This entry details the config for setting up and deploying VRFs on a Ruckus ICX 7250. Recently I had an issue where a client had a new ISP and that ISP gave them the Customer WAN /30 subnet, then routed their Customer LAN subnet (Public usable addresses) to their side of the /30. The customer did not want any extra equipment installed like a router to handle the WAN routing, so the next best thing was to split the Ruckus 7250 switch into a WAN/LAN router – One switch to rule them all! The VRF feature is in Ruckus’s Layer 3 Premium feature set so a license will be needed. In this scenario the 7250 is the local gateway for all Vlans – so local LAN routing, and the Internet router.
Of course there are a lot of problems with the following design, like single point of failure, but its a small site, with 1 48 port switch, Fortigate firewall and cloud Voip SD-WAN router. The purpose of this design is to allow the Voip SD-WAN solution to be outside the firewall, so using the 7250 for both LAN/WAN routing really and it worked well. If the ISP would have not required a customer routing device we would have just setup a Internet-Vlan, set Fortigate/INSpeed to public IPs, and placed them in that vlan. But, the ISP is requiring a routing device in this instance.
Here is the design.
I think the ICX series supported VRFs when it was running Brocade firmware, but I would recommend upgrading to Ruckus’s ICX firmware – Version number SPR08080 or greater. Of course the device has to be running the Routing firmware not the switching code. The VRF feature is in Ruckus’s Layer 3 Premium feature set so a license will be needed.
First lets enable the VRF, and increase the amount of routes.
These commands will enable the VRF functionality and it will need you to reboot.
Next we can start configuring our VRF. In this case my /30 will be 188.8.131.52/29 – so .1 will be the ISP, .2 will be us. I will setup the routes for the VRF, and then the Vlan interface and apply the /30. There is a keyword in the VE config to make sure its associated to a given VRF. Within the VRF config you need to specifcy the Route Identifier – only matters locally.
vrf INTERNET-VRF rd 11:11 ip router-id 184.108.40.206 address-family ipv4 ip route 0.0.0.0/0 220.127.116.11 exit-address-family exit-vrf
vlan 300 name INTERNET-VRF by port — My WAN Vlan for Fortigate WAN and SD-WAN router WAN interface. The Customer LAN Subnet goes here. untagged ethe 1/1/19 ethe 2/1/23 router-interface ve 300 spanning-tree 802-1w spanning-tree 802-1w priority 4094 ! vlan 400 name ISP-VRF by port — /30 ISP network untagged ethe 1/1/24 router-interface ve 400 !
interface ve 400 vrf forwarding ISP-VRF – This is the command to associate the VE to the VRF ip address 18.104.22.168/30
interface ve 300 vrf forwarding INTERNET-VRF – This is the command to associate the VE to the VRF ip address 22.214.171.124/29
Here is a subset of my user config – Vlan 40 – this is where most of the desktops go, and the gateway in this case 10.6.40.1/24 lives on the switch, on the default VRF.
vlan 40 name Computers by port untagged ethe 1/1/1 to 1/1/18 ethe 1/1/21 ethe 2/1/1 to 2/1/18 ethe 2/1/22 router-interface ve 40 spanning-tree 802-1w spanning-tree 802-1w priority 4094 ! ! show run int ve 40 interface ve 40 ip address 10.6.40.1 255.255.252.0
ip helper-address 1 10.6.10.10
Thats it! A show IP route of the default VRF (Switching VRF) shows:
#show ip route Total number of IP routes: 9 Type Codes – B:BGP D:Connected O:OSPF R:RIP S:Static; Cost – Dist/Metric BGP Codes – i:iBGP e:eBGP OSPF Codes – i:Inter Area 1:External Type 1 2:External Type 2 Destination Gateway Port Cost Type Upti me 1 0.0.0.0/0 10.6.254.2 ve 254 1/1 S 1d17 h — This is the Fortigate 2 10.6.0.0/22 DIRECT ve 1 0/0 D 1d17 h 3 10.6.10.0/24 DIRECT ve 10 0/0 D 21h4 m 4 10.6.40.0/22 DIRECT ve 40 0/0 D 1d17 h 5 10.6.100.0/24 DIRECT ve 100 0/0 D 1d18 h 6 10.6.254.0/24 DIRECT ve 254 0/0 D 1d17 h 7 172.16.6.0/29 DIRECT ve 650 0/0 D 1m5s 8 192.168.6.0/24 DIRECT ve 1 0/0 D 1d17 h 9 192.168.100.0/24 172.16.6.1 ve 650 1/1 S 1m4s
But, if we specifcally show the Internet-VRF routes:
#show ip route vrf INTERNET-VRF Total number of IP routes: 3 Type Codes – B:BGP D:Connected O:OSPF R:RIP S:Static; Cost – Dist/Metric BGP Codes – i:iBGP e:eBGP OSPF Codes – i:Inter Area 1:External Type 1 2:External Type 2 Destination Gateway Port Cost Type Uptime 1 0.0.0.0/0 126.96.36.199 ve 400 1/1 S 21h4m 2 188.8.131.52/30 DIRECT ve 300 0/0 D 20h57m 3 184.108.40.206/29 DIRECT ve 400 0/0 D 21h5m
And there we have it, the devices is now in two VRFs, a default and INTERNET-VRF with specific interfaces assigned to it. If you want to test pinging from that VRF specifically you can use the following commands:
#ping vrf INTERNET-VRF 220.127.116.11 Sending 1, 16-byte ICMP Echo to 18.104.22.168, timeout 5000 msec, TTL 64 Type Control-c to abort Reply from 22.214.171.124 : bytes=16 time=1ms TTL=122 Success rate is 100 percent (1/1), round-trip min/avg/max=1/1/1 ms.
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