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Cisco 7600 cannot get bgp keepalives

Level 1
Level 1

I am trying to establish a BGP session between a Cisco 7600 and Juniper MX960, but this always stucks in OpenConfirm state.

access-4#show ip bgp v v VRF1 neighbors
BGP neighbor is,  vrf VRF1,  remote AS 5555,  local AS 65533, external link
  BGP version 4, remote router ID
  BGP state = OpenConfirm
  Last read 00:02:27, last write 00:02:27, hold time is 180, keepalive interval is 60 seconds
  Message statistics:
    InQ depth is 0
    OutQ depth is 0
                         Sent       Rcvd
    Opens:                  4          4
    Notifications:          2          1
    Updates:                0          0
    Keepalives:             4          0
    Route Refresh:          0          0
    Total:                 10          5
  Default minimum time between advertisement runs is 30 seconds

debugging tcp packets

May 12 13:58:07.531 bst:     TCP src=54912, dst=179, seq=1766275951, ack=1681278050, win=17520 ACK PSH
May 12 13:58:07.535 bst: IP: tableid=2, s= (local), d= (Vlan20), routed via FIB
May 12 13:58:53.883 bst: IP: tableid=2, s= (local), d= (Vlan20), routed via FIB
May 12 13:58:59.359 bst: IP: s= (Vlan20), d=, len 61, rcvd 2
May 12 13:58:59.359 bst:     TCP src=54912, dst=179, seq=1766276010, ack=1681278050, win=17520 ACK PSH FIN
May 12 13:58:59.359 bst: IP: tableid=2, s= (local), d= (Vlan20), routed via FIB
May 12 13:58:59.359 bst: %BGP-3-NOTIFICATION: received from neighbor 4/0 (hold time expired) 0 bytes

ICMP works fine.

It is same on JUniper end. Sending keepalives but cannot receive

###interface config
interface Vlan20
ip vrf forwarding VRF1
ip address
no ip redirects
no ip proxy-arp
load-interval 30

###bgp config

neighbor remote-as 5555
neighbor local-as 65533
neighbor ebgp-multihop 5
neighbor update-source Vlan20
neighbor activate
neighbor soft-reconfiguration inbound

2 Replies 2

Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee


Maybe a mtu issue causing updates to be dropped?

For a quick check disable bgp path mtu discovery so that the bgp mss falls back to 536 bytes:

router bgp x

no bgp transport path-mtu-discovery



Level 1
Level 1

Hi ,


I faced a similar issue. My ISP upgraded their Junos router OS and the bgp peering was not coming up. They did shut -unshut and session clearing but to no avail. But when we re-configured BGP on our Cisco 7609 for the VRF neighbor peering came up. So want to know what could be the reason for this.


Any help or suggestion welcome.

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