The Design of Cisco IP Multicast Services

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


To define the concept and operation of IP multicast, recall intradomain and interdomain protocols, and design IP multicast services for enterprise campus networks and WANs

Target Audience

System engineers, network designers, and network engineers responsible for designing enterprise-wide networks, which support a wide variety of large scale switching, routing, network management, and security infrastructures; individuals working towards the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) qualifications.


A comprehensive knowledge of networking and internetworking design, demonstrating competencies equivalent to CCDA level and CCNP level in routing, switching, remote access technologies, access control and communications, security, and network management solutions, including a detailed working knowledge of current technologies, media, protocols, operating systems, and devices

Expected Duration

140 min.

Course Objectives

The Design of Cisco IP Multicast Services

  • distinguish between the benefits and disadvantages of using IP multicast as an underlying transport mechanism in an enterprise network.
  • recognize how multicast forwarding works with RPF and the main considerations for the use of IP multicast receiver group membership.
  • recognize how the Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) for IP multicast operates and the advantages and disadvantages of its different modes.
  • recommend the most efficient method to control IP multicasting in a Layer 2 switching environment for a given scenario.
  • identify the design considerations for IP multicast implementations in an enterprise.
  • recommend an appropriate design for IP multicast services in small and large enterprise networks, and over a WAN.
  • determine an IP multicast solution to meet the requirements of a given enterprise network.