Description

The Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS) v3.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the concepts of MPLS, describes its implementation, and explains the services built on the MPLS technology, such as MPLS VPN and MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE). The lab exercises enable the learners to gain practical experience with the MPLS and its applications.
The latest 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.

Objectives

The goal of the course is to design, implement, and verify an MPLS VPN domain capable of multiple customer sites with managed central services and Internet access. Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall 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

Outline

The course contains these components:
  • MPLS Concepts
    • Introducing Basic MPLS Concepts
    • Introducing MPLS Labels and Label Stack
    • Identifying MPLS Applications
  • Label Assignment and Distribution
    • Discovering LDP Neighbors
    • Introducing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
    • Introducing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS
    • Challenge Lab: Implement the Service Provider's and Customer's IP Addressing and IGP Routing
  • Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Introducing CEF Switching
    • Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Challenge Lab: Implement the Core MPLS Environment in the Service Provider Network
  • MPLS Virtual Private Network Technology
    • Introducing Virtual Private Networks
    • Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture
    • Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model
    • Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets
  • MPLS VPN Implementation
    • Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
    • Configuring VRF Tables
    • Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
    • Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations
    • Challenge Lab: Implement EIGRP Based VPNs
    • Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
    • Challenge Lab: Implement OSPF Based MPLS VPNs
    • Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
    • Challenge Lab: Implement BGP Based MPLS VPNs
    • Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs
  • Complex MPLS VPNs
    • Introducing Overlapping VPNs
    • Introducing Central Services VPNs
    • Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service
  • Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
    • Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
    • Implementing Internet Access in the MPLS VPN Environment
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering Overview
    • Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
    • MPLS Traffic Engineering Operations
    • Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms
    • Challenge Lab: Implement MPLS Traffic Engineering