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PacNOG 15: Track 3 - Introduction to MPLS/VPNs Workshop


Traditional IP packet forwarding analyzes the destination IP address contained in the network layer header of each packet as the packet travels from its source to its final destination. A router analyzes the destination IP address independently at each hop in the network. Dynamic routing protocols or static configuration builds the database needed to analyze the destination IP address (the routing table). The process of implementing traditional IP routing also is called hop-by-hop destination-based unicast routing.

MPLS has evolved to address some of the concerns of the limitations of traditional IP routing and also address some of the key requirements from a services perspective. Previously Frame Relay and ATM based services were a choice for VPN services. However Frame Relay and ATM services were not able to offer differentiated services based on applications such as voice over IP, IP based Video Conferencing and other emerging applications. MPLS addresses some of these concerns. MPLS provides a number of services such as IPv4/IPv6 based L3 MPLS VPNs, L2 MPLS VPNs and Traffic Engineering. MPLS has provided some excellent solutions for Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs, which are widely used in today’s Service Provider networks.

Course Outline

  • History of IP Routing and MPLS Evolution
  • MPLS Basic concepts and standards
  • MPLS Label Distribution Protocol
  • IPv4 Layer 3 MPLS VPNs
  • Layer 2 MPLS VPNs (Only theory)
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering (Only theory)
  • Quiz


  • Track 1: Tuesday 15th - Friday 18th July

Target Audience

This course is designed for network engineers in service providers or enterprises involved in the deployment of MPLS based services.


It is assumed that participants have a good understanding of networking fundamentals with good knowledge of IP Routing Protocols such as RIPv2, OSPF, ISIS and Multi-Protocol BGP. Those who have attended previous IPv4, IPv6 Routing Workshops of APNIC with find this very suitable understanding MPLS in detail.

It is highly recommended that participants bring their own laptop computers (At least Pentium 4, 1gb Ram, DVD drive, with administrative access to system) to practice the lessons learned during the workshops. It is recommended that the participants have putty or Secure CRT or any good terminal application for the lab.


  • Nurul Islam Roman APNIC, Australia
  • Sheryl slam Roman APNIC, Australia

Workshop Materials

Click on this link to access the workshop materials (27Mbytes).

  Last modified: Wed Jun 19 12:46:03 CLT 2010