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Nokia Multiprotocol Label Switching

This course covers MPLS concepts, terminology and signaling protocols such as Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) and Resource Reservation Protocol with Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE).  It discusses the control-plane and the data-plane behavior of the protocols. The configuration and signaling of intra-area and inter-area MPLS tunnels with traffic engineering constraints such as admin groups, shared-risk groups and maximum number of hops using RSVP-TE are covered in detail. It also covers tunnel resiliency approaches used by both RSVP-TE and LDP. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be familiar with the implementation, monitoring and basic troubleshooting of an MPLS network. All use cases and lab exercises are based on the model-driven command-line interface (MD-CLI).

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3 Days (classroom hours and in-depth lab training)


Nokia Multiprotocol Label Switching (4A0-103)

Course Objectives

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of MPLS technology such as forwarding equivalence classes (FECs), labels and label stacks, label distribution, LSPs and MPLS packet forwarding
  • Describe the MPLS header structure and explain the label operations of pop, push and swap
  • Explain how LDP works to distribute labels for FECs and establish LSPs
  • Describe traffic engineering and its advantage in an MPLS network
  • Identify the traffic engineering extensions made to the IGP routing protocols and understand how they are used with CSPF to establish traffic engineered LSPs
  • Demonstrate how RSVP-TE is used to establish traffic engineered LSPs using RSVP signaling messages to distribute labels, specify constraints for the LSP and request LSP protection mechanisms
  • Describe the concept of a shared risk link group (SRLG) and its use in traffic engineering
  • Configure an MPLS-based core network using LDP, RSVP-TE, and hierarchical network using Inter-Area TE LSP
  • List the various LSP protection mechanisms (secondary/standby LSP, fast reroutes and LFA).
  • Configure RSVP-TE LSPs using each of the possible protection mechanisms
  • Describe MPLS for IP routing (MPLS shortcuts)
  • Configure 6PE on a network of 7750 SRs
  • Understand how to manage, monitor and perform basic troubleshooting of LDP/RSVP-TE-established LSPs on the Nokia 7750 Service Router (SR) and Nokia 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS)

 Course modules 

Module 1 – Introduction to MPLS
  • MPLS Standards and basic terminology
  • MPLS data plane operations
  • MPLS service and resiliency drivers
  • Advantages of MPLS over IP-only networks
Module 2 – Fundamentals of MPLS
  • Data plane implications of MPLS
  • Control plane implications of MPLS
  • Management plane functions that are available to MPLS
Module 3 – Label Distribution Protocol
  • Detailed control plane operation of LDP
  • Configure LDP in a Nokia environment
  • Additional features related to LDP
Module 4 – Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  • RSVP introduction
  • LSP signaling using RSVP
  • RSVP message types
  • Methods for reducing RSVP messaging overhead
Module 5 – Traffic Engineering
  • MPLS TE in a single IGP area
  • MPLS TE in multiple IGP areas
  • MPLS shortcuts for IP forwarding
  • IPv6 Tunneling over MPLS
Module 6 – Traffic Engineering
  • MPLS convergence 
  • Standby secondary and non-standby secondary paths
  • Fast reroute
  • LSP re-optimization techniques
  • LDP fast reroute


Schedule and Locations

Nokia Multiprotocol Label Switching

Price for this course is $2300 (USD) per seat
Start Date End Date Location Delivery Provider
19 Apr 21 21 Apr 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
03 May 21 05 May 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
10 May 21 12 May 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
19 Jul 21 21 Jul 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
26 Jul 21 28 Jul 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
02 Aug 21 04 Aug 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
11 Oct 21 13 Oct 21 France - Paris Virtual NOKIA Register
25 Oct 21 27 Oct 21 India - Bangalore Virtual NOKIA Register
25 Oct 21 27 Oct 21 USA - Plano Virtual NOKIA Register
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