Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) policy accounting (PA) measures and classifies IP traffic that is sent to, or received from,
different peers. Policy accounting was previously available on an input interface only. The BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface
Accounting feature introduces several extensions to enable BGP PA on an output interface and to include accounting based on
a source address for both input and output traffic on an interface. Counters based on parameters such as community list, autonomous
system number, or autonomous system path are assigned to identify the IP traffic.
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Prerequisites for BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
Before using the BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface Accounting feature, you must enable BGP and Cisco Express Forwarding
or distributed CEF on the router.
Information About BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
Policy accounting using BGP measures and classifies IP traffic that is sent to, or received from, different peers. Originally,
BGP PA was available on an input interface only. BGP PA output interface accounting introduces several extensions to enable
BGP PA on an output interface and to include accounting based on a source address for both input and output traffic on an
interface. Counters based on parameters such as community list, autonomous system number, or autonomous system path are assigned
to identify the IP traffic.
Using the BGP
table-map command, prefixes added to the routing table are classified by BGP attribute, autonomous system number, or autonomous system
path. Packet and byte counters are incremented per input or output interface. A Cisco policy-based classifier maps the traffic
into one of eight possible buckets that represent different traffic classes.
Using BGP PA, you can account for traffic according to its origin or the route it traverses. Service providers (SPs) can
identify and account for all traffic by customer and can bill accordingly. In the figure below, BGP PA can be implemented
in Router A to measure packet and byte volumes in autonomous system buckets. Customers are billed appropriately for traffic
that is routed from a domestic, international, or satellite source.
BGP policy accounting using autonomous system numbers can be used to improve the design of network circuit peering and transit
agreements between Internet service providers (ISPs).
Benefits of BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
Accounting for IP Traffic Differentially
BGP policy accounting classifies IP traffic by autonomous system number, autonomous system path, or community list string,
and increments packet and byte counters. Policy accounting can also be based on the source address. Service providers can
account for traffic and apply billing according to the origin of the traffic or the route that specific traffic traverses.
Efficient Network Circuit Peering and Transit Agreement Design
Implementing BGP policy accounting on an edge router can highlight potential design improvements for peering and transit agreements.
How to Conrigure BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
Specifying the Match Criteria for BGP PA
The first task in configuring BGP PA is to specify the criteria that must be matched. Community lists, autonomous system
paths, or autonomous system numbers are examples of BGP attributes that can be specified and subsequently matched using a
route map. Perform this task to specify the BGP attribute to use for BGP PA and to create the match criteria in a route map.
Enters route-map configuration mode and defines the conditions for policy routing.
map-name argument identifies a route map.
deny keywords work with the match and set criteria to control how the packets are accounted for.
sequence-number argument indicates the position that a new route map is to have in the list of route maps already configured with the same
Router(config-route-map)# match community-list 30
Matches a BGP community.
Device(config-route-map)# set traffic-index 2
Indicates where to output packets that pass a match clause of a route map for BGP policy accounting.
Exits route-map configuration mode and returns to global configuration mode.
Classifying the IP Traffic and Enabling BGP PA
After a route map has been defined to specify match criteria, you must configure a way to classify the IP traffic before
enabling BGP policy accounting.
table-map command, BGP classifies each prefix that it adds to the routing table according to the match criteria. When the
bgp-policyaccounting command is configured on an interface, BGP policy accounting is enabled.
Perform this task to classify the IP traffic and enable BGP policy accounting.
bgp-policyaccounting [input |
Command or Action
Enables privileged EXEC mode.
Enter your password if prompted.
Device# configure terminal
Enters global configuration mode.
Device(config)# router bgp 65000
Configures a BGP routing process and enters router configuration mode for the specified routing process.
as-number argument identifies a BGP autonomous system number.
Device(config-router)# table-map set_bucket
Classifies BGP prefixes entered in the routing table.
showipcef command with the
detail keyword to learn which accounting bucket is assigned to a specified prefix.
