Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)

The course will enable learners to gather information from the technology basics to advanced VPN configuration. The focus of the course is on VPN technology issues of MPLS from the Service Providers perspective and how to configure some of those features and functions in an existing routed environment. A basic introductory level of some of the more updated features and functions such as Traffic Engineering, Fast Reroute and Any Transport over MPLS (AToM) are introduced on a concept level only and the MPLS Traffic Engineering and other Features course should be taken for in depth learning of those topics.

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

Course Outline

Module 1: MPLS Features
Lesson 1: Describing Basic MPLS Concepts
Lesson 2: Describing MPLS Labels and Label Stack
Lesson 3: Identifying MPLS Applications

Module 2: Label Assignment and Distribution
Lesson 1: Discovering LDP Neighbors
Lesson 2: Describing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
Lesson 3: Describing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS

Module 3: Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 1: Using Cisco Express Forwarding Switching
Lesson 2: Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 3: Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms

Module 4: MPLS VPN Technology
Lesson 1: Introducing Virtual Private Networks
Lesson 2: Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture
Lesson 3: Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model
Lesson 4: Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets

Module 5: MPLS VPN Implementation
Lesson 1: Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 2: Configuring VRF Tables
Lesson 3: Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
Lesson 4: Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
Lesson 5: Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations
Lesson 6: Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
Lesson 7: Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
Lesson 8: Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs

Module 6: Complex MPLS VPNs
Lesson 1: Introducing Overlapping VPNs
Lesson 2: Introducing Central Services VPNs
Lesson 3: Using Advanced VRF Import and Export Features
Lesson 4: Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service

Module 7: Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
Lesson 1: Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
Lesson 2: Implementing Separate Internet Access and VPN Services
Lesson 3: Implementing Internet Access as a Separate VPN

Module 8: MPLS TE Overview
Lesson 1: Introducing Traffic Engineering Concepts
Lesson 2: Understanding MPLS TE Components
Lesson 3: Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms
Lesson 4: Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms

Lab 2-1: Establishing the Service Provider IGP Routing Environment
Lab 3-1: Establishing the Core MPLS Environment
Lab 5-1: Configuring Initial MPLS VPN Setup
Lab 5-2: Running EIGRP Between PE and CE Routers
Lab 5-3: Running OSPF Between PE and CE Routers
Lab 5-4: Running BGP Between PE and CE Routers
Lab 6-1: Establishing Overlapping VPNs
Lab 6-2: Merging Service Providers
Lab 6-3: Establishing a Common Services VPN
Lab 7-1: Establishing Central Site Internet Connectivity with an MPLS VPN
Lab 8-1: Implementing Basic MPLS TE


Implementing cisco MPLS is recommended training for individuals seeking certification as a Cisco CCIP. The focus of this course is on MPLS technology issues as those issues apply to service providers and how to configure new features and functions in an existing routed environment.

Available Course Dates

10/30/2017 10:00 am - 11/03/2017 6:00 pm
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