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This course is designed tointroduce you to MPLS concepts, installation, migration, operation, inspection, and troubleshooting. The course offers an overview of MPLS and MPLS operation. Focus is also on MPLS VPN deployment.


 
Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce you to MPLS concepts, installation, migration, operation, inspection, and troubleshooting.  The course offers an overview of MPLS and MPLS operation.  Focus is also on MPLS VPN deployment.  The fundamentals covered will provide students with the theory and hands-on knowledge to implement, integrate, and deploy and MPLS infrastructure.  Through lecture and labs, the models, diversity, implementation, troubleshooting, and flexibility of MPLS VPNs will be covered.  CCNA is strongly suggested as a prerequisite.  It is also suggested that students have completed BSCI and BCMSN as well as have a solid knowledge of BGP.  This course is for pre- and post-sales technical engineers responsible for MPLS networks or solutions based on MPLS technology.

Audience

This course is targeted at pre- and post-sales technical engineers responsible for designing, implementing, and/or troubleshooting MPLS networks or solutions based on MPLS technology.  Individuals pursuing CCIP Certification.

Skills taught

After completing this course the student should be able to:

Describe how the service provider infrastructure is attacked
Describe the features of MPLS
Describe how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
Identify the Cisco IOS tasks and command syntax necessary to implement MPLS on frame-mode Cisco IOS platforms
Describe the MPLS peer-to-peer architecture and explain the routing and packet forwarding model in this architecture
Identify the Cisco IOS command syntax required to successfully configure, monitor, and troubleshoot VPN operations
Identify 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
Provide an overview of MPLS Traffic Engineering

Course Outline

Module 1: MPLS Features
Lesson 1: Describing Basic MPLS Concepts

Provide an overview of MPLS forwarding, features, and benefits
Define MPLS terminology
Describe the main components of the MPLS architecture

Lesson 2: Describing MPLS Labels and Label Stack

Describe the features and format of MPLS labels
Describe where MPLS labels are imposed in an IP packet
Describe the features of an MPLS label stack

Lesson 3: Identifying MPLS Applications

Describe the various services that are used with MPLS
Describe the features of MPLS unicast and multicast IP routing
Describe MPLS use in VPNs
Describe MPLS use in TE environments
Describe MPLS use in QoS environments
Describe AToM
Identify the interactions that occur between various MPLS services

Module 2: Label Assignment and Distribution
Lesson 1: Discovering LDP Neighbors

Describe several varieties of protocols that distribute labels
Describe how LDP sessions are established between adjacent neighbors
Describe how LDP neighbors are discovered
Describe the process of LDP session negotiation between LDP neighbors

Lesson 2: Describing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS

Describe how labels are propagated across a network
Describe the function of LSPs
Describe the function of PHP
Describe the impact that IP aggregation has on LSPs
Describe how labels are allocated in a frame-mode MPLS network
Describe how MPLS labels are distributed and advertised in a frame-mode network
Describe how frame-mode loops are detected

Lesson 3: Describing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS

Describe the MPLS steady-state environment
Describe what happens in the routing tables when a link failure occurs
Describe routing protocol convergence after a link failure
Describe frame-mode MPLS convergence after a link failure
Describe IP and MPLS convergence actions after a link failure has been resolved

 

Module 3: Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 1: Using Cisco Express Forwarding Switching

Describe the various switching mechanisms used by Cisco IOS platforms
Describe the function of standard IP switching on Cisco IOS platforms
Describe the architecture of Cisco Express Forwarding switching
Configure IP Cisco Express Forwarding switching
Monitor IP Cisco Express Forwarding switching

Lesson 2: Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms

Describe the MPLS configuration tasks
Configure the MPLS ID on a router
Configure MPLS on a frame-mode interface
Configure a label-switching MTU
Configure IP TTL propagation
Configure conditional label distribution

Lesson 3: Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms


Describe how to monitor MPLS
Describe how to monitor LDP
Describe how to monitor label switching
Describe how to debug MPLS and LDP

Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms


Identify the common issues that arise in MPLS networks
Solve LDP session startup issues
Solve label allocation issues that can arise in MPLS networks
Solve label distribution issues that can arise in MPLS networks
Solve packet-labeling issues that can arise in MPLS networks
Solve intermittent MPLS failures
Solve packet propagation issues in MPLS networks

