I've been going through all the documentation regarding MPLS and configuring MPLS QoS on PFC's and I'm stumped on this question.
In the past MPLS networks I've used Pipe Mode with Explicit Null LSP to configure QoS within the MPLS network. The benefit of this for a carrier network was that it preserved the customer markings and allowed us to control the treatment of the traffic right up to (and including) the egress of the PE to the carrier owned CPE.
From reading the documentation on the 7600 I don't see anywhere the ability to use Pipe Mode with Explicit-Null LSP...I only see Uniform Mode and Short Pipe Mode. Right away Uniform Mode is out of the question, and Short Pipe mode is the best alternative, but it only allows you to control the treatment of the traffic until it reaches the final PE, at which point the traffic has no MPLS EXP bits left on it and only the original customer markings are left.
So my question is...am I just missing something regarding the 7600 and its ability to support Pipe mode with Explicit-Null? I'm asking this because I also noticed that 'set qos-groups' is not available to do on ingress MPLS-MPLS interfaces...
And if this method of MPLS QoS is not supported on the 7600, whats the next best thing?...Lastly, if Short Pipe Mode is the only alternative, then how can the SP still control treatment on the Egress of the final PE...as all MPLS EXP bits will be stripped during the final 'pop'.
Thanks in advance MPLS guru's!!!!