MPLS: Implementing Cisco MPLS

This course covers both introductory and advanced MPLS and MPLS VPNs concepts. Configuration, implementation and troubleshooting skills are all included with a significant focus on the use of labs to consolidate the learners knowledge. At the end of this course you should be able to design, implement and maintain core IP routing network infrastructures.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a high-performance method for forwarding packets through a network enabling routers at the edge of a network to apply simple labels to packets. This practice allows the edge devices to switch packets according to labels, with minimal lookup overhead. MPLS integrates the performance and traffic-management capabilities of data link Layer 2 with the scalability and flexibility of network Layer 3 routing.

Each student on this course will have their own virtual pod of equipment with access to the labs 24x7 for 90 days.


Service Provider and Enterprise network engineers that design, deploy and maintain core IP routing network infrastructures.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Delegates should hold a valid CCNA or equivalent knowledge
  • Delegates should have attended ROUTE or SPROUTE or have equivalent knowledge
  • Delegates should have attended BGP or SPADVROUTE or have equivalent knowledge

Course objectives

After you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the features of MPLS
  • Describe how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
  • Configure and troubleshoot frame-mode MPLS on Cisco IOS platforms
  • Describe the MPLS peer-to-peer architecture and explain the routing and packet-forwarding model in this architecture
  • Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot VPN operations
  • Describe how the MPLS VPN model can be used to implement managed services and Internet access
  • Describe the various Internet access implementations that are available and the benefits and drawbacks of each mode
  • Describe the tasks and commands that are necessary to implement MPLS TE

Course content

Module 1: MPLS Concepts
Module 2: Label Assignment and Distribution
Module 3: Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms
Module 4: 
MPLS VPN Technology
Module 5: MPLS VPN Implementation
Module 6: 
Complex MPLS VPNs
Module 7: Internet Access and MPLS VPNs
Module 8: MPLS Traffic Engineering Overview


There is no certification exam related to this course.

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