A detailed study of BGP and core MPLS, from the basics of how it works through to advanced issues such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and routing registries. Practical hands on with Cisco routers follow the major sessions to reinforce the theory. Juniper configurations are also explored in the theory sessions.
A multiple choice exam, leading to the LAIT III certification, is included at the end of the course. The exam consists of 60 questions and lasts 2.0 hours.
LAIT I and II OR CCNP and take LAIT I and LAIT II exams whilst on this course.
IGPs, EGPs, What’s BGP? BGP RIB, in/out process,
tables peers, adding routes.
Hands on Simple configuration and troubleshooting.
ASs, AS numbers, Internet structure, ISP types, ISP network design, IXs, peering vs. transit, public/private peering, bi/multi-lateral peering.
IBGP, EBGP, next hop self, advertising routes into/
out of BGP, synchronisation.
Hands on IBGP, troubleshooting a large BGP network.
Incremental updates, Path vector protocols, BGP
protocol stack, the BGP header, message types,
NLRI, withdrawn routes, route refresh.
Hands on More troubleshooting, packet analysis.
Full mesh IBGP, Route reflectors, RR configuration
and design, confederations, migration issues.
Hands on RR configuration.
CIDR, benefits, techniques, shortcuts, configuring
BGP aggregation, leaking routes.
Hands on Reducing routing table size.
BGP attributes, attribute types, route selection order,
Local preference, AS prepend, MEDs.
Hands on Influencing traffic with BGP.
What is policy? Examples, route filtering, AS filtering,
REs, applying preference selectively, peer groups.
Hands on Sophisticated policies.
What is a community? Community names,
communities for: peer types and geography. RFC
1998, default communities.
Hands on Setting local preference on other routers.
RIRs, Allocations, assignments, PI vs. PA. Objects,
RPSL, whois, routing registry, IRRToolSet.
Hands on The RIPE database.
Stub vs. transit AS, multihoming strategies and
issues, default routes. Multihop EBGP, load
Hands on Multihoming.
Multiprotocol routing, AFI, SAFI, MBGP and
multicasts, IPv6, MPLS VPNs.
Hands on IPv6
Core MPLS, MPLS and the 7 layer model, MPLS protocol, MPLS standard, MPLS runs on routers, MPLS history, Why MPLS?
LSRs, PE and P router roles, FEC, swapping labels,
MPLS packet format, Loops, TTL control.
Hands on Enabling MPLS. Testing and troubleshooting of MPLS.
"It is a good base level BGP training to participate at LINX and essential for all LINX staff."
"Great teaching and good depth … always answered questions with good detail so helped a lot."
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.