Configure Advanced Routing for SD-WAN

Configure advanced routing for SD-WAN traffic.
Advanced Routing Engine allows the firewall to scale and provide stable, high-performing, and highly available routing functions to large data centers, ISPs, enterprises, and cloud users. The Advanced Routing Engine relies on industry-standard configuration methodology, which facilitates the administrator tasks. It allows the creation of profiles that are used for different functions (such as, filtering, redistribution, and metric changes), all of which can be used across logical routers. These profiles provide finer granularity to filter routes for each dynamic routing protocol and improve route redistribution across multiple protocols.
Although conceptually equivalent, the advanced routing engine uses logical routers rather than virtual routers to instantiate routing domains.
Unlike virtual routers, logical routers are not created by default; you must create one before configuring the routing functions.
You can use an advanced routing engine or a legacy engine based on your network requirements:
  • When you enable Advanced Routing, logical routers are created and advanced routing engine is used for routing.
  • When you disable
    Advanced Routing
    , virtual routers are created and legacy engine is used for routing.
The advanced route engine supports multiple logical routers (known as a virtual router on the legacy route engine). The advanced route engine has more convenient menu options and there are more BGP settings that you can easily configure in a profile (authentication, timers, address family, or redistribution profile) that applies to a BGP peer group or peer, for example.
The Advanced Routing Engine supports static routes, MP-BGP, OSPFv2, OSPFv3, RIPv2, Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse Mode (PIM-SM), PIM Source-Specific Multicast (SSM), BFD, redistribution, route filtering into the RIB, access lists, prefix lists, and route maps.
You’ll need the following to configure advanced routing engine on SD-WAN:
Firewalls running PAN-OS Release
SD-WAN Plugin
11.0 and later
3.1.0 and later
SD-WAN plugin creates logical router or virtual router based on the value of the advanced routing option. When Advanced Routing is enabled, a logical router is created; Otherwise, virtual router is created.
When you enable advanced routing in template stack and perform a Panorama commit and push to the firewall, SD-WAN plugin runs the migration script to create the SD-WAN related objects (static, interfaces, redistribution profile, BGP) in Logical Router. The migration script creates the logical router name same as the virtual router name for the same template. Hence the hubs and branches have always the same router name.
After migration, Panorama does not allow you to delete the migrated virtual routers.
The Panorama SD-WAN plugin 3.1.0 can concurrently manage firewalls using the Advanced Routing Engine and firewalls using the legacy routing engine. The benefit is that you can migrate select managed firewalls to the new Advanced Routing Engine while still maintaining your current legacy routing engine configuration on others.
While the SD-WAN plugin 3.1.0 manages a firewall regardless of the routing engine, only one routing engine configuration can be in effect at a time on a managed firewall. You can use the
Advanced Routing
option to enable or disable the advanced routing engine. Each time you change the engine that the firewall uses (you enable or disable Advanced Routing to access the advanced engine or legacy engine, respectively), you must commit the configuration and reboot the firewall for the changes to take effect.
Before you switch to the advanced route engine, make a backup of your current configuration. Similarly, if you configure Panorama with a template stack that enables or disables Advanced Routing, after you commit and push the template stack to devices, you must reboot the devices in the template stack for the change to take effect.
When configuring Panorama, create device groups and template stack for devices that all use the same Advanced Routing setting (all enabled or all disabled). Panorama won’t push configurations with Advanced Routing enabled to smaller firewalls that don’t support Advanced Routing. For those firewalls, Panorama will push a legacy configuration if one is present.
Ensure that you downgrade to an appropriate SD-WAN plugin and PAN-OS version, and disable
Advanced Routing
if you plan to use a virtual router. Use a separate template where the
Advanced Routing
is disabled (in this case, virtual routers are created) when downgrading the SD-WAN plugin.
If you have configured
Advanced Routing
and want to switch to a virtual router, then disable Advanced Routing to return to the previously saved virtual router configuration. Commit and push any changes made to the firewall after disabling advanced routing before attempting a downgrade procedure, such as downgrading PAN-OS and SD-WAN plugin versions.
If you enable Advanced Routing, SD-WAN interfaces must be configured in the same logical router; they cannot be split among logical routers.
  1. Add your hub and branch firewalls as managed devices to the Panorama
    management server.
  2. Make a backup of your current configuration before you enable Advanced Routing.
  3. In the
    section, select appropriate template stack from the
    context drop-down.
    1. Select
      and edit the General Settings.
    2. Enable
      Advanced Routing
      . SD-WAN plugin will create logical router or virtual router based on the value of the advanced routing option. When Advanced Routing is enabled, a logical router is created. Otherwise, virtual router is created.
    3. Click
    4. A warning message about the migration appears; click
      to proceed.
      On clicking
      , a built-in migration script will migrate your existing configuration to the advanced routing engine. If you select
      , an empty configuration is created for the advanced routing engine.
      Migration Configuration
      displays the color codes that indicate the migration status.
      In the
      Virtual Router
      , review the
      of templates in template stacks. The
      should be green for successful migration. Otherwise, take necessary action for any templates that did not pass the migration.
      The successful migration automatically converts each virtual router to a corresponding logical router. It is mandatory to commit the configuration and restart the firewall for the changes to take effect.
    5. Commit
    6. Select
      Reboot Device
  4. Select
    Commit to Panorama
    your changes.
  5. Commit and push your configuration changes to your managed firewalls.
    Push to Devices
    to view the logical routers added in the selected SD-WAN firewalls.
    1. Select
      Push to Devices
      Edit Selections
    2. Select
      and choose the templates stack and template from the list.
    3. Enable
      Force Template Values
      to overwrite local configuration with the updated template values. Before you use this option, check for overridden values on the firewalls to ensure your commit does not result in any unexpected network outages or issues caused by replacing those overridden values.
    4. Click
      to devices.
  6. Log back into the firewall.
  7. Select
    Notice the menu items, which are more industry-standard and more detailed than the single item (Virtual Routers) on the legacy menu.
    Logical Routers
    Routing Profiles
    , which include
    , and
  8. You must enable
    Advanced Routing
    for each template stack individually when you have more than one template stack in your configuration. Repeat Steps 5 through 10 for other template stacks on firewalls that you intend to update for advanced routing.
    According to our design requirement, the logical router name must be the same as the virtual router name for the same template when using the advanced routing engine. This means that hubs and branches have always the same router name. When manually creating logical routers rather than using a migration script, you must make sure the logical router name and virtual router name are the same.
  9. Select virtual or logical router in your SD-WAN deployment.
    , to add an SD-WAN device (SD-WAN hub or branch firewall) to be managed by the Panorama management server.
    In addition to existing configuration options for adding an SD-WAN device, you can now select a logical router (for advanced routing engine) or virtual router (for legacy engine) for a
    Router Name
    . It is important that the logical router name and the virtual router name are same for the same template when using the advanced routing engine.
    Select the
    Router Name
    (logical or virtual router) to use for routing between the SD-WAN hub and branches:
    • If the virtual router and logical router names are the same, then the
      Router Name
      displays one name.
    • If virtual router and logical router names are different, then the
      Router Name
      displays both virtual and logical router name. You can select either virtual router (for legacy engine) or logical router (for advanced routing engine) based on your requirement.

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