Fundamentals of IP Multicast (IP Multicast Survival School Series)

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6+ Hours of Video Instruction

More than 6 hours of video instruction to help you understand, deploy, and manage, basic IP Multicast networks.


Fundamentals of IP Multicast provides the Network Engineer with a basic set of IP Multicast “survival tools” to go alone and unafraid into the world of IP Multicast and deal with much of what IP Multicast throws at them.

Award-winning IP Multicast presenter, Beau Williamson, debunks the myth that IP Multicast is a scary and difficult-to-understand technology. Through network topology presentations, configuration scenarios, guidance through some common mistakes that network engineers make, deployment recommendations, and know-how, Beau paints IP Multicast as an approachable networking solution.

About the Instructor

Beau Williamson, CCIE Emeritus, (aka “Mr. Multicast”) is a Principle Network Engineer whose area of expertise is General IP Routing and IP Multicast. A patent holder and veteran in the computer and networking technology fields for well over 30 years, Beau has taught and consulted on IP Multicast all over the world as a Cisco Systems employee. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Cisco Press book, Developing IP Multicast Networks.

Besides being an accomplished network engineer, Mr. Williamson prides himself at being able to translate, teach, and mentor other engineers on complex networking topics. In fact, many of Mr. Williamson’s presentations have been recorded and are used as technical speaker training material by Power Speaking, Inc. on how to give top-notch technical presentations. He has won numerous awards for speaking, including Five Time Cisco Networkers Top “Power Session” Presenter and Three Time Cisco Networkers Top “Breakout Session” Presenter. He is a CiscoLive Distinguished Speaker.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
Learn How To
  • Map IPv4 MAC addresses
  • Implement Multicast forwarding, routing, and tree building
  • Comprehend the IGMPv3 protocol with a focus on joining, staying on, and leaving a source Multicast tree
  • Configure and deploy Source Specific Multicast (SSM) in your network
  • Understand and configure Bidirectional (BiDir) Multicast in your network
  • Understand and configure Any-Source Multicast (ASM) in your network
  • Comprehend Multiprotocol BGP (MP-BGP), Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP), and basic interdomain Multicast Forwarding
  • Understand Cisco Auto-RP, IETF Bootstrap Router (BSR), Anycast-RP options
  • Comprehend Bit-Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER) concepts and forwarding
  • Understand IPv6 Multicast Addressing, Listener Discovery, and RP Choices
Who Should Take This Course
  • Networking professionals who want to enhance their skillsets with a working knowledge of how IP Multicast works
  • Network engineers seeking to implement IP Multicast in their network
Course Requirements
  • Requires basic knowledge of networking and network configuration
Table of Contents

Lesson 1: A Brief Overview of IP Multicast
Lesson 2: Multicast Addressing
Lesson 3: Multicast Fundamentals
Lesson 4: Host-Router Signaling
Lesson 5: Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
Lesson 6: Bidirectional Multicast (BiDir)
Lesson 7: Any-Source Multicast (ASM)
Lesson 8: Inter-Domain Multicast
Lesson 9: ASM Redundant RP Choices
Lesson 10: Bit-Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER)
Lesson 11: IPv6 Multicast

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1 kicks off with a history lesson of the justification for why Multicast was created, before moving on to an examination of flood and prune protocols, and an exploration of explicit signaling protocols. It wraps up with a look at some of the characteristics of IP Multicast.

Lesson 2 provides coverage of IPv4 Multicast addresses and how they map to Layer 2 to become Multicast MAC-layer addresses.

Lesson 3 covers the fundamentals of IP Multicast, including forwarding, routing, and tree building.

Lesson 4 explores the IGMPv3 protocol before moving on to a look at how hosts join, stay on, and leave a source Multicast tree. The lesson wraps up with a comparison of the previous IGMP versions as well as an exploration of IGMP snooping technology.

Lesson 5 introduces SSM with a review of the origins of PIM-SSM, before moving on to a look at the fundamentals of SSM and how to configure SSM in your network. The lesson concludes with an examination of barriers to SSM deployment and how to use and configure SSM mapping to mitigate those barriers.

