MPLS Fundamentals

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More than 7 Hours of Expert Video Instruction

MPLS is a key technology for service providers and large enterprises seeking to streamline network management, improve scalability, and simplify migration to newer designs. The MPLS Fundamentals LiveLessons video training course offers more than 7 hours of expert instruction on MPLS network protocols, services, deployment, and operation.

Presented by a Cisco technical leader who provides advanced MPLS support to leading service providers, MPLS Fundamentals LiveLessons provides a strong foundation of knowledge for working with MPLS in any environment. Luc De Ghein explains how and why MPLS works, covering MPLS advantages, architecture, protocols, packet forwarding, VPNs, traffic engineering, segment routing, QoS, troubleshooting, and more.

De Ghein’s 11 well-organized lessons and more than 40 concise sublessons explore real examples, sample output, and easy-to-follow concept teaching and demos. This is the perfect course to learn MPLS from the ground up, or to supplement your existing knowledge with the most up-to-date training available from the world’s foremost MPLS expert. Whatever your role in running MPLS networks, MPLS Fundamentals LiveLessons will help you get the results you’re looking for.

Coverage includes
  • The key problems MPLS solves, and how it solves them
  • Essential MPLS services, architecture, and building blocks
  • How label distribution works and forwarding tables are built
  • Using label stacking, router label operations, and TTL
  • Understanding LDP discovery, sessions, and LIB/LFIB forwarding tables
  • Establishing MPLS Layer 3 VPNs from start to finish
  • Routing between core and customer routers
  • Establishing Internet connections and provisioning IPv6 services
  • Delivering Inter-Autonomous System services with MPLS VPN Layer 3
  • Working with MPLS VPN Layer 2: both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint
  • Performing MPLS traffic engineering
  • Using segment routing to simplify growing networks
  • Propagating Quality of Service (QoS) information throughout MPLS networks

About the Instructor

Luc De Ghein, CCIE No. 1897, has served as a Cisco TAC (Technical Assistance Center) engineer for 21 years, supporting MPLS, IP multicast, and other routing protocols. He is currently a Cisco TAC Technical Leader for these technologies and for the service provider community. A distinguished Cisco Live speaker, he also runs advanced networking labs for customers and partners. He is author of the book MPLS Fundamentals.

Skill Level
All levels

Learn How To
  • Deploy and operate MPLS networks
  • Explore an MPLS network’s architecture and building blocks
  • Perform core MPLS tasks with Cisco IOS or IOS-XR commands
  • Control label operations and distribution
  • Implement Layer 3 VPNs, the most popular MPLS service
  • Choose the best way to provide Layer 3 Inter-Autonomous System services
  • Apply powerful new MPLS segment routing techniques
  • Use traffic engineering to optimize network efficiency and reduce cost
  • Take full advantage of RSVP and Fast ReRoute link, node, and path protection
  • Support QoS transport with DiffServ tunneling
  • Troubleshoot MPLS forwarding with ping and traceroute
  • Master MPLS topics on CCIE Routing & Switching and Service Provider exams
Who Should Take This Course
Any networking professional or IT engineer who works with MPLS in service provider or enterprise environments, and all network professionals studying for the CCIE Routing & Switching or Service Provider exam.

Course Requirements
Requires basic knowledge of routing and routing protocols.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. MPLS Fundamentals: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction
    1. Topics
    2. 1.1 Benefits of MPLS
  3. Lesson 2: MPLS Architecture
    1. Topics
    2. 2.1 MPLS Labels, LSPs, and FECs
    3. 2.2 Label Distribution Protocols
    4. 2.3 Label Distribution Modes
    5. 2.4 Label Forwarding Instance Base (LFIB)
  4. Lesson 3: Forwarding Labeled Packets
    1. Topics
    2. 3.1 Label Stack
    3. 3.2 Forwarding with Labels
    4. 3.3 Reserved Labels: Range and Values
    5. 3.4 Reserved Labels: Demo
    6. 3.5 TTL Handling
  5. Lesson 4: Label Distribution Protocol
    1. Topics
    2. 4.1 LDP Operation: Basics, Building Blocks, and Messages
    3. 4.2 LDP Operation: Creating LFIB Entries, Creating LSPS, and Targeted LDP Sessions
    4. 4.3 LDP Operation: Demo
    5. 4.4 Label Advertisement Control
    6. 4.5 LDP Session Protection
  6. Lesson 5: MPLS VPN Layer 3
    1. Topics
    2. 5.1 Introduction to MPLS VPN
    3. 5.2 Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
    4. 5.3 Route Advertisement: Building Blocks
    5. 5.4 Route Advertisement: Route Propagation and VPN Extranet
    6. 5.5 Route Advertisement: Demo
    7. 5.6 Packet Forwarding
    8. 5.7 PE-CE Routing Protocols
    9. 5.8 PE-CE Routing Protocols: Demo
    10. 5.9 Internet Access and Multi-VRF CE (VRF Light)
    11. 5.10 6PE
    12. 5.11 6VPE
  7. Lesson 6: Inter-Autonomous MPLS VPN
    1. Topics
    2. 6.1 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Option A
    3. 6.2 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Option B: Mechanics
    4. 6.3 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Option B: Demo
    5. 6.4 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Option C: Mechanics
    6. 6.5 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Option C: Demo
    7. 6.6 Inter-AS MPLS VPN Carrier’s Carrier
  8. Lesson 7: MPLS VPN Layer 2
    1. Topics
    2. 7.1 MPLS VPN Layer 2: Architecture and Fundamental Concepts
    3. 7.2 MPLS VPN Layer 2: Point-to-Point Services Demo
    4. 7.3 Point-to-Point vs Point-to-Multipoint
    5. 7.4 MPLS VPN Layer 2: Point-to-Multipoint Services Demo
  9. Lesson 8: Traffic Engineering
    1. Topics
    2. 8.1 Why Traffic Engineering
    3. 8.2 Distribution of TE Information (IGP): Fundamental Concepts
    4. 8.3 Distribution of TE Information (IGP): Demo
    5. 8.4 RSVP: PATH and Resv Messages
    6. 8.5 RSVP: Signaling and Special Messages
    7. 8.6 RSVP: Demo
    8. 8.7 Routing and Cost of TE LSP
    9. 8.8 Forwarding onto TE LSPs
    10. 8.9 Fast ReRoute (FRR)
    11. 8.10 FRR Link Protection
    12. 8.11 FRR Node Protection
    13. 8.12 FRR Path Protection
    14. 8.13 MPLS TE and MPLS VPN
  10. Lesson 9: MPLS Segment Routing
    1. Topics
    2. 9.1 Overview of Segment Routing
    3. 9.2 IGP and Label Distribution: Fundamental Concepts
    4. 9.3 IGP and Label Distribution: Demo
    5. 9.4 Traffic Engineering with Segment Routing
    6. 9.5 Controllers
  11. Lesson 10: MPLS QoS Modes
    1. Topics
    2. 10.1 Uniform, Short Pipe, Pipe Modes
  12. Lesson 11: Troubleshooting MPLS Networks
    1. Topics
    2. 11.1 Ping and Traceroute in an MPLS Network
    3. 11.2 Applying Traceroute in MPLS Networks
  13. Summary
    1. MPLS Fundamentals: Summary

Product information

  • Title: MPLS Fundamentals
  • Author(s): Luc De Ghein
  • Release date: June 2017
  • Publisher(s): Cisco Press
  • ISBN: 0134675398