The Implementing Cisco Multicast (MCAST) v2.0 course teaches you the fundamentals of IP multicasting, including multicast applications, sources, receivers, group management, and IP multicast routing protocols such as Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) used within a single administrative domain. You will learn about issues in switched LAN environments and reliable IP multicasting, and technical solutions for simple deployments of IP multicast within a provider or customer network. The course reviews the configuration and troubleshooting guidelines for implementation of IP multicast on Cisco® routers. Labs offer hands-on experience to help you prepare to deploy IP multicast successfully.


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe IP multicast services
Identify IP multicast issues on a data link layer
Explain why Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse Mode (PIM-SM) is the most current scalable IP multicast routing protocol
Describe Rendezvous Point (RP) distribution solutions
Recognize the drawbacks of the PIM-SM and describe two extensions to provide possible solutions
Explain basic concepts of Multiprotocol BGP (MP-BGP) and its use in the IP multicast environment
Configure and deploy Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) in the interdomain environment
Describe solutions to mitigate security issues in the IP multicast network
Describe the process of monitoring and maintaining multicast high-availability operations
Design multicast-related application and network solutions in customer and service provider networks


  • Module 1: IP Multicast Concepts and Technologies

    Module 2: Multicast on the LAN

    Module 3: PIM Sparse Mode

    Module 4: Rendezvous Point Engineering

    Module 5: PIM Sparse Mode Protocol Extensions

    Module 6: Multiprotocol Extensions for BGP

    Module 7: Interdomain IP Multicast

    Module 8: IP Multicast Security

    Module 9: Multicast Optimization and High-Availability Features

    Module 10: Applications of Multicast


Network professionals, including systems engineers Channel Partners Customers




It is recommended, but not required, that students have the following knowledge and skills: Work experience and configuration skills for Cisco routers and LAN switches CCNA Routing and Switching Certification Attended the Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Training Course


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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