Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Unicast Routing Configuration Guide, Release 4.x
Configuring Policy Based Routing
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Configuring Policy-Based Routing

Table Of Contents

Configuring Policy-Based Routing

Information About Policy Based Routing

Policy Route Maps

Set Criteria for Policy-Based Routing

Licensing Requirements for Policy-Based Routing

Prerequisites for Policy-Based Routing

Guidelines and Limitations

Configuring Policy-Based Routing

Enabling the Policy-based Routing Feature

Configuring a Route Policy

Verifying Policy-Based Routing Configuration

Policy Based-Routing Example Configuration

Related Topics

Default Settings

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

Feature History for Policy-Based Routing


Configuring Policy-Based Routing


This chapter describes how to configure policy based routing.

This chapter includes the following sections:

Information About Policy Based Routing

Licensing Requirements for Policy-Based Routing

Prerequisites for Policy-Based Routing

Guidelines and Limitations

Configuring Policy-Based Routing

Verifying Policy-Based Routing Configuration

Policy Based-Routing Example Configuration

Related Topics

Default Settings

Additional References

Feature History for Policy-Based Routing

Information About Policy Based Routing

Policy-based routing allows you to configure a defined policy for IPv4 and IPv6 traffic flows, lessening reliance on routes derived from routing protocols. All packets received on an interface with policy-based routing enabled are passed through enhanced packet filters or route maps. The route maps dictate the policy, determining where to forward packets.

Route maps are composed of match and set statements that you can mark as permit or deny. You an interpret the statements as follows:

If the packets match any route map statements, then all the set statements are applied. One of these actions involves choosing the next hop.

If a statement is marked as deny, the packets that meet the match criteria are sent back through the normal forwarding channels and destination-based routing is performed.

If the statement is marked as permit and the packets do not match any route map statements, the packets are sent back through the normal forwarding channels and destination-based routing is performed.

See the "Route Maps" section on page 16-2.

Policy-based routing includes the following features:

Source-based routing—Routes traffic originating from different sets of users through different connections across the policy routers.

Quality of Service (QoS)—Differentiates traffic by setting the precedence or type of service (ToS) values in the IP packet headers at the periphery of the network and leveraging queuing mechanisms to prioritize traffic in the core or backbone of the network (see the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Quality of Service Configuration Guide, Release 4.x).

Load sharing—Distributes traffic among multiple paths based on the traffic characteristics.

This section includes the following topics:

Policy Route Maps

Set Criteria for Policy-Based Routing

Policy Route Maps

Each entry in a route map contains a combination of match and set statements. The match statements define the criteria for whether appropriate packets meet the particular policy (that is, the conditions to be met). The set clauses explain how the packets should be routed once they have met the match criteria.

You can mark the route map statements as permit or deny. If the statement is marked as a deny, the packets that meet the match criteria are sent back through the normal forwarding channels (destination-based routing is performed). If the statement is marked as permit and the packets meet the match criteria, all the set clauses are applied. If the statement is marked as permit and the packets do not meet the match criteria, then those packets are also forwarded through the normal routing channel.


Note Policy routing is specified on the interface that receives the packets, not on the interface from which the packets are sent.


Set Criteria for Policy-Based Routing

The set criteria in a route map is evaluated in the order listed in the route map. Set criteria specific to route maps used for policy-based routing are as follows:

1. List of specified IP addresses—The IP address can specify the adjacent next-hop router in the path toward the destination to which the packets should be forwarded. The first IP address associated with a currently up connected interface is used to route the packets.


Note You can optionally configure the set criteria for next-hop addresses to load balance traffic across up to 16 IP addresses. In this case, Cisco NX-OS sends all traffic for each IP flow to a particular IP next-hop address.


2. List of default next-hop IP addresses—Route to the interface or the next-hop address specified by this set statement only if there is no explicit route for the destination address of the packet in the routing table.


