The Cisco NCS 2000 Series Deploying 96-Channel Flex Spectrum (NCS2K-FS) release 10.0 version 1 is a 3-day lab-intensive instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 2000 Series with Cisco Flex Spectrum (NCS2K-FS). The course briefly reviews the fiber cleaning and dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) basics, as well as how to design Cisco Flex Spectrum networks using the Cisco Transport Planner tool.
The course covers the Cisco NCS 2002 and NCS 2006 shelves, the Cisco NCS 2000 16-Channel Wavelength Cross-Connect (WXC) card, Cisco NCS 2000 EDFA 17 and 24 amplifiers, and Cisco NCS 2000 EDRA 17 and 24 amplifiers. The learner learns how the Cisco NCS 2000 96-channel WXC card is designed, and sets up a two-node 96-channel system, creates simple DWDM optical circuits between nodes, and then creates 10G transponder circuits using the 10 x 10 multiport cards.
The course explains the difference between colored and colorless ports, whereby the learner installs 40G transponder circuits using the colorless option. In addition, the course explores reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) and mesh configurations up to 16 degrees, including the option for omnidirectional add and drop.
The course also includes methods for performance monitoring and troubleshooting the Cisco Flex Spectrum system.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe the principles of a wavelength cross-connect-based DWDM mesh network
  • Successfully run the Cisco Transport provisioning tool and design simple Flex Spectrum networks
  • Create a Cisco Flex Spectrum node using the Cisco Transport Planner tool and design tool output
  • Create simple DWDM circuits that traverse the Flex Spectrum network and trace the power from beginning to end
  • Configure the 10 x 10 card for five individual transponders and appropriate G.709 options
  • Describe and install the provisionable patch cord (PPC) association between transponder ports and the DWDM multiplexer and demultiplexer ports, and install optical-channel client connections
  • List and describe the major features and benefits of the Cisco NCS 2000 Series EDFA 17 and 24 amplifiers and EDRA 17 and 24 amplifiers
  • Describe the difference between colored and colorless ports, and colorless applications
  • Install 40G transponder circuits on colorless ports and change the wavelength without moving fiber jumpers
  • Describe the concept of omnidirectional add and drop, and omnidirectional applications
  • Install the cross-connect options for nodes with four or more sides
  • Conduct maintenance and performance-monitoring tasks
  • Troubleshoot the 96-channel Flex Spectrum system


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco NCS 2000 FlexSpectrum Product Overview
  • DWDM Fundamentals for Flex Spectrum
  • Safety
  • Fiber Cleaning
  • Test Equipment
  • Shelf Components and Software
  • Documentation
  • Cisco Transport Controller
  • Lab: Start the Cisco Transport Controller (CTC) and access NCS 2006 shelves
  • Cisco Transport Planner
  • Lab: Configure the Cisco Transport Planner (CTP) and create Flex Spectrum Networks
  • Shelf and Card Installation
  • Multishelf
  • Node Turnup
  • Lab: Set up the two-node Flex Spectrum network
  • Linear Network
  • Optical Channel Network Connection
  • Lab: Install optical-channel network circuits and inspect power levels
  • 10x10 Card and 10G Transponder
  • Lab: Set 10x10 card mode and 10G transponder ports
  • Optical-Channel Client Connection
  • Lab: Install internal connections and optical-channel client connections
  • Colorless Ports
  • 40G and 100G Transponders
  • Lab: Install 40G transponders on colorless ports and change the wavelength
  • ROADM Ring
  • Mesh Network and Multiple-Fiber Push-On (MPO) Cross-Connects
  • Omnidirectional Add and Drop
  • Maintenance and Performance Monitoring
  • Lab: Explore maintenance and performance monitoring capabilities
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lab: Troubleshooting Flex Spectrum

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows: