MPLS - Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0

MPLS - Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0

MPLS - Implementing Cisco MPLS v3.0


Duration: 5.0 days

Enterprises and service providers face many challenges in terms of customer demand, including an ongoing need for value-added services. Conventional IP packet forwarding has several limitations, and more and more enterprise and service providers realize that something else is needed. Not only they must be concerned with protecting their existing infrastructure, but they must also find ways to generate new services that are not currently supportable using existing technologies.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a high-performance method for forwarding packets through a network. MPLS enables routers at the edge of a network to apply simple labels to packets. This practice allows the edge devices to switch packets according to labels, with minimal lookup overhead. MPLS integrates the performance and traffic-management capabilities of data link Layer 2 with the scalability and flexibility of network Layer 3 routing. When used in conjunction with other standard technologies, MPLS gives the ability to support value-added features.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the features of MPLS
  • Describe how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
  • Configure and troubleshoot Frame mode MPLS on Cisco IOS platforms
  • Describe the MPLS peer to peer architecture and explain routing and packet forwarding model in this architecture
  • Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot VPN operations
  • Describe how the MPLS VPN model can be used to implement managed services and internet access
  • Describe the various internet access implementations that are available and the benefits and drawbacks of each model
  • Describe the tasks and commands that are necessary to implement the MPLS TE


Module 1: MPLS Concepts

  • Lesson 1-1: Introducing Basic MPLS Concepts
  • Lesson 1-2: Introducing MPLS Labels and Label Stack
  • Lesson 1-3: Identifying MPLS Applications
  • Lesson 1-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 1-5: Module Self-Check

Module 2: Label Assignment and Distribution

  • Lesson 2-1: Discovering LDP Neighbors
  • Lesson 2-2: Introducing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
  • Lesson 2-3: Introducing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS
  • Lesson 2-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 2-5: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms

  • Lesson 3-1: Introducing CEF Switching
  • Lesson 3-2: Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 3-3: Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 3-4: Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 3-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 3-6: Module Self-Check

Module 4: MPLS Virtual Private Network Technology

  • Lesson 4-1: Introducing Virtual Private Networks
  • Lesson 4-2: Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture
  • Lesson 4-3: Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model
  • Lesson 4-4: Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets
  • Lesson 4-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 4-6: Module Self-Check

Module 5: MPLS VPN Implementation

  • Lesson 5-1: Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 5-2: Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
  • Lesson 5-3: Configuring VRF Tables
  • Lesson 5-4: Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 5-5: Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations
  • Lesson 5-6: Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 5-7: Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 5-8: Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs
  • Lesson 5-9: Module Summary
  • Lesson 5-10: Module Self-Check

Module 6: Complex MPLS VPNs

  • Lesson 6-1: Introducing Overlapping VPNs
  • Lesson 6-2: Introducing Central Services VPNs
  • Lesson 6-3: Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service
  • Lesson 6-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 6-5: Module Self-Check

Module 7: Internet Access and MPLS VPNs

  • Lesson 7-1: Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
  • Lesson 7-1: Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
  • Lesson 7-3: Module Summary
  • Lesson 7-4: Module Self-Check

Module 8: MPLS Traffic Engineering Overview

  • Lesson 8-1: Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
  • Lesson 8-2: MPLS Traffic Engineering Operations
  • Lesson 8-3: Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 8-4: Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 8-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 8-6: Module Self-Check

Lab Details:

  • Discovery 1: Verifying CEF Switching
  • Discovery 2: Enabling MPLS
  • Discovery 3: Change IP TTL Propagation
  • Discovery 4: Configure MP-IBGP
  • Discovery 5: Configure the VRF Instances
  • Discovery 6: Configure RIP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 7: Configure EIGRP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 8: Configure OSPF as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 9: Configure BGP as a PE-CE Routing Protocol
  • Discovery 10: Configure a Central Services VPN
  • Discovery 11: Configure MPLS Traffic Engineering

- Challenge 1: Implement the Service Provider's and Customer's IP Addressing and IGP Routing

- Challenge 2: Implement the Core MPLS Environment in the Service Provider Network

- Challenge 3: Implement EIGRP Based VPNs

- Challenge 4: Implement OSPF Based MPLS VPNs

- Challenge 5: Implement BGP Based MPLS VPNs

- Challenge 6: Implement MPLS Traffic Engineering


  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers (who would like to implement MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering)


It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

  1. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS Software configuration
  2. Configuring and troubleshooting EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS and BGP
  3. Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in:
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices v2.0, Part 1 (ICND1) v2.0 and Part 2 (ICND2) v2.0, or
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated Version 2.0 (CCNAX) v2.0
  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) v2.0
  • Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers (BGP) v4.0
  • Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 1 (SPNGN1) v1.2
  • Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 2 (SPNGN2) v1.2
  • Deploying Cisco Service Provider Network Routing (SPROUTE) v1.2
  • Deploying Cisco Service Provider Advanced Network Routing (SPADVROUTE) v1.2


This course is part of the following Certifications:

  • Service Provider

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