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Implementing Cisco MPLS

Service providers (and enterprises acting as service providers) are faced with 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 service providers realize that something else is needed. Not only must service providers 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 – ATM switches or existing routers in the center of the service provider core 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 allows service providers the ability to support value-added features that are critical for their networks.


Who Should Enroll?

This training class is aimed at anyone responsible for designing, implementing, or troubleshooting MPLS networks or solutions based on MPLS technology.


Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)


Among other tasks, after taking this class you should be able to:
~ Label and tag distribution protocol
~ MPLS VPNs/VPN deployment models
~ Multiprotocol BGP
~ MPLS VPN configurations, integration, and management

Prerequisite Knowledge Advisory

Before taking this class, you should have the following experience and skills:
~ Configure BGP on Cisco Routers

Course Duration

5 days instructor-led training with hands-on lab practice.

Exam Required for MPLS Certification

No exam available

MPLS Outline

The class outline is as follows:


    MPLS Concepts

    • MPLS Labels and Label Stack
    • MPLS Applications

    MPLS Label Assignment and Distribution

    • Discovering LDP Neighbors
    • Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
    • Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS
    • MPLS Label Allocation, Distribution, and Retention Modes
    • Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms

      • CEF Switching
      • Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS
      • Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS
      • Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS

      MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN) Technology

      • VPN Categorization
      • MPLS VPN Architecture
      • MPLS VPN Routing Model
      • MPLS VPN Packet Forwarding
      • MPLS VPN Implementation

        • MPLS VPN Mechanisms
        • Configuring VRF Tables
        • Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
        • Configuring Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
        • RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, BGP
        • Monitoring MPLS VPN Operation
        • Troubleshooting MPLS VPN

        Complex MPLS VPNs

        • Central Services VPNs
        • Managed CE Router Service
        • MPLS Managed Services
        • Integrated Internet Access with MPLS VPNs

          • VPN Internet Access Topologies
          • VPN Internet Access Implementation Methods
          • Separating Internet Access from VPN Services
          • Internet Access Backbone as a Separate VPN

          MPLS Traffic Engineering

          • Traffic Engineering (TE) Concepts
          • MPLS TE Components
          • MPLS TE Operations
          • Configuring MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms
          • Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS


        (The instructor may choose a selection of the following labs)

        • Configure an IP Routed Network
        • Enabling MPLS in the Core Environment
        • Initial MPLS VPN Setup
        • Running EIGRP Between the PE and CE Routers
        • Running OSPF Between the PE and CE Routers
        • Running BGP Between the PE and CE Routers
        • Configuring Overlapping VPNs
        • Merging Service Providers
        • Enabling Common Services VPNs
        • Configuring Central Site Internet Connectivity with an MPLS VPN
        • Implementing Basic MPLS Traffic Engineering