Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge of BGP, the routing protocol that is one of the underlying foundations of the Internet and new-world technologies such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). This curriculum covers the theory of BGP, configuration of BGP on Cisco IOS routers, detailed troubleshooting information and hands-on exercises that provide students 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 students to design and implement efficient, optimal and trouble free BGP networks.

Days : 5
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Who should attend

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers (who would like to implement BGP)


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco IOS Software configuration
Configuring and troubleshooting RIP, EIGRP, OSPF and IS-IS
Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in:
Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU)
Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR)

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot basic BGP to enable inter-domain routing in a network scenario with multiple domains
  • Use BGP policy controls to influence the route selection process with minimal impact on BGP route processing in a network scenario where you must support connections to multiple ISPs
  • Use BGP attributes to influence the route selection process in a network scenario where you must support multiple connections
  • Implement the correct BGP configuration to successfully connect the customer network to the Internet in a network scenario where you must support multiple connections
  • Enable the provider network to behave as a transit autonomous system in 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 in a typical service provider network with multiple BGP connections to other autonomous systems

Outline: Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers (BGP)

Module 1: BGP Overview

  • Lesson 1-1: Introducing BGP
  • Lesson 1-2: Understanding BGP Path Attributes
  • Lesson 1-3: Establishing BGP Sessions
  • Lesson 1-4: Processing BGP Routes
  • Lesson 1-5: Configuring Basic BGP
  • Lesson 1-6: Monitoring and Troubleshooting BGP
  • Lesson 1-7: Module Summary
  • Lesson 1-8: Module Self-Check

Module 2: BGP Transit Autonomous Systems

  • Lesson 2-1: Working with Transit AS
  • Lesson 2-2: Interacting with IBGP and EBGP in Transit AS
  • Lesson 2-3: Forwarding Packets in Transit AS
  • Lesson 2-4: Monitoring and Troubleshooting IBGP in Transit AS
  • Lesson 2-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 2-6: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Route Selection Using Policy Controls

  • Lesson 3-1: Using Multihomed BGP Networks
  • Lesson 3-2: Employing AS Path Filters
  • Lesson 3-3: Filtering with Prefix Lists
  • Lesson 3-4: Using Outbound Route Filtering
  • Lesson 3-5: Applying Route Maps as BGP Filters
  • Lesson 3-6: Implementing Changes in BGP Policy
  • Lesson 3-7: Module Summary
  • Lesson 3-8: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Route Selection Using Attributes

  • Lesson 4-1: Influencing BGP Route Selection with Weights
  • Lesson 4-2: Setting BGP Local Preference
  • Lesson 4-3: Using AS Path Prepending
  • Lesson 4-4: Understanding BGP Multi-Exit Discriminators
  • Lesson 4-5: Addressing BGP Communities
  • Lesson 4-6: Module Summary
  • Lesson 4-7: Module Self-Check

Module 5: Customer-to-Provider Connectivity with BGP

  • Lesson 5-1: Understanding Customer-to-Provider Connectivity Requirements
  • Lesson 5-2: Implementing Customer Connectivity Using Static Routing
  • Lesson 5-3: Connecting a Customer to a Single Service Provider
  • Lesson 5-4: Connecting a Multihomed Customer to Multiple Service Providers
  • Lesson 5-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 5-6: Module Self-Check

Module 6: Scaling Service Provider Networks

  • Lesson 6-1: Scaling IGP and BGP in Service Provider Networks
  • Lesson 6-2: Introducing and Designing Route Reflectors
  • Lesson 6-3: Configuring and Monitoring Route Reflectors
  • Lesson 6-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 6-5: Module Self-Check

Module 7: Optimizing BGP Scalability

  • Lesson 7-1: Improving BGP Convergence
  • Lesson 7-2: Limiting the Number of Prefixes Received from a BGP Neighbor
  • Lesson 7-3: Implementing BGP Peer Groups
  • Lesson 7-4: Using BGP Route Dampening
  • Lesson 7-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 7-6: Module Self-Check