Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0 - MPLS

Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0 - MPLS Course Description

Duration: 5.00 days (40 hours)

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The Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS) v3.0, course that is designed to help students prepare for MPLS exam. This update to the course reflects the most-recent developments in network design and technologies, using real-world scenarios to help reinforce the learning of key objectives.

Enterprises and service providers face many challenges in terms of customer demand, including an ongoing need for value-added services. Conventional IP packet forwarding has several limitations, and more and more enterprise and service providers realize that something else is needed. Not only they must be concerned with protecting their existing infrastructure, but they must also find ways to generate new services that are not currently supportable using existing technologies.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a high-performance method for forwarding packets through a network. MPLS enables routers at the edge of a network to apply simple labels to packets. This practice allows the edge devices to switch packets according to labels, with minimal lookup overhead. MPLS integrates the performance and traffic-management capabilities of data link Layer 2 with the scalability and flexibility of network Layer 3 routing. When used in conjunction with other standard technologies, MPLS gives the ability to support value-added features.

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Intended Audience for this Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0 - MPLS Course

  • » The primary audience for this course is intended primarily for network administrators, network engineers, network managers and systems engineers who would like to implement MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering.
  • » The secondary audience for this course is intended for network designers and project managers. The course is also recommended to all individuals preparing for MPLS exam.

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Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0 - MPLS Course Objectives

  • » Describe the features of MPLS
  • » Describe how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
  • » Configure and troubleshoot frame-mode MPLS on Cisco IOS platforms
  • » Describe the MPLS peer-to-peer architecture and explain the routing and packet-forwarding model in this architecture
  • » Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot VPN operations
  • » Describe how the MPLS VPN model can be used to implement managed services and Internet access
  • » Describe the various Internet access implementations that are available and the benefits and drawbacks of each model
  • » Describe the tasks and commands that are necessary to implement MPLS TE

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Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0 - MPLS Course Outline

