2 Day Course
Code PDN017

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This is a 2-day course which starts by introducing students to the main concepts of OSPF. The growth of internetworks has put them beyond the scalability limits of distance vector routing protocols such as RIP and IGRP to the extent that only link state routing protocols such as OSPF and IS-IS will suffice. Link state protocols are more scalable, more reliable, and offer faster convergence. All of these features are becoming essential for the scalable multimedia networks of the future

Alternative training courses:

Delegates working on Cisco networks requiring hands on skills configuring BGP should look at Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers.


On this course you will learn how to:

  •  Describe the structure of the Internet
  •  Decide which routing protocols to use in each practical circumstance
  •  Plan the configuration of OSPF
  •  Divide an OSPF network into areas for efficient routing
  •  Set-up and Autonomous System
  •  Interconnect to other autonomous systems and to ISPs with BGP4
  •  Plan the configuration of BGP4 in your organization
  •  Administer BGP routing policies


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Internetworking using Routers (13 topics)

  • Role of the Router
  • Structure of the Internet
  • Subdividing IP Networks
  • Subnet Masks
  • Subnet Calculator
  • Case Study in Subnetting
  • The function of routing protocols
  • Structure of a Routing Table
  • Prefix length
  • The function of routing protocols
  • Route propagation
  • Distance Vector vs. Link State protocols
  • Metrics

Link State Routing (9 topics)

  • Beyond the limitations of Distance Vector
  • Authentication
  • Topology Database
  • Link State Routing
  • Link State records
  • Shortest Path
  • Building a shortest path tree
  • Multiple Paths to Destinations
  • Assigning Metrics

OSPF Protocols (12 topics)

  • OSPF (Open Shortest Path First Protocol)
  • Hello
  • Network Types
  • Designated routers on broadcast networks
  • Backup designated routers
  • Non-Broadcast Networks
  • Exchange Protocol
  • Adjacencies
  • Flooding Protocol
  • Deploying OSPF over Frame Relay
  • Sub-interfaces
  • OSPF Demand Circuits

OSPF Hierarchy (9 topics)

  • Areas
  • Route summarization
  • Area Border Routers
  • Stub Areas
  • Injecting Routes
  • Not so Stubby Areas
  • Area Metrics
  • Virtual Links
  • Transit Areas

Designing With OSPF (7 topics)

  • Large Network Design Guidelines
  • Partitioning Networks
  • Area Design Considerations
  • Topology Design Considerations
  • Area Addressing
  • Multiprotocol routing prioritization
  • Redistribution

BGP4 (35 topics)

  • Routing Beyond The Enterprise
  • Exterior gateway protocols
  • Policy-based routing
  • Classless InterDomain Routing (CIDR)
  • Using CIDR
  • Autonomous systems
  • Connecting autonomous systems with BGP
  • Holes in the address Space
  • Longest Match Rule
  • Aggregating Routes
  • BGP Sessions
  • BGP Keep-alive
  • Path Vectors
  • Path Attributes
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Hop-by-hop routing issues
  • BGP Routing Flow
  • Route Selection
  • Route Maps
  • Input Policies
  • Output Policies, Metric and Path
  • Transit AS
  • IBGP and EBGP
  • IBGP Full Mesh
  • Aggregates and Defaults
  • DMZ
  • Synchronization with IBGP
  • Route stability and flapping
  • Route Injection
  • Route Redistribution
  • Policy Conflicts
  • Load Balancing
  • BGP Route reflectors
  • BGP Confederations
  • Implementation Planning


Delegates should have a good understanding of LAN and WAN data link protocols, Network layer operation - addressing, ping and trace, and Routing protocols - distance vector, link state, hybrid. Delegates can gain these skills by attending Hands On TCP/IP and Internet Protocols. See prerequisite courses below.

Additional Learning

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $3,185
Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $3,185

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