We were implementing MPLS/VPN building block in our customers’ enterprise networks for almost a decade, often using Multi-VRF (the solution formerly known as VRF-Lite) and sometimes implementing full-blown private MPLS/VPN networks (including private MPLS/VPN with IPsec over two MPLS/VPN service provider networks).
I always considered enterprise MPLS/VPN to be an equivalent of enterprise BGP: rare, but not so hard to grasp once you decide you need it. The MPLS/VPN Packet Pushers podcast was an eye opener: MPLS/VPN seems to be more complex than I thought. Let’s fix that: if you think your enterprise network could use MPLS/VPN, you’ll get a solid foundation in my Enterprise MPLS/VPN Deployment webinar (register here).
Obviously I can’t promise to do miracles; the webinar is only two hours long and getting an overview of MPLS/VPN takes a week. I’ll go deep on Multi-VRF (including VRF-aware DHCP, inter-VRF NAT and packet and route leaking) as it’s applicable to most enterprise environments and not well covered in existing courses. The second half of the webinar covers MPLS/VPN technologies, including route targets, route distinguishers, VPNv4 addresses, MP-BGP and MPLS labeling. The technology overview and sample configurations will give you an insight into how MPLS works and what’s waiting for you if you decide to implement full-blown MPLS/VPN in your network ... and that’s all I can cram into the limited time.
Implementing Cisco MPLS is a baseline MPLS course. Many advanced topics (including split route reflector design and hub-and-spoke VPN) that I’ve put in the first release of the course (part of the original CCIP curriculum) have gradually disappeared. If you need them, consider attending something like our Advanced Implementing and Troubleshooting MPLS VPN Networks course.
Last but definitely not least, I’m uploading new drafts of the material to my Webinar Management System every week and you can access them immediately after registration. You could even tell me that you’d absolutely love to see a particular case covered in the webinar.
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