Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU)

Course Description

Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU)

The Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU) v1.0 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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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


  • 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


  1. Review Lab Environment
  2. Examine Governance Data
  3. Perform an Initial Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS XE) Configuration
  4. Configure Connectivity and Connectivity Verification on Cisco IOS XE Devices
  5. Perform Initial Cisco IOS XR Configuration
  6. Configure and Verify Connectivity on Cisco IOS XR
  7. Configure Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
  8. Configure Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2) and RIP extension (RIPng)
  9. Configure Basic Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  10. Configure MPLS
  11. Configure Internet Protocol Service Level Agreement (IP SLA)
  12. Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) with Object Tracking
  13. Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRFs)
  14. Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  15. Use Linux Command Line Interface
  16. Configure IOS XR Using a Bash Script

Course Information

Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16


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Who Should Attend

Network administrator, Network engineer, Network manager, System engineer, Project manager, Network designer