      1. MPLS Concepts
        1. Introducing Basic MPLS Concepts
          1. Foundations of Traditional IP Routing
          2. Basic MPLS Features
          3. Benefits of MPLS
          4. MPLS Terminology: Label Switch Router
          5. MPLS Terminology: Label-Switched Path
          6. MPLS Terminology: Upstream and Downstream
          7. MPLS Architecture Components
          8. Architecture of Ingress Edge LSRs
          9. Architecture of Intermediate LSRs
          10. Architecture of Egress Edge LSRs
        2. Introducing MPLS Labels and Label Stack
          1. MPLS Labels
          2. FEC and MPLS Forwarding
          3. MPLS Label Format
          4. MPLS Label Imposition
          5. MPLS Label Stack
        3. Identifying MPLS Applications
          1. MPLS Services
          2. MPLS Unicast IP Routing
          3. MPLS Multicast IP Routing
          4. MPLS VPNs
          5. MPLS Traffic Engineering
          6. MPLS Quality of Service
          7. Any Transport over MPLS
          8. Interactions Between MPLS Services
      2. Label Assignment and Distribution
        1. Discovering LDP Neighbors
          1. Label-Distributing Protocols
          2. LDP Neighbor Session Establishment
          3. LDP Link Hello Message
          4. LDP Negotiating Label Space
          5. Discovering LDP Neighbors
          6. Negotiating LDP Sessions
        2. Introducing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
          1. Propagating Labels Across a Network
          2. Building Blocks for IP Forwarding
          3. Using the FIB Table to Forward Packets
          4. Using LDP to Forward Packets
          5. Label-Switched Path
          6. Propagating Labels by Using PHP
          7. Impact of IP Aggregation on LSPs
          8. Label Allocation in a Frame-Mode MPLS Network
          9. Label Distribution and Advertisement
          10. Receiving Label Advertisement
          11. Liberal Label Retention
          12. Further Label Allocation
          13. Frame-Mode Loop Detection Using the MPLS TTL Field
          14. Normal TTL Operation
          15. Disabling TTL Propagation
        3. Introducing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS
          1. MPLS Steady-State Operation
          2. Link Failure State
          3. Routing Protocol Convergence After a Link Failure
          4. MPLS Convergence After a Link Failure
          5. Link Recovery Actions
      3. Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
        1. Introducing CEF Switching
          1. Cisco IOS Platform-Switching Mechanisms
          2. Using Standard IP Switching
          3. Cisco Express Forwarding Switching Architecture
          4. Configuring IP Cisco Express Forwarding
          5. Monitoring IP Cisco Express Forwarding
          6. Discovery 1: Verifying CEF Switching
        2. Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. MPLS Configuration Tasks
          2. Configuring the MPLS ID on a Router
          3. Configuring MPLS on a Frame-Mode Interface
          4. Discovery 2: Enabling MPLS
          5. Configuring IP TTL Propagation
          6. Discovery 3: Change IP TTL Propagation
          7. Configuring Conditional Label Distribution
        3. Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. Monitoring MPLS
          2. Monitoring LDP
          3. Monitoring Label Switching
          4. Debugging MPLS and LDP
        4. Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. Common Frame-Mode MPLS Issues
          2. Solving LDP Session Startup Issues
          3. Solving Label Allocation Issues
          4. Solving Label Distribution Issues
          5. Solving Packet-Labeling Issues
          6. Solving Intermittent MPLS Failures
          7. Solving Packet Propagation Issues
      4. MPLS Virtual Private Network Technology
        1. Introducing Virtual Private Networks
          1. Basic VPN Overview
          2. VPN Implementation Models
          3. Overlay VPN Technologies
          4. Peer-to-Peer VPN Technologies
          5. Benefits of VPNs
          6. Drawbacks of VPNs
        2. Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture
          1. MPLS VPN Architecture
          2. PE Router Architecture
          3. VRF Overview
          4. Methods of Propagating Routing Information Across the P-Network
          5. Route Distinguishers
          6. RD Format
          7. RD Operation in MPLS VPN
          8. RD Process Flow
          9. Route Targets
          10. RT Operation
          11. RT and RD Process Flow
        3. Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model
          1. MPLS VPN Routing
          2. CE Router MPLS VPN Routing
          3. P Router MPLS VPN Routing
          4. PE Router MPLS VPN Routing
          5. Support for Internet Routing
          6. Routing Tables on PE Routers
          7. Identifying End-to-End Routing Update Flow
        4. Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets
          1. End-to-End VPN Forwarding Mechanisms
          2. VPN Penultimate Hop Popping
          3. Propagating VPN Labels Between PE Routers
          4. Effects of MPLS VPNs on Label Propagation
          5. Effects of MPLS VPNs on Packet Forwarding
      5. MPLS VPN Implementation
        1. Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. VRF Table
          2. Need for Routing Protocol Contexts
          3. VPN-Aware Routing Protocols
          4. Using VRF Tables
          5. Propagating BGP Routes-Outbound Example
          6. Propagating Non-BGP Routes-Outbound Example
          7. Propagating BGP Routes-Inbound Example
          8. Propagating Non-BGP Routes-Inbound Example
        2. Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
          1. Configuring BGP Address Families
          2. Enabling BGP Neighbors
          3. Configuring MP-BGP
          4. Configuring MP-IBGP
          5. Discovery 4: Configure MP-IBGP
        3. Configuring VRF Tables
          1. VRF Configuration Tasks
          2. Creating VRF Tables and Assigning RDs
          3. Specifying Export and Import RTs
          4. Discovery 5: Configure the VRF Instances
          5. Using MPLS VPN IDs
        4. Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
          1. Configuring PE-CE Routing Protocols
          2. Selecting the VRF Routing Context for BGP
          3. Configuring Per-VRF Static Routes
          4. Configuring RIP PE-CE Routing
          5. Discovery 6: Configure RIP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
          6. Configuring EIGRP PE-CE Routing
          7. Discovery 7: Configure EIGRP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
          8. Configuring SOO for EIGRP PE-CE Loop Prevention
        5. Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations
          1. Monitoring VRFs
          2. Monitoring VRF Routing
          3. Monitoring MP-BGP Sessions
          4. Monitoring an MP-BGP VPNv4 Table
          5. Monitoring Per-VRF Cisco Express Forwarding and LFIB Structures
          6. Monitoring Labels Associated with VPNv4 Routes
          7. Identifying MPLS VPN Diagnostic Commands
        6. Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
          1. OSPF Hierarchical Model
          2. OSPF in an MPLS VPN Routing Model
          3. OSPF Superbackbone-OSPF-BGP Hierarchy Issue
          4. OSPF in MPLS VPNs-Goals
          5. OSPF Superbackbone-Route Propagation Example
          6. OSPF Superbackbone-Rules
          7. OSPF Superbackbone-Implementation
          8. OSPF Superbackbone-External Routes
          9. OSPF Superbackbone-Mixing Routing Protocols
          10. Configuring PE-CE OSPF Routing
          11. Discovery 8: Configure OSPF as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
          12. Routing Loops Between MP-BGP and OSPF