In this example, the output is displayed for the prefix 192.168.5.0. It shows that accounting bucket number 4 (traffic_index
4) is assigned to this prefix.
Device# show ip cef 192.168.5.0 detail
192.168.5.0/24, version 21, cached adjacency to POS7/2
0 packets, 0 bytes, traffic_index 4
via 10.14.1.1, 0 dependencies, recursive
next hop 10.14.1.1, POS7/2 via 10.14.1.0/30
valid cached adjacency
showipbgp command for the same prefix used in Step 1--192.168.5.0--to learn which community is assigned to this prefix.
In this example, the output is displayed for the prefix 192.168.5.0. It shows that the community of 100:197 is assigned to
Device# show ip bgp 192.168.5.0
BGP routing table entry for 192.168.5.0/24, version 2
Paths: (1 available, best #1)
Not advertised to any peer
10.14.1.1 from 10.14.1.1 (18.104.22.168)
Origin IGP, metric 0, localpref 100, valid, external, best
Displays the state of BGP policy accounting on a specified interface.
In this example, the output shows that BGP policy accounting has been configured to be based on input traffic at Fast Ethernet
Device# show cef interface Fast Ethernet 1/0/0
FastEthernet1/0/0 is up (if_number 6)
Corresponding hwidb fast_if_number 6
Corresponding hwidb firstsw->if_number 6
Internet address is 10.1.1.1/24
ICMP redirects are always sent
Per packet load-sharing is disabled
IP unicast RPF check is disabled
Inbound access list is not set
Outbound access list is not set
IP policy routing is disabled
BGP based policy accounting on input is enabled
BGP based policy accounting on output is disabled
Hardware idb is FastEthernet1/0/0 (6)
Software idb is FastEthernet1/0/0 (6)
Fast switching type 1, interface type 18
IP Distributed CEF switching enabled
IP Feature Fast switching turbo vector
IP Feature CEF switching turbo vector
Input fast flags 0x100, Output fast flags 0x0, Flags 0x0
Slot 1 Slot unit 0 VC -1
Transmit limit accumulator 0xE8001A82 (0xE8001A82)
IP MTU 1500
Configuration Examples for BGP PA Output Interface Accounting
Example: Specifying the Match Criteria for BGP Policy Accounting
In the following example, BGP communities are specified in community lists, and a route map named set_bucket is configured
to match each of the community lists to a specific accounting bucket using the
ip community-list 30 permit 100:190
ip community-list 40 permit 100:198
ip community-list 50 permit 100:197
ip community-list 60 permit 100:296
route-map set_bucket permit 10
match community 30
set traffic-index 2
route-map set_bucket permit 20
match community 40
set traffic-index 3
route-map set_bucket permit 30
match community 50
set traffic-index 4
route-map set_bucket permit 40
match community 60
set traffic-index 5
Example: Classifying the IP Traffic and Enabling BGP Policy Accounting
In the following example, BGP policy accounting is enabled on POS interface 7/0 and the
table-map command is used to modify the bucket number when the IP routing table is updated with routes learned from BGP:
router bgp 65000
network 10.15.1.0 mask 255.255.255.0
neighbor 10.14.1.1 remote-as 65100
ip bgp-community new-format
ip address 10.15.1.2 255.255.255.0
no ip directed-broadcast
clock source internal
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Feature Information for BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface Accounting
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Table 1. Feature Information for BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface Accounting
BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface Accounting
Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1
BGP policy accounting (PA)measures and classifies IP traffic that is sent to, or received from, different peers. Policy accounting
was previously available on an input interface only. The BGP Policy Accounting Output Interface Accounting feature introduces
several extensions to enable BGP PA on an output interface and to include accounting based on a source address for both input
and output traffic on an interface. Counters based on parameters such as community list, autonomous system number, or autonomous
system path are assigned to identify the IP traffic.
The following commands were introduced or modified: