Cisco ONS 15454 SONET/SDH ML-Series Multilayer Ethernet Card Software Feature and Configuration Guide, Release 4.1.x
Chapter 8, Configuring 802.1Q and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling
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Configuring IEEE 802.1Q and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Table Of Contents

Configuring IEEE 802.1Q and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Understanding IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

Configuring IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling and Other Features

Configuring an IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling Port

Understanding Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Configuring Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Default Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration

Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration Guidelines

Configuring a Layer 2 Tunneling Port

Monitoring and Verifying Tunneling Status


Configuring IEEE 802.1Q and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling


Virtual private networks (VPNs) provide enterprise-scale connectivity on a shared infrastructure, often Ethernet-based, with the same security, prioritization, reliability, and manageability requirements of private networks. Tunneling is a feature designed for service providers who carry traffic of multiple customers across their networks and are required to maintain the VLAN and Layer 2 protocol configurations of each customer without impacting the traffic of other customers. The ML-Series cards support IEEE 802.1Q tunneling and Layer 2 protocol tunneling.

This chapter contains these sections:

Understanding IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

Configuring IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

Understanding Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Configuring Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Monitoring and Verifying Tunneling Status

Understanding IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

Business customers of service providers often have specific requirements for VLAN IDs and the number of VLANs to be supported. The VLAN ranges required by different customers in the same service-provider network might overlap, and traffic of customers through the infrastructure might be mixed. Assigning a unique range of VLAN IDs to each customer would restrict customer configurations and could easily exceed the IEEE 802.1Q VLAN limit of 4096.

Using the IEEE 802.1Q tunneling feature, service providers can use a single VLAN to support customers who have multiple VLANs. Customer VLAN IDs are preserved and traffic from different customers is segregated within the service-provider infrastructure even when they appear to be on the same VLAN. The IEEE 802.1Q tunneling expands VLAN space by using a VLAN-in-VLAN hierarchy and tagging the tagged packets. A port configured to support IEEE 802.1Q tunneling is called a tunnel port. When you configure tunneling, you assign a tunnel port to a VLAN that is dedicated to tunneling. Each customer requires a separate VLAN, but that VLAN supports all of the customer's VLANs.

Customer traffic tagged in the normal way with appropriate VLAN IDs comes from an IEEE 802.1Q trunk port on the customer device and into a tunnel port on the ML-Series card. The link between the customer device and the ML-Series card is an asymmetric link because one end is configured as an IEEE 802.1Q trunk port and the other end is configured as a tunnel port. You assign the tunnel port interface to an access VLAN ID unique to each customer. See Figure 8-1.

Figure 8-1 IEEE 802.1Q Tunnel Ports in a Service-Provider Network

Packets coming from the customer trunk port into the tunnel port on the ML-Series card are normally IEEE 802.1Q-tagged with an appropriate VLAN ID. The tagged packets remain intact inside the ML-Series card and, when they exit the trunk port into the service provider network, are encapsulated with another layer of an IEEE 802.1Q tag (called the metro tag) that contains the VLAN ID unique to the customer. The original IEEE 802.1Q tag from the customer is preserved in the encapsulated packet. Therefore, packets entering the service-provider infrastructure are double-tagged, with the outer tag containing the customer's access VLAN ID, and the inner VLAN ID being the VLAN of the incoming traffic.

When the double-tagged packet enters another trunk port in a service provider ML-Series card, the outer tag is stripped as the packet is processed inside the switch. When the packet exits another trunk port on the same core switch, the same metro tag is again added to the packet. Figure 8-2 shows the structure of the double-tagged packet.

Figure 8-2 Normal, IEEE 802.1Q, and 802.1Q Tunneled Ethernet Packet Formats

When the packet enters the trunk port of the service-provider egress switch, the outer tag is again stripped as the packet is processed internally on the switch. However, the metro tag is not added when it is sent out the tunnel port on the edge switch into the customer network, and the packet is sent as a normal IEEE 802.1Q-tagged frame to preserve the original VLAN numbers in the customer network.

