Cisco ROUTE 2.0: Path Control Implementation

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Given that bandwidth of modern networks is continually increasing at a steady rate, packet switching efficiency is important. As a network administrator, you must understand packet switching methods and their evolution. Cisco Express Forwarding is the state-of-the-art switching method, and the most commonly used method. Therefore, you must be familiar with its operations so that you can effectively maintain and troubleshoot your network. In IP networks, packets are routed by destination address. Sometimes, especially in a complex, highly redundant network, this approach is not flexible enough. You may want to optimize the traffic path for some specific application, or control the traffic path based on the network performance. You can accomplish all this with PBR and IP SLA features.
This course describe how to verify Cisco Express Forwarding operation and implement path control using PBR and IP SLA.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to obtain real-world routing knowledge, and those that are considering CCNP and CCIP certification. This learning path’s discussion of routing could also benefit early CCIE Routing and Switching candidates. Students completing the ROUTE 2.0 learning path should have a solid foundation in routing fundamentals, Cisco IOS basics, and Cisco routing basics. Attending the ICND1 and ICND2 classes or having the CCNA certification will fulfill these expectations.



Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

The Control and Data Planes

  • describe the concepts of control plane and data plane
  • Cisco Switching Mechanisms

  • describe Cisco switching mechanisms available
  • Demonstrating Routing Operation

  • disable CEF and Fast switching on a Cisco router for debugging operations
  • Process and Fast Switching

  • sequence the events that occur when process switching and fast switching are used for destinations that are learned through EIGRP
  • Cisco Express Forwarding

  • describe the Cisco Express Forwarding strategies to switch data packets to their destinations
  • Demonstrating CEF

  • view data plane tables using show commands
  • Policy Based Routing for Path Control

  • explain the need for path control
  • Policy Based Routing Syntax

  • describe the commands used in policy based routing
  • Demonstrating Policy Based Routing

    Configuring Policy Based Routing I

  • alter a traffic path for a host
  • Configuring Policy Based Routing II

  • debug a PBR traffic policy
  • Example: PBR Equal Access I

  • specify the next hop for routing packets when there is no explicit route for a destination
  • Example: PBR Equal Access II

  • identify how to perform network performance measurement using Cisco IOS IP SLAs
  • Example: PBR Equal Access III

  • define an IP SLA tracking object and link it to a probe
  • Dynamic Path Control with IP SLA

  • verify configured IP SLA probes and their attributes
  • Exercise: Path Control