Lesson 6 begins by exploring basic BiDir Multicast concepts before moving on to coverage of BiDir shared trees. Finally, the lesson concludes with coverage of how to configure BiDir Multicast in your network.

Lesson 7 examines what makes Multicast difficult for network engineers, before shifting to coverage of ASM concepts and how to configure a simple ASM network.

Lesson 8 reviews the history of Inter-Domain Multicast before diving briefly into MP-BGP and MSDP, and concluding with a look at how Inter-Domain Multicast Forwarding operates.

Lesson 9 explores Cisco Auto-RP, IETF BSR, Anycast-RP using MSDP, as well as Anycast-RP using PIM.

Lesson 10 reviews the origins of the BIER multicast model, before diving in behind the basic concepts behind BIER, and concludes with a look at how BIER works in a Multicast domain

Lesson 11 wraps up the course with an exploration of IPv6 Multicast addressing, listener discovery, RP choices, and contrasts between IPv4 and IPv6 Multicast.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Fundamentals of IP Multicast: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: A Brief Overview of IP Multicast
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Examining the “Why” of L3 Broadcast Domains
    3. 1.2 Exploring Flood and Prune Protocols
    4. 1.3 Exploring Explicit Signaling Protocols
    5. 1.4 Understanding Multicast Characteristics
  3. Lesson 2: Multicast Addressing
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Understanding IPv4 Multicast Addresses
    3. 2.2 Exploring IPv4 Multicast MAC Address Mapping
  4. Lesson 3: Multicast Fundamentals
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Understanding Multicast Forwarding
    3. 3.2 Examining Multicast Routing Tree Building
  5. Lesson 4: Host-Router Signaling
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Exploring the IGMPv3 Protocol
    3. 4.2 Joining and Staying on a Source Tree
    4. 4.3 Leaving a Source Tree
    5. 4.4 Contrasting IGMPv3 with Older Versions
    6. 4.5 Examining IGMP Snooping
  6. Lesson 5: Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Reviewing the Long Road to PIM-SSM
    3. 5.2 Understanding SSM Fundamentals
    4. 5.3 Configuring SSM
    5. 5.4 Examining the Barriers to SSM Deployment
    6. 5.5 Using and Configuring SSM Mapping
  7. Lesson 6: Bidirectional Multicast (BiDir)
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Examining BiDir Multicast Concepts
    3. 6.2 Understanding BiDir Shared Trees
    4. 6.3 Configuring BiDir Multicast
  8. Lesson 7: Any-Source Multicast (ASM)
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Understanding What Makes Multicast Difficult
    3. 7.2 Exploring ASM Concepts
    4. 7.3 Configuring a Simple ASM Network
  9. Lesson 8: Inter-Domain Multicast
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 8.1 Reviewing the History of Inter-Domain Multicast
    3. 8.2 Examining MP-BGP: Multiprotocol BGP
    4. 8.3 Examining MSDP: Multicast Source Discovery Protocol
    5. 8.4 Exploring Inter-Domain Multicast Forwarding
  10. Lesson 9: ASM Redundant RP Choices
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 9.1 Exploring Cisco Auto-RP
    3. 9.2 Exploring IETF Bootstrap Router (BSR)
    4. 9.3 Understanding Anycast-RP Using MSDP
    5. 9.4 Exploring Anycast-RP Using PIM
  11. Lesson 10: Bit-Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER)
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 10.1 Understanding Basic BIER Concepts
    3. 10.2 Exploring BIER Forwarding
  12. Lesson 11: IPv6 Multicast
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 11.1 Understanding IPv6 Multicast Addressing
    3. 11.2 Understanding IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery
    4. 11.3 Examining IPv6 RP Choices
  13. Summary
    1. Fundamentals of IP Multicast: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Fundamentals of IP Multicast (IP Multicast Survival School Series)
  • Author(s): Beau Williamson
  • Release date: October 2018
  • Publisher(s): Cisco Press
  • ISBN: 0135240646