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Virtual Private LAN Service Terms and Acronyms

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virtual port

A special logical interface that is generated dynamically when you configure VPLS on a PE router. Virtual ports send and receive VPLS traffic for remote PE routers as if the remote VPLS sites had Ethernet-based interfaces directly connected to the local PE router. To generate virtual ports, VPLS PE routing platforms use logical interfaces on a vt interface (that is generated by the Tunnel Services PIC, Link Services PIC, Adaptive Services PIC, an LSI interface, or a tunnel services interface configured on MX Series routers).

virtual private LAN service (VPLS)

An Ethernet-based multipoint-to-multipoint Layer 2 VPN service used for interconnecting multiple Ethernet LANs across an MPLS backbone. BGP-based VPLS is based on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet draft draft-ietf-l2vpn-vpls-bgp-08.txt, Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) Using BGP for Auto-discovery and Signaling (expires December 2006). LDP-based VPLS is specified in the IETF draft Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) Using Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) Signaling. For more information about VPLS, see the Junos VPNs Configuration Guide.