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On 1/11/2013, at 5:00 pm, Nathan Ward <nznog(a)daork.net> wrote:
On 1/11/2013, at 10:17 AM, Alexander Neilson
We have recently made some major changes at $DAYJOB with our connectivity to the outside
world and our peering.
One of the things we have taken on is a 1Gbps APE peering port and Upgraded out WIX port
While I find often our inbound traffic takes a fairly efficient path (usually - tho
$TRANSITPROVIDER seems to cut prepends and possibly even disaggregates some prefixes (tho
this could be something hanging around)) our outbound does seem to be less efficient,
especially where APE is concerned.
It would be very unusual for a transit provider to deaggregate your prefixes, or tamper
with the AS_PATH you present them. Have you confirmed your assumptions by looking at some
international looking glasses? I like route-views.oregon-ix.net
I was wanting to take some feedback on this and get input. I didn’t want to besmirch the
name of our providers until I had checked all the settings and made sure they had all
taken effect before I accuse anyone of fiddling. I always want to test first before I
point fingers at named targets.
is also a very useful resource, if you have Java installed
Thank you for this and other recommendations from people about getting route views I can
inspect. They have been better than my haphazard identification of useful services
Another tip, get a subscription to http://www.bgpmon.net/
I have a free sub to this. However I need to tweak my settings, at the moment anything
else is being hidden by the swamp of no delegation authority found which while I will get
that done its not the first thing on my priority list.
I am currently testing an adaption where I only
accept shorter prefixes from $TRANSITPROVIDER and a default route (to avoid blackholing)
the domestic transit doesn’t have a “default route” option and I want to avoid pushing
domestic traffic over International if it only has a long prefix to match and isn’t
Would anyone be willing to provide me some tips / tricks / advise / examples of what they
do with BGP (or some good resources) that I can use to improve the routing table I use in
What are you looking to do? Reduce your routing table size?
My aims are multi faceted:
* utilise peering connections most effectively / support and encourage peering
* give my customers the best experience possible making use of the best path
* make the best use of capacity (1Gbps peering link beats out any transit link)
I am not worried about the size of my routing table, part of the router upgrades was to be
able to take multiple full tables plus some public peering links and still be nowhere near
router maximum performance so I can try new things / improve our own routing setup
internally (thank you to everyone who let me know how bad our null routing etc is)
Under the old routers I was worried about even logging into them in case I broke it.
I haven't come across any instances where choosing a domestic route instead of an
international one caused a problem, in a number of years. Last time I remember it, someone
had taken a /24 out of a University /16 to Germany, and it caused problems for the
individual using it there.
Given that, maybe you'd do well running default+domestic?
I've got a few pretty complete NZ+international routing tables, I'm sure it
wouldn't be hard to see if there's any international prefixes that are subnets of
NZ prefixes. In fact, tonight after I've had a beer I'm going to give it a go.
One of my next phases is to deploy a VM in our BGP sessions so I can grab hold of this
data and have a chance to explore and deeper analyse this stuff
It's hard to say without the variables in this email being expanded, BTW :-)
As I say above I have made some “seems to” accusations that I wanted to not publicly name
them (as I still have the basic assumption that I have made a mistake rather than enemy
action by provider) however I will happily expand the variables off list and make sure I
point out that I don’t have enough evidence to say for sure.
Can people let me know if its common in NZ for transit providers to allow the use of BGP
Communities to manage how they respond to your announcements?
also is it normal to have access (as a customer) direct to any console / looking glass
etc? ( I have to email the routing team for anything and that seems a little odd to me )
Also does anyone have NZ Provider looking glass
servers (not the NZIX as I know and use them) where I can see how other domestic providers
see my announced routes and how it appears to them (so I can make changes and test but
also see what I am being seen as)?
I tend to ask people what they see - I'm not aware of any public LGs in NZ.
Happy to look on AS9500 and another AS hanging off Vocus/Maxnet which I've forgotten
the number for, if you give me some prefixes.
I will provide the prefixes off list for the reasons above.
Thank you very much in advance for any help. Off
list replies are welcomed and possibly better to avoid clogging up the list if people
think this is too basic a request for here.