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Total OSPF for engineers

A 3 day
training course

OSPF training course description

A detailed hands on examination of OSPF. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer equipment. The course starts with a recap of reading routing tables and then jumps straight in with simple OSPF configuration. OSPF features are then studied and configured before moving onto how OSPF works within an area. Multi area OSPF is then studied before looking at OSPF operation in detail by analysing OSPF packets. Finally areas are covered again in more detail followed by troubleshooting.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Design OSPF networks.
  • Design IP addressing schemes suitable for route summarisation.
  • Troubleshoot OSPF networks.
  • Describe the operation of OSPF.

OSPF training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff working with OSPF.
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

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S., Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M., London Internet Exchange

OSPF training course contents

Basic routing and OSPF
Reading routing tables, routing protocols, What is OSPF? Process IDs, passive interfaces.
Hands on: Simple OSPF configuration.

History of OSPF, metrics, costs, convergence, Distance Vector vs. Link state routing protocols, IGPs, classless, OSPF features, load sharing, per packet/destination, OSPF authentication.
Hands on: Configuring OSPF features.

OSPF within an area
How OSPF works, LSDB, LSDB benefits and disadvantages, LSA types, Type 1 and 2, LSA propagation, router IDs, hellos, configuring hellos, the exchange protocol.
Hands on: Investigating OSPF structures.

Scalability, why areas? Area IDs, area 0, ABRs, ABR resilience, areas & LSDBs, areas & LSAs, Type 3 LSAs, virtual links.
Hands on: Multi area OSPF.

Multiple routing protocols, common scenarios, routing distance, External LSAs, E1 and E2. Type 4 LSAs. OSPF and default routes.
Hands on: Configuring static route redistribution.

Route aggregation
Route summarisation. How to aggregate, ABR summarisation, ASBR summarisation.
Hands on: OSPF address summarisation.

OSPF packet Formats
OSPF packets, protocol stack, OSPF stages, packet flows, packet types, the OSPF header, multicasts, Hello, DDB, LS request, LS update, LS ACK, LSA header, LSA formats, neighbours, neighbour states, DRs, adjacencies, BDRs, DR election.
Hands on: Analysing OSPF packets, troubleshooting.

OSPF network types
BMA, NBMA, Point to point links.
Hands on: Configuring OSPF over Frame Relay.

OSPF stub areas
LSA types, area types, area architecture, stub areas, default routes, benefits and disadvantages of stub areas, TSSAs, NSSAs, Type 7 LSAs.
Hands on: Stub and TSSA configuration.

SNMP overview, MIB 2, the OSPF MIB, OSPF MIB groups, useful objects, OSPF traps.
Hands on: the OSPF MIB, troubleshooting.

RFCs, OSPF design guidelines.

OSPF variants (appendix)
OSPF on demand, MOSPF, multicast overview, Type 6 LSAs, OSPF for IPv6 (OSPFv3).

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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