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VRF Aware System Message Logging (Syslog)

Table Of Contents

VRF Aware System Message Logging (Syslog)

Finding Feature Information

Contents

Prerequisites for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Restrictions for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Information About VRF Aware System Message Logging

VRF Aware System Message Logging Benefit—Monitoring and Troubleshooting Network Traffic Connected Through a VRF

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Provider Edge Router in an MPLS VPN Network

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Customer Edge Device with VRF-Lite Configured

Message Levels for Logging Commands

How to Configure and Verify VRF Aware System Message Logging

Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

Associating a VRF with an Interface

Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device

Prerequisites

Verifying VRF Aware System Message Logging Operation

Configuration Examples for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Example: Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

Example: Associating a VRF with an Interface

Example: Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Glossary


VRF Aware System Message Logging (Syslog)


First Published: June 12, 2006
Last Updated: May 4, 2009

The VRF Aware System Message Logging (Syslog) feature allows a router to send system logging (syslog) messages to a syslog server host connected through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) routing and forwarding (VRF) interface.

You can use logging information for network monitoring and troubleshooting. This feature extends this capability to network traffic connected through VRFs.

Finding Feature Information

For the latest feature information and caveats, see 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, use the "Feature Information for VRF Aware System Message Logging" section.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS XE software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Contents

Prerequisites for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Restrictions for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Information About VRF Aware System Message Logging

How to Configure and Verify VRF Aware System Message Logging

Configuration Examples for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Additional References

Feature Information for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Glossary

Prerequisites for VRF Aware System Message Logging

You must configure a VRF on a routing device and associate the VRF with an interface (see the "Associating a VRF with an Interface" section) before you can configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature.

Restrictions for VRF Aware System Message Logging

You cannot specify a source address for VRF system logging messages. The VRF Aware System Message Logging feature uses the VRF interface address as the source address for all VRF-aware system logging messages.

Information About VRF Aware System Message Logging

VRF Aware System Message Logging Benefit—Monitoring and Troubleshooting Network Traffic Connected Through a VRF

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Provider Edge Router in an MPLS VPN Network

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Customer Edge Device with VRF-Lite Configured

Message Levels for Logging Commands

VRF Aware System Message Logging Benefit—Monitoring and Troubleshooting Network Traffic Connected Through a VRF

A VPN routing and VRF instance is an extension of IP routing that provides multiple routing instances. A VRF provides a separate IP routing and forwarding table to each VPN. You must configure a VRF on a routing device before you configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature.

After you configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a routing device, the device can send syslog messages to a syslog host through a VRF interface. Then you can use logging messages to monitor and troubleshoot network traffic connected through a VRF. Without the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a routing device, you do not have this benefit; the routing device can send syslog messages to the syslog host only through the global routing table.

You can receive system logging messages through a VRF interface on any router where you can configure a VRF, that is:

On a provider edge (PE) router that is used with Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to provide a Layer 3 MPLS VPN network service.

On a customer edge (CE) device (switch or router) that is configured for VRF-Lite, which is a VRF implementation without multiprotocol BGP.

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Provider Edge Router in an MPLS VPN Network

You can configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a PE router in a Layer 3 MPLS VPN network. The PE router can then send syslog messages through a VRF interface to a syslog server located in the VPN.

Figure 1 shows an MPLS VPN network and the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature configured on a PE router associated with VRF VPN1. The PE router sends log messages through a VRF interface to a syslog server located in VPN1. You can display the messages from the syslog server on a terminal.

Figure 1 MPLS VPN and VRF Aware System Message Logging Configured on a Customer Edge Router

VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Customer Edge Device with VRF-Lite Configured

You can configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a CE device where you have configured the VRF-Lite feature. The CE device can then send syslog messages through a VRF interface to syslog servers in multiple VPNs. The CE device can be either a router or a switch.

Figure 2 shows the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature configured on a VRF-Lite CE device. The CE device can send VRF syslog messages to syslog servers in VPN1 or VPN2 or to servers in both VPN1 and VPN2. You can configure multiple VRFs on a VRF-Lite CE device, and the device can serve many customers.

Figure 2 VRF Aware System Message Logging Configured on a VRF-Lite Customer Edge Device

Message Levels for Logging Commands

Table 1 lists message levels for logging commands that you can use when you configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature. Information provided by Table 1 includes keyword level names and numbers, their description, and the associated syslog definitions. You can use either the level keyword name or number with the logging trap level and logging buffered severity-level commands.

Table 1 Message Levels for logging Commands

Level Name
Level Number
Description
Syslog Definition

emergencies

0

System unusable

LOG_EMERG

alerts

1

Immediate action needed

LOG_ALERT

critical

2

Critical conditions

LOG_CRIT

errors

3

Error conditions

LOG_ERR

warnings

4

Warning conditions

LOG_WARNING

notifications

5

Normal but significant condition

LOG_NOTICE

informational

6

Informational messages only

LOG_INFO

debugging

7

Debugging messages

LOG_DEBUG


How to Configure and Verify VRF Aware System Message Logging

Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device (required)

Associating a VRF with an Interface (required)

Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device (required)

Verifying VRF Aware System Message Logging Operation (optional)

Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

Configuring a VRF on a routing device helps provides customer connectivity to a VPN. The routing device can be a PE router connected to an MPLS VPN network or a CE (switch or router) that is configured for VRF-Lite.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. ip vrf-name

4. rd route-distinguisher

5. route-target {import | export | both} route-target-ext-community

6. end

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 

ip vrf vrf-name

Example:

Router(config)# ip vrf vpn1

Defines a VRF and enters VRF configuration mode.

The vrf-name argument is a name assigned to the VRF.

Step 4 

rd route-distinguisher

Example:

Router(config-vrf)# rd 100:1

Creates routing and forwarding tables for a VRF.

The route-distinguisher argument adds an 8-byte value to an IPv4 prefix to create a VPN IPv4 prefix.

The route distinquisher (RD) is either an autonomous system number (ASN)-relative RD, in which case it is composed of an autonomous system number and an arbitrary number, or it is an IP-address-relative RD, in which case it is composed of an IP address and an arbitrary number.

You can enter an RD in either of these formats:

16-bit autonomous system number: your 32-bit number
For example, 101:3.

32-bit IP address: your 16-bit number
For example, 10.0.0.1:1.

Step 5 

route-target {import | export | both} route-target-ext-community

Example:

Router(config-vrf)# route-target both 100:1

Creates a route-target extended community for a VRF.

The import keyword imports routing information from the target VPN extended community.

The export keyword exports routing information to the target VPN extended community.

The both keyword imports routing information from and exports routing information to the target VPN extended community.

The route-target-ext-community argument adds the route-target extended community attributes to the VRF's list of import, export, or both (import and export) route-target extended communities.

The route target specifies a target VPN extended community. Like a route distinguisher, an extended community is composed of either an autonomous system number and an arbitrary number or an IP address and an arbitrary number. You can enter the numbers in either of these formats:

16-bit autonomous system 1 32-bit number
For example, 101:3.

32-bit IP address: your 16-bit number
For example, 10.0.0.2.15: 1.

Step 6 

end

Example:

Router(config-vrf)# end

Exits to privileged EXEC mode.

Associating a VRF with an Interface

Perform this task to associate a VRF instance with an interface. A VRF must be associated with an interface before you can forward VPN traffic.


Note You cannot configure a source address for VRF system logging messages. The VRF Aware System Message Logging feature uses the VRF interface address as the source address for all VRF-aware system logging messages.


After configuring the VRF and associating it with an interface, you can configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on the routing device.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. interface type number

4. ip vrf forwarding vrf-name

5. end

6. copy running-config startup-config

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 

interface type number

Example:

Router(config)# interface FastEthernet 0/0/0

Configures an interface type and enters interface configuration mode.

The type argument is the type of interface to be configured.

The number argument is the port, connector, or interface card number. The numbers are assigned at the factory at the time of installation or when the port, connector, or interface card is added to a system, and can be displayed with the show interfaces command.

Step 4 

ip vrf forwarding vrf-name

Example:

Router(config-if)# ip vrf forwarding vpn1

Associates a VRF with an interface or subinterface.

The vrf-name argument associates the interface with the specified VRF.

