BGP Mastery For The CCNP ROUTE And TSHOOT Exams

BGP is the toughest subject on the CCNP exams. Master it with Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933!
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Published 5/2012 English

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BGP is the toughest CCNP exam topic out there - and it's on two different exams, ROUTE and TSHOOT!

I cover BGP thoroughly in both my CCNP ROUTE and TSHOOT courses here on Udemy and on my DVDs, and I've created this separate course for those who don't want the full $97 course, but who need the help with BGP. Every single lesson from those courses are right here - over four full hours of in-depth BGP study!

Thanks for enrolling, and for making The Bryant Advantage part of your CCNP success story!

Chris Bryant
CCIE #12933
"The Computer Certification Bulldog"

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Section 1: Welcome! Let's Master BGP, Shall We?

BGP is unlike any protocol you've worked with to this point - and it's a major topic on your CCNP ROUTE and TSHOOT exams.

All mastery begins with the fundamentals, and that's what this video is all about.   We'll discuss the fundamental purpose of BGP, when you need it , when you don't, and how neighbor relationships form - and that's different from other protocols, too!


BGP configurations often use loopbacks to create adjacencies.  In this lecture, you'll see exactly how to do that - and the one command you must add to your config to make it work!


Now that we have the fundamentals of BGP down and we've created some neighbors, we'll start advertising routes!

You'll also be introduced to an all-important BGP concept, the attribute.   In this lecture we'll take a high-level look at mandatory, discretionary, optional, and well-known attributes, and then we'll start working with the Origin and AS_PATH attributes on live Cisco routers.


We'll go over the theory of this attribute, and then see it in action during a live lab - using a topology guaranteed to help you master this important BGP attribute!


We continue our in-depth discussions and labs on BGP attributes with labs illustrating the use of the Multi-Exit Discriminator (MED) and Local Preference attributes.


This lab has it all - eBGP connections, iBGP connections, multiple adjacency points - and it's a great way to see how to change this attribute and how to look out for any "side effects".


Using the same topology from the previous lecture, we'll see how to use route maps to change that attribute value - and a few other little details about route maps as well.


Using a different topology than the previous labs, we'll get some work in with the weight attribute.  After that, I'll introduce you to BGP route aggregation - and that'll prep us for the next lecture where we'll put aggregation into action.


A lot going on in this lecture!   We'll practice BGP route aggregation and use BOTH options for this in our lab - they give very different results, so you better know which option gives which result for your exam and network - and you'll see the results of each.  After that, we'll discuss synchronization and a very important BGP concept, "route reflectors".  We'll see exactly how those routes are reflected -and to whom!


Carrying over from the previous lecture, we'll spend serious time here working with route reflectors on live Cisco equipment - so you'll be ready for theoretical AND practical questions on your CCNP ROUTE exam and in the real world!


All right,  a new kind of list! : )   Seriously, working with prefix lists is important with BGP and as part of your NP studies, so we'll take a close look at them in this lecture.


Route reflectors are one way to logically link BGP speakers together, but not the only way.  In this lecture we'll take a look at two other common methods, peer groups and confederations.


To finish up with BGP, we'll bring the complexity down just a bit and look at some potential scenarios with your ISP and BGP.

Spend as much time with these BGP videos as you need to be completely comfortable with it - it's a major topic on your CCNP ROUTE exam!


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See you there! -- Chris B.

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