This post represents the solution and explanation for quiz-17.
Have a look at the quiz to understand the problem.

Quiz Review

The quiz presents a situation when the network is refreshed by swapping the Cisco routers with Juniper ones.
It's far from me the intention of discussing which one is better...the reason for this quiz is to present different approaches chosen by these two vendors when implementing BGP advertisements.
There are a lot of differences but this article discusses the default behaviour for advertising inactive routes by BGP.

The inactive routes are routes that are not installed into the RIB (not selected as best path), most of the times because they are also learned from another routing protocol that has a better (read lower) administrative distance or route preference, in Juniper terminology.
As a revision of these values, below is a table of Cisco's AD and Juniper's Route Preference for some of the routing protocols:

cisco-ad-vs-juniper-route-pref Note that this table does not contain all routing sources!

Getting back to the quiz, R1 and R2 are part of the OSPF Area 0 and also run an iBGP session between them. R1 advertises local subnets in both OSPF and BGP. The configuration applied to Juniper devices "matches" Cisco configuration, meaning: there is no import/export policies applied (Juniper's BGP Default Policy is Accept All/Advertise All, same as Cisco's).

quiz-17-solution-2 Note that this article does not discuss BGP design "best practices"

In this topology, when R2 is a Cisco device, R3 will receive the and prefixes... but with Juniper as R2, these routes are not received by R3.

Default behaviour on Cisco vs. Juniper

The different result seen on router R3 is due to the different default behavior:

In my opinion, in a good network design (please read "in most situations", as I don't want to debate here when & why a network design is better than another) you would not have to deal with BGP inactive routes. In the routing world, where all advertisements/redistribution are done from the RIB / active routes, the Juniper approach seems logical. On the other hand, Cisco seems to support designs where prefixes are "leaked" into the BGP domain on devices that are not at the edge of the network (like in this quiz: 192.168.x00.0/24 get into BGP on R1 instead of edge router, R2).

Please note that for both vendors, the inactive route needs to be selected as best path in the BGP table in order to have the option of being advertised !

Displaying the inactive routes on Cisco and Juniper

Inactive routes appear in the BGP table with the prefix of "r" which means "RIB-failure":

R2#show ip bgp
BGP table version is 5, local router ID is
Status codes: s suppressed, d damped, h history, * valid, > best, i - internal,
              r RIB-failure, S Stale
Origin codes: i - IGP, e - EGP, ? - incomplete

   Network          Next Hop            Metric LocPrf Weight Path
r>i192.168.100.0             0    100      0 i
r>i192.168.200.0             0    100      0 i
R2#sh ip route
Routing entry for
  Known via "ospf 1", distance 110, metric 2, type intra area
  Last update from on FastEthernet0/0, 00:01:21 ago
  Routing Descriptor Blocks:
  *, from, 00:01:21 ago, via FastEthernet0/0
      Route metric is 2, traffic share count is 1

Spotting the inactive routes on Juniper is much easier due to the fact that the output of the command "show route" contains information about all routing sources:

[email protected]> show route

inet.0: 7 destinations, 9 routes (7 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
+ = Active Route, - = Last Active, * = Both   *[OSPF/10] 00:11:28, metric 1
                    > to via em1.0
                    **[BGP/170]** 00:11:26, localpref 100
                      AS path: I
                    > to via em1.0

This simple command "show route" display both active route (OSPF, preference 10, marked with a "*") and inactive route (BGP, preference 170).

Using the detailed/extensive version, "show route extensive", you will also see detailed output for each routing information and in case of the BGP inactive route, the output will contain the reason why it is inactive !


The best solution, for this scenario, is to use the "advertise-inactive" command on Juniper router R2:

[email protected]> show configuration protocols bgp
group AS_65100 {
    type internal;
    neighbor {
        peer-as 65100;
group AS_65300 {
    type external;
    neighbor {
        peer-as 65300;

Of course, other solutions are possible, in order of my own preference:

  • announce internal routes into BGP on the edge router R2, instead of the "internal" router R1
  • redistribute the OSPF routes into BGP on router R2
  • change the default route preference, either make BGP "better" (read lower) than OSPF or vice-versa. The best approach would be to change the default preference with a routing policy rather than changing it for the whole protocol, which may create even bigger problems than the initial one trying to solve

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