Module 4: MPLS VPN Technology

Lesson 1: Introducing Virtual Private Networks

Provide an overview of virtual private networks
Identify the two major VPN implementation models
Describe the benefits and drawbacks of each type of VPN model

Lesson 2: Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture

Describe the MPLS VPN architecture
Describe the different methods of propagating routing information across the provider network
Describe the features of RDs
Describe the features of RTs

Lesson 3: Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model

Describe the routing requirements for MPLS VPNs
Describe how IPv4 is used to provide support for existing Internet routing
Identify the routing tables implemented in the PE router to support MPLS VPNs
Describe the end-to-end flow of routing updates in an MPLS VPN

Lesson 4: Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets

Describe the end-to-end MPLS VPN forwarding mechanisms
Describe the operation of PHP in an MPLS VPN environment
Describe how labels are propagated between PE routers
Describe the effects of MPLS VPNs on label propagation
Describe the effects of MPLS VPNs on packet forwarding

Module 5: MPLS VPN Implementation
Lesson 1: Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms

Describe the characteristics of a VRF table
Describe the need for routing protocol contexts
Describe the characteristics of VPN-aware routing protocols
Describe how VRF tables are used
Describe the outbound BGP route propagation process in an MPLS VPN implementation
Describe the outbound non-BGP route propagation process in an MPLS VPN implementation
Describe the inbound route propagation process in an MPLS VPN implementation

Lesson 2: Configuring VRF Tables

Identify the tasks that are required to configure a VRF table
Create a VRF table and assign RDs
Specify export and import RTs
Describe the optional use of VPN IDs
Assign an interface to a VRF table
Describe a typical Cisco IOS configuration that enables VRFs

Lesson 3: Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers

Configure BGP address families
Describe the requirements for enabling BGP neighbors in an MPLS VPN environment
Identify the process steps involved in configuring MP-BGP in an MPLS VPN environment
Configure MP-IBGP in an MPLS VPN environment
Configure MP-BGP community propagation in an MPLS VPN environment
Disable IPv4 route exchange in an MPLS VPN environment

Lesson 4: Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers

Identify the requirements for configuring PE-CE routing protocols
Select the VRF routing context for BGP on the PE router
Configure per-VRF static routes
Configure a RIP PE-CE routing session
Configure an EIGRP PE-CE routing session

Lesson 5: Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations

Monitor VRF information
Monitor VRF routing
Monitor MP-BGP sessions
Monitor an MP-BGP VPNv4 table
Monitor per-VRF Cisco Express Forwarding and LFIB structures
Monitor labels associated with VPNv4 routes
Identify the command syntax that is used with other MPLS VPN monitoring commands

Lesson 6: Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers

Describe the features of the OSPF hierarchical model
Describe the propagation of OSPF customer routes across the MPLS VPN backbone
Describe how an MPLS VPN is implemented as an OSPF superbackbone
Configure a PE-CE OSPF routing session
Describe how the OSPF down bit is used to address the route loop issue
Describe how packet forwarding is optimized across the MPLS VPN backbone
Describe how the OSPF tag field is used to address the root loop issue
Describe the features of a sham link
Configure a sham link

Lesson 7: Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers

Configure a per-VRF BGP routing context
Explain the reason for limiting the number of routes in a VRF
Describe how to limit the number of prefixes received from a BGP neighbor
Describe how to limit the total number of VRF routes
Identify the issues encountered when a customer wants to reuse the same AS number on several sites
Identify the issues encountered when a customer site links two VPNs
Implement SOO for loop prevention

Lesson 8: Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs

Identify the preliminary steps in MPLS VPN troubleshooting
Identify the issues that you should consider when verifying the routing information flow in an MPLS VPN
Describe the process used to validate CE-to-PE routing information flow
Describe the process used to validate PE-to-PE routing information flow
Describe the process used to validate PE-to-CE routing information flow
Identify the issues that you should consider when verifying the data flow in an MPLS VPN
Describe how to validate Cisco Express Forwarding status
Describe how to validate the end-to-end lLSP
Describe how to validate the LFIB status

