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EVPN and VRFs

Looking into using EVPN by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9k9_hRdrGc

 

In a very simple topology (6 switches) What is the easiest way to setup EVPN with Anycast Gateway when it comes to the VRF (tenant) aspect? I have one network (all my own equipment) and don't require multi-tenant architecture. Is there a way to configure it without VRFs or could you put everything on the switches in one VRF e.g. Global? I think there are limitations to the number of Layer3 gateways you can have per VRF though? (one I think)

 

Thanks

Welcome to part 6, where we follow ip on the real configuration with control plane learning, AKA #BGP #EVPN. In this training video, continue past the fundam...
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Hello!

VXLAN BGP EVPN requires at least one tenant VRF to be configured in order to work as expected. Even in a single-tenant environment wherein multi-tenant architecture is not needed, all hosts within a single tenant must be connected to a VXLAN defined within a unique tenant VRF, which cannot be the global/default VRF. This is covered in detail in the VXLAN Network with MP-BGP EVPN Control Plane Design Guide.

If this is your first foray into VXLAN BGP EVPN, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Cisco Press' Building Data Centers with VXLAN BGP EVPN. It's an excellent guide that can take you from zero to hero for VXLAN BGP EVPN!

I hope this helps - thank you!

-Christopher

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Hello!

VXLAN BGP EVPN requires at least one tenant VRF to be configured in order to work as expected. Even in a single-tenant environment wherein multi-tenant architecture is not needed, all hosts within a single tenant must be connected to a VXLAN defined within a unique tenant VRF, which cannot be the global/default VRF. This is covered in detail in the VXLAN Network with MP-BGP EVPN Control Plane Design Guide.

If this is your first foray into VXLAN BGP EVPN, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Cisco Press' Building Data Centers with VXLAN BGP EVPN. It's an excellent guide that can take you from zero to hero for VXLAN BGP EVPN!

I hope this helps - thank you!

-Christopher

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Thank you Christopher, this helps thanks. I will purchase the book.

 

One more question, if I have a collapsed model (only one pair of switches at each site) How will communication work between the VXLAN and non-VXLAN vlans on the switch? Are you able to point me in the direction of where that is documented or if it's even possible on the same pair of switches?

 

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That link is actually very good reading. There is a section about the border leafs so in theory all my switches can just act like border leafs (participate in EVPN fabric as well as functioning as a border leaf for external connectivity)

 

Thanks