This course is designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge for the suite of Cisco CCNP Service Provider courses. The course expands what you learned from the Cisco CCNA course with a focus on theoretical and practical knowledge needed for the Service Provider environment. Through a combination of lessons and hands-on practice, you will learn about architectures, protocols, software and hardware platforms, and solutions within the Service Provider realm. While this course does not lead directly to a certification exam, it does cover foundational knowledge critical to the success in the Service Provider Technology track.


* Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Describe network architectures, devices, and software used by service providers
- Describe the various Internet governance organizations, their roles, and tools available for governance information verification
- Configure Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS) and Cisco IOS XE routers
- Describe Cisco IOS XR software, perform initial configuration, and explain platform daily tasks
- Describe various access and core technologies used by service providers
- Describe various major switching technologies used by service providers
- Describe major overlay technologies and their usage, and configure Virtual Extensible LAN I (VxLAN)
- Describe various major routing protocols used by service providers
- Configure Layer 3 services used by service providers
- Describe Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), components, protocols, and MPLS usage
- Describe usage of various services used and maintained by service providers
- Introduce Linux networking, Bourne Again Shell (BASH) scripting, and their usage within Cisco IOS XR software

  • Course Outline

  • Introducing Service Provider Architectures
    Describing Internet Governance Organizations
    Configuring the Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE Router
    Configuring Cisco IOS XR Router
    Introducing Access and Core Technologies in the Service Provider Environment
    Introducing Routing Technologies in the Service Provider Environment
    Describing MPLS
    Implementing Layer 3 Services
    Introducing Switching Technologies in the Service Provider Environment
    Introducing Overlay Technologies
    Implementing Service Provider Services
    Introducing Programmability on Cisco IOS XR Routers

  • Lab outline

  • Review Lab Environment
    Examine Governance Data
    Perform an Initial Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS XE) Configuration
    Configure Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XE Devices
    Perform Initial Cisco IOS XR Configuration
    Configure and Verify Connectivity on Cisco IOS XR
    Configure Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
    Configure Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2) and RIP extension (RIPng)
    Configure Basic Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
    Configure MPLS
    Configure Internet Protocol Service Level Agreement (IP SLA)
    Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) with Object Tracking
    Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRFs)
    Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
    Use Linux Command Line Interface
    Configure IOS XR Using a Bash Script


This course is designed for network and software engineers whose job role could be Network administrator, Network engineer, Network manager, System engineer, Project manager, or Network designer.




Before taking this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills: - Knowledge of IPv4 and IPv6 Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networking - Familiarity with typical service provider environment - Basic knowledge about networking devices and their roles


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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