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ASK THE EXPERT - Border Gateway Protocol Multi-homing

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With Manigandan Ganesan

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Welcome to the Cisco Networking Professionals Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to get an update on design and troubleshooting BGP with Cisco expert Manigandan Ganesan. Mani is an engineer working with the Routing Protocols team in the Cisco Technical Assistance Center in Bangalore. There he configures and troubleshoots various routing protocols like Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Open Shortest Path First protocol, Border Gateway Protocol, and Protocol Independent Multicast. He also focuses on filing technical and documentation bugs in these areas, and delivers training sessions on these technologies to other teams in Cisco. Mani holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Anna University, Chennai. He also holds CCIE certification #27200 in Routing and Switching.

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Are you able to ping from the inside interface of the colo router to the main router through the FW ?

It does not matter if it is a private range or public range to run IBGP, as long as we can reach the peer's ip address.

If ping fails, then we need to get the basic conenctivity up between the inside interfaces of the router through the FW, where NAT and stuffs would come into the picture.




hi Mani,

My question isn't related to BGP multi-homing, but control plane policing in regards to BGP traffic.

In the campus QoS SRND 4.0, an example was given to police BGP traffic to 4M.

Is 4M sufficient for most cases?

Even if that's the case, we'd like to analyze & baseline our environment, to make sure CoPP doesn't impact BGP prefix exchange between our switches & routers.

How do we go about that?

Is there a show command that can tell us the RATE of the BGP traffic?

"show ip bgp neighbor" shows you how much memory the prefixes consume, but it doesn't tell you how fast the router is receiving the route updates from its BGP neighbors.

Ditto for IGP traffic.



Mani Ganesan