Layer 3 Topology preparation
The layer 3 topology used in this example will use external border gateway protocol (eBGP) as well as ECMP.
In order to correctly configure this topology, several things need to be considered and planned.
BGP ASN configuration
When eBGP is used, an autonomous system number (ASN) is assigned to each switch. Valid private, 2-byte
ASNs range from 64512 through 65534. Figure 14 shows the ASN assignments used for leaf and spine
switches in the BGP examples in this guide.
ASNs should follow a logical pattern for ease of administration and allow for growth as additional leaf and
spine switches are added. In this example, an ASN with a "6" in the hundreds place represents a spine switch
(e.g., 64601), and an ASN with a "7" in the hundreds place represents a leaf switch (e.g., 64701).
Note: The same ASN can be used across all tier-2 spine switches if the growth plans do not require an
additional layer of spine switches.
Loopback addresses may be used as router IDs when configuring routing protocols. As with ASNs, loopback
addresses should follow a logical pattern that will make it easier for administrators to manage the network and
allow for growth. Figure 15 shows the loopback addresses used as router IDs in the example provided.
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BGP ASN assignments