          13. OSPF Down Bit-Loop Prevention
          14. Optimizing of Packet Forwarding Across the MPLS VPN Backbone
          15. Routing Loops Across OSPF Domains
          16. OSPF Tag Field-Operation
          17. OSPF Tag Field-Usage Guidelines
          18. OSPF Tag Field-Routing Loop Prevention
          19. Sham Link
        7. Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
          1. Configuring a Per-VRF BGP Routing Context
          2. Reasons for Limiting the Number of Routes in a VRF
          3. Limiting the Number of Prefixes Received from a BGP Neighbor
          4. Limiting the Total Number of VRF Routes
          5. Identifying AS-Override Issues
          6. AS-Override Implementation
          7. AS-Path Prepending
          8. Discovery 9: Configure BGP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
          9. Identifying the Allow-AS Issue
          10. Allow-AS-In Implementation
          11. Implementing SOO for Loop Prevention
        8. Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs
          1. Identifying Preliminary Steps in MPLS VPN Troubleshooting
          2. Verifying the Routing Information Flow
          3. Validating CE-to-PE Routing Information Flow
          4. Validating PE-to-PE Routing Information Flow
          5. Validating PE-to-CE Routing Information Flow
          6. Identifying the Issues When Verifying the Data Flow
          7. Validating Cisco Express Forwarding Status
          8. Validating the End-to-End LSP
          9. Validating the LFIB Status
          10. MPLS VPN Troubleshooting Command Summary
      6. Complex MPLS VPNs
        1. Introducing Overlapping VPNs
          1. Participants in Overlapping VPNs
          2. Typical Overlapping VPN Usages
          3. Overlapping VPN Routing
          4. Overlapping VPN Data Flow
          5. Configuring Overlapping VPNs
        2. Introducing Central Services VPNs
          1. Central Services VPN
          2. Central Services VPN Routing
          3. Central Services VPN Data Flow Model
          4. Discovery 10: Configure a Central Services VPN
          5. Central Services VPN and Overlapping VPN Requirements
          6. Configuring RDs and RTs in a Central Services VPN and Overlapping VPN
          7. Advanced VRF Features
          8. Configuring Selective VRF Import
          9. Configuring Selective VRF Export
        3. Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service
          1. Managed CE Routers
          2. VRF Creation and RD Overview
          3. Configuring Managed CE Routers
      7. Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
        1. Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
          1. Customer Internet Connectivity Scenarios Overview
          2. Classical Internet Access
          3. Multisite Internet Access
          4. Wholesale Internet Access
          5. Internet Design Models for Service Providers
          6. Internet Access Through Global Routing
          7. Internet Access Through a Separate VPN Service
          8. Internet Access Through Route Leaking
        2. Implementing Internet Access in the MPLS VPN Environment
          1. Classical Internet Access for a VPN Customer
          2. Implementing Classical Internet Access for a VPN Customer
          3. Using Separate Subinterfaces
          4. Implementing Internet Access from Every Customer Site
          5. Internet Access as a Separate VPN
          6. Redundant Internet Access
          7. Implementing Wholesale Internet Access
          8. Separate Internet Access Benefits and Limitations
          9. Running an Internet Backbone in a VPN: Benefits and Limitations
      8. MPLS Traffic Engineering Overview
        1. Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
          1. Traffic Engineering Concepts
          2. Traffic Engineering Motivations
          3. Business Drivers for Traffic Engineering
          4. Congestion Avoidance and Traffic Engineering
          5. Traffic Engineering with a Layer 2 Overlay Model
          6. Traffic Engineering with a Layer 2 Overlay Model: Example
          7. Drawbacks of the Layer 2 Overlay Solution
          8. Layer 3 Routing Model Without Traffic Engineering
          9. Traffic Engineering with a Layer 3 Routing Model
          10. Traffic Engineering with the MPLS TE Model
          11. MPLS TE Traffic Tunnels
          12. Traffic Tunnels: Attributes
          13. Link Resource Attributes
          14. Constraint-Based Path Computation
          15. Example of Constraint-Based Path Computation (Bandwidth)
          16. MPLS TE Process
          17. Role of RSVP in Path Setup Procedures
          18. Path Setup and Admission Control with RSVP
          19. Forwarding Traffic to a Tunnel
          20. Autoroute
          21. Autoroute Example
        2. MPLS Traffic Engineering Operations
          1. Attributes Used by Constraint-Based Path Computation
          2. MPLS TE Link-Resource Attributes
          3. MPLS TE Link Resource Attributes: Maximum Bandwidth and Maximum Reservable Bandwidth
          4. MPLS TE Link-Resource Attributes: Link-Resource Class
          5. MPLS TE Link-Resource Attributes: Constraint-Based Specific Link Metric (Administrative Weight)
          6. MPLS TE Tunnel Attributes
          7. MPLS TE Tunnel Attributes: Traffic Parameter and Path Selection and Management
          8. MPLS TE Tunnel Attributes: Tunnel Resource Class Affinity
          9. MPLS TE Tunnel Attributes: Adaptability, Priority, Pre-emption
          10. MPLS TE Tunnel Attributes: Resilience
          11. Implementing TE Policies with Affinity Bits
          12. Using Affinity Bits in TE Policies
          13. Propagating MPLS TE Link Attributes with Link-State Routing Protocol
          14. Constraint-Based Path Computation
          15. Constraint-Based Path Computation: Path Selection
          16. Example of Constraint-Based Path Computation (Resource Affinity)
          17. Path Setup
          18. RSVP Usage in Path Setup
          19. Hop-by-Hop Path Setup with RSVP
          20. Tunnel and Link Admission Control
          21. Path Rerouting
          22. Path Reoptimization
          23. Path Rerouting: Link Failure
          24. Assigning Traffic to Traffic Tunnels
          25. Using Static Routing to Assign Traffic to Traffic Tunnel
          26. Autoroute
          27. Autoroute: Path Selection Rules
          28. Autoroute: Default Metric
          29. Autoroute: Relative and Absolute Metric
          30. Forwarding Adjacency
          31. Forwarding Adjacency Traffic Flows
        3. Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. MPLS TE Configuration Flowchart
          2. Enabling Device-Level MPLS TE Support
          3. Enabling MPLS TE Support in IS-IS
          4. Enabling MPLS TE Support in OSPF
          5. Enabling Basic MPLS TE on an Interface
          6. Creating and Configuring a Traffic Tunnel
          7. Mapping Traffic into Tunnels with Autoroute
          8. Discovery 11: Configure MPLS Traffic Engineering
        4. Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms
          1. Monitoring MPLS TE Tunnels
          2. show ip rsvp interface Command
          3. show mpls traffic-eng tunnels brief Command
          4. Monitoring MPLS TE
          5. show mpls traffic-eng autoroute Command
          6. show ip cef Command
      9. Lab
        1. Challenge: Implement the Service Provider's and Customer's IP Addressing and IGP Routing
        2. Challenge: Implement the Core MPLS Environment in the Service Provider Network
        3. Challenge: Implement EIGRP Based VPNs
        4. Challenge: Implement OSPF Based MPLS VPNs
        5. Challenge: Implement BGP Based MPLS VPNs
        6. Challenge: Implement MPLS Traffic Engineering

