About this Course

Tech Type Essentials
Duration 5 Days

The Implementing Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Edge Network Services (SPEDGE) v1.0 course is designed to help delegates prepare for Cisco CCNP® Service Provider certification. This course is a component of the Cisco CCNP SP curriculum.

The course is designed to provide service provider professionals with information on the use of service provider VPN solutions. The goal is to train professionals to enable service provider point of presence (POP) to provide Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs. The instruction is reinforced with hands-on labs to ensure that students thoroughly understand how to implement VPNs within their networks.

The course also includes classroom activities with remote labs that are useful to gain practical skills on deploying Cisco IOS and IOS XE and Cisco IOS XR features to operate and support service provider networks.

Target Audience:

The primary audience for this course is:

  • Network administrators, network engineers, network managers, and systems engineers who would like to implement MPLS VPN service in their networks.

The secondary audience for this course is:

  • This course is intended for network designers and project managers. This course is also recommended to all individuals preparing for Cisco CCNP SP certification


  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Service Provider (CCNP SERVICE PROVIDER)


  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS, IOS XE, and IOS XR Software configuration.

Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in these courses:

Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Introduce the VPN technologies that are used in the service provider environment and the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN peer-to-peer architecture
  • Describe the implementation steps that are needed to provide MPLS Layer 3 VPN service in service provider networks
  • Describe how the MPLS Layer 3 VPN model can be used to implement managed services and Internet access
  • Describe Layer 2 VPNs and Ethernet services


1: VPN Technologies

Introduction to VPN technologies that are used in the service provider environment and the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN peer-to-peer.

Introducing VPNs

  • Describe the concept of VPNs and the reasons why VPNs were introduced
  • Describe VPN implementation models, and list benefits and drawbacks of VPNs

Introducing MPLS VPNs

  • Explain the MPLS VPN architecture, RDs, RTs, and virtual routing tables
  • Describe end-to-end routing update flow
  • Describe VPN label propagation between PE routers and the MPLS VPN end-to-end forwarding mechanism

2: MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

Learn how to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot VPN operations and identify IPv6 strategies in service provider environments.

Implementing MPLS Layer 3 VPN Backbones

  • Describe VRF
  • Enable VRF
  • Enable MP-BGP

LAB: Implement MPLS Layer 3 VPN Backbones

Connecting Customers Using Simple Routing Protocols

  • Connect customers using per-VRF static routes, RIP PE-CE routing sessions, and EIGRP PE-CE routing sessions

LAB: Connect Customers to MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

Connecting Customers Using BGP or OSPF

  • Configure an OSPF PE-CE routing session
  • Configure a BGP PE-CE routing session
  • Describe how to troubleshoot MPLS VPNs

LAB: Connect Advanced Customers to MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

Deploying IPv6 and MPLS

  • Describe the various methods that are used to deploy IPv6 over MPLS

3: Complex MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

Learn how to implement the most important and complex Layer 3 VPN features.

Implementing Complex MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

  • Describe overlapping VPNs
  • Describe central service VPNs and advanced VRF features
  • Describe managed CE router service

LAB: Establish Overlapping and Common Services Layer 3 VPNs

Implementing Internet Access and MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

  • Describe common customer Internet connectivity scenarios and identify design models for combining Internet access with MPLS Layer 3 VPN services
  • Describe implementation of the Internet access service totally separate from MPLS Layer 3 VPN services
  • Describe implementation of the Internet access solutions in which the Internet access is provided as a separate VPN

LAB: Establish Internet Connectivity with an MPLS Layer 3 VPN

Introducing MPLS Interdomain Solutions

  • Describe MPLS interdomain solutions
  • Describe the CSC feature
  • Describe inter-AS MPLS models

LAB: Implement CSC

4: Layer 2 VPNs and Ethernet Services

Learn about Layer 2 VPNs and Ethernet services.

Introducing Layer 2 VPNs

  • Explain Layer 2 VPN services that are available with IP and MPLS core

Introducing AToM

  • Introduce AToM
  • Implement AToM

Implementing VPLS

  • Discuss VPLS
  • Implement VPLS and H-VPLS

LAB: Implement Layer 2 VPN (VPWS and VPLS)

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5 Days

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