About this Course

Code TPH8D07S
Duration 4 Days

This four-day course gives network engineers an opportunity to plan for and implement migration from Cisco proprietary protocols to industry-standard protocols and interoperability with HP Comware devices. Participants will develop plans for migrating Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols, and have an opportunity to identify and resolve real-world problems that often occur during migration.


  • This course is recommended for students who have practical experience with Cisco switches.
  • HP recommends completion of H4C87s, H4C88s, or H8D09s, or have equivalent experience.
  • Basic fundamental LAN/WAN networking knowledge
  • Theoretical knowledge of the following WAN protocols & services: Routing and Switching Fundamentals, OSPF, BGP, VRRP

Delegates will learn how to

  • Securely manage HP Comware switches
  • Configure HP Comware and Cisco switches to interoperate using Rapid PVST and MSTP
  • Configure a combination of HP Comware and Cisco switches to operate as edge devices connecting to an IRF fabric
  • Migrate an existing Cisco EIGRP network to open standards using OSPF
  • Configure HP Comware and Cisco switches to interoperate using BGP
  • Troubleshoot connectivity issues with HP Comware and Cisco devices using open standards


Module 1 - HP Comware Device Management

  • Comware initial device access
  • Management interfaces
  • CLI navigation
  • Compare User-view and System-view
  • Help and command auto-completion
  • Comware basic configuration
  • Interface configuration and verification
  • DNS configuration
  • NTP and manual time configuration
  • Securing device access
  • Role-based access control
  • Local user accounts
  • AAA with RADIUS
  • Configure SSH access
  • Managing software images
  • Understanding the Comware boot process
  • Comware password recovery procedure
  • Flash file system management
  • Upgrade the OS on a Comware device
  • Managing system configuration files
  • Save running configuration
  • Specify the configuration to be used at bootup
  • Delete, rename, and copy configuration files
  • Basic troubleshooting commands
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol
  • View LLDP neighbor information
  • LLDP - CDP interoperability
  • Comware Information Center
  • Info-center severity levels
  • Customizing info-center operation

Module 2 - HP-Cisco VLAN Interoperability

  • Static VLANs
  • VLAN terminology
  • Port types
  • Static VLAN configuration syntax
  • VLAN verification
  • IP configuration
  • IP default settings
  • IP interface verification
  • VLAN routing
  • DHCP support on HP Comware switches
  • DHCP relay
  • DHCP server
  • Dynamic VLANs
  • Compare VTP and GVRP
  • GVRP operations

Module 3 - Spanning Tree Interoperability and Migration

  • Compare single- and multiple-instance STP
  • History and overview of Spanning Tree protocols
  • HP-Cisco options for interoperability
  • Compare STP/RSTP with PVST /Rapid PVST
  • Compare PVST /Rapid PVST with MSTP
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) overview
  • MST instances
  • MSTP regions
  • Spanning tree interconnecting different MSTP regions
  • MSTP interoperability
  • Root bridge selection
  • Configure edge ports
  • Compare MSTP path cost methods
  • Spanning Tree protection functions
  • MSTP verification
  • Region config verification
  • Verify port states
  • Troubleshooting
  • Symptoms of MSTP misconfiguration
  • Failure to activate region changes
  • HP-Cisco PVST interoperability
  • Required and optional configuration steps
  • Display PVST information

Module 4 - Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF)

  • IRF virtualization overview
  • IRF analogy and advantages
  • Compare ring and chain topologies
  • Master election - member ID and priority
  • IRF resilience
  • Logical IRF ports
  • IRF topology and forwarding traffic
  • Detecting a split stack condition
  • Planning IRF fabric deployment
  • IRF access layer best practices
  • IRF distribution best practices
  • IRF core layer best practices
  • Combine IRF with link aggregation
  • IRF configuration procedures
  • Options for local and remote devices
  • Configure load sharing on aggregated IRF ports
  • Configure methods for detecting split stack
  • Configuration file synchronization
  • In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Verify IRF configuration and status
  • Identify and resolve connectivity problems with IRF configuration

Module 5 - Link Aggregation Interoperability

  • Link aggregation overview
  • Load-sharing limitations of STP
  • Link aggregation interoperability
  • Load sharing options
  • Link aggregation modes
  • Static/Manual link aggregation
  • Dynamic link aggregation
  • LACP operational modes
  • Link aggregation configuration
  • Static link aggregation
  • Dynamic link aggregation
  • Comware load-sharing mode
  • Verify link aggregation status
  • Troubleshooting link aggregation

Module 6 - EIGRP to OSPF Interoperability and Migration

  • Review basic OSPF
  • Establishing adjacency
  • LSAs and Link State Database
  • Network types: Broadcast, MBNA, PtoP
  • OSPF Multiple-area overview
  • Area Border Router
  • Inter-area routes
  • Route aggregation and filtering between areas
  • OSPF external routes
  • Autonomous System Boundary Router
  • AS External summary routes
  • Aggregating AS External routes
  • Type 1 and Type 2 metric for external routes
  • Using Stub and Totally Stub area types to summarize
  • Using Not-so-stubby area type
  • Compare EIGRP and OSPF
  • Peer relationships
  • Route selection
  • Route summarization
  • Design considerations
  • Choosing an EIGRP-to-OSPF migration method
  • Overlay method
  • Redistribution method
  • Plan for migration
  • Identify factors that might cause downtime
  • Peering and authentication
  • Area boundaries and address summarization scenarios
  • Redistribution and filtering
  • Identify and resolve problems that may occur in production migration

4 Days


This is a QA approved partner course

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