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Total BGP for engineers

A 5 day
training course

BGP training course description

A detailed study of the Border Gateway Protocol, from the basics of how it works through to advanced issues such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and routing registries. The course culminates with a study of an industrial strength BGP template illustrating important issues such as bogon filtering. Practical hands on with Cisco routers follow the major sessions to reinforce the theory. Juniper configurations are also explored in the theory sessions.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Connect enterprises to the Internet, and ISP's to each other.
  • Describe how BGP works.
  • List, describe and configure the main BGP attributes.
  • Implement and troubleshoot BGP.
  • Work with route aggregation and calculate CIDR prefixes in seconds.
  • Influence traffic paths with BGP

BGP training course details

Who will benefit:
Anyone who will be working with BGP.
TCP/IP Foundation for engineers.
Definitive IP routing for engineers.
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review

"Very relevant skills focused training. "
M. W. Auseful.com
"It is a good base level BGP training to participate at LINX and essential for all LINX staff. "
R. P. London Internet Exchange

BGP training course contents

Basic BGP
IGPs, EGPs, What’s BGP? BGP RIB, in/out process, tables peers, adding routes.
Hands on: Simple configuration and troubleshooting.
The Internet and peering
ASs, AS numbers, Internet structure, ISP types, ISP network design, IXs, peering vs. transit, public/private peering, bi/multi-lateral peering.
Hands on: AS information gathering.
Peer relationships
IBGP, EBGP, next hop self, advertising routes into/out of BGP, synchronisation.
Hands on: IBGP, troubleshooting a large BGP network.
How BGP works
Incremental updates, Path vector protocols, BGP protocol stack, the BGP header, message types, NLRI, withdrawn routes, soft reconfiguration and route refresh, route dampening.
Hands on: More troubleshooting, packet analysis.
Route reflectors and confederations
Full mesh IBGP, Route reflectors, RR configuration and design, confederations, migration issues.
Hands on: RR configuration.
BGPv4 aggregation
CIDR, benefits, techniques, shortcuts, configuring BGP aggregation, leaking routes.
Hands on: Reducing routing table size.
BGP Path selection
BBGP attributes, attribute types, route selection order, Local preference, AS prepend, MEDs.
Hands on: Influencing traffic with BGP.
BGP routing policies
What is policy? Examples, route filtering, AS filtering, regular expressions, applying preference selectively, peer groups.
Hands on: Sophisticated policies.
What is a community? community names, communities for: peer types and geography. RFC 1998, setting local preference on other routers, default communities.
Hands on: Configuring communities.
RIPE and routing registries
RIRs, Addressing services: Allocations and assignments, PI vs. PA, obtaining IP and AS numbers. RIPE database, objects, RPSL, whois, policy in the routing registry, IRRToolSet.
Hands on: Querying the RIPE database.
BGP architectures
Stub vs. transit AS, when to use BGP, multihoming strategies and issues, default routes, sub dividing a large AS. Multihop EBGP, load balancing. Real world policies.
Hands on: Multihoming.
BGP security
BGP attack trees, misconfigurations, securing BGP, Filtering, Bogons, TCP MD5, secure templates, NCAT, S-BGP, SoBGP.
Multiprotocol routing, AFI, SAFI, MBGP and multicasts, IPv6, MPLS VPNs

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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