Module 6: Complex MPLS VPNs
Lesson 1: Introducing Overlapping VPNs

Identify the participants in overlapping VPNs
Identify typical overlapping VPN usages
Describe the routing update flow in an overlapping VPN
Describe the data flow in an overlapping VPN
Configure overlapping VPNs

Lesson 2: Introducing Central Services VPNs

Describe the access characteristics of a central services VPN
Describe the routing characteristics of a central services VPN
Describe the data flow within a central services VPN
Configure a central services VPN
Identify the connectivity requirements when you are integrating a central services VPN with an overlapping VPN
Identify the RD requirements when you are integrating a central services VPN with an overlapping VPN
Identify the RT requirements when you are integrating a central services VPN with an overlapping VPN

Lesson 3: Using Advanced VRF Import and Export Features

Identify advanced VRF features
Configure selective VRF imports
Configure selective VRF exports

Lesson 4: Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service

Identify the overall requirements of a managed CE routers VPN
Identify the VRF and RD requirements of a managed CE routers VPN
Configure a managed CE routers VPN

Module 7: Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
Lesson 1: Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs

Describe common customer Internet connectivity scenarios
Identify the two major design models for combining Internet access with MPLS VPN services
Describe the benefits and drawback of Internet access through global routing
Describe the benefits and drawback of Internet access in a separate VPN
Describe the disadvantages of providing Internet access through route leaking

Lesson 2: Implementing Separate Internet Access and VPN Services

Describe the features of classical Internet access for a VPN customer
Describe how separate subinterfaces are implemented to support Internet access by using global routing
Describe how Internet access can be obtained for every customer site
Identify the benefits and limitations of separating Internet access from VPN services

Lesson 3: Implementing Internet Access as a Separate VPN


Describe the features of using Internet access as a separate VPN
Describe how to implement a redundant Internet access implementation
Describe how to implement classical Internet access for a VPN customer
Describe how to implement Internet access from every customer site
Describe how to implement wholesale Internet access
Identify the benefits and limitations of running an Internet backbone in a VPN
 

Module 8: MPLS TE Overview

Lesson 1: Introducing Traffic Engineering Concepts

Identify the concepts behind TE
Identify the major business drivers for implementing TE
Identify congestion avoidance and how TE can reduce some congestion-avoidance issues
Identify how TE is implemented using a Layer 2 overlay model
Identify how TE is implemented using a Layer 3 model
Identify how TE is implemented using the MPLS-TE model

Lesson 2: Understanding MPLS TE Components


Identify, at a conceptual level, how a traffic tunnel functions
Identify traffic tunnel characteristics
Identify traffic tunnel attributes
Identify the relation between network links and link attributes
Identify the function of constraint-based path computation
Identify TE procedures
Identify the role of RSVP in path setup and admission control
Identify how using TE modifies the forwarding table mechanism

Lesson 3: Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms


Identify the tasks that are required to implement MPLS TE
Enable device-level MPLS TE support
Enable MPLS TE support in an IS-IS environment
Enable MPLS TE support in an OSPF environment
Enable MPLS TE on an interface
Create and configure a traffic tunnel
Enable traffic tunnels with autoroute

Lesson 4: Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms

Monitor MPLS TE tunnels
Monitor MPLS TE, including verifying RSVP information on an interface, verifying that MPLS TE is present in the global routing table, and verifying that IP traffic is forwarded through the MPLS TE tunnels


Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

CCNA strongly suggested.
BSCI and BCMSN suggested.
Solid knowledge of BGP recommended.

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion


Cancellation Policy
Public Schedule - Instructor Led Training:
Cancellation notice of 10 (ten) business days is required to cancel a course without penalty. Cancellation of less than 10 (ten) business days prior to the start of the course or non-attendance will result in a charge of 100% of the course cost.
Group (Dedicated) Training: Cancellation notice of 15 (fifteen) days is required to cancel a private course without penalty. Cancellation of less than 15 (fifteen) days will result in a charge of 100% of the private training cost.

Substitutions of enrolled students in scheduled classes are permitted prior to the class start on the first day. ARP's choice of instructor for any course is subject to change.


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