In Figure 8-1, Customer A was assigned VLAN 30, and Customer B was assigned VLAN 40. Packets entering the ML-Series card tunnel ports with IEEE 802.1Q tags are double-tagged when they enter the service-provider network, with the outer tag containing VLAN ID 30 or 40, appropriately, and the inner tag containing the original VLAN number, for example, VLAN 100. Even if both Customers A and B have VLAN 100 in their networks, the traffic remains segregated within the service-provider network because the outer tag is different. With IEEE 802.1Q tunneling, each customer controls its own VLAN numbering space, which is independent of the VLAN numbering space used by other customers and the VLAN numbering space used by the service-provider network.

At the outbound tunnel port, the original VLAN numbers on the customer's network are recovered. If the traffic coming from a customer network is not tagged (native VLAN frames), these packets are bridged or routed as if they were normal packets, and the metro tag is added (as a single-level tag) when they exit toward the service provider network.

If using the native VLAN (VLAN 1) is used in the service provider network as a metro tag, this tag always be added to the customer traffic, even though the native VLAN ID is not normally added to transmitted frames. If the VLAN 1 metro tag is not added on frames entering the service provider network, then the customer VLAN tag appears to be the metro tag, with disastrous results. The global configuration command "vlan dot1q tag native" must be used to prevent this by forcing a tag to be added to VLAN 1. Avoiding the use of VLAN 1 as a metro tag transporting customer traffic is recommended to reduce the risk of misconfiguration. A best practice is to use VLAN 1 as a private management VLAN in the service provider network.

The IEEE 802.1Q class of service (COS) priority field on the added metro tag is set to zero by default, but can be modified by input or output policy maps.

Configuring IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling

This section includes this information about configuring IEEE 802.1Q tunneling:

IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling and Other Features

Configuring an IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling Port


Note By default, IEEE 802.1Q tunneling is not configured on the ML-Series.


IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling and Other Features

Although IEEE 802.1Q tunneling works well for Layer 2 packet switching, there are incompatibilities with some Layer 2 features and with Layer 3 switching:

A tunnel port cannot be a routed port.

Tunnel ports do not support IP access control lists (ACLs).

Layer 3 quality of service (QoS) ACLs and other QoS features related to Layer 3 information are not supported on tunnel ports. MAC-based QoS is supported on tunnel ports.

EtherChannel port groups are compatible with tunnel ports as long as the IEEE 802.1Q configuration is consistent within an EtherChannel port group.

Port Aggregation Protocol (PAgP) and Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD) Protocol are not supported on IEEE 802.1Q tunnel ports.

Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP) is not compatible with IEEE 802.1Q tunneling because you must manually configure asymmetric links with tunnel ports and trunk ports.

Loopback detection is supported on IEEE 802.1Q tunnel ports.

When a port is configured as an IEEE 802.1Q tunnel port, spanning tree bridge protocol data unit (BPDU) filtering is automatically disabled on the interface.

Configuring an IEEE 802.1Q Tunneling Port

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to configure a port as an IEEE 802.1Q tunnel port:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 2 

Router(config)# bridge bridge-number 
protocol bridge-protocol

Creates a bridge number and specifies a protocol.

Step 3 

Router(config)# interface fastEthernet 
number

Enters the interface configuration mode and the interface to be configured as a tunnel port. This should be the edge port in the service-provider network that connects to the customer switch. Valid interfaces include physical interfaces and port-channel logical interfaces (port channels 1 to 64).

Step 4 

Router(config-if)# bridge-group number

Assigns the tunnel port to a bridge-group. All traffic from the port (tagged and untagged) will be switched based on this bridge-group. Other members of the bridge-group should be VLAN sub-interfaces on a provider trunk interface.

Step 5 

Router(config-if)# mode dot1q-tunnel

Sets the interface as an IEEE 802.1Q tunnel port.

Step 6 

Router(config-if)# exit

Returns to global configuration mode.

Step 7 

Router(config-if)# end

Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 8 

Router# show dot1q-tunnel

Displays the tunnel ports on the switch.

Step 9 

Router# copy running-config 
startup-config

(Optional) Saves your entries in the configuration file.


Note The VLAN ID (VID) range of 2 to 4095 is recommended for IEEE 802.1Q tunneling on the ML-Series card.



Note If VID 1 is required, use the following command:
Router (config)# VLAN dot1Q tag native


Use the no mode dot1q-tunnel interface configuration command to remove the IEEE 802.1Q tunnel from the interface.

