MPLS Basic MPLS Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS XE Release 3S
6PE Multipath
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6PE Multipath

6PE Multipath

The 6PE multipath feature uses multiprotocol internal BGP (MP-iBGP) to distribute IPv6 routes over the MPLS IPv4 core network and to attach an MPLS label to each route

Finding Feature Information

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Information About 6PE Multipath

6PE Multipath

Internal and external BGP multipath for IPv6 allows the IPv6 device to load balance between several paths (for example, the same neighboring autonomous system or subautonomous system, or the same metric) to reach its destination. The 6PE multipath feature uses MP-iBGP to distribute IPv6 routes over the MPLS IPv4 core network and to attach an MPLS label to each route.

When MP-iBGP multipath is enabled on the 6PE device, all labeled paths are installed in the forwarding table with MPLS information (label stack) when MPLS information is available. This functionality enables 6PE to perform load balancing.

How to Configure 6PE Multipath

Configuring IBGP Multipath Load Sharing

Perform this task to configure IBGP multipath load sharing and control the maximum number of parallel IBGP routes that can be installed in a routing table.

SUMMARY STEPS

    1.    enable

    2.    configure terminal

    3.    router bgp as-number

    4.    maximum-paths ibgp number-of-paths


DETAILED STEPS
     Command or ActionPurpose
    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 router bgp as-number


    Example:
    Device(config)# router bgp 65000 
     

    Enters router configuration mode for the specified routing process.

     
    Step 4 maximum-paths ibgp number-of-paths


    Example:
    Device(config-router)# maximum-paths ibgp 3
     

    Controls the maximum number of parallel IBGP routes that can be installed in a routing table.

     

    Configuration Examples for 6PE Multipath

    Example: Configuring 6PE Multipath

    Device# show ipv6 cef internals
    IPv6 CEF is enabled and running
    Slow processing intvl = 1 seconds backoff level current/max 0/0
    0 unresolved prefixes, 0 requiring adjacency update
    IPv6 CEF default table
    14 prefixes tableid 0
    table version 17
    root 6283F5D0
    
    

    Additional References

    Related Documents

    Related Topic

    Document Title

    IPv6 addressing and connectivity

    IPv6 Configuration Guide

    Cisco IOS commands

    Master Commands List, All Releases

    IPv6 commands

    IPv6 Command Reference

    Cisco IOS IPv6 features

    IPv6 Feature Mapping

    Standards and RFCs

    Standard/RFC

    Title

    RFCs for IPv6

    IPv6 RFCs

    Technical Assistance

    Description

    Link

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    http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​cisco/​web/​support/​index.html

    Feature Information for 6PE Multipath

    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 1 Feature Information for 6PE Multipath

    Feature Name

    Releases

    Feature Information

    6PE Multipath

    Cisco IOS XE Release 3.1S

    The 6PE multipath feature uses MP-iBGP to distribute IPv6 routes over the MPLS IPv4 core network and to attach an MPLS label to each route.

    The following commands were introduced or modified: maximum-paths ibgp, router bgp, show ipv6 cef internals.