Feature Request: ECMP Path Monitoring

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Feature Request: ECMP Path Monitoring

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We are currently using ECMP to load balance to our two ISPs. Which works great. However since there is no path monitoring(Unless you set static routes). If something happens upstream and your peer doesn't go down the PANs will happily keep sending data out that interface without batting an eye. Causing half your customers to be very unhappy. If path monitoring was available this would fix a lot of problems I think.  

Also I would be happy to hear any suggestions on other ways to do this. The idea is to load balance between two ISPs and if there's a problem upstream to force all traffic through the other interface until it comes back up. 

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Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

@Aewald785,

If you want to actually put in a feature request you'll need to reach out to your SE and have them officially add it for you. 

Your kind of expected to have two routes defined and just use the route path monitoring for this scenario to actually handle the failover. 

 

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

Hi @Aewald785 ,

 

If you are not using static routes, you probably are using BGP with the default route only, the ISP should remove the default route if they have problems upstream.  You bring up a good point.  How many ISPs don't remove the default if they have issues?  If that is the case, what is the advantage of BGP over static routes if the dynamic default route doesn't work or if you cannot receive the full Internet routing table?

 

I really wanted to come up with a way to use BGP conditional advertisement to solve your problem, but it will remove the advertisement and not the local route.  https://knowledgebase.paloaltonetworks.com/KCSArticleDetail?id=kA10g000000ClEUCA0

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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@TomYoung 
Yep! That's exactly what's happening.

I've been trying to figure out a good way to do this. I've seen plenty of posts on load balancing with PBF rules, but that's not true load balancing and not very dynamic. I like that thought process with the conditional advertisement though, it was a good idea! 

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

Hi @Aewald785 ,

 

If your ISP does not reliably remove the default route when they have issues, you can remove BGP and use static routes with path monitoring.  I wouldn't use PBF.  Static routes are more straightforward.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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