Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)

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. The focus of this course is on MPLS technology issues as those issues apply to service providers and on how to configure new features and functions in an existing routed environment.

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 Objectives

Students will gain design, implementation, and verification skills for a 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 Traffic Engineering

Who should attend

The target audience is Service Provider and Enterprise network engineers that design, deploy and maintain core IP routing network infrastructures.

Primary target audience:

  • This course is intended primarily for network administrators, network engineers, network managers and systems engineers who would like to implement MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering.

Secondary target audience:

  • Network designers and project managers.

Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills recommended before attending this course are:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification or equivalent level of working knowledge and experience
  • Configuring Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) on Cisco routers
  • Practical experience with deploying and operating networks based on Cisco network devices and Cisco IOS is strongly recommended
  • The QoS course is highly recommended because QoS knowledge is assumed in several sections of the courseĀ Implementing Cisco Quality of ServiceĀ (QOS)
Duration
5 days

Outline: Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)

Course Outline:

MPLS Features

  • 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

Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms

  • Introducing Cisco Express Forwarding (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

MPLS VPN Technology

  • Introducting 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
  • Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
  • Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol between PE and CE Routers
  • 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

Lab Outline:

  • Discovery 1: Verifying CEF Switching
  • Discovery 2: Enabling MPLS
  • Discovery 3: Change IP TTL Propagation
  • Discovery 4: Configure MP-IBGP
  • Discovery 5: Configure the VRF Instances
  • Discovery 6: Configure RIP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 7: Configure EIGRP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 8: Configure OSPF as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 9: Configure BGP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 10: Configure a Central Services VPN
  • Discovery 11: Configure MPLS Traffic Engineering
  • Challenge 1: Implement the Service Provider’s and Customer’s IP Addressing and IGP Routing
  • Challenge 2: Implement the Core MPLS Environment in the Service Provider Network
  • Challenge 3: Implement EIGRP Based VPNs
  • Challenge 4: Implement OSPF Based MPLS VPNs
  • Challenge 5: Implement BGP Based MPLS VPNs
  • Challenge 6: Implement MPLS Traffic Engineering