MPLS – Multi-Protocol Label Switching Duration: 2 days

MPLS – Multi-Protocol Label Switching
This course provides an in-depth study of the MPLS technology, including the theory and configuration, network design issues, operations, VPN, and traffic engineering. We will start with an overview of conventional routing and how it compares to MPLS routing. We will then learn about the underlying concepts, features, functions, benefits, and applications of MPLS. We will the frame-mode MPLS, the concept of MPLS labels, label stack and different label formats, the label distribution process between LSRs, the loop detection and prevention mechanisms in MPLS, MPLS architecture, MPLS VPN, MPLS QoS, and MPLS traffic engineering. We will conclude with an exploration of the future trends related to the MPLS technology.

Those with a technical background who are familiar with data networking concepts and have the need to understand the evolving MPLS-based systems.

Routing knowledge (OSPF/IS-IS and BGP/MP-BGP) equivalent to our course IP Routing Technical.

This is a theoretical training with practical exercises.

NOTE: This course is not delivered with the FoldOut methodology.

The strength of MPLS Drawbacks of traditional routing Frame Mode MPLS Traffic Engineering MPLS VPNs
•    L2 VPNs
•    L3 VPNs

MPLS Multicast MPLS IPv6 MPLS QoS Label Switching Router
•    LSR
•    Edge LSR

Router Architecture
•    Control Plane
•    Data Plane

MPLS Labels Label Distributions Protocols, LDP / TDP Label Space
•    Per-interface
•    Per-platform

Label Distribution
•    Unsolicited downstream
•    Downstream-on-demand

Label Allocation
•    Independent control
•    Ordered control

Label Retention
•    Liberal label retention mode
•    Conservative label retention mode

Routing Protocols in MPLS networks
•    Customer IGP
•    iBGP
•    MP-BGP
•    Core IGP

CEF / FIB FEC Describing MPLS Frame Mode Packet propagation in MPLS networks MPLS Label swapping Tables
•    FIB (Forwarding Information Base)
•    LIB (Label Information Base)
•    LFIB (Label Forwarding Information Base)

Establishing LDP sessions Label switched paths (LSP) Impact of IP route summarization on LSPs Detecting loops in MPLS networks
•    TTL propagation
•    Disabling TTL propagation
•    Traceroute with disabled TTL propagation

•    VPN terminology
•    CE / PE / P routers
•    Customer Site
•    Provider network
•    Global IP routing table
•    VRF tables
•    VPNv4 addresses
•    MultiProtocol BGP (MP-BGP)
•    Route Distinguisher (RD) 64bit value
•    Route Targets (RT)

Configuring Frame Mode MPLS
•    Enable CEF
•    Configure TDP / LDP
•    Configure MPLS ID
•    Configure MTU size
•    Configure IP TTL Propagation

Monitoring & Troubleshooting MPLS Debugging MPLS and LDP Labs: Configure MPLS (label switching) Configure IP L3 VPNs Configuring MPLS L3
•    VPNs
•    Creating VRF tables
•    Assigning RDs
•    Specifying RTs
•    Assigning interfaces to VRF table
•    Monitoring VRF tables
•    Configuring MP-iBGP
•    Configuring MP-BGP Address Families
•    Configuring MP-BGP Community Propagation
•    Monitoring MP-BGP
•    Configuring PE-CE routing
•    Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs