IOS XR Routers and Distance Vector Routing

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


Cisco’s networking success originated from the Cisco IOS-based routers. Today, the needs of networks are more complex. This complexity has driven multiple routing platforms and operating systems such as IOS XR and IOS XE. Network engineers having exposure to the multitude of operating systems on Cisco chassis allows that engineer to be successful on a much wider scale, and manage a larger number of devices. Additionally, all individuals managing routers should be able to work with routing protocols to populate routing table entries. This course provides an introduction to IOS XR as well as static and dynamic routing basics. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Cisco exam Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 1 exam (640-875 SPNGN1). This exam counts toward the CCNA Service Provider certification.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at networking engineers who must interface with Cisco IOS, IOS XR and IOS XE devices. Additionally, those who have a need to understand technologies used in the service provider realm will benefit.



Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

Versions of Cisco IOS

  • list versions of Cisco IOS
  • Cisco IOS XR

  • describe basics of Cisco IOS XR
  • Managing Cisco IOS Routers

  • manage Cisco IOS routers
  • Learning New Features in Cisco IOS Versions

  • recognize features of Cisco IOS
  • CLI Prompt Syntax

  • identify the CLI prompt
  • Commands and Shortcuts in the Cisco Command Prompt

  • use command shortcuts in Cisco IOS
  • Configuration Editing on a Cisco IOS XR Router

  • use enhanced editing on Cisco IOS XR
  • VRF Routing and Forwarding

  • describe virtual routing and forwarding
  • Understanding Configuration Failures

  • recognize configuration failures
  • Managing Committed Configurations

  • work with committed configurations
  • Modifying One Router Simultaneously

  • modifying routers simultaneously
  • Enabling Management Interface

  • configure the management interface
  • Router Operations

  • describe basic router operations
  • Static Route Configuration (Part 1)

  • configure static routes
  • Static Route Configuration (Part 2)

  • configure static routes
  • Routing Protocol

  • describe the purpose of a routing protocol
  • Maintaining Routing Information

  • describe how a routing protocol maintains routing information
  • Counting to Infinity

  • describe the counting to infinity problem
  • Routing Loops

  • describe how a routing loop can occur
  • Solution to Routing Loops Hold-down Timers

  • describe the hold-down timer
  • Eliminating Routing Loops

  • describe how routing loops are avoided in routing protocols
  • RIP Overview

  • describe high level RIP operation
  • RIP Comparison

  • compare RIPv1 and RIPv2
  • Enabling Routing Protocol

  • enable a dynamic routing protocol
  • Verifying the RIP Configuration

  • verify RIP configuration
  • Enabling RIPng

  • configure RIPng
  • Exercise: Basic Routing