what are the pros and cons using ospf as the PE/CE protocol

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Jul 3rd, 2008

pros and cons using ospf as the PE/CE Protocol

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lee.reade Thu, 07/03/2008 - 00:52


Well in short,


well deployed protocol with good user experience

fast convergence

no redistribution required on ce side


type 1 & 2 routes (O) from one site are known as type 3 summary routes (OIA) in the other site

you need a sham link configured on the pe routers to get the routes as type1&2 at each remote site

If was deploying mpls vpn, i would use either ospf or bgp as pe/ce protocol.




sanjoy2006 Thu, 07/03/2008 - 04:29

Thanks for reply ,

Under cons you have explained about Intra route(sham link)

any explanation in case of VPN TAG and Down bit .

lee.reade Thu, 07/03/2008 - 04:44

With regard to down bit, it is automatically set by the PE when redistributing BGP routes into ospf as type 1/2/3. The tag field is copied from the bgp as number, into the tag field for type 5/7 (external) routes.

These are both to ensure that a route redistributed into ospf from bgp, cannot go back into bgp on another pe at same site.

This is all done automatically, so you dont need to worry about them.




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