From operational mode, enter the show route protocol bgp command.

user@R1> show route protocol bgp
user@ISP> show route protocol bgp
user@R2> show route protocol bgp


Device ISP has the private AS number 65530 in its AS path to Device R1. However, Device ISP does not advertise this private AS number to Device R2. This is shown in the routing table of Device R2. Device R2’s path to Device R1 contains only the AS number for Device ISP.

Checking the AS Path When the remove-private Statement Is Deactivated


Verify that without the remove-private statement, the private AS number appears in Device R2’s routing table.


From configuration mode on Device ISP, enter the deactivate remove-private command and then recheck the routing table on Device R2.

user@R2> show route protocol bgp


Private AS number 65530 appears in Device R2’s AS path to Device R1.