Course info
Jun 15, 2015
5h 23m

The primary goals of this course are to prepare candidates for the MPLS section of the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, as well as to provide CCIE candidates with a strong level of foundational knowledge in MPLS needed to begin studying for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam. At the end of the course, a student should feel confident in his or her knowledge of the MPLS based topics covered by the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, and will have the fundamental knowledge necessary to begin their longer journey to passing the CCIE lab exam. Please note, the course is not designed to fully prepare a candidate to sit the CCIE lab exam, but rather to prepare a candidate to pass the written exam and as a stepping stone into lab exam preparation. More information about the CCIE program can be found at

About the author
About the author

Joe Astorino is Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #24347. He has over ten years experience working in several large scale enterprise network environments as a key part of several high profile, highly visible network teams for organizations.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

MPLS Fundamentals
Welcome back to Pluralsight everybody. This is Joe Astorino, CCIE #24347. Thanks for joining back in here. So now hopefully we have a pretty good idea about what we're going through in the course, what it is we're basically trying to achieve, and hopefully at this point we have a good idea of at least what MPLS is at a high level and really why we might want to use it. We talked about the basic idea that we're using, labels to switch packets, and we talked about six of the main reasons why MPLS got popular and why we might actually want to do this. Now it's time to dig into more of the actual nuts and bolts of the technology. So we're going to build on the terms that we just learned, and now we're going to start digging into things like how does the data plane function, how does the control plane function, what different essential databases do we need to be concerned about, how does LDP work to exchange those labels, some of those mechanics, and a little bit about MPLS ping and MPLS traceroute. So let's jump right in here to the MPLS data plane.

Welcome to Pluralsight everybody. This is Joe Astorino, CCIE #24347, and I'd like to welcome you here to the module on MPLS Layer 3 VPN, probably my favorite topic with MPLS. To me this is where things get exciting with the technology. Now that we've learned the basics of what MPLS is and a little bit about how the unicast forwarding works, now we can really jump in to what I consider the fun stuff, probably the biggest application of MPLS out there, and one of the major reasons why it exploded is MPLS layer 3 VPNs. So I'm excited to jump into this with you guys. Let's get started.

Welcome back to Pluralsight everybody. This is Joe Astorino, CCIE #24347, and I'd like to welcome you here to the module on PE-CE Routing, or the Provider Edge-Customer Edge Routing. In this particular module we're going to be building on the layer 3 VPN configurations we've already done, and start to tie things up so that we can finally see the end-to-end picture. So let's take a look at the goals. With Customer-B, we're going to be running EIGRP as our PE-CE routing protocol, so we will be configuring that on router 2, router 5, our PEs, and on switch 1 and switch 2 our CE devices for Customer-B. We're also going to be taking a look at BGP as a PE-CE routing protocol. Right now we do have BGP running between our PEs, but it's only right now a VPNv4 BGP session. What we're talking about now is actually running BGP with the customer to exchange the customer routing information. We're going to be looking at some mutual route redistribution with Customer-B, because again, Customer-B is running EIGRP, so we will have to redistribute from EIGRP into BGP, and vice versa from BGP back into EIGRP to get full reachability. And then finally we're going to go through verification and some show commands and we're going to dig into how this stuff is working end to end. So at the end of this module we're actually going to have a fully working, fully functional MPLS layer 3 VPN that we have all built here from the ground up. So let's jump in.

AToM and VPLS Concepts
Welcome back to Pluralsight everybody. This is Joe Astorino, CCIE #24347, and I'd like to welcome you here to our final module in this course on AToM, or Any Transport over MPLS, and VPLS, or Virtual Private LAN Services, Concepts. In this module we're going to be taking a theoretical look at some of the concepts behind AToM and VPLS, so let's get started.