The following sections show how to configure the example in Figure 8-1. The first section applies to Router A, and the second section applies to Router B.

Example 8-1 Router A Configuration

bridge 30 protocol ieee
bridge 40 protocol ieee
interface FastEthernet0
no ip routing
no ip address
 mode dot1q-tunnel
 bridge-group 30
!
interface FastEthernet1
 no ip address
 mode dot1q-tunnel
 bridge-group 40
!
interface POS0
 no ip address
 crc 32
pos flag c2 1
!
interface POS0.1
 encapsulation dot1Q 30
 bridge-group 30
!
interface POS0.2
 encapsulation dot1Q 40
 bridge-group 40

Example 8-2 Router B Configuration

bridge 30 protocol ieee
bridge 40 protocol ieee
interface FastEthernet0
no ip routing
no ip address
 mode dot1q-tunnel
 bridge-group 30
!
interface FastEthernet1
 no ip address
 mode dot1q-tunnel
 bridge-group 40
!
interface POS0
 no ip address
 crc 32
pos flag c2 1
!
interface POS0.1
 encapsulation dot1Q 30
 bridge-group 30
!
interface POS0.2
 encapsulation dot1Q 40
 bridge-group 40

Understanding Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Customers at different sites connected across a service-provider network need to run various Layer 2 protocols to scale their topology to include all remote sites, as well as the local sites. STP must run properly, and every VLAN should build a proper spanning tree that includes the local site and all remote sites across the service-provider infrastructure. Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) must discover neighboring Cisco devices from local and remote sites. VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) must provide consistent VLAN configuration throughout all sites in the customer network.

When protocol tunneling is enabled, edge switches on the inbound side of the service-provider infrastructure encapsulate Layer 2 protocol packets with a special MAC address and send them across the service-provider network. Core switches in the network do not process these packets, but forward them as normal packets. Layer 2 protocol data units (PDUs) for CDP, Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP), or Virtual terminal Protocol (VTP) cross the service-provider infrastructure and are delivered to customer switches on the outbound side of the service-provider network. Identical packets are received by all customer ports on the same VLANs with the following results:

Users on each of a customer's sites are able to properly run STP and every VLAN can build a correct spanning tree based on parameters from all sites and not just from the local site.

CDP discovers and shows information about the other Cisco devices connected through the service-provider network.

VTP provides consistent VLAN configuration throughout the customer network, propagating through the service provider to all switches.

Layer 2 protocol tunneling can be used independently or to enhance IEEE 802.1Q tunneling. If protocol tunneling is not enabled on IEEE 802.1Q tunneling ports, remote switches at the receiving end of the service-provider network do not receive the PDUs and cannot properly run STP, CDP, and VTP. When protocol tunneling is enabled, Layer 2 protocols within each customer's network are totally separate from those running within the service-provider network. Customer switches on different sites that send traffic through the service-provider network with IEEE 802.1Q tunneling achieve complete knowledge of the customer's VLAN. If IEEE 802.1Q tunneling is not used, you can still enable Layer 2 protocol tunneling by connecting to the customer switch through access ports and enabling tunneling on the service-provider access port.

Configuring Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling

Layer 2 protocol tunneling (by protocol) is enabled on the tunnel ports that are connected to the customer in the edge switches of the service-provider network. ML-Series card tunnel ports are connected to customer IEEE 802.1Q trunk ports. The ML-Series card supports Layer 2 protocol tunneling for CDP, STP, and VTP. The ML-Series cards connected to the customer switch perform the tunneling process.

When the Layer 2 PDUs that entered the inbound ML-Series switch through the tunnel port exit the switch through the trunk port into the service-provider network, the switch overwrites the customer PDU-destination MAC address with a well-known Cisco proprietary multicast address (01-00-0c-cd-cd-d0). If IEEE 802.1Q tunneling is enabled, packets are also double-tagged; the outer tag is the customer metro tag and the inner tag is the customer VLAN tag. The core switches ignore the inner tags and forward the packet to all trunk ports in the same metro VLAN. The ML-Series switches on the outbound side restore the proper Layer 2 protocol and MAC address information and forward the packets. Therefore, the Layer 2 PDUs are kept intact and delivered across the service-provider infrastructure to the other side of the customer network.

