This self-paced On-Demand eLearning course provides students with the knowledge required to design, implement, and troubleshoot the most crucial elements of a modern MPLS deployment in a real-world service provider production network. This course includes extensive coverage of the RSVP and LDP protocols and an introductory appendix on MPLS segment routing. Technologies covered include the MPLS data plane, RSVP bandwidth and priorities, backup and local repair paths, label-switched path (LSP) optimization, LDP enhancement and best practices, and a dedicated module on troubleshooting. This course includes a module on RSVP auto-bandwidth and a wide variety of advanced RSVP features. Students gain experience with all of these protocols and features through a combination of modules and hands-on labs. This course includes audio and closed captioning in English as well as AI-generated closed captioning for German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese. Watch a Sneak Peek

Purchase Includes: 365 Days of Access
Certification Track: Service Provider Routing & Switching
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Last Updated: Monday, November 13, 2023
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Course Introduction
This module provides an overview of the course.
MPLS - Introduction
This module describes the BGP remote next-hop mechanic and hop-by-hop forwarding, it explains the original historical motivations for MPLS and alternative modern use cases for MPLS.
MPLS - The Mechanics
This module explains how labels are built and how they flow between routers. It also covers end-to-end data plane of a packet across a label-switch path. This module also summarizes the four primary protocols that can build label-switched paths.
1h 1m
MPLS - Static LSPs and the Forwarding Plane
This module covers how to configure a service provider’s edge and core devices for MPLS, configure the headend router of an LSP, and the configuration's impact on the router’s inet.3 table. Further, it covers configuring transit routers and verifying their mpls.0 tables. This module also introduces you to the lab environment. It describes the topology of your lab, the benefits of logical systems, and how to navigate between logical systems on a main router.

LAB: Static LSPs and the Forwarding Plane.
2h 15m
RSVP - Introduction
This module explains the purpose, features, and advantages of RSVP. It explains configuring a service provider network to host RSVP label-switched paths.
RSVP - Configuring a Basic LSP
This module prepares you to configure and verify an RSVP label-switched path. It explains the purpose of MPLS self-ping and how an RSVP LSP is signaled and created.
RSVP - The Traffic Engineering Database
This module describes the purpose of the IS-IS/OSPF traffic engineering extensions. It explains how to configure and verify an LSP that uses the traffic engineering extensions to calculate its path and the impact that loose and strict hops can have on an LSP.

2h 2m
JMF Activity 01
This activity reviews concepts in Modules 2 through Module 7.
RSVP - LSP Bandwidth Reservation
This module describes use cases for RSVP bandwidth reservations and the Path message objects, and how to configure LSP bandwidth reservations and verify the configuration.
RSVP - LSP Priorities
This module describes the default RSVP LSP priority levels, how to configure alternative settings, and how to configure LSP soft preemption to avoid downtime.

LAB: RSVP - LSP Bandwidth and Priorities.
1h 46m
RSVP - Constrained Shortest Path First and Admin Groups
This module explains the CSPF algorithm, tie breakers, and how to configure and verify admin groups on LSPs.
RSVP - LSP Failures, Errors, and Session Maintenance
This module describes the events that can tear down an LSP, and how RSVP has changed over the years from a soft-state protocol to a reliable stateful protocol.
RSVP - Primary and Secondary Paths
This module explains the use cases and configuration for primary and secondary paths, how to identify the benefits and trade-offs of standby secondary paths and the advantage of pre-installing backup paths to the forwarding table.

LAB: RSVP - Primary and Secondary Paths.
1h 51m
RSVP - Local Repair: Part 1: One-to-One Backup or Fast Reroute
This module explains how to protect against link failure and node failure, it covers two methods of local repair, and then discusses One-to-One backup.
RSVP - Local Repair: Part 2: Facility Backup or Node-Link-Protection
This module continues coverage of One-to-One backup, how to merge detour paths, and how One-to-One backups are created for each LSP It also explains how to verify that all is working.

LAB: RSVP - One-to-One Backup and facility Backup.
1h 51m
JMF Activity 02
This activity reviews concepts in Modules 8 through Module 14.
RSVP - LSP Optimization
This module describes LSP optimization algorithm and how to configure this feature.
RSVP - Make-Before-Break and Adaptive
This module describes the make-before-break mechanic, lists the features that use this mechanic, how shared explicit signaling can prevent double-counting of bandwidth, and how to configure this feature for all other LSPs.
LDP - The Label Distribution Protocol
This module describes the key features, advantages, and trade-offs of LDP. It also explains how LDP generates and advertises MPLS labels.
LDP - Configuration 
This module describes LDP protocol messages and how to configure a basic LDP deployment.
LDP - Enhancements and Best Practices
This module explains the LDP-IGP Synchronization feature, how the BGP next-hop resolution process can be altered in LDP, and how to Configure session protection to improve the integrity of LDP during network failure.
LDP - Egress, Import, and Export Policies 
This module cover how to configure and verify LDP egress policies to advertise any FEC of your choosing and how to configure and verify LDP import and export policies to limit the distribution of FECs.

LAB: LDP - Label Distribution Protocol.
1h 38m
Appendix: Segment Routing
This module defines a segment. It explains how segment routing advertises MPLS labels within IS-IS or OSPF. The module explains how to configure segment routing to advertise adjacency SIDs and shortest-path routing as a replacement to LDP.
JMF Activity 03
This activity reviews concepts in Modules 15 through Module 21.
$3,000 USD