The Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series Essentials (ASR9KE) v6.0 course introduces you to the features and functions of the Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 9000 Series platforms. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will gain an understanding of all major aspects of the platform, including hardware, Layer 2 and Layer 3 services, routing protocols including Segment Routing, Layer 2 and Layer 3 multicast, Quality of Service (QoS) features, and network virtualization. The course investigates Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS) XR 64-Bit Linux-based feature parity in the environment, as well as how to install Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit software packages.


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
- List and describe the major features and benefits of a Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
- List and describe the major features and benefits of the Cisco 64-Bit IOS XR operating system
- Understand data flow through the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
- Configure Cisco ASR 9000, back out of configuration changes, and restore older versions of the configuration
- Install the Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software operating system, package information envelopes, and software maintenance updates
- Enable multicast routing on a Cisco ASR 9900 Series router
- Configure Layer 3 VPN services
- Configure Ethernet link bundles
- Configure local Ethernet Line (E-Line) Layer 2 VPN (L2VPN)
- Configure Ethernet over Multiprotocol Label Switching (EoMPLS) E-Line L2VPN
- Configure EoMPLS with pseudowire backup
- Configure local Ethernet LAN(E-LAN) L2VPN
- Describe Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) L2VPN
- Describe VPLS with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autodiscovery
- Configure service-based Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)
- Configure Layer 2 multicast features
- Describe basic QoS implementation
- Describe how to configure and verify network Virtualization (nV) on the ASR 9000 series

  • Cisco ASR 9000 Series Hardware

  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Chassis
    Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Architecture
    Examining the Route Switch Processor/ Route Processor (RSP/RP) Functions and Fabric Architecture
    Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Line Card
    Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Power Subsystems

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Architecture and Linux Fundamentals

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Fundamentals
    Cisco ASR 9000 IOS XR 64-Bit vs. 32-Bit
    Exploring Linux Fundamentals

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Installation

  • Examining Resource Allocations and Media Mappings
    Migrating to Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software
    Performing Disaster Recovery
    Installing Software Packages

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Configuration Basics

  • Configuring Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Basic Operations
    Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Initial Configuration
    Reviewing the Configuration

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Routing Protocols

  • Exploring Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
    Exploring OSPF
    Exploring BGP
    Exploring Routing Protocol for LLN

  • Multicast Routing

  • Exploring Multicast Routing
    Exploring Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)

  • Cisco Multiprotocol Label Switching

  • Examining the MPLS Forwarding Infrastructure
    Implementing the MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Segment Routing

  • Segment Routing Concepts
    Interior Gateway Protocol Segment Routing (IGP SR) Control Plane Overview
    Prefix and Adjacency Segment IDs (SIDs)
    SR IS-IS Multi-Level and OSPF Multi-Area
    IS-IS SR Configuration and Verification
    OSPF SR Configuration and Verification

  • Layer 3 VPNs

  • Examining L3VPNs
    Exploring L3VPN Control and Data Flow
    Configuring L3VPNs
    Verifying the L3VPN Operation

  • Cisco ASR 9000 Layer 2 Architecture

  • Examining Carrier Ethernet and Flexible Ethernet Edge
    Comparing Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs
    Examining the ASR 9000 Layer 2 Infrastructure and Ethernet Flow Points (EFPs)
    Layers 2 and 3 Coexistence and VLAN Tag Manipulation
    Exploring the Layer 2 Network Infrastructure

  • Point-to-Point Layer 2 Services

  • Point-to-Point Alternating Current-Alternating Current (AC-AC) and Attachment Circuit Redundancy
    Point-to-Point AC-Pseudowire (PW) Cross-Connect
    Examining Pseudowire Redundancy and Resiliency

  • Layer 2 Multicast

  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Multicast
    Implementing Multicast

  • Quality of Service

  • QoS Basics and the Modular QoS CLI (MQC) Mode
    Layer 2 QoS Example


This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers in their network environment. The primary audience for this course includes System engineers, Technical support personnel, and Channel partners, resellers.




Before attending this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills: - Basic IOS XR 64-Bit Software configuration commands - Basic knowledge of router installation and some experience with installation tools - Routing protocol configuration experience with BGP, Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) - Knowledge of Layer 2 IEEE switching and related protocols - Strong knowledge of MPLS configuration or multicast configuration experience - Experience troubleshooting Cisco routers in a large network environment


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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