Step 5 

end

Example:

Router(config-if)# end

Exits to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 6 

copy running-config startup-config

Example:

Router# copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Saves configuration changes to NVRAM.

Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device

Configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a routing device so that logging messages can be used to monitor and troubleshoot network traffic connected through VRF instances.

Prerequisites

You must perform the following tasks before you perform this task:

Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

Associating a VRF with an Interface

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. logging host {ip-address | hostname} [vrf vrf-name]

4. logging trap level

5. logging facility facility-type

6. logging buffered [buffer-size | severity-level]

7. end

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 

logging host {ip-address | hostname} [vrf 
vrf-name] 
Example:
Router(config)# logging host 10.0.150.63 vrf 
vpn1

Specifies a host to receive syslog messages.

The ip-address argument is the IP address of the syslog server host.

The hostname argument is the name of the IP or IPv6 host that receives the syslog messages.

The vrf vrf-name keyword argument pair specifies a VRF that connects to the syslog server host.

Step 4 

logging trap level

Example:

Router(config)# logging trap debugging

Limits messages logged to the syslog servers based on severity.

The level argument limits the logging of messages to the syslog servers to a specified level. You can enter the level number or level name. See Table 1 for a description of acceptable keywords.

Step 5 

logging facility facility-type

Example:

Router(config)# logging facility local6

(Optional) Configures the syslog facility in which error messages are sent.

The facility-type argument names the syslog facility type keyword. For locally defined messages, the range of acceptable keywords is local0 to local7. The default is local7.

Step 6 

logging buffered [buffer-size | severity-level]

Example:

Router(config)# logging buffered debugging

(Optional) Limits messages logged to an internal buffer on the router based on severity.

The buffer-size argument is the size of the buffer from 4096 to 4,294,967,295 bytes. The default size varies by platform.

The severity-level argument limits the logging of messages to the buffer to a specified level. You can enter the level name or level number. See Table 1 for a list of the acceptable level name or level number keywords. The default logging level varies by platform, but is generally 7, meaning that messages at all levels (0-7) are logged to the buffer.

Step 7 

end

Example:

Router(config)# end

(Optional) Exits to privileged EXEC mode.

Verifying VRF Aware System Message Logging Operation

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. show running-config | include logging

3. show ip vrf interfaces

4. show running-config [interface type number]

5. ping vrf vrf-name target-ip-address

6. exit

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 enable

Use this command to enable privileged EXEC mode. You can also enter this command in user EXEC mode. Enter your password if prompted. For example:

Router> enable
Router#

Step 2 show running-config | include logging

Use this command to display the logging configuration for the router and the logging host for a VRF. For example:

Router# show running-config | include logging

logging queue-limit 100
logging buffered 100000 debugging
mpls ldp logging neighbor-changes
logging trap debugging
logging facility local6
logging host vrf vpn1 10.0.0.3
Router#

This example shows the configuration of a syslog server in VRF vpn1 with a server host address of 10.0.0.3.

Step 3 show ip vrf interfaces

Use this command to display the interfaces associated with the VRF that links to a syslog server host. The following example displays a list of VRF interfaces and their associated IP addresses that are configured on the router:

Router# show ip vrf interfaces

Interface              IP-Address       VRF                             Protocol
FastEthernet0/0/0      10.0.0.0         vpn1                             up      
Loopback1              10.0.0.6         vpn1                             up 

Step 4 show running-config [interface type number]

Use this command to display interface specific configuration information for an interface associated with a VRF. For example:

Router# show running-config interface FastEthernet 0/0/0

Building configuration...
Router#
.
.
.
!
Current configuration : 116 bytes
!

interface FastEthernet0/0/0
 ip vrf forwarding vpn1
 ip address 10.0.0.98 255.0.0.0
 duplex half
 no cdp enable
end

This example displays configuration information for Fast Ethernet interface 0/0/0 in VRF vpn1.

Step 5 ping vrf vrf-name target-ip-address

Use this command to verify that you can reach the syslog server host, the target-ip-address, through the specified VRF. For example:

Router# ping vrf vpn1 10.3.0.1 

Type escape sequence to abort. 
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.3.0.1, timeout is 2 seconds: 
.!!!! 
Success rate is 80 percent (4/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/1/1 ms 

In this example, the syslog server has an IP address of 10.3.0.1 and the VRF is named vpn1. The server is reached successfully four of five times.

