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    BGP Signaling for VPLS Overview

    BGP multiprotocol extensions (MP-BGP) enable BGP to support IPv4 services such as BGP/MPLS VPNs, which are sometimes known as RFC 2547bis VPNs. VPLS with BGP signaling is actually a BGP-MPLS application that has much in common with BGP/MPLS VPNs.

    The procedures for configuring BGP signaling for BGP/MPLS VPNs and for VPLS are similar except, for VPLS, you must configure both of the following BGP address families:

    • L2VPN—The L2VPN address family enables you to configure the PE router for VPLS (or VPWS) L2VPNs to exchange layer 2 network layer reachability information (NLRI) for all VPLS (or VPWS) instances. Optionally, you can use the signaling keyword with the address-family command for the L2VPN address family to specify BGP signaling of VPLS reachability information. Currently, you can omit the signaling keyword with no adverse effects.
    • VPLS—The VPLS address family enables you to configure the PE router to exchange layer 2 NLRI for a specified VPLS instance.

    BGP can exchange information in a VPLS topology within these address families. Specifically, BGP builds a full mesh of label-switched paths (LSPs) among all of the VPLS instances on each of the PE routers participating in a particular VPLS domain.

    See Unresolved xref for information about configuring BGP routing. See Unresolved xref for information about configuring BGP/MPLS VPNs.

     

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    Published: 2014-08-18