I've been handed a project, and I'm familiar but not experienced enough to make a solid decision on this. I'm actually on the firewall side of things. We've lost our lead engineer and I'm wondering if someone can help with a sample of what would be the best setup for this. I know that OSPF would be for the LAN, and HSRP for failover between the routers on each side, but not sure about the rest of what the customer is wanting. I've included their write-up as well as the diagram:

The customer decided that it needed a redundant WAN topology to ensure that Minneapolis users have a secondary path to the main datacenter in Chicago. To do this, they purchased a private fiber line between sites. Currently, the private fiber is the primary path between Chicago and Minneapolis. Static routing is in place today to steer traffic over this line. The network director has decided that static routing is not the answer and in order to automate failover/failback between WAN paths, routing protocols should be leveraged. BGP is already in use with the MPLS provider between the CE and PE routers and this cannot be changed. You have control over all devices with the exception of the PE router. The customer has decided that eBGP, iBGP and OSPF can be used (one or a combination of all 3) and all static routes must be removed. Customer requires that the primary path be the Private fiber and secondary path be the MPLS. Minneapolis also needs to receive a default route from Chicago for internet access.

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  • Are you actually running EIGRP between the CE and PE, as is shown in the drawing? More likely, you are running BGP between the CE and PE, as you claim in the text. That makes a big difference.
    – Ron Maupin
    May 25, 2017 at 21:10
  • Yes sir. They are running BGP. Thanks for taking a look.
    – S. Tariq
    May 25, 2017 at 21:21

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If you are running EIGRP over the leased line, then the routes over that link will have an AD of 90. If the routes from the PE come to the CE via iBGP, then the AD will be 200 for those. The routes received from EIGRP will naturally be preferred over those received from iBGP. That means that your scenario will work out without any changes or routing policies, and the network should fail over from the leased line to the MPLS connection automatically, and go back when EIGRP is reestablished once the leased line comes back up.

The same holds true for OSPF (AD 110) and iBGP (AD 200). The only hitch would be with eBGP (different ASes) which has an AD of 20 (lower than other routing protocols).

If, on the other hand, you are running EIGRP between the CE and PE as is shown in the drawing, then you can decrease the bandwidth or increase the delay (really only labels) on the CE interface toward the PE, and you will then prefer the routes received from the leased line.

  • Sir thank you so much. I truly appreciate the clarification. If you or anyone else can think of anything else to consider, please feel free with your input. Huge help! Also, the default routing for internet from Chicago to MSP for internet, what would be the best for that? Again, thank you so much for this.
    – S. Tariq
    May 25, 2017 at 21:26
  • You can have the WAN router inject a default route into your routing protocol.
    – Ron Maupin
    May 25, 2017 at 21:27
  • Gotcha. Thanks again sir, damn genius' out there! Truly appreciate this as I've been wracking my head on this and worried about presenting.
    – S. Tariq
    May 25, 2017 at 21:33
  • If this answers your question, you should accept the answer so that the question doesn't keep popping up forever, looking for an answer.
    – Ron Maupin
    May 26, 2017 at 2:27
  • Sorry. I'll close as this is answered. Noob to this board. As soon as I figure out how.
    – S. Tariq
    May 26, 2017 at 11:14

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