i got some help a week or so ago on how to get a back-up internet site working with bgp. as far as the wan goes, i understand how to tell everyone that the backup site is to be used if the main link goes down. next question:
Set up and follows:
CE1 - - PE1- - - -PE2 - - -CE2
CE3- - internet
say the back-up site(ce3) has to be used. do i need a second default route on the ce3 site router pointing towards the internet router connected to that lan? i obviously do, but I was just curious about how to handle this. should i just have a second default route with a higher AD?
As far as CE3 goes, would it not be preferable to get hosts connected to CE3 to use the local Internet link ? The other sites can use CE3 as a backup but local sites can use the closest Internet connection. If you choose to do so, configure the default route on CE3 with the default AD (0). If you want even CE3 hosts to use the main internet link, then use an AD such as 250 on it.
I have heard good and bad about allowing the local users to CE3 access the internet link, one with being price, lol. But would this be the best thing to do? Would it complicate my bgp config? or just a matter of the default routes being different? i think we wanted everyone to come here also for internet filtering.
The default route on CE3 is done by static route. It is participating in BGP with the PE router from my service provider to let the PE routers know that it is the back-up internet route.
It may come down to commercials... if you are paying for the link on a usage basis, then by all means, get the users on CE3 to use the primary link at CE1. If not, then just use the local link. Either way will work.
Case 1: CE3 users use local link
If a default static (AD 0) is present all CE3 users will use that link. If that link goes down, the default will be removed and CE3 users will use the default learned bia eBGP.
Case 2: CE3 users use remote link
The default will have a high AD so the default route used will be the one learned via eBGP. If that is lost for some reason, the static default will kick in.
Hi everyone, I would like to thank you in advance for any help you can provide a newcomer like myself!
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