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Total SPB (802.1aq) for engineers  |    A 1 day training course

Total SPB training course description

A comprehensive look at Service Provider Bridging (SPB) as standardised in 802.1aq. This SPB course starts with the problems in traditional switched networks then moves onto to how SPB solves these problems. As IS-IS is key to loop free topologies in SPB networks, this protocols is also studied.

What will you learn
  • Explain the benefits of SPB.
  • Explain how SPB works.
  • Explain the role of IS-IS in SPB.
  • Integrate SPB into existing networks.
Total SPB training course details

Total SPB training course contents

  • What is SPB?
  • Layer 2 versus Layer 3, STP problems: One path, convergence, MAC explosion. Virtualisation issues: VRF. Service Provider Bridging (SPB), 802.1aq. Virtual Services Network.

  • SPB variants
  • 802.1Q, 802.1ad, Q-in-Q, VLAN IDs, 802.1ah, M-in-M, I-SID. SPBV, SPBM. SPBM frame format.

  • How SPB works
  • Node ID, Backbone Edge Bridges, Backbone MAC address, Customer MACs, I-SID. IS-IS. Forwarding database. VSN.

  • IS-IS
  • Link layer IS-IS, SPF trees, traffic management. IS-IS extensions for SPB. ISIS TLV.

  • SPB services
  • Data centre bridging, server virtualisation, multitenant applications. Integration of SPB into existing networks. VLAN to ISID mappings. Inter ISID routing, IP/SPB Layer 3 VRF extensions.

  • Miscellaneous
  • Multicast in SPB environments. Source specific multicast trees. SPB configuration. SPB deployment considerations.

Learning path



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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.