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Total IP multicast for engineers

A 3 day
training course

Total IP multicast course description

This training course provides an advanced three day hands on study of IP multicast technology focusing on architectures, applications and protocols. All aspects of IP multicasting are covered including PC, server and switch implementations. Design, configuration, support and troubleshooting are all covered in the course. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific implementations.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Design multicast networks.
  • Explain how multicast networks work.
  • Compare and contrast the different multicast routing protocols, such as DVMRP, PIM, MBGP and SSM.
  • Configure PCs, servers, switches and routers for multicasting.
  • Configure multicast routing protocols including:
  • PIM Dense Mode.
  • PIM Sparse Mode
  • MBGP
  • SSM
  • Troubleshoot multicast networks.

Total IP multicast training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff working with IP multicasts.
TCP/IP Foundation.
3 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

"Went above expectations great course I learnt a lot."
S. A. Arqiva
"Provided an in depth introduction to a topic not frequently taught. It succeeded in vastly improving my understanding. "

Total IP multicast training course contents

What is multicasting? Why multicast? Why not multicast? Multicasting vs. multiple unicasts, Multicasting vs. broadcasts, multicasting applications, the use of unicast addressing for setting up multicast applications, multicast use within standard protocols such as OSPF
Hands on: Example multicast applications.

Layer two multicast addresses, Class D addresses, mapping layer 3 addresses onto layer 2 multicast addresses. Multicast addresses on NBMAs, scoping multicast traffic, Multicast address blocks, GLOP, IPv6 and multicasting, anycasting.
Hands on: Multicast addressing.

Multicast architectures
Where the different protocols are used, PC to router, router to router, how switches can get involved icast traffic, Multicast address blocks, GLOP, IPv6 and multicasting, anycasting.
Hands on: Analysing multicast packets

PC to router
Configuring Class D addresses, IGMP, packet formats, queries, reports, maintaining groups, enhancements to IGMP (v2 and v3), Leaving a group, querier elections,
Hands on: Analysing IGMP packets.

Switches and multicasting
Controlling multicast traffic with switches, VLANS, static bridge table entries, IGMP snooping, CGMP.
Hands on:Configuring switches for multicast environments.

Router to router
MOSPF, DVMRP, PIM Sparse Mode, PIM Dense Mode, MBGP.
Hands on: Simple router configuration for multicasting.

Theory behind multicast routing protocols
Distribution trees, source distribution trees, shared trees, core based trees. Reverse path forwarding, Multicast routing protocol types. PIM DM: Flooding, pruning, PIM designated routers,
Hands on: configuring PIM DM.

PIM Sparse mode
Rendevous points, discovering RPs, Lab: Configuring PIM SM, using different protocols for different groups.
Hands on: PIM SM with one RP, using multiple RPs, Auto RP.

Multiprotocol routing, how does MBGP work? How MBGP carries multiple protocol information, MBGP and multicasts, MBGP and IPv6.
Hands on: Configuring MBGP for multicasts

Internet multicasting
The internet, ISPs, the MBone, tunnelling, Inter domain multicasting, the role of MBGP, Inter domain problem, MSDP, MSDP operation SSM, PIM-SM and shared trees, SSM, PIM-SSM operation, SSM benefits.
Hands on: MSDP configuration. SSM configuration.

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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