IP Routing: OSPF Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS Release 12.4T
OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router
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OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

Last Updated: October 27, 2011

In a Multiprotocol Label Switching--Virtual Private Network (MPLS-VPN) deployment, each VPN routing and forwarding instance (VRF) needs a separate Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) process when configured to run OSPF. The OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per Provider Edge (PE) Router feature addresses the scalability issue for OSPF VPNs by eliminating the OSPF VPN limit of 32 processes.

History for the OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per Provider Edge Router Feature

Release

Modification

12.3(4)T

This feature was introduced.

12.0(27)S

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.0(27)S.

12.2(25)S

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(25)S.

12.2(18)SXE

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXE.

12.2(27)SBC

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(27)SBC.

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Prerequisites for OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

You must have OSPF configured in your network.

Restrictions for OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

Only 32 processes per VRF can be supported. For different VRF processes, there is no limit.

Information About OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

Before Cisco IOS Releases 12.3(4)T and 12.0(27)S, a separate OSPF process was necessary for each VRF that receives VPN routes via OSPF. When VPNs are deployed, an MPLS Provider Edge (PE) router will be running both multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for VPN distribution, and Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) for PE-P connectivity. It is a common scenario when OSPF is used as the IGP between a customer edge (CE) router and a PE router. OSPF was not scalable in VPN deployment because of the limit of 32 processes. By default one process is used for connected routes and another process is used for static routes, therefore only 28 processes can be created for VRFs.

The OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per Provider Edge Router feature allows for an approximate range of 300 to 10,000 VRFs, depending on the particular platform and on the applications, processes, and protocols that are currently running on the platform.

How to Configure OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

Configuring and Verifying Unlimited Software VRFs per Provider Edge Router

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    router ospf process-id [vrf vpn-name]

4.    end

5.    show ip ospf [process-id]


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
router ospf process-id [vrf vpn-name]


Example:

Router(config)# router ospf 1 vrf crf-1

 

Enables OSPF routing.

  • The process-id argument identifies the OSPF process.
  • Use the vrf keyword and vpn-name argument to identify a VPN.
Note    You now can configure as many OSPF VRF processes as needed.
 
Step 4
end


Example:

Router(config-router)# end

 

Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

 
Step 5
show ip ospf [process-id]


Example:

Router# show ip ospf 1

 

Displays general information about OSPF routing processes.

 

Configuration Examples for OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

Example Configuring OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

This example shows a basic OSPF configuration using the router ospf command to configure OSPF VRF processes for the VRFs first, second, and third:

Router> enable
Router# configure terminal
Router(config)# router ospf 12 vrf first
Router(config)# router ospf 13 vrf second
Router(config)# router ospf 14 vrf third
Router(config)# 
exit

Example Verifying OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per PE Router

This example illustrates the output display from the show ip ospf command to verify that the OSPF VRF process 12 has been created for the VRF named first. The output that relates to the VRF first appears in bold.

Router# show ip ospf 12
main ID type 0x0005, value 0.0.0.100
 Supports only single TOS(TOS0) routes
 Supports opaque LSA
 Supports Link-local Signaling (LLS)
 Supports area transit capability
 Connected to MPLS VPN Superbackbone, VRF first
 It is an area border router
 Initial SPF schedule delay 5000 msecs
 Minimum hold time between two consecutive SPFs 10000 msecs
 Maximum wait time between two consecutive SPFs 10000 msecs
 Incremental-SPF disabled
 Minimum LSA interval 5 secs
 Minimum LSA arrival 1000 msecs
 LSA group pacing timer 240 secs
 Interface flood pacing timer 33 msecs
 Retransmission pacing timer 66 msecs
 Number of external LSA 0. Checksum Sum 0x0
 Number of opaque AS LSA 0. Checksum Sum 0x0
 Number of DCbitless external and opaque AS LSA 0
 Number of DoNotAge external and opaque AS LSA 0
 Number of areas in this router is 1. 1 normal 0 stub 0 nssa
 Number of areas transit capable is 0
 External flood list length 0
    Area BACKBONE(0)
        Number of interfaces in this area is 1
        Area has no authentication
        SPF algorithm last executed 00:00:15.204 ago
        SPF algorithm executed 2 times
        Area ranges are
        Number of LSA 1. Checksum Sum 0xD9F3
        Number of opaque link LSA 0. Checksum Sum 0x0
        Number of DCbitless LSA 0
        Number of indication LSA 0
        Number of DoNotAge LSA 0
        Flood list length 0

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the OSPF Support for Unlimited Software VRFs per Provider Edge Router feature.

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Cisco IOS IP Routing: OSPF Configuration Guide

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