The course will enable learners to gather information from the technology basics to advanced VPN configuration. The focus of the course is on VPN technology issues of MPLS from the Service Providers perspective and how to configure some of those features and functions in an existing routed environment.

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About this course

A basic introductory level of some of the more updated features and functions such as Traffic Engineering, Fast Reroute and Any Transport over MPLS (AToM) are introduced on a concept level only and the MPLS Traffic Engineering and other Features course should be taken for in depth learning of those topics.

Target Audience

Implementing cisco MPLS is recommended training for individuals seeking certification as a Cisco CCIP. The focus of this course is on MPLS technology issues as those issues apply to service providers and how to configure new features and functions in an existing routed environment.

Course Outline

Module 1: MPLS Features 

  • Lesson 1: Describing Basic MPLS Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Describing MPLS Labels and Label Stack
  • Lesson 3: Identifying MPLS Applications 

Module 2: Label Assignment and Distribution 

  • Lesson 1: Discovering LDP Neighbors
  • Lesson 2: Describing Typical Label Distribution in Frame-Mode MPLS
  • Lesson 3: Describing Convergence in Frame-Mode MPLS 

Module 3: Frame-Mode MPLS Implementation on Cisco IOS Platforms 

  • Lesson 1: Using Cisco Express Forwarding Switching
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 3: Monitoring Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Frame-Mode MPLS on Cisco IOS Platforms 

Module 4: MPLS VPN Technology 

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Virtual Private Networks
  • Lesson 2: Introducing MPLS VPN Architecture
  • Lesson 3: Introducing the MPLS VPN Routing Model
  • Lesson 4: Forwarding MPLS VPN Packets 

Module 5: MPLS VPN Implementation 

  • Lesson 1: Using MPLS VPN Mechanisms of Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 2: Configuring VRF Tables
  • Lesson 3: Configuring an MP-BGP Session Between PE Routers
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Small-Scale Routing Protocols Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring MPLS VPN Operations
  • Lesson 6: Configuring OSPF as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 7: Configuring BGP as the Routing Protocol Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting MPLS VPNs 

Module 6: Complex MPLS VPNs 

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Overlapping VPNs
  • Lesson 2: Introducing Central Services VPNs
  • Lesson 3: Using Advanced VRF Import and Export Features
  • Lesson 4: Introducing the Managed CE Routers Service 

Module 7: Internet Access and MPLS VPNs 

  • Lesson 1: Combining Internet Access with MPLS VPNs
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Separate Internet Access and VPN Services
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Internet Access as a Separate VPN 

Module 8: MPLS TE Overview 

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Traffic Engineering Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Understanding MPLS TE Components
  • Lesson 3: Configuring MPLS Traffic Engineering on Cisco IOS Platforms
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring Basic MPLS TE on Cisco IOS Platforms 


  • Lab 2-1: Establishing the Service Provider IGP Routing Environment
  • Lab 3-1: Establishing the Core MPLS Environment
  • Lab 5-1: Configuring Initial MPLS VPN Setup
  • Lab 5-2: Running EIGRP Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lab 5-3: Running OSPF Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lab 5-4: Running BGP Between PE and CE Routers
  • Lab 6-1: Establishing Overlapping VPNs
  • Lab 6-2: Merging Service Providers
  • Lab 6-3: Establishing a Common Services VPN
  • Lab 7-1: Establishing Central Site Internet Connectivity with an MPLS VPN
  • Lab 8-1: Implementing Basic MPLS TE
Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • 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 model
  • Describe the tasks and commands that are necessary to implement MPLS TE

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