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The Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series Essentials course introduces you to the features and functions of the Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 9000 Series platforms. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, you will gain an understanding of all major aspects of the platform, including hardware, Layer 2 and Layer 3 services, routing protocols including Segment Routing, Layer 2 and Layer 3 multicast, Quality of Service (QoS) features, and network virtualization. The course investigates Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS) XR 64-Bit Linux-based feature parity in the environment, as well as how to install Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit software packages.


This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers in their network environment.

Skills Gained

After you complete this course you will be able to:

  • List and describe the major features and benefits of the Cisco ASR 9000 series
  • List and describe the major features and benefits of the Cisco IOS XR Software operating system
  • Understand data flow through the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • Configure the Cisco ASR 9000, back out of configuration changes, and restore older versions ofconfiguration
  • Install the Cisco IOS XR Software operating system, package information envelopes (PIEs), and software maintenance updates (SMUs)
  • Enable multicast routing on a Cisco ASR 9000 Series router
  • Configure Multiprotocol Label Switch-Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE) on a Cisco ASR9000 Series router
  • Configure Layer 3 VPN services
  • Configure Ethernet link bundles
  • Configure local E-Line L2VPN
  • Configure Ethernet over MPLS E-Line L2VPN
  • Configure EoMPLS with pseudowire backup
  • Configure local E-LAN L2VPN
  • Configure link-based Ethernet operations,administration, and maintenance (E-OAM)
  • Configure virtual private LAN service (VPLS) L2VPN
  • Configure VPLS with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autodiscovery
  • Configure service-based connectivity fault management (CFM)
  • Describe Multiple Spanning Tree-Access Gateway (MST-AG)
  • Configure Layer 2 multicast features
  • Describe basic QoS implementation
  • Describe how to configure and verify network virtualisation (nV) on the ASR 9000 Series


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites :

  • Basic knowledge of router installation and some experience with installation tools ( ICND1 and ICND2 or CCNABC recommended)
  • Routing protocol configuration experience with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) ( ROUTE recommended)
  • Knowledge of Layer 2 IEEE switching and related protocols ( SWITCH recommended)
  • Strong knowledge of MPLS configuration or multicast configuration experience ( MPLS recommended)
  • Experience troubleshooting Cisco routers in a large network environment


Cisco ASR 9000 Series Hardware

  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Chassis
  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Architecture
  • Examining the Route Switch Processor/ Route Processor (RSP/RP) Functions and Fabric Architecture
  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Line Card
  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Power Subsystems

Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Architecture and Linux Fundamentals

  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Fundamentals
  • Cisco ASR 9000 IOS XR 64-Bit vs. 32-Bit
  • Exploring Linux Fundamentals

Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Installation

  • Examining Resource Allocations and Media Mappings
  • Migrating to Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software
  • Performing Disaster Recovery
  • Installing Software Packages

Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Configuration Basics

  • Configuring Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Basic Operations
  • Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Initial Configuration
  • Reviewing the Configuration

Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Routing Protocols

  • Exploring Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
  • Exploring OSPF
  • Exploring BGP
  • Exploring Routing Protocol for LLN

Multicast Routing

  • Exploring Multicast Routing
  • Exploring Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)

Cisco Multiprotocol Label Switching

  • Examining the MPLS Forwarding Infrastructure
  • Implementing the MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)

Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Segment Routing

  • Segment Routing Concepts
  • Interior Gateway Protocol Segment Routing (IGP SR) Control Plane Overview
  • Prefix and Adjacency Segment IDs (SIDs)
  • SR IS-IS Multi-Level and OSPF Multi-Area
  • IS-IS SR Configuration and Verification
  • OSPF SR Configuration and Verification

Layer 3 VPNs

  • Examining L3VPNs
  • Exploring L3VPN Control and Data Flow
  • Configuring L3VPNs
  • Verifying the L3VPN Operation

Cisco ASR 9000 Layer 2 Architecture

  • Examining Carrier Ethernet and Flexible Ethernet Edge
  • Comparing Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs
  • Examining the ASR 9000 Layer 2 Infrastructure and Ethernet Flow Points (EFPs)
  • Layers 2 and 3 Coexistence and VLAN Tag Manipulation
  • Exploring the Layer 2 Network Infrastructure

Point-to-Point Layer 2 Services

  • Point-to-Point Alternating Current-Alternating Current (AC-AC) and Attachment Circuit Redundancy
  • Point-to-Point AC-Pseudowire (PW) Cross-Connect
  • Examining Pseudowire Redundancy and Resiliency

Layer 2 Multicast

  • Examining the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Multicast
  • Implementing Multicast

Quality of Service

  • QoS Basics and the Modular QoS CLI (MQC) Mode
  • Layer 2 QoS Example


  • Lab 1: ASR 9904 Hardware Discovery Lab
  • Lab 2: Device Discovery and Initial Configuration
  • Lab 3: Installing Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software
  • Lab 4: Cisco IOS XR 64-Bit Software Operations
  • Lab 5: Configuring IS-IS Routing
  • Lab 6: Configuring OSPF Routing
  • Lab 7: Configuring Internal BGP (iBGP) Routing
  • Lab 8: IPv4 Multicast Configuration
  • Lab 9: Configuring Multiprotocol Label Switching
  • Lab 10: Configuring and Verifying IGP Segment Routing
  • Lab 11: Configuring Layer 3 Virtual Private Network
  • Lab 12: Local E-Line Service
  • Lab 13: EoMPLS Service

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