Note You can optionally configure the set criteria for the default next-hop addresses to load balance traffic across up to 16 IP addresses. In this case, Cisco NX-OS sends all traffic for each IP flow to a particular IP next-hop address.


If the packets do not meet any of the defined match criteria, then those packets are routed through the normal destination-based routing process.

Licensing Requirements for Policy-Based Routing

The following table shows the licensing requirements for this feature:

Product
License Requirement

NX-OS

Policy-based routing requires an Enterprise Services license. For a complete explanation of the NX-OS licensing scheme and how to obtain and apply licenses, see the Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide.


Prerequisites for Policy-Based Routing

Policy-Based Routing has the following prerequisites:

Install the correct license.

You must enable the policy-based routing feature (see the "Enabling the Policy-based Routing Feature" section).

Assign an IP address on the interface and bring the interface up before you apply a route map on the interface for policy-based routing.

If you configure VDCs, install the Advanced Services license and enter the desired VDC (see to the Cisco NX-OS Virtual Device Context Configuration Guide).

Guidelines and Limitations

Policy-based routing has the following guidelines and limitations:

A policy-based routing route map can have only one match or set statement per route-map statement.

A policy-based routing route map cannot have more than one match and one set command in a route-map entry.

A match command cannot refer to more than one ACL in a route map used for policy-based routing.

An ACL used in a policy-based routing route map cannot include a deny statement.

The same route map can be shared among different interfaces for policy-based routing as long as the interfaces belong to the same VRF.

Configuring Policy-Based Routing

This section contains the following topics:

Enabling the Policy-based Routing Feature

Configuring a Route Policy


Note If you are familiar with the Cisco IOS CLI, be aware that the Cisco NX-OS commands for this feature might differ from the Cisco IOS commands that you would use.


Enabling the Policy-based Routing Feature

You must enable the policy-based routing feature before you can configure a route policy.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Ensure that you are in the correct VDC (or use the switchto vdc command).

SUMMARY STEPS

1. config t

2. feature pbr

3. show feature

4. copy running-config startup-config

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

config t


Example:

switch# config t

switch(config)#

Enters configuration mode.

Step 2 

feature pbr


Example:

switch(config)# feature pbr

Enables the policy-based routing feature.

Step 3 

show feature


Example:

switch(config)# show feature

(Optional) Displays enabled and disabled features.

Step 4 

copy running-config startup-config


Example:

switch(config)# copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Saves this configuration change.

Use the no feature pbr command to disable the policy-based routing feature and remove all associated configuration.

Command
Purpose

no feature pbr


Example:

switch(config)# no feature pbr

Disables the policy-based routing feature and removes all associated configuration.


Configuring a Route Policy

You can use route maps in policy-based routing to assign routing policies to the inbound interface. See "Configuring Route Maps" section on page 16-11.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. config t

2. interface type slot/port

3. ip policy route-map map-name

or

4. ipv6 policy route-map map-nam

5. exit

6. copy running-config startup-config

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

config t


Example:

switch# config t

switch(config)#

Enters configuration mode.

Step 2 

interface type slot/port


Example:

switch(config)# interface ethernet 1/2

switch(config-if)#

Enters interface configuration mode.

Step 3 

ip policy route-map map-name


Example:

switch(config-if)# ip policy route-map Testmap

Assigns a route map for IPv4 policy-based routing to the interface.

ipv6 policy route-map map-name


Example:

switch(config-if)# ipv6 policy route-map TestIPv6map

Assigns a route map for IPv6 policy-based routing to the interface.

Step 4 

exit


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# exit

(Optional) Exits route-map configuration mode.

Step 5 

exit


Example:

switch(config)# exit

(Optional) Exits route-map configuration mode.

Step 6 

copy running-config startup-config


Example:

switch# copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Saves this configuration change.

The following example shows how to add a route map to an interface:

switch# config t

switch(config)# interface ethernet 1/2

switch(config-if)# ip policy route-map Testmap

switch(config)# exit

switch(config)# copy running-config startup-config


You can configure the following optional match parameters for route maps in route-map configuration mode:

Command
Purpose

match ip address access-list-name name [name...]


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# match ip address access-list-name ACL1

Match an IPv4 address against one or more IP access control lists (ACLs). This command is used for policy-based routing and ignored by route filtering or redistribution.

match ipv6 address access-list-name name [name...]


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# match ipv6 address access-list-name ACLv6

Match an IPv6 address against one or more IPv6 ACLs. This command is used for policy-based routing and ignored by route filtering or redistribution.

match length min max


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# match length 64 1500

Match against the length of the packet. This command is used for policy-based routing.


You can configure the following optional set parameters for route maps in route-map configuration mode:

Command
Purpose

set ip next-hop address1 [address2...] {load-share | peer-address}


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# set ip next-hop 192.0.2.1

Sets the IPv4 next-hop address for policy-based routing. This command uses the first valid next-hop address if multiple addresses are configured.

Use the optional load-share keyword to load balance traffic across up to 16 next-hop addresses.

set ip default next-hop address1 [address2...] {load-share}


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# set ip default next-hop 192.0.2.2

Sets the IPv4 next-hop address for policy-based routing when there is no explicit route to a destination. This command uses the first valid next-hop address if multiple addresses are configured.

Use the optional load-share keyword to load balance traffic across up to 16 next-hop addresses.

set ipv6 next-hop address1 [address2...] {load-share | peer-address}


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# set ipv6 next-hop 2001:0DB8::1

Sets the IPv6 next-hop address for policy-based routing. This command uses the first valid next-hop address if multiple addresses are configured.

Use the optional load-share keyword to load balance traffic across up to 16 next-hop addresses.

set ipv6 default next-hop address1 [address2...]


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# set ipv6 default next-hop 2001:0DB8::2

Sets the IPv6 next-hop address for policy-based routing when there is no explicit route to a destination. This command uses the first valid next-hop address if multiple addresses are configured.

set vrf vrf-name


Example:

switch(config-route-map)# set vrf MainVRF

Sets the VRF for next-hop resolution.


Cisco NX-OS routes the packet as soon as it finds a next hop and an interface.

Verifying Policy-Based Routing Configuration

To display policy-based routing configuration information, perform one of the following tasks:

Command
Purpose

show [ip | ipv6] policy [name]

Displays information about an IPv4 or IPv6 policy

show route-map [name] pbr-statistics

Displays policy statistics.


Use the route-map map-name pbr-statistics to enable policy statistics. Use the clear route-map map-name pbr-statistics to clear these policy statistics

Policy Based-Routing Example Configuration

This example shows how to configure a simple route policy on an interface.

feature pbr
ip access-list 1 permit ip 192.0.2.1 
! 
 interface ethernet 1/2 
  ip policy route-map equal-access 
 route-map equal-access permit 10 
  match ip address 1 
   set ip default next-hop 192.0.2.10 

Related Topics

The following topics can give more information on Policy Based Routing:

Chapter 16, "Configuring Route Policy Manager"

Default Settings

Table 17-1 lists the default settings for Policy-base routing parameters.

Table 17-1 Default Policy-based Routing Parameters 

Parameters
Default

Policy-based routing

disabled


Additional References

For additional information related to implementing IP, see the following sections:

Related Documents

Standards

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Policy-based routing CLI commands

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Unicast Routing Command Reference

VDCs and VRFs

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Virtual Device Context Configuration Guide, Release 4.x


Standards

Standards
Title

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


Feature History for Policy-Based Routing

Table 17-2 lists the release history for this feature.

Table 17-2 Feature History for Policy-Based Routing 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

IPv6 policies

4.2(1)

Added support for IPv6 policies.

policy-based routing

4.0(1)

This feature was introduced.