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Building Reliable Networks with the Border Gateway Protocol

by Iljitsch van Beijnum

So why another BGP book? In essence, I wrote the book I wish I had when I first started out with BGP. It explains the protocol, important details about AS numbers and IP address and configuring the protocol on Cisco routers. This starts with a simple multihomed setup, then goes into traffic engineering, BGP security, troubleshooting and finally BGP in large networks, providing transit services and connecting to an Internet Exchange.

One of my main objectives was to provide some insight into actual interdomain routing practices, and not just provide examples that work well in a lab, but don't address real-world problems.

'BGP', by Iljitsch van Beijnum O'Reilly has put chapter 6, "Traffic Engineering", (approx. 150kB) online as a sample chapter. This chapter tells you exactly what you can do to balance incoming and outgoing traffic over more than one ISP by influencing BGP attributes such as the Local Preference, the AS path and the Multi Exit Discriminator and by using communities. There is also some information about traffic shaping, rate limiting and queuing techniques at the end of the chapter.

Now also available in Japanese.

The book at O'Reilly
The book at Amazon (with several reader reviews)
The book at (also some reader reviews)
The book at Bookpool
At Computer Collectief in Amsterdam


Unix Review
Wireless Leiden
ISP Planet
ACCU Reviews
bgp hints

Already read it? let me know what you think.