Duration: 5 days
Version: 3.0
Continuing Education credits: 40 points
Schedule of CLC-eligible Courses: here

The Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS) is an instructor-led or virtual instructor led course that 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.


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 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

Prerequisite Knowledge

    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 course can help you gain the knowledge you need to prepare for this course: