BGP Timers


You are a film producer and parttime network engineer. You use BGP to connect two sites to each other but you feel things are a little slow. Let’s see if you can tune up some of those BGP timers.


  • All IP addresses have been preconfigured for you.
  • Configure EBGP between AS 1 and AS 2.
  • The BGP scanner should run every 30 seconds on both routers.
  • Ensure both routers don’t wait till the next BGP advertisement-interval but send updates immediately.
  • When there is no activity after 15 seconds the BGP peering should be dropped.

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BGP Timers

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  1. Hi Rene

    I changed advertisment interval to 1 second but when i do show ip bgp neig command i can still see Default minim advertisment interval of 30 second ? how can we verify that timer of advertisment is now set to 1?

  2. I guess i figured out the answer myself

    Kendrick#show ip bgp neighbors | include advertisement
    Default minimum time between advertisement runs is 30 seconds
    Minimum time between advertisement runs is 1 seconds


  3. Default Minimum time between advertisements for EBGP peers is 30 seconds and 5 seconds for IBGP peers

    BGP Default San time is 60 Second.

  4. good lab.
    i usually set my “bgp scan-time” to the minimum (5) when labbing.

    for this lab, first set bgp timers from the bgp process then specifically at the bgp neighbor level.

  5. Another good lab.

    @faran I think the default ibgp advertisement minimum is 0 seconds, not 5.

    For those going on to troubleshoot exam/lab try what I did and set the min hold time on one of the peers to something greater than the hold time on the other. For example:

    scott(config-router)# neighbor timers 30 60 40

    Kendrick(config-router)# neighbor timers 5 15 5

    good bgp notification messages are our friends. 🙂

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