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BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support
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BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

Last Updated: October 19, 2012

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection for IPv6 encapsulations are described within a session information structure. These session information structures are defined by BFDv6 for the protocols supported. BFDv6 uses information from the session information structures to determine the correct encapsulation for BFDv6 packets on that session.

Finding Feature Information

Your software release may not support all the features documented in this module. For the latest caveats and feature information, see Bug Search Tool and the release notes for your platform and software release. To find information about the features documented in this module, and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, see the feature information table at the end of this module.

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Prerequisites for BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

When using Bidirectional Forwarding Detection over IPv6 (BFDv6), IPv6 Cisco Express Forwarding and IPv6 unicast routing must be enabled on all participating routers.

Restrictions for BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

  • BFDv6 supports only global IPv6 neighbor addresses if a global IPv6 address is configured on the interface.

  • Only asynchronous mode is supported. In asynchronous mode, either BFDv6 peer can initiate a BFDv6 session.

Information About BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

Overview of the BFDv6 Protocol

This section describes the BFDv6 protocol, how it is different from BFD for IPv4, and how it works with BFD for IPv4. BFD is a detection protocol designed to provide fast forwarding path failure detection times for all media types, encapsulations, topologies, and routing protocols. In addition to fast forwarding path failure detection, BFD provides a consistent failure detection method for network administrators. BFDv6 provides IPv6 support by accommodating IPv6 addresses and provides the ability to create BFDv6 sessions.

BFDv6 Registration

BFD clients register with BFD using a registry application program interface (API). The registry arguments include protocol type and the address and interface description block (IDB) of the route to be monitored. These APIs and arguments are all assumed by BFD to be IPv4.

BFDv6 has registries from which these arguments have been removed, and the protocol and encapsulation are described within a session information structure. These session information structures are defined by BFDv6 for the protocols supported. BFDv6 uses information from the session information structures to determine the correct encapsulation for BFDv6 packets on that session.

BFDv6 Global and Link-Local Addresses

BFDv6 supports both global and link-local IPv6 addresses for neighbor creation. BFDv6 sessions select source addresses to match the neighbor address types (for example, global IPv6 address neighbors must be paired with global IPv6 source addresses and link-local IPv6 address neighbors must be paired with link-local IPv6 source addresses). The table below shows the address pairings that BFDv6 supports.

Table 1 BFDv6 Address Pairings for Neighbor Creation

Source Address

Destination Address

Status

Global

Global

Supported

Global

Link local

Not supported

Link local

Global

Not supported

Link local

Link local

Supported

Because all IPv6-enabled interfaces have a link-local address and BFDv6 selects the source address, link-local address neighbors are always paired with a link-local interface address. The link-local source address with global destination address is not supported by Cisco Express Forwarding. Therefore, a global IPv6 address must be configured on an interface before a session with a global address neighbor may be established in BFDv6. BFDv6 rejects any sessions in which the neighbor address is global and no global address is configured on the interface.


Note


The behavior of a unique local address (ULA) in BFDv6 is the same as a global address.

BFD for IPv4 and IPv6 on the Same Interface

BFD supports multiple IPv4 and IPv6 sessions per interface, with no restriction on the protocol of those sessions.

How to Configure BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

Configuring Baseline BFD Session Parameters on the Interface

Repeat this task for each interface over which you want to run BFD sessions to BFD neighbors.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    interface type number

4.    bfd interval milliseconds min_rx milliseconds multiplier interval-multiplier


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Device> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Device# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
interface type number


Example:

Device(config)# interface ethernet 0/0

 

Specifies an interface type and number, and places the device in interface configuration mode.

 
Step 4
bfd interval milliseconds min_rx milliseconds multiplier interval-multiplier


Example:

Device(config-if)# bfd interval 50 min_rx 50 multiplier 5

 

Enables BFD on the interface.

 

Configuration Examples for BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

Example: Configuring BFD Session Parameters on the Interface

Device# show ipv6 ospf neighbor detail

 Neighbor 172.16.4.4
    In the area 0 via interface POS4/0 
    Neighbor: interface-id 14, link-local address FE80::205:5FFF:FED3:5406
    Neighbor priority is 1, State is FULL, 6 state changes
    Options is 0x63AD1B0D
    Dead timer due in 00:00:33
    Neighbor is up for 00:48:56
    Index 1/1/1, retransmission queue length 0, number of retransmission 1
    First 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0) Next 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0)
    Last retransmission scan length is 1, maximum is 1
    Last retransmission scan time is 0 msec, maximum is 0 msec
 Neighbor 172.16.3.3
    In the area 1 via interface FastEthernet0/0 
    Neighbor: interface-id 3, link-local address FE80::205:5FFF:FED3:5808
    Neighbor priority is 1, State is FULL, 6 state changes
    DR is 172.16.6.6 BDR is 172.16.3.3
    Options is 0x63F813E9
    Dead timer due in 00:00:33
    Neighbor is up for 00:09:00
    Index 1/1/2, retransmission queue length 0, number of retransmission 2
    First 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0) Next 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0)
    Last retransmission scan length is 1, maximum is 2
    Last retransmission scan time is 0 msec, maximum is 0 msec
 Neighbor 172.16.5.5
    In the area 2 via interface ATM3/0 
    Neighbor: interface-id 13, link-local address FE80::205:5FFF:FED3:6006
    Neighbor priority is 1, State is FULL, 6 state changes
    Options is 0x63F7D249
    Dead timer due in 00:00:38
    Neighbor is up for 00:10:01
    Index 1/1/3, retransmission queue length 0, number of retransmission 0
    First 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0) Next 0x0(0)/0x0(0)/0x0(0)
    Last retransmission scan length is 0, maximum is 0
    Last retransmission scan time is 0 msec, maximum is 0 msec

Additional References

Related Documents

Related Topic Document Title

IPv6 addressing and connectivity

IPv6 Configuration Guide

Cisco IOS commands

Cisco IOS Master Commands List, All Releases

IPv6 commands

Cisco IOS IPv6 Command Reference

Cisco IOS IPv6 features

Cisco IOS IPv6 Feature Mapping

BFD Encapsulation Support

"Bidirectional Forwarding Detection" modue

Standards and RFCs

Standard/RFC Title

RFCs for IPv6

IPv6 RFCs

MIBs

MIB

MIBs Link

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http://www.cisco.com/go/mibs

Technical Assistance

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Feature Information for BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

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Table 2 Feature Information for BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support
Feature Name Releases Feature Information

BFD IPv6 Encapsulation Support

12.2(33)SRE

15.0(1)SY

15.1(1)SG

15.1(1)SY

15.1(2)T

BFDv6 encapsulations are described within a session information structure. These session information structures are defined by BFDv6 for the protocols supported. BFDv6 uses information from the session information structures to determine the correct encapsulation for BFDv6 packets on that session.

The following commands were introduced or modified: bfd interval, show ipv6 ospf neighbor.

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