How to Link an Explicit Route to the LSP Using Junos - dummies

How to Link an Explicit Route to the LSP Using Junos

By Walter J. Goralski, Cathy Gadecki, Michael Bushong

When you use RSVP, the basic configuration uses the underlying IGP to calculate the LSP route. That is, the LSP travels whatever route the IGP selects. In some cases, however, you may want traffic to pass through a particular node.

ERO scenario topology.
ERO scenario topology.

This particular topology has a single ingress point and a single egress point in the MPLS core. Traffic that comes from the corporate headquarters is passed to branch sites. The site in New York has more latency-sensitive traffic than Boston. You want to make sure that the New York traffic takes the faster route while the Boston traffic takes the road less traveled.

To make sure that traffic is separated in a particular way, you want to set up static routes that basically say, “If the traffic is destined for New York, then use an explicit route.”

After you’ve configured a static route and created an LSP, the next task is to make sure that all traffic destined for New York travels through the LSP you just created. What you’re really doing is specifying that all New York-bound traffic use the LSP as its next hop and allow all forwarding decisions after that to be made based on the LSP.

To link the route to the LSP, use the lsp-next-hop statement with the static route configuration:

[edit routing-options]
static {
   route {
      lsp-next-hop ny-traffic;

When traffic comes in with a destination address of, the router associates that traffic with the LSP, and it forwards the traffic to the next hop in the LSP.