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Create Routing Zones

Create Routing Zones (using GUI)

You can create routing zones if your blueprint is using MP-EBGP EVPN overlay control protocol. If it's using Static VXLAN, you must use the default routing zone. (Overlay control protocol is specified in templates.)

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Virtual > Routing Zones and click Create Routing Zone.
  2. Enter a unique VRF name (15 characters or fewer).
  3. You can leave the remaining fields as is to use default values and have resources assigned from pools, or you can configure them manually. See the routing zone overview for details.
  4. Click Create to create the routing zone and return to the table view.

Assign resources (leaf loopback IPs, leaf L3 peer links) to the new routing zone.

Create Routing Zones (using CSV File)

You can create many routing zones at once with a CSV file, as of Apstra version 4.1.2. First, you'll export the routing zone schema from your blueprint, then open and populate the file in a spreadsheet program. And finally, you'll import the file back into your blueprint.

  1. From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Virtual > Routing Zones and click Export routing zones.
  2. Click Copy to copy the contents or click Save As File to download the file.
  3. Paste the contents, or open the CSV file, in a spreadsheet program (such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel).
  4. Enter routing zones details into the spreadsheet, then save the file.
  5. In the Apstra GUI, navigate to Staged > Virtual > Routing Zones and click Import routing zones.
  6. Either click Choose File and navigate to the file on your computer, drag and drop the file onto the dialog window, or directly paste CSV file contents into the dialog window. Routing zone details are displayed for your review.
  7. Click Import to import the routing zones, stage the changes, and return to the table view.

Next Steps:

Assign resources. Each leaf network device in each routing zone requires a loopback IP. If IPv6 is enabled on the blueprint, you must also assign IPv6 addresses to the routing zone. After you've assigned connectivity templates to your external generic systems, you'll also need to assign IP addresses.