Course Overview

The Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU) v1.0 course is designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge for the suite of Cisco® CCNP® Service Provider courses. The course expands what you learned from the Cisco CCNA® course with a focus on theoretical and practical knowledge needed for the Service Provider environment. Through a combination of lessons and hands-on practice, you will learn about architectures, protocols, software and hardware platforms, and solutions within the Service Provider realm. While this course does not lead directly to a certification exam, it does cover foundational knowledge critical to the success in the Service Provider Technology track.

5 days
Learning Credits: 
  • This course will help you:

    • Acquire the foundational knowledge to understand the Cisco Service Provider Network methodologies, tools, and functions
    • Learn the skills to manage the software and hardware platforms, structures, and protocols within the Service Provider realm
  • After taking this course, you should be able to:

    • Describe network architectures, devices, and software used by service providers
    • Describe the various Internet governance organizations, their roles, and tools available for governance information verification
    • Configure Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS®) and Cisco IOS XE routers
    • Describe Cisco IOS XR software, perform initial configuration, and explain platform daily tasks
    • Describe various access and core technologies used by service providers
    • Describe various major switching technologies used by service providers
    • Describe major overlay technologies and their usage, and configure Virtual Extensible LAN I (VxLAN)
    • Describe various major routing protocols used by service providers
    • Configure Layer 3 services used by service providers
    • Describe Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), components, protocols, and MPLS usage
    • Describe usage of various services used and maintained by service providers
    • Introduce Linux networking, Bourne Again Shell (BASH) scripting, and their usage within Cisco IOS XR software
    • Review Lab Environment
    • Examine Governance Data
    • Perform an Initial Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS XE) Configuration
    • Configure Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XE Devices
    • Perform Initial Cisco IOS XR Configuration
    • Configure and Verify Connectivity on Cisco IOS XR
    • Configure Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
    • Configure Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2) and RIP extension (RIPng)
    • Configure Basic Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
    • Configure MPLS
    • Configure Internet Protocol Service Level Agreement (IP SLA)
    • Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) with Object Tracking
    • Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRFs)
    • Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
    • Use Linux Command Line Interface
    • Configure IOS XR Using a Bash Script
  • Before taking this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Knowledge of IPv4 and IPv6 Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networking
    • Familiarity with typical service provider environment
    • Basic knowledge about networking devices and their roles
  • This course is designed for network and software engineers and hold job roles such as:

    • Network administrator
    • Network engineer
    • Network manager
    • System engineer
    • Project manager
    • Network designer