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Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next Generation Core Network Services

This 5-day course is focused on the concepts and capabilities of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and on the best practices for implementing QoS in a new or existing Service Provider environment. MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE) services are also explored in more detail.

Hands-on labs provide the practice delegates need to ensure a thorough understanding of MPLS and MPLSTE in a Service Provider environment as well as exposure to IOS/IOS XE and IOS XR deployments.

Target Audience

This course is intended primarily for network administrators, network engineers, network managers, and systems engineers who would like to implement MPLS and MPLS TE in the core portion of service provider environments, and ensure QoS in the service provider backbone.

Follow on Courses

The following courses are recommended for further study :

  • SPEDGE - Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next Generation Edge Network Services

Learning Objectives

After you complete 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
  • Introduce the concept of QoS and explain the need to implement QoS
  • Classify and mark network traffic to implement an administrative policy requiring QoS
  • Introduce different Cisco QoS queuing mechanisms used to manage network congestion
  • Introduce the concept of traffic policing and shaping, including token bucket, dual token bucket, and dual-rate policing


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS, IOS XE, and Cisco IOS XR Software configuration. SPROUTE and ADVSPROUTE recommended.

Course Content

Multiprotocol Label Switch

  • Introducing MPLS
  • Running Label Distribution Protocol
  • Implementing MPLS in the Service Provider Core

MPLS Traffic Engineering

  • Introducing MPLS Traffic Engineering Components
  • Running MPLS Traffic Engineering
  • Implementing MPLS TE
  • Protecting MPLS TE Traffic

QoS in the Service Provider Network,

  • Understanding QoS
  • Implementing Cisco QoS and QoS Mechanisms
  • Implementing MPLS Support for QoS

QoS Classification and Marking

  • Understanding Classification and Marking
  • Using the Modular QoS CLI
  • Implementing Advanced QoS Techniques

QoS Congestion Management and Avoidance

  • Managing Congestion
  • Implementing Congestion Avoidance

QoS Traffic Policing and Shaping

  • Understanding Traffic Policing and Shaping
  • Implementing Traffic Policing
  • Implementing Traffic Shaping


  • Lab 1-1: Implement MPLS in the Service Provider Core
  • Lab 2-1: Implement MPLS TE
  • Lab 3-1: Use QoS Mechanisms
  • Lab 3-2: Implement MPLS Support for QoS
  • Lab 4-1: Implement Classification and Marking
  • Lab 5-1: Implement Queuing
  • Lab 5-2: Implement Congestion Avoidance
  • Lab 6-1: Implement Traffic Policing
  • Lab 6-2: Implement Traffic Shaping

Exams & Certification

Recommended preparation for exam(s):

  • 642-887 SPCORE - Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next Generation Core Network Services

This is one of four exams required for the Cisco Certified Network Professional for Service Providers Certification.

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