Step 6 exit

Use this command to exit privileged EXEC mode. For example:

Router# exit
Router>

Configuration Examples for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Example: Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

Example: Associating a VRF with an Interface

Example: Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device

Example: Configuring a VRF on a Routing Device

enable
configure terminal
!
ip vrf vpn1
 rd 100:1
 route-target both 100:1
 end

Example: Associating a VRF with an Interface

enable
configure terminal
!
interface FastEthernet 0/0/0
 ip vrf forwarding vpn1
 end

Example: Configuring VRF Aware System Message Logging on a Routing Device

The following example shows how to configure the VRF Aware System Message Logging feature on a routing device. The IP address of the syslog server host is 10.0.1.3 and the VRF is vpn1.

enable
configure terminal
!
 logging host 10.0.1.3 vrf vpn1
 logging trap debugging
 logging facility local6
 logging buffered 10000
 logging buffered debugging
 end

The following example shows how to turn off logging to the syslog server:

enable 
configure terminal
!
 no logging 10.0.1.3
 end

Additional References

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Cisco IOS commands

Cisco IOS Master Commands List, All Releases

Description of commands associated with MPLS and MPLS applications

Cisco IOS Multiprotocol Label Switching Command Reference

Concepts and tasks for configuring MPLS VPNs

Configuring MPLS Layer 3 VPNs


Standards

Standard
Title

No new or modified standards are supported by this feature, and support for existing standards has not been modified by this feature.


MIBs

MIB
MIBs Link

No new or modified MIBs are supported by this feature, and support for existing MIBs has not been modified by this feature.

To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco software releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

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


RFCs

RFC
Title

No new or modified RFCs are supported by this feature, and support for existing RFCs has not been modified by this feature.


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

The Cisco Support and Documentation website provides online resources to download documentation, software, and tools. Use these resources to install and configure the software and to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues with Cisco products and technologies. Access to most tools on the Cisco Support and Documentation website requires a Cisco.com user ID and password.

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


Feature Information for VRF Aware System Message Logging

Table 2 lists the release history for this feature and provides links to specific configuration information.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which Cisco IOS XE software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.


Note Table 2 Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which Cisco IOS XE software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.


Table 2 Feature Information for VRF Aware System Message Logging 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

VRF Aware System Message Logging (Syslog)

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.2

The VRF Aware System Message Logging feature allows a router to send syslog messages to a syslog server host connected through a VPN VRF interface.

In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.2, this feature was introduced on the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers.

The following command was modified: logging host.


Glossary

CE router—customer edge router. A router on the border between a VPN provider and a VPN customer that belongs to the customer.

LSR—label switching router. A device that forwards MPLS packets based on the value of a fixed-length label encapsulated in each packet.

MPLS—Multiprotocol Label Switching. A method for forwarding packets (frames) through a network. It enables routers at the edge of a network to apply labels to packets (frames). ATM switches or existing routers in the network core can switch packets according to the labels with minimal lookup overhead.

MPLS VPN—Multiprotocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network. An IP network infrastructure delivering private network services over a public infrastructure using a Layer 3 backbone. Using MPLS VPNs in a Cisco IOS XE network provides the capability to deploy and administer scalable Layer 3 VPN backbone services including applications, data hosting network commerce, and telephony services to business customers.

PE router—provider edge router. A router on the border between a VPN provider and a VPN customer that belongs to the provider.

VPN—Virtual Private Network. A group of sites that, as the result of a set of administrative policies, are able to communicate with each other over a shared backbone network. A VPN is a secure IP-based network that shares resources on one or more physical networks. A VPN contains geographically dispersed sites that can communicate securely over a shared backbone. See also MPLS VPN.

VRF—VPN routing and forwarding instance. A VRF consists of an IP routing table, a derived forwarding table, a set of interfaces that use the forwarding table, and a set of rules and routing protocols that determine what goes into the forwarding table. In general, a VRF includes the routing information that defines a customer VPN site that is attached to a PE router.