[cisco-bba] VRFs, VPDN and Virtual Access Interfaces

Dermot Williams dermot.williams at irishbroadband.ie
Fri Aug 17 04:33:29 EDT 2007


Thanks for your help - I've installed c7301-a3jk91s-mz.122-28.SB8.bin on
the (lab) router and I now have sub-interfaces working. I suppose the
next question I have to answer is whether or not the resource savings
that I can make by running this version of the code rather than the
12.4T line that we're running on the production 7301 is worth the
maintenance outage required to swap it!



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Oliver Boehmer (oboehmer) [mailto:oboehmer at cisco.com]
> Sent: 13 August 2007 18:38
> To: Dermot Williams; cisco-bba at puck.nether.net
> Subject: RE: [cisco-bba] VRFs, VPDN and Virtual Access Interfaces
> Dermot Williams <mailto:dermot.williams at irishbroadband.ie> wrote on
> Monday, August 13, 2007 12:47 PM:
> >>>
> >>> My main issue is that all of the VRF users are given a Virtual
> >>> Access interface and not a Virtual Access sub-interface. I know
> >>> this is happening - I am using RADIUS to send
> >>> "lcp:interface-config= ... " attributes back for the VRF users.
> >>> However, I also know that Virtual Access interfaces have a larger
> >>> memory/CPU overhead than VA sub-interfaces.
> >>
> >> this is correct, the impact, however, depends on the number of
> >> sessions and also the session setup rate. So full VAI are no "bad"
> >> per se, it depends on the environment. Can you describe your
> >> environment a bit more?
> >>
> > [Dermot Williams]
> >
> > I have this working in a lab environment at the moment so I have
> > complete control over both the LNS and the LAC. In this lab scenario
> I
> > am working with just one 'subscriber', an 800 series router.
> > Obviously, in this case, I don't really have to worry too much about
> resource
> > consumption by VRF forwarded subscribers.
> >
> > However, in our production it won't be so clear-cut. We resell DSL
> > connections using the local incumbent's wholesale DSL product so we
> > don't have any control over the LAC. On the production 7301 we have
> > approximately one thousand subscribers currently - these subscribers
> > are all internet-bound so we aren't doing anything fancy. Our
> intention is
> > to start offering L3VPN services over DSL so eventually there will
> > a mix of subscribers who are destined for the internet and
> subscribers
> > who are dumped into a VRF.
> I wouldn't be that concerned with a thousand subscribers using full
> VAIs. Can you tell how much sessions/sec you get with your user base?
> guess the only time you would see a difference is when the connection
> to
> the incumbent goes down and all the sessions will need to be
> re-established more or less at the same time. This can take longer
> full VAI..
> >> In latest 12.2SB, you have two additional options:
> >>
> >> 1) Use Cisco-avpair = "ip:vrf-id=<vrf-name>" and
> >> "ip:ip-unnumbered=Loopback<n>", which are subinterface-capable
> >>
> >> 2) Use Cisco-avpair = "lcp:allow-subinterface=yes" and use the
> >> "lcp:interface-config" commands you've mentioned. This is a
> >> workaround for those lcp:interface-config config statements which
> >> are actually subinterface-capable, which I think is the case for
> >> the ones you sent (vrf, unnumbered, pool). Other, non sub-VAI
> >> compatible config commands will be ignored, as far as I know.
> >>
> >> Please try this in the lab first, haven't really worked with this
> >> for a while now.
> >>
> > [Dermot Williams]
> >
> > This is all benched in the lab at the moment so I can chop and
> > as I want for the moment. We're actually running 12.4(11)T so I'll
> have
> > to download a 12.2SB image to test these AVPairs. Does it matter
> > order
> > I send the 'lcp:allow-subinterface=yes' VSa in? I.e., should it be
> > sent before the other VSAs? Incidentally, is there anywhere that I
> can
> > find a list of AVPairs for each IOS version?
> Not sure, I'd send it first before the other attributes. There is also
> a
> CLI "aaa policy inteface-config allow-subinterface" which enables this
> globally..
> 	oli

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