Cisco – Basic Policy Based Routing

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Link between R1-2 is

link between R1-4 is

Link between R2-4 is

Link between R2-3 is

R1 has a loopback of

R3 has a loopback of

We want our traffic to go from router 3 (far right) to router 4, then to router 1. We need to apply this PBR at router 2 since that is where the traffic will ingress.

First configure an access list to catch the traffic you want to apply the PBR to

iosv2#  access-list 101 permit ip host host

This will match any IP packets from to

The implicit deny will match all other and those will be routed normally.

Now we need to create a route map

route-map PBR permit
match ip address 101
set ip next-hop

What we just did:

First we create a routemap with the name PBR,

Then we tell it to apply this PBR to the IP Packets matched in access-list 101

Then we tell it which next-hop the matched IP packets will take.

 int g0/3
ip policy route-map PBR

Now we apply the PBR to the ingress interface. ( where the traffic first comes into this router from)

Now by running debug ip policy on router 2 I can verify if packets are being PBR’d

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Machine generated alternative text: d:l.l I I, len 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 _ 969: 01 01:04; 17 _1S9; _ 164; s-10.0 5—10 . 3—3.3. s—3.3 3—3.3. s—3.3. 3—3.3 s—3.3. (GigabitEthernetO/3) , (GigabitEthernetO/3) , (GigabitEthernetO/3) , (GigabitEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tSthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi , (Gigabi tSthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi , (Gigabi tSthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi tEthernetO/3) , (Gigabi , d:l.l I d—l.l.l , len 100. 100, 100, 100, 100, FIB FIB FIB policy policy rejected (no rejected rejected rejected rejected match) match) routed routed routed routed route. — normal normal — normal forwarding forwarding f O rvarding , len 100, , Len 100, , len 100, , len 100, , 100, RIB policy match 1.1, 100, PBR counted 1, g-lo.o.o.l, Len 100, policy FIB policy match PBR counted d—l.l.1 1, FIO.O.O.I, len 100, FIB policy 1.1, 100, FIB policy match 100, PER Counted I, Len 100, FIB policy FIB match d—l.l.1 1, len 100, PBR counted FIO.O.O.I, len 100, FIB policy 1.1, 100, po match PER Counted 7-, len 100, FIB policy

The first ping was from the closest interface ( not the loopback ( It didn’t match our ACL (101) so it was routed normally.

When I did a second ping from the source of with a dest of 1.1.11. it was successful in routing it with the PBR.

The most important thing to be aware of is that PBR can notice if a line interface is down, you do NOT need to track that with IP SLA and tracking. If I have a PBR that routes traffic to g0/1 and g0/1 goes down, PBR will pass the traffic back to be normally routed. This means if I had another path, I would be able to automatically use it with a dynamic routing protocol. 

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