Basic MPLS Configuration Tasks

Configuring an MPLS network includes a number of tasks:

To configure an MPLS network:

Many users find it convenient to configure MPLS by completing the tasks in each set of tasks before moving to the next set. However, you do not have to complete the tasks in the listed order. For example, you might perform all the pure MPLS tasks relevant to your network and then perform all the relevant LDP or RSVP-TE tasks.

The type of network you want to implement determines which sets of tasks you must complete, as indicated in Table 55.

Table 55: Configuration Tasks by Type of Network

Task Set

Traffic Engineering Network

Topology-Driven Network
(Best-Effort, Hop-by-Hop, LDP)

Global

Yes

Yes

Interface Profile

Optional

Optional

Interface

Yes

Yes

Tunnel

Yes

No

Tunnel Profile

Yes

No

In addition to the basic configuration tasks, you might need to perform other LDP or RSVP-TE configuration tasks.

To configure LDP and RSVP-TE, depending on your network topology and needs: