Quite a while ago I had a need for some network duct tape… Policy Based Routing while useful should only IMHO be used as a temporary fix. But as you know, temporary things soon become part of production and they end up staying around far too long. But I digress. I had a need for some PBR, but soon found out that NX-OS had no support for deny entries in your ACL. This can pose an issue depending on the amount of destinations needed. Mine needed to match everything on the internet, minus RFC1918, and some internal VPN routes and such. Over time, I ended up having to rewrite this 100 line ACL several times, until I saw that NX-OS 6.1(3) had support for deny statements.
I was so excited, I immediately rewrote my ACL into a very svelte 20 lines including remarks. My change window came, I applied my ACL, and was faced with an error message. Luckily, I quickly figured out that we need to enable the ability to use denies.
nexus-7010(config)# hardware access-list allow deny ace
Honestly, I just wanted to get this bit of info out there as I haven’t really seen information on it. Let me know if you see any issues in your deployments.
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