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ASR9KE: Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series Essentials v4.0

The Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series Essential version 4 instructor-led course offered by High-Touch Delivery Learning Services introduces you to the features and functions of the Cisco® ASR 9000 Series platforms. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will gain an understanding of all major aspects of the platform, including hardware; software; Layer 2 and Layer 3 services; Layer 2 and Layer 3 multicast; operations, administration, and management (OAM); quality of service (QoS) features; and network virtualization.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • List and describe the major features and benefits of a Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • List and describe the major features and benefits of the Cisco IOS® XR Software operating system
  • Understand data flow through the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • Configure the Cisco ASR 9000, back out of configuration changes, and restore older versions of the configuration
  • Install the Cisco IOS XR operating system, package information envelopes (PIEs), and software maintenance updates (SMUs)
  • Enable multicast routing on a Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • Configure Multiprotocol Label Switch–Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE) on a Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • Configure Layer 3 VPN services
  • Configure Ethernet link bundles
  • Configure local E-Line L2VPN
  • Configure Ethernet over MPLS E-Line L2VPN
  • Configure EoMPLS with pseudowire backup
  • Configure local E-LAN L2VPN
  • Configure link-based Ethernet operations, administration, and maintenance (E-OAM)
  • Configure virtual private LAN service (VPLS) L2VPN
  • Configure VPLS with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autodiscovery
  • Configure service-based connectivity fault management (CFM)
  • Describe Multiple Spanning Tree–Access Gateway (MST-AG)
  • Configure Layer 2 multicast features
  • Describe basic QoS implementation
  • Describe how to configure and verify network virtualization (nV) on the ASR 9000 series

Course Content

  • Introduction to the Cisco ASR 9000 Aggregation Series
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Hardware
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Overview
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Basics
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Software Installation
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Operations
  • Cisco IOS XR Routing Protocols
  • Layer 3 Multicast
  • Cisco IOS XR MPLS
  • Cisco IOS XR Layer 3 VPN
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Layer 2 Architecture
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Point-to-Point Layer 2 Services
  • Cisco ASR 9000MultipointLayer2 Services
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Operations, Administration, and Maintenance
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Layer 2 Multicast
  • Cisco ASR 9000 QoS
  • Cisco ASR 9000 Network Virtualization


  • Hardware Discovery and Initial Configuration
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Installation
  • Cisco IOS XR Operations
  • OSPF Routing Configuration
  • IS-IS Routing Configuration
  • BGP Routing Configuration
  • Layer 3 Multicast
  • MPLS
  • Layer 3 VPN
  • Local E-Line
  • EoMPLS E-Line
  • Local E-LAN
  • VPLS
  • OAM
  • Layer 2 Multicast

Target Audience

This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers in their network environment. The primary audience for this course includes:

  • System engineers
  • Technical support personnel
  • Channel partners, resellers

Course Duration

5 days

Suggested Pre-requisites

The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic knowledge of router installation and some experience with installation tools
  • Routing protocol configuration experience with BGP, Intermediate System-to-Intermediate
  • System (IS-IS), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Knowledge of Layer 2 IEEE switching and related protocols
  • Strong knowledge of MPLS configuration or multicast configuration experience
  • Experience troubleshooting Cisco routers in a large network environment

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