Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services v1.2 (SPCORE)

Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services v1.2 (SPCORE)


Duration: 5 days

The Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Core Network Services (SPCORE) v1.2 course is designed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP SP certification. The SPCORE course is a component of the CCNP SP curriculum.The SPCORE course introduces the concepts of MPLS and describes its implementation as well as exploring the MPLS TE services built on the MPLS technology. MPLS is a high-performance method for forwarding packets through a network and enables routers at the edge of a network to apply simple labels to packets. This practice allows the core devices—typically the routers in the center of the service provider core—to forward packets according to labels, with minimal lookup overhead. The course also enables learners to use the technology principles of basic QoS, and QoS with MPLS to implement advanced features and functions. The focus of the course is on technology issues of MPLS and on best practices for implementing QoS from the service providers perspective and how to configure some of those features and functions in an existing routed environment.The course also includes classroom activities with remote labs that are useful to gain practical skills on deploying Cisco IOS or IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR features to operate and support service provider core network services.


Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the features of MPLS, and how MPLS labels are assigned and distributed
  • Discuss the requirement for traffic engineering in modern networks that must attain optimal resource utilization
  • Describe the concept of QoS and explain the need to implement QoS
  • Classify and mark network traffic to implement an administrative policy requiring QoS
  • Compare the different Cisco QoS queuing mechanisms that are used to manage network congestion
  • Explain the concept of traffic policing and shaping, including token bucket, dual token bucket, and dual-rate policing

Course Outline

Module 1: Multiprotocol Label Switching

  • Lesson 1-1: Introducing Cisco IP NGN Architecture
  • Lesson 1-2: Introducing MPLS
  • Lesson 1-3: Introducing MPLS Applications
  • Lesson 1-4: Label Distribution Protocol
  • Lesson 1-5: Introducing MPLS Forwarding
  • Lesson 1-6: Operating MPLS Forwarding
  • Lesson 1-7: Implementing MPLS in the Service Provider Core

Module 2: MPLS Traffic Engineering

  • Lesson 2-1: Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
  • Lesson 2-2: MPLS Traffic Engineering Operations
  • Lesson 2-3: Implementing MPLS TE
  • Lesson 2-4: Protecting MPLS TE Traffic

Module 3: QoS in the Service Provider Network

  • Lesson 3-1: Understanding QoS
  • Lesson 3-2: Implementing QoS in the SP Network
  • Lesson 3-3: Implementing MPLS Support for QoS

Module 4: QoS Classification and Marking

  • Lesson 4-1: Understanding Classification and Marking
  • Lesson 4-2: Using Modular QoS CLI
  • Lesson 4-3: Implementing Advanced QoS Techniques

Module 5: QoS Congestion Management and Avoidance

  • Lesson 5-1: Managing Congestion
  • Lesson 5-2: Implementing Congestion Avoidance

Module 6: QoS Traffic Policing and Shaping

  • Lesson 6-1: Understanding Traffic Policing and Shaping
  • Lesson 6-2: Implementing Traffic Policing
  • Lesson 6-3: Implementing Traffic Shaping

Lab Details:

  • Hardware Lab 1: Implement MPLS in the Service Provider Core
  • Hardware Lab 2: Implement MPLS TE
  • Hardware Lab 3: The Need for QoS
  • Hardware Lab 4: Implement MPLS Support for QoS
  • Hardware Lab 5: Implement Classification and Marking
  • Hardware Lab 6: Implement Queuing
  • Hardware Lab 7: Implement Congestion Avoidance
  • Hardware Lab 8: Implement Traffic Policing
  • Hardware Lab 9: Implement Traffic Shaping
SPCORE 642-887

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS or IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR Software configuration

Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in:

  • Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 1 (SPNGN1) v1.2
  • Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 2 (SPNGN2)v1.2
  • Deploying Cisco Service Provider Network Routing (SPROUTE) v1.2
  • Deploying Cisco Service Provider Advanced Network Routing (SPADVROUTE) v1.2
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