In this article we will explain how to install and set up the Bird network routing software on a Linux Debian system.
If you are not yet in possession of an ASN, we recommend that you first order an ASN via our website, as this can take a few days. Afterwards you order a virtual or IX server of your choice. The location and type does not matter.
After you have selected the desired server, you can configure it, select the operating system from the list and enter your ASN and other information if necessary.
After that, enter your contact details and verify your email address. Finally, check your order and complete the payment. Your service will now be provided automatically after successful payment and you will receive your login details by email within a few minutes.
Once you have received your credentials, log in to the Cloud Manager web interface with your email address and the password you chose when you placed your order. Now click in the navigation on the left on the menu item Manage and then on Virtual Servers.
Select the desired virtual server and switch to the BGP tab. Here you can set an AS-SET (if available) and a password for the BGP session. Click Save to apply the changes. Our system will now set up your BGP session in the background.
Let's now start configuring your virtual router. To do this, connect to your router using an SSH client.
In order for our systems to accept your IPv4 and IPv6 subnets and export them to our peering partners, it is required that you create Route or Route6 objects for your IP subnets and AS numbers in an IRR database (such as RIPE).
Note: After you create a new Route object, it may take up to 24 hours for all our peering partners to update their filter lists. Occasionally a manual update of the filter lists is necessary.