This section contains this information about configuring Layer 2 protocol tunneling:

Default Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration

Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration Guidelines

Monitoring and Verifying Tunneling Status

Default Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration

Table 8-1 shows the default Layer 2 protocol tunneling configuration.

Table 8-1 Default Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration

Feature
Default Setting

Layer 2 protocol tunneling

Disabled for CDP, STP, and VTP.

Class of service (CoS) value

If a CoS value is configured on the interface for data packets, that value is the default used for Layer 2 PDUs. If none is configured, there is no default. This allows existing CoS values to be maintained, unless the user configures otherwise.


Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling Configuration Guidelines

These are some configuration guidelines and operating characteristics of Layer 2 protocol tunneling:

The switch supports tunneling of CDP, STP (including multiple STP [MSTP], and VTP protocols. Protocol tunneling is disabled by default but can be enabled for the individual protocols on IEEE 802.1Q tunnel ports.

Tunneling is not supported on trunk ports. If you enter the l2protocol-tunnel interface configuration command on a trunk port, the command is accepted, but Layer 2 tunneling does not take affect unless you change the port to a tunnel port.

EtherChannel port groups are compatible with tunnel ports as long as the IEEE 802.1Q configuration is consistent within an EtherChannel port group.

If an encapsulated PDU (with the proprietary destination MAC address) is received from a tunnel port or access port with Layer 2 tunneling enabled, the tunnel port is shut down to prevent loops.

Only decapsulated PDUs are forwarded to the customer network. The spanning tree instance running on the service-provider network does not forward BPDUs to tunnel ports. No CDP packets are forwarded from tunnel ports.

Because tunneled PDUs (especially STP BPDUs) must be delivered to all remote sites for the customer virtual network to operate properly, you can give PDUs higher priority within the service-provider network than data packets received from the same tunnel port. By default, the PDUs use the same CoS value as data packets.

Protocol tunneling has to be configured symmetrically at both the ingress and egress point. For example, if you configure the entry point to tunnel STP, CDP, VTP, then you must configure the egress point in the same way.

Configuring a Layer 2 Tunneling Port

Beginning in privileged EXEC mode, follow these steps to configure a port as a Layer 2 tunnel port:

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

Router# conf t

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 2 

Router(config)# bridge bridge-number 
protocol bridge-protocol

Creates a bridge number and specifies a protocol.

Step 3 

Router(config)# l2protocol-tunnel cos 
cos-value

Assigns a CoS value or values to associate with the Layer 2 tunneling port. The cos-value is a number from the 0 to 7 range.

Step 4 

Router(config)# interface fastEthernet 
number

Enters the interface configuration mode and the interface to be configured as a tunnel port. This should be the edge port in the service-provider network that connects to the customer switch. Valid interfaces include physical interfaces and port-channel logical interfaces (port channels 1 to 64).

Step 5 

Router(config-if)# bridge-group 
bridge-group-number

Specifies the default VLAN, which is used if the interface stops trunking. This is VLAN ID specific to the particular customer.

Step 6 

Router(config-if)# mode dot1q-tunnel

Sets the interface as an IEEE 802.1Q tunnel port.

Step 7 

Router(config-if)# l2 protocol-tunnel 
[cdp][stp][vtp]

Sets the interface as a Layer 2 protocol tunnel port and enables Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP), Spanning Tree (STP) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), which are off by default.

Step 8 

Router(config-if)# exit

Returns to global configuration mode.

Step 9 

Router(config-if)# end

Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 10 

Router# show dot1q-tunnel

Displays the tunnel ports on the switch.

Step 11 

Router# copy running-config 
startup-config

(Optional) Saves your entries in the configuration file.

Monitoring and Verifying Tunneling Status

Table 8-2 shows the privileged EXEC commands for monitoring and maintaining IEEE 802.1Q and Layer 2 protocol tunneling.

Table 8-2 Commands for Monitoring and Maintaining Tunneling 

Command
Purpose
show dot1q-tunnel

Displays IEEE 802.1Q tunnel ports on the switch.

show dot1q-tunnel interface interface-id 

Verifies if a specific interface is a tunnel port.

show l2protocol-tunnel

Displays information about Layer 2 protocol tunneling ports.

show vlan

Displays IEEE 802.1Q tunnel information.