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Configuration Guide - VPN 01

NE05E and NE08E V300R003C10SPC500

This is NE05E and NE08E V300R003C10SPC500 Configuration Guide - VPN
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Configuring VPLS PW Redundancy

Configuring VPLS PW Redundancy

Configuring VPLS PW redundancy improves PW switching efficiency and minimizes the impact of device faults on services.

Usage Scenario

Using VPLS to establish a Metro Ethernet that carries high-speed Internet (HSI), voice over IP (VoIP), Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), mobile backhaul, business applications, and other services has become a trend for large service providers. This trend imposes higher requirements for VPLS reliability. The ME 1.3 solution, also called the VPLS aggregation solution, uses E-VRRP to implement network convergence. Compared with the VPLS PW redundancy solution, the ME 1.3 solution provides higher convergence speed, but has the following disadvantages:

  • Some features are Huawei-specific, and therefore cannot be used when Huawei devices communicate with non-Huawei devices.
  • Additional configurations, such as mVSIs and mPWs, are required, consuming a lot of network resources.
  • PWs cannot be manually switched in the PW protection group on a UPE. PW switching on a UPE can only be triggered by the VRRP switching of NPEs.
  • The ME 1.3 solution is complex.

VPLS PW redundancy, which is in compliance with draft-ietf-pwe3-redundancy-02, does not have the preceding disadvantages and is therefore a better way to ensure VPLS reliability.

  • Only PWE3 VPLS supports PW redundancy.

  • When configuring VPLS PW redundancy, be sure to configure the primary and secondary PW parameters consistently. Otherwise, the secondary PW may fail to take over services when the primary PW fails.

VPLS PW redundancy has two networking scenarios:

  • HVPLS: is best suited for multicast services, such as IPTV. This is because service traffic transmitted by CEs at the point of presence (POP) layer are advertised by PEs to all PWs. As HVPLS uses a hierarchical architecture, it requires fewer PWs and less bandwidth between SPEs and NPEs, as compared with common VPLS. Figure 9-13 shows an HVPLS networking scenario.

  • VPLS accessing VPWS: is best suited for unicast services, such as HSI, VoIP, and mobile backhaul. When VPWS is configured on NPEs, the NPEs do not need to learn MAC addresses of user terminals. Figure 9-14 shows a VPLS accessing VPWS networking scenario.

Figure 9-13 VPLS PW redundancy in an HVPLS networking scenario
Figure 9-14 VPLS PW redundancy in a VPLS accessing VPWS networking scenario

To use VPLS PW redundancy to ensure network reliability, note the following:

  • To speed up IPTV service convergence, configure the secondary PW to forward IGMP packets and learn which users join multicast groups.
  • If services need to be terminated on PWs and access the Layer 3 network, consider the impact of PW switching on services on the Layer 3 network.

Pre-configuration Tasks

Before configuring VPLS PW redundancy, complete the following tasks:

  • Configure IP addresses and an Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) on PEs.

  • Establish public network tunnels between PEs.

    The public network tunnels can be:

    • LDP LSPs: To establish LDP LSPs, enable MPLS and MPLS LDP both globally and per interface on each node of the public network. If two PEs are indirectly connected, establish a remote LDP session between them.

    • TE tunnels: To establish TE tunnels, enable MPLS, MPLS TE, and RSVP-TE globally and per interface on each node of the public network, and enable CSPF in the MPLS view of the ingress of each tunnel to be created.


      Because pseudo wire emulation edge-to-edge (PWE3) uses LDP to assign VPN labels, you must globally enable MPLS LDP on PEs and establish MPLS LDP sessions if TE tunnels are used as public tunnels.

      If the public tunnels are not LDP LSPs, you must configure tunnel policies and apply them to these public tunnels.

  • Enable MPLS L2VPN on PEs.

Configuration Procedures

Figure 9-15 Flowchart for configuring VPLS PW redundancy
Updated: 2019-01-14

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