00:00:00 - Hello, my name is Keith Barker.
00:00:02 - And on behalf of the
entire CBT Nuggets family,
00:00:04 - welcome to MPLS fundamentals.
00:00:07 - Let's begin.
00:00:09 - I'd like you to
imagine that it's
00:00:10 - a beautiful Wednesday afternoon.
00:00:12 - And you and I have just
gotten back to the office
00:00:14 - from a great lunch.
00:00:16 - And as we get back
to the office,
00:00:17 - we're met by our boss,
who asks us, hey,
00:00:19 - can you explain
to me a little bit
00:00:21 - about this MPLS I've
been hearing all about?
00:00:23 - Now wouldn't it be fantastic
if you and I could explain MPLS
00:00:26 - to our manager in
just a few minutes,
00:00:28 - about the basic concepts?
00:00:29 - And even better yet,
explain some of the reasons
00:00:32 - that we love MPLS today.
00:00:33 - Such as MPLS-enabled
applications, like Layer 3
00:00:37 - VPNs.
00:00:38 - Well my friend, our objective
for you and I in this course
00:00:41 - is simple.
00:00:41 - And that is to build
the skills regarding
00:00:43 - identifying what MPLS and
MPLS applications are.
00:00:46 - How they work.
00:00:47 - How to configure it, verify
it, and troubleshoot it.
00:00:50 - And as you and I go through
this course together,
00:00:52 - that's exactly the
skills that you'll
00:00:54 - have as you participate
along with me through each
00:00:57 - of the videos in this course.
00:00:59 - So the lab that we're going
to build in the course,
00:01:01 - and I'm also encouraging
you as you go along
00:01:03 - to build it on your
own as well, you
00:01:05 - can either use GNS3 to do it.
00:01:07 - Or if you have live gear,
you can use live gear.
00:01:09 - And as we start to implement
the basics of MPLS, which
00:01:12 - happens right here in
video 4, every video I'm
00:01:15 - going to be encouraging you,
every step along the way,
00:01:17 - to do what you see me do in
your practice environment.
00:01:20 - And as you practice,
00:01:22 - and do what you see
us do in this video,
00:01:25 - your skills will improve,
and improve, and improve.
00:01:27 - And as we continue,
you'll not only
00:01:29 - know what these
concepts are about,
00:01:31 - you'll be able to implement
them and troubleshoot them.
00:01:34 - So here's the
topology that we're
00:01:35 - going to be using
inside of our course.
00:01:37 - And there are quite a few
pieces that are involved.
00:01:40 - All of these little
components are ingredients
00:01:42 - that go into the recipe
called MPLS Layer 3 VPNs.
00:01:46 - Which is one of several
00:01:50 - And as you and I go
through these videos
00:01:52 - in order, step by
step, in addition to
00:01:54 - your skills improving and
your understanding increasing
00:01:57 - regarding MPLS and
00:02:00 - you and I are also going
to have a boatload of fun
00:02:02 - as we go through
these videos together.
00:02:05 - Now to optimize your time,
get the most you possibly
00:02:07 - can out of this course,
there are a couple
00:02:09 - of really basic prerequisites.
00:02:10 - Number one, you should
have a basic understanding
00:02:12 - of routing protocols.
00:02:14 - So you've configured and worked
with things like RIP, OSPF,
00:02:17 - and EIGRP before on
a Cisco iOS router.
00:02:20 - It would also be
helpful if you have
00:02:21 - a basic knowledge of
Border Gateway Protocol,
00:02:24 - and have configured it on
a Cisco router as well.
00:02:27 - Now you do not have to be an
expert on either of those.
00:02:30 - However, it will
help, as each of those
00:02:32 - are ingredients that go
into this recipe for MPLS
00:02:36 - applications.
00:02:36 - Such as MPLS Layer 3 VPNs.
00:02:39 - So for individuals who don't
have that experience yet
00:02:42 - with routing protocols,
you can go check out CCNA
00:02:45 - that Jeremy teaches here at
CBT Nuggets, it's fantastic.
00:02:48 - And he also has a Border
Gateway Protocol course,
00:02:51 - also here at CBT Nuggets.
00:02:53 - The other thing that
I've included for you
00:02:55 - is a whole bunch of resources
in the Nuggetlab files.
00:02:57 - So when you're watching this
video at cbtnuggets.com,
00:03:00 - there's a little link
for Nuggetlab files.
00:03:02 - You can download
all these files.
00:03:04 - And as part of the
00:03:05 - I've got topologies
that you might
00:03:07 - want to download and have
separate so you can view them
00:03:10 - while you're doing your
practice and your configuration.
00:03:13 - I've got the configurations for
the various routers, as well
00:03:15 - as the commands, in many cases
that we're using in class.
00:03:19 - So for example, if we're
adding the routing protocol
00:03:21 - between the customer edge
and the provider edge,
00:03:24 - or we're implementing
multi-protocol BGP between R1
00:03:27 - and R5, I've included
00:03:30 - The actual commands that
I'm using in the videos,
00:03:32 - so that you can have
them for your reference.
00:03:34 - Because my intention is for
you to build this alongside me.
00:03:38 - Because as you mix in
the practice aspect,
00:03:41 - to watch, learn, and
conquer, in addition
00:03:43 - to knowing how MPLS
Layer 3 VPNs work,
00:03:45 - you can also have some
hands-on practice with them.
00:03:48 - I am super excited about
spending this time with you
00:03:50 - in this course.
00:03:51 - And I've kept the
intro fairly short,
00:03:53 - so we can jump right into
the next video, where we'll
00:03:55 - take a look at the big picture
overview of an MPLS Layer 3
00:03:58 - VPN.
00:03:59 - So I'll see you in
that next video.
00:04:01 - Meanwhile, I hope this has
been informative for you.
00:04:04 - And I'd like to thank
you for viewing.