Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)

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Implementing Cisco Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) v3.1 training teaches you the 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.

How You’ll Benefit

• Acquire the skill of implementing MPLS high-performance methods for forwarding packets in a network

• Learn to configure routers at the network edge to apply simple labels to packets

• Gain the knowledge to enable edge devices, ATM switches, or existing routers to switch packets based on labels within the service provider core

• Master the skill of minimizing lookup overhead in the packet-switching process

• Gain proficiency in integrating the performance and traffic-management capabilities of data-link Layer 2 using MPLS

• Acquire the skill of combining the scalability and flexibility of network Layer 3 routing through MPLS

• Learn to leverage MPLS with other standard technologies to implement value-added features for service providers’ networks

Who Should Enroll

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers (who would like to implement MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering)

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • 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 Prerequisites

It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

    • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS Software configuration
    • Configuring and troubleshooting EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS and BGP
    • The following Cisco courses can help you gain the knowledge you need to prepare for this course:
    • Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR)
5 days

Course Outline

  • MPLS Features
  • Label Assignment and Distribution
  • Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • MPLS Virtual Private Network Technology
  • MPLS VPN Implementation
  • Complex MPLS VPNs
  • Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering Overview

 Lab Outline

    • Verifying CEF Switching
    • Enabling MPLS
    • Change IP TTL Propagation
    • Configure MP-IBGP
    • Configure the VRF Instances
    • Configure RIP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
    • Configure EIGRP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
    • Configure OSPF as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
    • Configure BGP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
    • Configure a Central Services VPN
    • Configure MPLS Traffic Engineering
    • Implement the Service Provider’s and Customer’s IP Addressing and IGP Routing
    • Implement the Core MPLS Environment in the Service Provider Network
    • Implement EIGRP Based VPNs
    • Implement OSPF Based MPLS VPNs
    • Implement BGP Based MPLS VPNs
    • Implement MPLS Traffic Engineering