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Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations

  • Course Code SPFNDU
  • Duration 5 days
  • Version 1.0

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Company Event

    Event at company

  • Public Classroom

    Traditional Classroom Learning

  • Virtual Learning

    Learning that is virtual

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Course Overview


The Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU) course is designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge for the suite of Cisco® CCNP® Service Provider courses. The course expands what you learned from the Cisco CCNA® course with a focus on theoretical and practical knowledge needed for the Service Provider environment. Through a combination of lessons and hands-on practice, you will learn about architectures, protocols, software and hardware platforms, and solutions within the Service Provider realm. While this course does not lead directly to a certification exam, it does cover foundational knowledge critical to the success in the Service Provider Technology track.

Course Schedule

    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 28 October-01 November, 2024
    • Location: Virtual


    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 12-16 May, 2025
    • Location: Virtual


    • Delivery Format: Virtual Learning
    • Date: 17-21 November, 2025
    • Location: Virtual


Target Audience


Individuals looking to gain a foundation-level understanding of Cisco Service Provider architectures, protocols and software solutions.

Course Objectives


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe network architectures, devices, and software used by service providers
  • Describe the various Internet governance organizations, their roles, and tools available for governance information verification
  • Configure Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS®) and Cisco IOS XE routers
  • Describe Cisco IOS XR software, perform initial configuration, and explain platform daily tasks
  • Describe various access and core technologies used by service providers
  • Describe various major switching technologies used by service providers
  • Describe major overlay technologies and their usage, and configure Virtual Extensible LAN I (VxLAN)
  • Describe various major routing protocols used by service providers
  • Configure Layer 3 services used by service providers
  • Describe Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), components, protocols, and MPLS usage
  • Describe usage of various services used and maintained by service providers
  • Introduce Linux networking, Bourne Again Shell (BASH) scripting, and their usage within Cisco IOS XR software

Course Content


Introducing Service Provider Architectures

  • Bus Topology
  • Ring Topology
  • Star Toplogy
  • Mesh Topology
  • Clos Toplogy
  • Device Roles
  • Physical Devices
  • Virtual Devices
  • Cisco IOS XE Software Overview
  • Cisco IOS XR Software Overview
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Internet Exchange Points
  • Cloud Service Providers

Describing Internet Governance Organizations

  • Internet Engineering Task Force
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • International Telecommunication Union
  • Metro Ethernet Forum
  • European Telecommunications Standard Institute
  • Internet Assigned Number Authority
  • Regional and Local Internet Registries
  • Network Operators Group
  • Other Bodies and Tools

Configuring the Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE Router

  • Access and Initial Configuration
  • Configuration Management
  • Day Zero Provisioning
  • Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XE Software
  • Monitoring Hardware

Configuring Cisco IOS XR Router

  • Access and Initial Configuration
  • Configuration Management
  • Day Zero Provisioning
  • Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XR Software
  • Monitoring Hardware

Introducing Access and Core Technologies in the Service Provider Environment

  • Optical Connectivity
  • DWDM Connectivity
  • xDSL Lines
  • Cable Connectivity
  • Wireless Usage in Service Providers
  • Ethernet and Ethernet Evolution

Introducing Routing Technologies in Service Provider Environment

  • Routing Protocols Overview
  • Link-State Protocols
  • IS-IS Overview
  • OSPF Overview
  • Distance Vector Protocols
  • RIPv2 and RIPng Introduction
  • BGP Introduction

Describing MPLS

  • MPLS Overview
  • MPLS Features and Benefits
  • MPLS Architecture
  • MPLS Labels
  • Label Distribution Protocol
  • Label-Switched Path
  • MPLS Applications Overview

Implementing Layer 3 Services

  • IP SLA Overview
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
  • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
  • VRF Overview
  • VRF Usage
  • VRF Monitoring

Introducing Switching Technologies in the Service Provider Environment

  • Metro Ethernet Overview
  • E-Line Service
  • E-LAN Service
  • E-Access Service
  • E-Tree Service
  • VLAN Overview
  • QinQ Overview
  • Provider Backbone Bridging

Introducing Overlay Technologies

  • VXLAN Overview
  • VXLAN Gateway
  • EVPN Overview

Implementing Service Provider Services

  • DHCP Overview
  • DHCP Configuration
  • DNS Introduction
  • NTP Overview
  • Precison Time Protocol

Introducing Programmability on Cisco IOS XR Routers

  • Linux Primer for Network Engineers
  • Linux Networking
  • Cisco IOS XR Application Hosting and Programmability


  • Review Lab Environment
  • Examine Governance Data
  • Perform an Initial Cisco IOS XE Configuration
  • Configure Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XE Devices
  • Perform Initial Cisco IOS XR Configuration
  • Configure and Verify Connectivity on Cisco IOS XR Devices
  • Configure IS-IS
  • Configure RIPv2 and RIPng
  • Configure Basic BGP
  • Configure MPLS
  • Configure IP SLA
  • Configure HSRP with Object Tracking
  • Configure VRFs
  • Configure NTP
  • Use Linux CLI
  • Configure Cisco IOS XR Using a Bash Script

Course Prerequisites


Attendees should meet the following prerequsites:

  • Knowledge of IPv4 and IPv6 Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networking
  • Familiarity with typical service provider environment
  • Basic knowledge about networking devices and their roles

Test Certification


Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • There are no exams currently aligned to this course


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