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- Networking expert with several Cisco certifications, including CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, CCSI, and CCVP. - Has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning. - Average rating of 8.75 out of 9 on student evaluation reports.


David has been in the Networking field for the past eleven years and holds several Cisco certifications. He has been an instructor since 2005 and has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning.

David is an extremely enthusiastic trainer with a raw passion towards teaching and delivering Cisco information and takes great pride in his career as an instructor, which has lead him to develop and deliver the class in his own unique way; very professional and knowledgeable, yet pleasant and enjoyable. His classes have a high passing rate for students taking certification exams, and averages 8.75 out of 9 on evaluation reports.
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- Over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer.
- An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, as well as select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.
- High-skilled and acclaimed instructor. Has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning.


Michael has over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer. An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, Michael also teaches select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.

Michael's dedication and passion for teaching is unmatched. He has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning since 2006 and his evaluation scores average 8.7 out of 9.
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- Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, in addition to several IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of experience in the IT industry; background ranges from engineering, administration and escalation support in networks.


William is a highly-skilled IT professional with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, with experience in engineering, administration and escalation support in networks ranging from small to large scale complex enterprise environments.

As a Cisco and CompTIA Subject Matter Expert, he holds several certifications, including Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE. William is one of NetCom's top trainers, consistently scoring high marks in student evaluations.

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