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MPLS Fundamentals: Cisco CCNP & Real World

This is a complete guide of the MPLS protocol...what it can do for your network and when, how and where to use it.
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In this course we will cover all the fundamentals of MPLS. We will be discussing why MPLS was implemented, the terminology used in an MPLS environment, the configurations used in MPLS, concentrating in using Layer 3 VPNs.

We will discuss the LDP protocol, what labels are and how they get forward it to other LDR Routers. Using the hands on lab we will get to see how these labels get forwarded and we will be configuring multiple IGP routing protocols along with BGP to get information across our network.

We will be creating multiple types of VPNs and through the use for Route Targets and Route Reflectors, we'll demonstrate how packets can be manipulated in a particular direction.

We will definitely be creating Provider Edge routers Customer Edge Routers and have customers within the same company communicate with each other and different companies also be able to communicate with each other through VPN.

We will also learn how to create VRF's in order to make all this possible, as well as understand the CEF, LFIB, LRIB and much more tables in order to troubleshoot MPLS.

DISCLAIMER:   Please note that the simulators/emulators used in this course are not part of the course. It is the students responsibility to have these to practice with. The Cisco Packet Tracer and/or  VIRAL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab) are Cisco proprietary softwares and can only be obtained through Cisco. It is up to each student to obtain the simulator/emulator of their choice to study along with this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students preparing for CCNP or CCIE certifications would benefit greatly from taking this course. But also those IT individuals that are working in real world environment would gain some knowledge on MPLS application.
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What Will I Learn?
The goal of this course is to give to the student an understanding of the real importance of MPLS and its applications. Also this course will help you understand the concepts needed for your CCNP and CCIE certifications purposes.
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  • Anyone taking this course should have an understanding of networking specifically in the WAN domain.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 04:09:57
Introducing the Multiple Protocol Label Switching Protocol
5 Lectures 33:22

In this lecture you will not only get a peek into the world MPLS but a guide or map of the course that will guide you a step at a time in order to understand the real use of MPLS in the networking world.

Preview 07:25

This lecture will make you aware how long MPLS has been in use and why it was created to begin with.

Preview 03:46

In this lecture we will learn the different terms used in MPLS. This will allow you to properly troubleshoot in a real world environment or for a certification exam.

MPLS Terminology

In this lecture students will get a look at the warm up lab they will be doing. I will explain the steps you would need to do when configuring the MPLS protocol

The MPLS Warm Up Lab Design

In this lecture we will summarize everything that was covered in the section.

Summary of Section

Assesment of Section 1

MPLS Section 1Quiz
5 questions
In this section students will gain knowledge on MPLS labels and configurations
5 Lectures 01:04:23

In this lecture student will get a better understanding of the LDP protocol

Introduction to MPLS LDP

In this lecture I will dissect the MPLS label and explain how its used in an MPLS network

The MPLS Label

This lecture is the Warm up lab that we will be configuring MPLS protocol in order to get familiarized with it.

Actual configuration of the Warm Up Lab

In this lecture I will explain in more detail what actually happens to the label as it goes across the a network for Ingress PE to Egress PE.

Actual lab for Penultimate Hop Pop

This lecture will summarize the entire section and what students should've learned.

Summary of Section

MPLS Section 2Quiz
5 questions
In this section students will gain knowledge on advanced configurations for MPLS
5 Lectures 01:23:00

In this lecture I will explain the lab we will be working with for the rest of the course.

Preview 02:43

In this lecture I explain how to configure the ISIS routing protocols in order to get connectivity across your backbone network.

Introduction Advanced Lab ISIS MPLS

In this lab you will learn how to create and assign VRF's to the PE routers and what their purpose is.

Advanced Lab VRF

In this lesson I will show the students how to configure BGP in the backbone network. Will also show students where and how you could configure route reflectors

Configure BGP for PE to PE communication

This lecture will summarize the entire section

Summary of Section

MPLS Section 3 Quiz
5 questions
Provider edge to customer edge communication
5 Lectures 36:27

In this lecture students will begin to get an understanding of how to peer PE to CE communication and protocols they can use

Preview 01:31

In this lecture student will configure the BGP protocol to peer up with the CE router and configure BGP on the CE router to peer with the PE router..

Introduction to PE - CE communications using BGP

In this lecture students will learn how to configure the RIPv2 routing protocol on the PE router in order to communicate with the CE Router. Students will also configure RIPv2 on CE routers.

Intro to PE - CE communication using RIPv2

In this lecture students will configure EIGRP on the PE router in order to be able to communicate with the CE router.

Students will also configure EIGRP on CE routers using the correct AS number.

Intro to PE - CE communication using EIGRP

This lecture summarizes the entire section.

Summary of the Section

MPLS Section 4 Quiz
5 questions
This section is dedicated to Traffic Engineering and the how the concept works
3 Lectures 26:38

In this lecture student will get a brief explanation to what traffic engineering is and what we can do with it.

Introduction to the Traffic Engineering Section

In this lecture we will configure traffic engineering on the routers and show how to actually build a TE tunnel and control the path of a packet based on a criteria.

Introduction to configuration of the Traffic Engineering Lab

This lecture is the summary of the entire section

Summary of TE Section

MPLS Section 5 Quiz
5 questions
Course Summary Section which will give a brief overview of what has been taught
1 Lecture 06:07

In this lecture I will briefly sum up what was covered on the entire course.

Course Summary

MPLS Final Exam
25 questions
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