Cisco Tips & Tricks

May 31, 2006

Resetting BGP session

Filed under: bgp, IP Routing, Router — ciscotips @ 8:59 pm

There are times when route propagated in BGP doesn't exist. As we know that even in link down situation, BGP takes its own sweet time to converge. In this kind of scenario we need to clear advertised routes and in some cases we use the following command

clear ip bgp *

You can also verify the advertised routes with following command

sh ip bgp neighbors A.B.C.D advertised-routes

Even in cases when you change the inbound/outbound policy , you need to reset your BGP session.But using clear ip bgp * can impact all other links as BGP will create routing table from scratch. This is as good as rebooting the router. To minimise impact we can use following command.

clear ip bgp A.B.C.D soft out –> When you make changes in outbound policy

and use

clear ip bgp A.B.C.D soft in –> When you make changes in inbound policy .


  1. research on this:

    The bgp fast-external-fallover command is used to disable or enable fast external fallover for BGP peering sessions with directly connected external peers. The session is immediately reset if link goes down. Only directly connected peering sessions are supported.

    If BGP fast external fallover is disabled, the BGP routing process will wait until the default hold timer expires (3 keepalives) to reset the peering session. BGP fast external fallover can also be configured on a per-interface basis using the ip bgp fast-external-fallover interface configuration command.

    In the following example, the BGP fast external fallover feature is disabled. If the link through which this session is carried flaps, the connection will not be reset.

    Router(config)# router bgp 50000

    Router(config-router)# no bgp fast-external-fallover

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