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Cisco Bug: CSCur63873 - L2CP packets over H-VPLS not replicated by ME-3600 when it acts as NPE

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Sep 14, 2019

Products (25)

  • Cisco ME 3600X Series Ethernet Access Switches
  • Cisco ASR 901-6CZ-FS-D Router
  • Cisco ASR 901-6CZ-F-D Router
  • Cisco ASR 901S-4SG-F-D Router
  • Cisco ME 3600X-24TS-M Switch
  • Cisco ASR 901-4C-FT-D Router
  • Cisco ASR 901S-2SG-F-AH Router
  • Cisco ASR 901S-2SG-F-D Router
  • Cisco ASR 901-6CZ-F-A Router
  • Cisco ASR 901-6CZ-FT-A Router
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Layer 2 Control Plane packets (STP / CDP) are not forwarded when ME-3600X box is acting like a NPE.
In this Setup ME-3600X is receiving STP packets from another NPE, however, it is not able to replicate packets to a different Pseudowire (towards uPE - even when split-horizon is disabled) on this PW.

H-VPLS setup (VPLS config on NPE and ME-3600 and P-2-P config on uPE)
Host 1---NPE---------PW---------ME3600X - Host 2
                                                       |  PW with split horizon disabled
Host 1, host 2 and host 3 can ping each other, however, CDP STP packets from host1 cannot reach host 3.
Similarly CDP / STP (other L2CP packets) cannot reach host 1 from host3.

ME-3600X is not able to replicate these packets and then send them across to other PWs.

This problem is seen when ME-3600X has to replicate packets from one PW to another. 
In a H-VPLS setup we do not configure Full mesh of PWs and in this case we rely on ME-3600 box to replicate packets for us.
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