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Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) 642-661 BGP

Course title: Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers

Course Code: BGP 642-661
Duration: 5 days

Course Overview

The Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers (BGP) Cisco training course provides you with knowledge and skills relating to BGP, the routing protocol which is one of the underlying foundations of the Internet and new-world technologies such as Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS). Our curriculum covers the theory of BGP, configuration of BGP on Cisco IOS routers, detailed troubleshooting information and exercises aimed to provide you with the skills needed to configure and troubleshoot BGP networks in customer environments. Different service solutions in the curriculum cover BGP network design issues and usage rules for various BGP features preparing you to design and implement efficient, optimal and trouble free BGP networks.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the BGP 642-661 Cisco training course include technical engineers and candidates seeking professional level certification including Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) or Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the BGP 642-661 course you will be able to:
  • Configure the network to behave as a transit autonomous system monitor and troubleshoot basic BGP to enable inter domain routing when presented with a network scenario with multiple domains
  • Use BGP policy controls to influence the route selection process with minimal impact on BGP route processing when you encounter a network scenario where connections to multiple ISPs must be supported
  • Employ BGP attributes to influence the route selection process when presented with a network scenario where multiple connections must be supported
  • Implement the correct BGP configuration to successfully connect a customer network to the internet
  • Enable the provider network to behave as a transit autonomous system when presented with a typical service provider network with multiple BGP connections to other autonomous systems
  • Identify common BGP scaling issues and enable route reflection and confederations as possible solutions to these issues when dealing with a typical service provider network
  • Utilize available BGP tools and features to optimise scalability of BGP routing protocol when working with typical BGP networks

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the BGP 642-661 Cisco training course should hold a valid CCNA before attending this course. Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) is also strongly recommended.

Testing and Certification

The BGP Cisco training course is the recommended preparation for the 642-661 BGP - Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers exam. Please note that BGP 642-661 is only one of four courses required for CCIP Certification - ROUTE, QOS and MPLS are also required to achieve CCIP Certification and are recommended for further study.

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Course Content

BGP Overview:
  • Introducing BGP.
  • Establishing BGP Sessions.
  • Understanding BGP Path Attributes.
  • Processing BGP Routes.
  • Configuring Basic BGP.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting BGP.

BGP Transit Autonomous Systems:
  • Working with a Transit AS.
  • Interacting with IBGP and EBGP in a Tr AS.
  • Forwarding Packets in a Transit AS.
  • Configuring a Transit AS.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting IBGP in a Transit AS.

Route Selection using Policy Controls:
  • Using Multihomed BGP Networks.
  • Employing AS - Path Filters.
  • Filtering with Prefix-Lists.
  • Using Outbound Route Filtering.
  • Applying Route-Maps as BGP Filters.
  • Implementing Changes in BGP Policy.

Route Selection Using Attributes:
  • Influencing BGP Route Selection with Weights.
  • Setting BGP Local Preference.
  • Using AS-Path Prepending.
  • Understanding the BGP Multi-Exit Discriminator.
  • Addressing BGP Communities.

Customer-to-Provider Connectivity with BGP:
  • Understanding Customer-to-Provider Connectivity Requirements.
  • Implementing Customer Connectivity using Static Routing.
  • Connecting a Multihomed Customer to a Single Service Provider.
  • Connecting a Multihomed Customer to Multiple Service Providers.

Scaling Service Provider Networks:
  • Scaling IGP and BGP in Service Provider Networks:
  • Introducing Route Reflectors.
  • Designing Networks with Route Reflectors.
  • Configuring and Monitoring Route Reflectors.
  • Introducing Confederations Configuring and Monitoring Confederations.

Optimizing BGP Scalability:
  • Improving BGP Convergence.
  • Limiting the Number of Prefixes Received from a BGP Neighbor.
  • Implementing BGP Peer Groups.
  • Using BGP Route Dampening.

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