Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How to configure service instance in EVC architecture?

How to configure a service instance in Cisco ME switches
Switch (config)# interface gigabitethernet0/10
Switch (config-if)# switchport mode trunk
Switch (config-if)# switchport trunk allowed vlan none
Switch (config-if)# service instance 101 Ethernet
Switch (config-if-srv)# encapsulation dot1q 102
Switch (config-if-srv)# bridge-domain 103

Remember Golden Rules While Configuring Service Instance
1.Service instance port cannot be configured as switch port.
2.Service instance port always a trunk port with no vlans allowed.
3.Bridge-domain and dot1q number could be same or different as encapsulation doesn’t affect on forwarding traffic.
4.Vlans fall under encapsulation doesn’t effect on the router vlan database as those are local to that service instance only.

Understand the configuration of service instance
“service instance 101 Ethernet” in this line 101 is the id which is local identifier of the service instance.
encapsulation dot1q 102” matches incoming vlan under this service instance. It could be one vlan or range of vlans.
“bridge-domain 103” adding the service instance into the bridge domain number 103. 103 is the identifier which could be ranging from 1 to 8000. Number of bridge domain support depends on the license.

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us vpn said...

This short guide on how to configure a service instance in Cisco ME switches helped me a lot. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Marshal Drake said...

The line Switch (config-if)# switchport trunk allowed vlan none and Switch (config-if-srv)# encapsulation dot1q 102 is really good. I'm still new to this job so I get ideas from blogs. Thanks for sharing.

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