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Total SPB (802.1aq) for engineers

A 1 day training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

Total SPB training course description

A comprehensive look at Service Provider Bridging (SPB) as standardised in 802.1aq. This SPB course starts with the problems in traditional switched networks then moves onto to how SPB solves these problems. As IS-IS is key to loop free topologies in SPB networks, this protocols is also studied.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Explain the benefits of SPB.
  • Explain how SPB works.
  • Explain the role of IS-IS in SPB.
  • Integrate SPB into existing networks.

Total SPB training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff working with Ethernet.
Definitive Ethernet switching for engineers
1 day

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

Total SPB training course contents

What is SPB?
Layer 2 versus Layer 3, STP problems: One path, convergence, MAC explosion. Virtualisation issues: VRF. Service Provider Bridging (SPB), 802.1aq. Virtual Services Network.

SPB variants
802.1Q, 802.1ad, Q-in-Q, VLAN IDs, 802.1ah, M-in-M, I-SID. SPBV, SPBM. SPBM frame format.

How SPB works
Node ID, Backbone Edge Bridges, Backbone MAC address, Customer MACs, I-SID. IS-IS. Forwarding database. VSN.

Link layer IS-IS, SPF trees, traffic management. IS-IS extensions for SPB. ISIS TLV.

SPB services Data centre bridging, server virtualisation, multi-tenant applications. Integration of SPB into existing networks. VLAN to ISID mappings. Inter ISID routing, IP/SPB Layer 3 VRF extensions.

Multicast in SPB environments. Source specific multicast trees. SPB configuration. SPB deployment considerations.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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