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    Default Route Advertisement Overview

    You can configure BGP to send a default route to indicate that the speaker accepts routes for any VPNs associated with any route target. For example, this might be desirable for a route reflector advertising to one of its PE router clients, or when a VPN provider is migrating the network to route-target filtering but one or more PEs in the provider's network do not support this feature.

    When you configure the default route, the RT-MEM-NLRI attribute contains 0:0:0/0 as the Default-RT-MEM-NLRI. This 4-byte prefix contains only the local (origin) AS number field, set to zero.

    By default, BGP does not generate or advertise the Default-RT-MEM-NLRI route. You can use the default-information originate command to generate the Default-RT-MEM-NLRI route and send it to all peers. You can use the neighbor default-originate command generate the route and send it to a particular peer group. The configuration must be the same for all members of the peer group.

    Use the route-map keyword to specify outbound route maps to apply to the default route. The route map can modify the attributes of the default route.

    This command takes effect immediately. However, if the contents of the route map specified with this command change, the new route map may or may not take effect immediately. If the disable-dynamic-redistribute command has been configured, you must issue the clear ip bgp redistribution command to apply the changed route map.

    Outbound policy configured for the neighbor (using the neighbor route-map out command) is applied to default routes that are advertised because of the default-information originate command.

    Policy specified by a route map with the default-information originate command is applied at the same time as the policy for redistributed routes, before any outbound policy for peers.

    A BGP speaker sends the Default-RT-MEM-NLRI route only to the peers with which it has negotiated the route-target filtering capability. Any other peers are considered to be unaware of this capability and have no use for that route.

    Published: 2014-08-18